Jill Jordan, a great Australian passes

JILL JORDAN: I think they just couldn’t be bothered with us. They thought we were a mob of fools, I think. It’s really only been through doing the sorts of things that we’ve done, by getting involved in starting co-operatives and so on and really having an economic impact on the town that probably many of them have changed their minds. After I’d been living up here for about a year I sat on a knoll up at the top of the valley up here. It’s a funny thing to say, but I swear that the land spoke to me and said, “You need other people here to help you look after this.” And it was at that stage that I decided that I would form a community.

From Australian Story http://www.abc.net.au/austory/transcripts/s355648.htm


Jill Jordan was not some wooly-headed idealist but a very practical person

Jill’s factors for sustainability in community enterprise.

  • Sound financial base
  • Good management
  • Flexibility (to change with changing needs)
  • Broad base of members to encourage/maximise involvement
  • Accessible training opportunities
  • Ensuring people are doing what they love to do
  • Valuing everybodies contribution.


I never met Jill Jordan but her work in Maleny inspired thousands of Australians including myself.





G13 – President Hu cuts short visit, to return to China.

According to China Daily, President Hu will cut short his visit to the G13/G8 meeting in Italy. The official reason is the trouble or riots in Xinjiang. This is ominous. It means that President Hu feels that China will get nothing out of this meeting and there would be a beating about the ears over China’s human rights record. I cannot blame President Hu for not wanting to put up with this sort of nonsense.

While China has a way to go on human rights, a destabilised China would be far worse for us in Australia. We too have secret detention without trial, thank Prime Minsters John Howard and Kevin Rudd.

There is a certain three letter organisation that is infamous for funding and training people for the sorts of events like those that have occurred in Xinjiang. The Chinese are very suspiscious.

There are still 13 participants at L’Aquilia and as all those students of the Tarot will tell you 13 is the number of irreversible change of which Death is the most typical.


(My hundredth post is about 13.)




The Courier Mail’s Cringe-Worthy Headline — Economic forecasts show Australia leads the world

The Courier Mail in Brisbane had an article with the cringe-worthy headlineEconomic forecasts show Australia leads the world.”

Nowhere in the entire body of the article is credit given to the architect of our success, the Premier of China, Wen Jia Bao (my favourite former geologist) who set the goal of 8% growth for this year and announced at Davos in January 2009.

Of course both major political parties would like to claim credit and in fairness both can claim some credit, the Coalition for building the war chest and the ALP for realising the seriousness of the crisis about 12 months late. Neither showed any awareness in the run up to the election of the Global Financial Crisis.

A better headline would have been, ” Crisis mitigated – Aussies are cheaper miners than Chinese.” We can get coal out of the ground in the Bowen Basin and ship it to Shanghai cheaper than the Chinese can do it. This may not be strictly true since the Chinese have to take something of value in exchange for all those salad shooters and margarita makers that we Australians like.




On Heather Gray’s A New Perspective on the Confederacy

The good folks at Counterpunch published an article by Heather Gray called A New Perspective on the Confederacy.

I invite all interested people to read Heather’s article.

This aspect of the American civil war, I have never seen before. I know in Australian history that a huge amount of our political thought came out of the USA. I will probably find that there is some Australian historian that has linked the the rise of radical ideas coming from the political challenges that the working class faced in the Civil war.

Prince of Wales looking like a King

Prince Charles with a bunch of civvies

Prince Charles with a bunch of civvies

I saw this picture over at China Daily.

A couple of questions came to mind. I could work out.

Some I could not solve.

Why is Stephen Harper wearing a striped tie?

Why does the president of the United States of America salute?

Why does the soldier with what looks like a light infantry beret directly behind the Prince of Wales have such long hair?

Under normal etiquette, Military salute Military or heads of state, civilians tip hats or brace/stand to attention. Prince Charles could salute but he is not in uniform.

I like this picture of Prince Charles and the way he has dressed. I could be proud of this man as the King of Australia. Prince Charles is the only (ex) Military man, even if it was in the senior service, in the above picture. I like the touch of wearing the regimental badges on the right lapel. Prince Charles is the colonel-in-chief of a couple of regiments.

Thank you Premier Wen



Premier Wen, when he was in Davos, said that China’s goal was to grow the economy by 8% this year. He then outlined the plan that the Chinese government was going to implement.


One of the results has been that Australia has had a trade surplus of AU$ 5.1 Billion for the 1st quarter of 2009. We may even have small growth in the economy. My personal sentiment is that we will have growth in 2009.

We are still running a current account deficit, so life is not perfect and this also means that we are more in to an orbit around the Chinese economy.

From the Courier Mail.

Wind Power as a mature strategy for electricity generation for China, but bad news for Australia

From an article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph.
Is China really going green?

According to this article China has recently set goals of generating 100 GW of electricity from Wind and 70 GW from Nuclear by 2020. The thing that sticks out is that China is committing more to wind power generation than nuclear.

I accept that the goals may be lofty however China is a country that does not have to rely on popularity contests for its leadership. It does have severe punishments for bureaucrats that mess up. I would have to go with the track record and say that if China fails it will not be by much.

Both goals are substantial and while a significant amount of power will be generated by coal, Australians may have to rethink our growth projections for the coal industry.