I was cleaning up some papers yesterday and came upon a ticket holder. Inside was the train ticket that brought me to Melbourne.
The date of arrival: 16th February 2011.
I’ve been living here for three years now. That went quickly.
There’s plenty of evidence to show private schools are not a drain on the public purse.
“The reality is that even though Catholic and independent schools enrol 34.9 per cent of state and territory students, such schools receive only 22.4 per cent of what state and Commonwealth governments spend on education in terms of recurrent costs.”
Point is: private schools take a big load off the government. By getting parents to contribute, not always a lot given many private schools are low-fee, it means the govt can contribute a lot less and still get a great result.
If private schools ceased to exist, the cost to the govt and by extension each and every one of us would be exorbitant and entirely infeasible.
Joe Hockey is supplying something the Abbott government has been lacking a purpose.
"The age of entitlement is over," Hockey said on Monday. "The age of personal responsibility has begun."
Powerful words. This next budget is going to be interesting.
Over the last weekend I was having a chat with a mate when he made what I thought a novel suggestion - everyone should have a sort of drinking licence.
The basic concept is that you have a ‘licence’, much like a driving licence with 12 points on it. When you’re drinking and out on the town it kicks in.
You antagonise police/others - lose a point.
Start/get in a fight or drink & drive - lose four points.
Glass or coward punch someone - lose your licence.
Once it’s gone, you’re out for a year. No getting into pubs or clubs. I would suggest that it should eventually extend to the sale of alcohol as well - that without a alcohol licence you shouldn’t be able to buy it at all. Much like you get your car licence when you’re deemed to be responsible enough to do so and lose it when you negate that responsibility - so should drinking be in the public sphere.
Some have said to me this voids their right to drink or would reduce sales - nonsense. If anything, sales would go up because the environment would be safer. All it would do is enforce currently standards of civility. A person’s right to ‘freedom’ does not breach anyone else’s to be safe. If you cannot act in a civil manner, then you ought to be removed from the situation.
It wouldn’t require much work - pubs and clubs are already meant to scan ID when you enter their premises of a night time. Their scanner would scan you in - check against your points. If enough, you’re in. If not, you’re out.
What do you think?
As of next month, I will have lived in Melbourne for three years. This is my short list of things to do. I’m writing this quite tired and it is in no way exhaustive. Melbourne is a city best explored by walking. Ride the free city circle tram, wander down the alley ways, etc.
It’s top of the list because well… it’s coffee and Melbourne has it going on.
Cafes to drink/eat at:
Patricia (Beautiful design. Delicious coffee)
Brother Baba Budan
Manchester Press (coffee good, but more for good cheap eats)
Cup of Truth (had many of the best coffees I’ve had here. Also great chats)
Market Lane (Therry St shop)
Things to see:
State Library. Take the lift to the 6th floor in the La Trobe Reading Room for the best view. There is also Ned Kelly’s armour.
Queen Victoria Market. Great place to get fresh, delicious produce. (Market Lane is next door)
Hosier Lane. Union Lane. All other graffiti lanes. Hosier is best.
The Shot Tower inside Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance. Go up onto the roof for excellent views.
St Kilda Pier at/just after sunset for the penguins. Penguins.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
All the little laneways (a rough map)
Rooftop Bar. Great place for a pint in the middle of the city. Mainly enjoyed for the view as it’s on the 7th floor (roof) of the building.
Ponyfish Island. Under a bridge. In the middle of the river.
Croft Institute. Down an alley or two. Designed like an asylum.
Gin Palace. I love gin.
I will edit this later.