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First this week’s #SBG: And, at the very bottom of the barrel :-

“They were changeful in speech, for they had great love of words, and sought ever to find names more fit for all things that they knew or imagined.”

For a classic example listen – HERE -.

The select Committee is looking into the appalling ‘cock-up’ Air Services executives have made of the air traffic control and associated crewing system. They had a ‘sit-down’ this week to see what, if anything, can be done to sort it out. “Good idea” says the BRB – so; as per usual, we ‘played’ the sound track through – twice. Top marks awarded to Mr. Peter McGaune (Executive Secretary) of Civil Air; calm, measured, deliberate, full bottle on ‘fact’ and unbiased, no appraisal of the ‘mess’, all without any overt ‘political’ or ‘Union’ axes to grind connotations. Bravo that man; just the facts and a clear picture presented to the Committee. Nicely done Sir!. (Choc Frog following).

“I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.”

That Wilde quote sprung to mind the moment Sheldon begins his little pilgrimage into politically weaponising the situation (Jeers, Boo’s and Howls of outrage followed the ‘listening). How low can this type of politician stoop to score a meaningless point or two? Does he imagine, for one minute that those stuck in terminals, or delayed for more than 30 minutes give a rats fart about his nasty, grubbing about for cheap shots at an expired government. The last government’s mess still exists, except the mess is on his watch now. You would think he’d be seeking ways to cure the malaise; not score by using cheap, pointless, unhelpful, gutter snipe tactics. Air Services is a basket case; how about fixing it as a the service of the nation; a ‘fixing’ that he is paid well for and elected by people who travel to do so. Did he do that? No, he did not. He tried to lay blame back on ‘the opposition’ in such a weasel way, even tried (unsubtly) to put words into Mc Qaune’s mouth. That produced a collective howl, a call for a re-play (and the houseboat bucket). But Mc Qaune’s too downy a bird to fall for that and turned him off nicely. Politically weaponising safety? How low can a politician go….Q. Tow rag? – A. Unanimous…

“Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity.”

Of course, we all must look to the minister for solutions (when it gets back from a well paid, well deserved, self gifted leave). Perhaps the sojourn will have provided some clarity of vision; the hours spent navel gazing defining the many unattended, serious, very, very real ‘problems’ the aviation industry faces; now landed firmly into her lap. She would do well to avoid the pointless, cynical, beneath contempt advice on point scoring Sheldon will whisper. There is much better advice available than that dross; there are big problems, unattended, across the spectrum non of which are of benefit to the Australian travelling public.

“The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death.”

‘Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party”  – Any party; don’t care which or who sorts out this mess; just so long as one of ’em gets off it’s arse, takes the gloves off and does a honest day or two of work – in aid of this country. I am not Robinson Crusoe in this quest; not by a long shot I ain’t. – from humble bag snatchers to top line aviation industry heavies, you can hear the same sad song. Time to get real, aviation is not a political football; it is an essential industry, vital to and reflecting the well being of this nation.

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

Which only leaves me the problem of tying my boot laces with a puppy having at them; managed to get one done up; then, quick as a wink, while tying the other; the pup has undone the first. Ah, the advantage of having thumbs nullified. Almost forgotten how much fun pups are – he’s a ‘good-un’ though…..


Next from Snippets: Net Zero | Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain

Then from Accidents Domestic: AD-2022-001: Safety risks from rotor wash at hospital helicopter landing sites – Final report 

And from the CASA forum: Dear Pip: Heads UP! – L&Ks Civil Air?? 

Plus related from BITN: Bilateral Air Services Inquiry – Civil Air: 22/09/23

Finally from Senate Estimates: Addendum: Qatar Airways session in pictures?? 

And so it begins:-

CBASA Senate Inquiry: 28th Public Hearing

CBASA Senate Inquiry – Update: 29/09/23

MTF…P2 🙄