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What Is Love?

I liked this post very much. You may find it interesting to have a read of it. Carole has a lot to say about her life experiences. Very well written indeed.

Author -Carole Parkes

Cross-Stitched Wedding

What is Love?

Does anybody know what love is? My guess is no-one can define it, or put it into a single sentence, least of all me. Neither am I an expert on marriage, but, having been married for 49 years, and witnessing my parents’ long marriage; I do feel I might know a bit about it. Enough anyway, to express some views on love, and what makes a relationship work.

My parent’s marriage lasted nearly 76 years, and they never stopped loving each other despite the trials thrown at them. My mum was 18 and pregnant when she married my dad, who was 22. My mum, an only child, had already lost her father when she was 15; he’d had a stroke. Her mother was also ill, from the effects of breathing in cotton fibres at the mill where she worked. She died aged 45 when my mum was just 20. Just…

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Early morning on the 30th Oct 2014
Early morning on the 30th Oct 2014




















Early yesterday morning Peter and I went for a lovely walk. The above pictures are from that walk. Today is the last day of October – HALLOWEEN! Some years ago there would always some children come to the door to “trick or treat”. They do not come any more. Why? I suppose they did grow up over the years. But why have not any other children taken their place?





These Irises looked beautiful when they were fresh.
These Irises looked beautiful when they were fresh.

Two Years ago in Bowral


Peter took this picture on the 21st December 2012, our Wedding Anniversary. The Corbett Gardens are in Bowral. This day in 2012 was the last time we went to see the Gardens. Over the years we did go a few times to have a look at the tulips there in spring time during the tulip festival. This year we missed out again on seeing the tulips there.

Two years ago in December we quite liked to walk through Corbett Gardens on a summer day. There were no tulips there, but the gardens looked lovely none the less. DSCN5589





On the way to the Gardens we had stopped at the Bradman Museum.




Some refreshments were very welcome.










Englobo, Speculative Vacancies, the Wealth Illusion‏


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Englobo 2014 Report Launch – tomorrow night 

Thursday, October 30th, 6.30 – 8pm
Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne
Presenter: David Collyer
RSVP, donations appreciated

We hope you will join us tomorrow evening as David Collyer launches Englobo 2014 – Land Banking Profits during a Housing Supply Crisis. The investigation into just how much land Australia’s biggest property developers are holding and the effect on the housing market  is set to be as explosive as ever.

For an introduction to the concept of Englobo and why it matters check out this article from David’s first Englobo investigations in 2012.

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Speculative Vacancies 7 – Report Release 

Wednesday, November 12th, 6.30pm
Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne
Presenter: Catherine Cashmore

RSVP, donations appareciated

The 7th Speculative Vacancies report will again raise awareness of the need for property held for capital gains to be included in Australia’s housing vacancy measures. Only looking at ‘housing for rent’ is not accurate as a vacancy measure in this investor-dominated market. Our vacancy rate typically doubles the vacancy findings the mainstream media quotes. With the capital gains in the land game regularly tripling the yearly rental incomes available, there is less and less motivation for investors to risk their kitchen cupboards on a ‘reckless renter’. Catherine Cashmore, the winner of the EJ Craigie writing award, will inject her unique investigative manner to this year’s report.

The final vacancy numbers are again shaping up to reveal a jaw-dropping number of under-utilised properties in this era of the Housing Supply Crisis.

Please save the date and invite your friends feeling the housing stress!

Unaffordable housing not making us wealthy

Earlier this month Credit Suisse released their latest Global Wealth Report which found that based on our extremely high house prices Australians are the richest people in the world. In contrast to most of the media Warwick Smith cuts through the illusion in this article reposted to the Prosper website:

“The true beneficiaries of ever increasing real estate prices are the banks and other lenders. Most Australians spend a very significant proportion of their incomes paying interest to the banks, either directly on their own mortgages or indirectly via their landlords. The higher house prices go, the more income is captured by the banks. Saddling our young people with a lifetime of debt is not a cause for celebration, it’s a problem to tackle.”

Also at Prosper Leith van Onselen discusses how to get the states on board with federal tax reform and cites Prof. John Freebairn’s address from this year’s Henry George Dinner.

Want to share? There’s a catch…

The “sharing economy” is in the spotlight again with Salon writer Richard Eskow warning that we’rebuying into a digital myth about wealth creation that we can only ignore at our own peril:

“These corporations are monopolists – and much more. They’ve quickly assumed extraordinary influence over our lives. They control what we know, what we see and how we spend our time. They decide who knows our most intimate secrets. They are acquiring the kind of power totalitarian governments of the past could only dream about.”

As Facebook, Amazon and Uber exert every increasing influence on the market – and our lives, it’s time to make sure we are truly paying attention.

The forgotten coup

Much has been written on the many achievements of great reforming Prime Minister Gough Whitlam since the news of his death and we would like to recommend adding this article by John Pilger to your reading list. Pilger explores Whitlam’s radical attitude towards foreign policy and our colonial ties as a forgotten but critical factor in his political demise.

“Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had “reversed its posture in international affairs so totally without going through a domestic revolution”. Whitlam ended his nation’s colonial servility.”

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Rounding Off

If you missed the last few editions of Renegade Economists make sure you head to our Mixcloud pageand check them out. Matt Ellis from Rational Radical joins Karl for a lively discussion about his petition calling out Senator Nick Xenophon for pushing superannuation access as a vehicle for housing affordability. Last week Karl was joined by Jacob Wills ( to discuss the commodification of housing and the protest movement against the international property convention that was just held in London.

On a lighter note, the G20 summit is fast approaching and we highly recommend giving this latest addition of the Rap News a listen.

As always thanks for your support. You can get involved via our website, or head to our twitter feeds where there’s always plenty of lively discussion – @earthsharing & @don’tbuynow.

See you tomorrow evening for Englobo,
Jess Wright
Office Manager.


John Pilger writes about the forgotten Coup

The forgotten coup – how America and Britain crushed the government of their ‘ally’, Australia

23 October 2014


Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.


Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had “reversed its posture in international affairs so totally without going through a domestic revolution”. Whitlam ended his nation’s colonial servility. He abolished Royal patronage, moved Australia towards the Non-Aligned Movement, supported “zones of peace” and opposed nuclear weapons testing.


Although not regarded as on the left of the Labor Party, Whitlam was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride and propriety. He believed that a foreign power should not control his country’s resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies. He proposed to “buy back the farm”. In drafting the first Aboriginal lands rights legislation, his government raised the ghost of the greatest land grab in human history, Britain’s colonisation of Australia, and the question of who owned the island-continent’s vast natural wealth.


Latin Americans will recognise the audacity and danger of this “breaking free” in a country whose establishment was welded to great, external power. Australians had served every British imperial adventure since the Boxer rebellion was crushed in China. In the 1960s, Australia pleaded to join the US in its invasion of Vietnam, then provided “black teams” to be run by the CIA. US diplomatic cables published last year by WikiLeaks disclose the names of leading figures in both main parties, including a future prime minister and foreign minister, as Washington’s informants during the Whitlam years.


Whitlam knew the risk he was taking. The day after his election, he ordered that his staff should not be “vetted or harassed” by the Australian security organisation, ASIO – then, as now, tied to Anglo-American intelligence. When his ministers publicly condemned the US bombing of Vietnam as “corrupt and barbaric”, a CIA station officer in Saigon said: “We were told the Australians might as well be regarded as North Vietnamese collaborators.”


Whitlam demanded to know if and why the CIA was running a spy base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs, a giant vacuum cleaner which, as Edward Snowden revealed recently, allows the US to spy on everyone. “Try to screw us or bounce us,” the prime minister warned the US ambassador, “[and Pine Gap] will become a matter of contention”.


Victor Marchetti, the CIA officer who had helped set up Pine Gap, later told me, “This threat to close Pine Gap caused apoplexy in the White House… a kind of Chile [coup] was set in motion.”


Pine Gap’s top-secret messages were de-coded by a CIA contractor, TRW. One of the de-coders was Christopher Boyce, a young man troubled by the “deception and betrayal of an ally”. Boyce revealed that the CIA had infiltrated the Australian political and trade union elite and referred to the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, as “our man Kerr”.


Kerr was not only the Queen’s man, he had long-standing ties to Anglo-American intelligence. He was an enthusiastic member of the Australian Association for Cultural Freedom, described by Jonathan Kwitny of the Wall Street Journal in his book, ‘The Crimes of Patriots’, as, “an elite, invitation-only group… exposed in Congress as being founded, funded and generally run by the CIA”. The CIA “paid for Kerr’s travel, built his prestige… Kerr continued to go to the CIA for money”.


When Whitlam was re-elected for a second term, in 1974, the White House sent Marshall Green to Canberra as ambassador. Green was an imperious, sinister figure who worked in the shadows of America’s “deep state”. Known as the “coupmaster”, he had played a central role in the 1965 coup against President Sukarno in Indonesia – which cost up to a million lives. One of his first speeches in Australia was to the Australian Institute of Directors – described by an alarmed member of the audience as “an incitement to the country’s business leaders to rise against the government”.


The Americans and British worked together. In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The Brits were actually decoding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later. One of his ministers, Clyde Cameron, told me, “We knew MI6 was bugging Cabinet meetings for the Americans.” In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield. A deputy director of the CIA said: “Kerr did what he was told to do.”


On 10 November, 1975, Whitlam was shown a top secret telex message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the notorious head of the CIA’s East Asia Division, who had helped run the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier.


Shackley’s message was read to Whitlam. It said that the prime minister of Australia was a security risk in his own country. The day before, Kerr had visited the headquarters of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia’s NSA where he was briefed on the “security crisis”.


On 11 November – the day Whitlam was to inform Parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australia – he was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister. The “Whitlam problem” was solved, and Australian politics never recovered, nor the nation its true independence.


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