Trumped by Fatigue

I wrote these thoughts down on my Facebook page, which I do keep private, however a number of friends have asked to share it, so I’m posting it as a public blog.

Trump fatigue, for me, is now confirmed daily, indeed yesterday, over a wonderful long lunch, a great mate and I discovered we’d reached similar conclusions about Donald Trump (I find it almost offensive to refer to him as President).

We’ve tired of hearing him about him, whatever the comments – perhaps that’s part of the Trump family plan, who knows. To me, it now appears obvious at least half of the American population admire and support him. The Republicans have an almost absolute hold on power and they now appear to applaud his every move, while the Democrats strike me as leaderless and powerless, too wounded to regroup as yet, with no sign of a potential leader on the board.

I think Trump and his family have taken control of the USA, with, it must be said, considerable support from millions of Americans and that support base appears to be increasing. I can see where not only will he complete his first term, he could win a second. The rest of the world needs to accept and work with this strong possibility.

No matter its faults and yes, as with all countries, America has had many, the USA has long been a bastion of democracy, but with the advent of Trump into power, that baton has now unexpectedly passed to Germany, where Angela Merkel, a very conservative middle aged woman with a PhD in Quantum Physics, is without a doubt the torch carrier for democracy and decency.

Trump is basically a blustering, bullying conman, unfortunately, with his finger on the button, treating his new role, as the most powerful ‘leader’ in our world, as orchestrating a game of Monopoly. I doubt the USA will properly recover the dignity and gravitas it has held for so long and certainly the position of President and the White House is compromised to the point of disparaging sneers. I have stood at the gates of the White House in awe of all that it represented, now it just seems some questionable noveau riche family have taken possession. In my time as marketing manager of a luxury car dealership, we used to call such people LOMBARDS – Loads Of Money But A Real Dickhead.

If my thoughts are correct, countries such as Australia – New Zealand is by chance, ahead of the game here – must no longer treat the USA as Lord Protector and great friend. Certainly we should remain friends, but actively pursue a policy of become essentially neutral. However in some ways, it may be a silver lining, giving us a relatively easy path to make a break from a much loved, now senile uncle.

Europe has been left in no doubt that they are on their own and they need to deal with Putin without the backing of Uncle Sam’s fire power. A new order will evolve, with the USA and the UK deliberately becoming more and more isolated. China will undoubtedly move to fill the leadership / power void, which in some ways is probably a good thing – power voids always lead to war. I don’t mean to infer the Chinese are wonderful world citizens, without a selfish game plan or malice, rather better to have the vacuum / void filled by stability.

I for one, would like Australia to declare neutrality, welcoming all diplomatic missions, whether it’s the appointment of an Ambassador, or the visit of another nation’s navy.

Allowing the USA to have major bases in Australia can no longer be regarded as security – Trump’s treatment of Qatar, where the US has a major air force base is proof of that. If it suited his business interests to dump Australia for investments in for example, Indonesia, he’d do it in a tweet. Honour and respect are not features of the Trump regime.

So I’m not going to post anymore about Trump I’m saddened for the many wonderful people and friends in the USA who abhor what is happening, but sadly in my opinion, the US is now dangerously unstable – I really can’t see too much difference between the mad bastard despot in North Korea and the mad increasingly despotic bastard in the White House.

As a footnote, in case any one should conclude I’m some sort of American hater, nothing could be further from the truth, here’s the link to a blog I wrote some years ago, after a couple of days on board the USS Stennis as a guest of the US Navy. Interesting how things change – my room mate for the voyage, was the then Member for Rockingham, he is now Premier of Western Australia.

Arrested Aboard the USS Stennis

Greg Ross

Viagogo – Geneva Based Ticket Resellers – Bullshit to make a Politician Blush!

My wife and I went to Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza show last Saturday – it was so breathtakingly good, I decided to give a daughter to two tickets for her birthday.

Knowing we had a very busy week coming up, when I awoke early on Monday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, I thought I might as well get up, check emails and book the tickets. A bad decision made worse by the fact I ignored warning signals in the back of my brain. To explain.

I Googled Cirque du Soleil, Kooza and up came the relevant site (s) with 5 stars gleaming and hints of glowing reviews. I clicked through. The site seemed different to the site I’d booked our tickets on a couple of weeks previously. There was urgency, flashing messages  –  “You’re third in line,”  “These  tickets are selling quickly,” “Cancel as others are waiting,” classic sales push lines, but there was a similarity to the previous time, where a message would come up asking if I wanted to relinquish the tickets. So although I was a touch uneasy, I kept going.

I wanted two good tickets for the Saturday night show at 8.00pm. The seats came up in what I recognised as a good clear view position and the price, although oddly cheap, was very reasonable. The flashing warnings re wanting the tickets, were by now close to epilepsy inducing.

I’m embarrassed to admit that the pressure confused me, I panicked and filled in the pre-requisite credit card details and my email address etc. “Congratulations!” screamed the flashing message. A page of info flashed up, but was gone before I could register what it was. But all was good, I knew I had the tickets to the show I wanted, at a very reasonable price.

Then another message appeared – “Your tickets will be issued within three days of the event, make sure …blah, blah, blah.” I had not seen any such message when booking the previous tickets, only a message to say the tickets had been booked and I would shortly receive an email with the tickets attached. By now the alarm bells were screaming.

I finally looked more closely at the web address and discovered I wasn’t dealing with Cirque du Soleil at all, it was a company called Viagogo. WTF? Then an email arrived, from Viagogo, telling me my ticket purchase was successful and $191.81 had been taken from my account. A figure which bore no resemblance to the $108.00 total of the two tickets I’d purchased.

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Cirque du Soleil – Kooza

Saturday, 03 June 2017 16:30

Under The Grand Chapiteau, Perth, Australia

Only 6 days until the event!

Tickets for this event are selling fast

Section: 206

 Most popular section

Notes: Unrestricted view (what’s this?) 
 Guaranteed to arrive in time 
 You’ll be seated together

Ticket price AU$ 73.12 per ticket
Number of Tickets 2
Subtotal AU$ 146.25
VAT and Booking Fee  A$20.31 per ticket
Secure Ticket Handling A$2.47 per ticket
TOTAL PRICE AU$ 191.81
This is an approximate conversion. These tickets are listed in RUB. You will pay RUB8,074.

Order Confirmed – 12794082

Congratulations! You’re on your way to see Cirque du Soleil – Kooza at Under The Grand Chapiteau!

Your tickets will be available for download no later than 3 days before the event. We’ll notify you as soon as your tickets are ready for download.

Copyright © viagogo AG 2017 Company Details
Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

_________________________________________________________________________

Then another email arrived from this Viagogo, the tickets were attached, but they bore the name Lyudmila Khalyavine and the show was 4.30pm not 8.00pm. The tickets had a value of $54.00 each on them, but sure enough, I’d paid $191.81, which to be fair, is within the price range I’d originally been looking at.

I knew something was terribly wrong.

I quickly Googled Viagogo and was shocked at the reviews that came up – here’s are two examples (and there are thousands like them):

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THis company is probably the worst i have encountered yet for customer services

They sold me tickets and despite various requests to the terrible customer service that is email only and never gets answered, then weeks later i am still without a row and seat numbers

i am in the process of following up through trading standards, and i suggest all other complainers do the same to get this company addressed

the directors email addresses are as follows
prabhat.shah at viagogo.com
eric.baker at viagogo.com
Steve.roest at viagogo.com

i never got a reply from them either , but i know they were receiving them as i got back out of ofice replies

if you are fortunate enough to read these reviews before you give them any money … DONT DO IT

_______________________________________________________________________

Elina Ivanova

1 review

Published 28 hours ago

SCAMMERS! They stole from my bank account

I ordered 2 tickets for Rolling Stones that cost 260euro each. They billed me a WAY WAY WAY higher price, informing me about “ADDITIONAL FEES” AFTER the payment of 2х260 was confirmed with a window that appeared for 30 seconds on my screen and can not be seen anymore. I HAVE NOT APPROVED a payment of a different sum.

They are obligated to inform their customers BEFORE they take their money. Otherwise they can take whatever they want from your account, saying that you have agreed.

I have NOT agreed for any additional services charges, nor policies, terms&conditions and etc. I agreed for a price of 260 euro per ticket.
I’m not discussing that the real price, mentioned on the tickets is 180 euro. I’m discussing that thy have billed me 712 euro instead of 520 without ANY explanation ! That is a robbery!!!!!

They refuse to give money back, they refuse to send me an invoice or explain why they have taken money from my account without approval.

I will contact customer rights in UK now.

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This was worldwide deception, cunning and theft on a scale Donald Trump would be proud of and it seemed nobody had any success in contacting Viagogo Geneva. I rang Mastercard.

“I’m sorry Mr Ross, we can see the $191.81 has come out of your account, but it has been fully approved by you. There is nothing we can do at this stage. We know this company, they are a legitimate ticket on-seller. They sell tickets on behalf of other people to the highest bidder. Unfortunately people don’t often realise they’re in a bidding situation and often the price of the tickets is far higher than people thought”

“What can I do, if anything?” I asked.

“Very little at this stage,” the lady replied, “However we often find the tickets have been sold to several different parties and whoever gets to the entry gate first, gets; the seats, anybody else misses out. In fact sometimes we find the seats don’t actually exist, but we can’t do anything unless those conditions present themselves, as you’ve approved the purchase.”

“So what can I do?”

“Although you are disputing the event time, we know from experience that a screen has popped up too quickly for anybody to take in, specifying the time, date and price of the purchase. You will have to attend the event entry gate at the time of the specified show and if you get in to the seats, then that’s what you authorised and there is no come back. If however, you find somebody else already has those tickets and you can’t be admitted, or if indeed the tickets are false, then you can claim with us.”

“Bloody Hell!” I replied, “It’s a very smooth con!”

“I can only say that we are aware of this company Mr Ross, all you can do is what I suggested.”

“Do you think it would help if I wrote to Cirque du Soleil asking if the tickets were legitimate?”

”That’s a very good idea, however a lot of companies will not answer emails on that topic, but yes, it’s worth a try. If they were to tell you the tickets weren’t correct, we could act immediately.” I thanked her for her advice and emailed Cirque du Solei’s head office in Montreal, as follows:

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Sent: Monday, 29 May 2017 5:18 AM To: ‘contact@cirquedusoleil.com’
Subject: Re: Possible False Tickets

Hi  people

I’m looking for a little help, in that I think I may have been scammed. To explain, my wife and I went to the Kooza show here in Perth on Friday (26th May) night, it was so brilliant, I decided to buy two tickets for one of my daughters (birthday present). However the ticket site suddenly seemed different and it became very strange, not like the Cirque site I’d used before.

It’s turned out to be something called Viagogo – which it’s all over the internet, is a scam. Certainly two tickets came through by email, however they’re in the name of a Lyudmila Khalyavine and completely different seats to what I thought I was purchasing and the early Saturday show, not the evening show!  It gets worse, the tickets have a value of $54.00 on them, which doesn’t match your prices and of course, $191.81 came out of my credit account.

Realising I’ve been conned, I then bought two replacement tickets from the proper Cirque du Soleil site, this time for the Friday (2nd June) 8.30pm show.

I’ve rung my credit card provider and they tell me they can’t do anything unless I find that the tickets can’t be used, hence this email to you. I need to know if the tickets are legitimate and hope you’ll be able to tell me.

The ticket numbers are: 727 697 169 679 197 483  and 963 917 119 106 151 918

They are Section 206, Row S, seats 1 and 2.

I guess if they’re usable, I’ll have to wear it, but hopefully they’re not.

Apologies for bothering you, any information you can give me, as soon as convenient, would be very much appreciated. I have attached a copy of the tickets.

Many thanks for any assistance you’re able to offer.

Kind regards

Greg Ross

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In less than 24 hours, Cirque du Soleil sent me the following email:
Subject: Re: [#4072161] Re: Possible False Tickets

Bonjour,

Thank you for your message!

The tickets you have purchased through Viagogo do not show up in our system nor does the name on the tickets.

If you have any other questions, contact our Customer Contact Centre by telephone or by e-mail and one of our agents will assist you with pleasure.

Bonne journée!

Naseem
Cirque du Soleil™
Customer Contact Centre
Centre Contact Clients
Canada & USA : 1-877-9 CIRQUE (247783)
International : 00-800-1-548-0000 or 0011-800-1-548-0000
services.clients@cirquedusoleil.com

_________________________________________________________________________

Yep, the tickets were bullshit. I immediately sent the correspondence to Mastercard and they have now raised a complaint, they have also told me they would prefer I replace my credit card, as it’s not unknown for Viagogo to make further deductions.

I think I’ve been saved in the nick of time, although it may well take a week or so before the money is refunded to my account, which could be catastrophic for somebody on a lean budget trying to buy a present and there are countless tales of people thinking they’ve bought tickets, albeit at a scalpers prices, then booking flights and accommodation to attend the concert or football match – When I told my wife what I’d done, she said, “Oh my God, Viagogo have been ripping off soccer fans in Germany! They are terrible!”

I don’t mind looking like a fool if my story helps other people.

IF YOU SEE THE NAME VIAGOGO – GET OUT OF THEIR SITE.

I also think it’s high time both Google and Facebook accepted some responsibility for the bullshit advertisers on their sites. Governments should force Google and Facebook to pay into a fund to reimburse consumers ripped off by shonky advertisers.

Greg Ross

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/24/viagogo-who-runs-it-and-who-owns-it

Ticket scalping and resale websites – Choice

https://www.choice.com.au/shopping/everyday-shopping/…/ticket-resale-websites

Mar 8, 2017 – When CHOICE visited Viagogo to check out prices to Adele’s upcoming tour, we found listings for the “Cheapest in Sydney!” at $145. Far from it: …

 

Supercars in Perth – Sensational, but What’s Gone Wrong?

Supercars Perth Sunday 7th May 2017

A couple of photos of each car, in Driver alphabetical order. The photos were taken on the Sunday, during qualifying and the race. I do have approximately a dozen photos of each car on file - too many to post here

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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_blanchard-1.jpg]20Tim Blanchard 21
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_brabham-1.jpg]20Mathew Brabham 3
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_bright-1.jpg]10Jason Bright 56
[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_bright-2.jpg]10
[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_caruso-1.jpg]10Michael Caruso 23
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_coultard-1.jpg]10Fabian Coultard 12
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_courtney-1.jpg]00James Courtney 22
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_davison-1.jpg]00Will Davison 19
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_de-silvestro-1.jpg]00Simone De Silvestro 78
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_holdsworth-1.jpg]00Lee Holdsworth 18
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_lowndsie-1.jpg]00Craig Lowndes 888
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_moffat-1.jpg]00James Moffat 34
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_mostert-1.jpg]00Chas Mostert 55
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_percat-1.jpg]00Nick Percat 8
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_pye-1.jpg]00Scott Pye 2
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_r-kelly-1.jpg]00Rick Kelly 15
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_reynolds-1.jpg]00David Reynolds 9
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_rulo-1.jpg]00Alex Rullo 62
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_scotty-1.jpg]00Scott McLaughlin 17
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_slade-1.jpg]00Tim Slade 14
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_t-kelly-1.jpg]00Todd Kelly 7
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_tander-1.jpg]00Garth Tander 33
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_van-gisbergen-1.jpg]00Shane Van Gisbergen 97
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_waters-1.jpg]00Cameron Waters 6
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_whincup-1.jpg]00Jamie Whincup 88
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_winterbottom-1.jpg]00Mark Winterbottom 5
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[img src=http://www.gregross.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/supercars-perth-7th-may-2017/thumbs/thumbs_wood-1.jpg]00Dale Wood 99
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This gallery features a couple of shots of each car, in alphabetical order (Driver’s surname)

With DJR Team Penske taking it to Red Bull and passing them, plus Chas Mostert finding his mojo again, not to mention Garth Tander and GRM turning into a remarriage made in Heaven, Supercars has become exciting again, (not before time!), but sadly, here in Western Australia, the fans don’t seem to buying it, nor for that matter are the sponsors –  the event and the WA Sporting Car Club appear unable to attract sponsorship dollars.

I haven’t seen official attendance figures, however the crowd on Sunday was barely a crowd, there were metres and metres of blank white advertising fencing around the circuit and very little in the way of merchandising. It was particularly telling at the Red Bull trailer, where the girls were actively trying to give away material and pull people into the stand. Last year, the same girls were dismissively offhand – “Sorry, if you’re not a team member, there’s no sense in queuing, or trying to buy anything.”

Of course, the boom times are over in the West – yes, they’ll be back, but not for a couple of years, people simply don’t have the discretionary dollars, times are tough and it’s very expensive to live in Perth. Yet that reality doesn’t seem to have registered with Supercars management. A family of five (mum, dad and three kids would pay around $300.00 to get in, plus another $100.00 – $150.00 for pit passes, then there’s food, drink and the inevitable merchandising souvenirs. I very much doubt a family of five would get away with paying less than around $600.00+ for the day.

Last year, Supercars introduced the ‘Meet the Drivers’ walk, it was free, extremely popular and worked, a really great idea, letting the fans get up close to their heroes. So successful, they dropped it this year! A friend of ours asked various officials (around the Control Tower area), whether it was happening again, but nobody could give her an answer. Now I don’t know the reasons why, but the ongoing lack of interest in grass roots fans will eventually bite – perhaps it already is and as I mentioned earlier, there is already a lack of interest by potential sponsors.

Scotty Celebrates!

The bogan in every Aussie motor racing fan loves a victory burn - out and Scotty McLaughlin didn't let us down - he had a lot to celebrate with a hugely successful weekend in the West!

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Yet, there was a great programme on the Sunday, although nothing really happened until around 10.30am – once upon a time, you needed to be at the track by 8.00am, or you’d miss the start of the excitement. Not this time. We used to plan on leaving the house by 6.30am at the latest, to try and get there by 8.00am. On Sunday, we didn’t leave home until 8.15am and after having parked the car and caught the free bus to the circuit, plus queueing to pick up our tickets, we were walking by the corporate boxes by 9.05am.

Stadium Super Trucks at Barbagallo Raceway May 2017

Stadium Super Trucks is the official name, but I very quickly named it Cut Snake (as in mad) Racing. It's the first time this circus has come to Perth and it is magnificent entertainment, with drivers giving a real show - a sort of racing wrestling. I've posted quite a few photos, in sequence, as they whole thing was almost unbelievable, But I'll let the photos do the talking.

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The Stadium Super Trucks were a magnificent addition, pure entertainment, even the corporate guests became animated! Absolutely wonderful stuff and the Australian GT Championship round was beautiful to watch – incredible racing and stunning cars. But no sign of the Dunlop Super 2 Series? And I don’t know whether it was just me, but the Supercars sounded far louder than the last couple of years – my ears are still ringing, good to see – hear? There ain’t nothing like 25 V8s straining at the leash waiting for the green light. We sure as hell don’t want Supercars to become the pussy sounding event that F1 has become!

Australian GT Racing Championships, Perth Round, Sunday 7th May 2017

This is a fabulous race series and all motor sport fans are very grateful to see the teams make the long journey across the desert to the West. The racing was full on, long and genuine. I haven't sorted the photos out into team order, rather I've left them in sequence, to tell the story of the day's racing.

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I’ve long thought the whole Supercar circus was getting out of hand in terms of costs to both teams and fans, even the TV broadcasts have become ludicrously expensive with the Foxtel deal taking the cake as an absolute rip off. There comes a time when events and goods simply price themselves out of the market. Sure, fans might initially be angry and miss not being able to afford to attend a race meeting, or watch the broadcast from another state, but at some point they will replace their interest with enthusiasm for something else and if the kids don’t grow up with the sport, they probably won’t form an adult interest. Less teenagers are getting driving licences, at some stage, it will no longer be a rite of passage and interest in motorsport will wane. The accountants at Supercars have been very successful, it’s just a shame they obviously regard marketing as unnecessary. Something needs to change and certainly there is a desperate need for change here in Perth.

It is of course, easy to point a finger at organisations and in the case of the WA Sporting Car Club, one feels terrible doing so – the club is made up of wonderful volunteers who love their motorsport and give their heart and souls to ensure race days (and there are a lot of them during the year), are a success, but it is obvious management at the club has dropped the ball, in terms of the Supercars round. I don’t wish to offend, however I love the sport and don’t want to see it fade away, as the approach to marketing and sales has fallen short of what’s required in an admittedly tough environment. The metres of blank signage space is testament to a failure at some level.

Barbagallo Raceway May 2017

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Nobody’s asking me, but if I was organising things for next year’s event, I’d create excitement in the lead-up, by staging a family friendly event at the track prior to the Supercars, make it affordable, encourage mum to come along, have a marquee for mums, where they get a manicure – perhaps a talk by Simone De Silvestro – I’m sure Harvey Norman would contribute, give families a special deal on tickets for the Supercars event. Throw in driver education for young people with recognised motorsport figures. As for advertising space around the circuit – if you’ve got to offer deals, do so! The market dictates. Go in early.

The opportunity is also there to have a good sized truck and machinery display during the Supercars round – Roger Penske didn’t come to Perth as he likes the weather! WA is a big market (in Australian terms) for his products and most blokes who like motorsport also like and quite possibly work with trucks and machinery. As anybody who’s attended the DTM racing rounds in Europe knows, the car manufacturers all have great displays on race weekends, admittedly, it won’t happen here – Barbagallo, the main luxury car dealer in Perth, already has the track naming rights and attendant signage, but does their contract forbid other manufacturers from displaying or advertising at the track? Perhaps for cars, (and boats?), but not for trucks and machinery.

There is much to be talked about, both with potential corporate partners and sponsors and also the State government, this is a wonderful exciting event. The basis is there to rebuild on, the drivers and teams gave us fantastic racing and excitement, Supercars and the WA Sporting Car Club owe it to them and the fans to bring the soul back into the circus.

PS: A couple of records were broken during Sunday’s Supercar round – no safety car and Roland Dane didn’t appear on television moaning.

Greg Ross

 

Nurse / Patient Ratios

I’m currently receiving multiple ‘same question’ emails from nurses re my position on nurse / patient ratios, obviously part of a well-orchestrated campaign, not that I have anything against that, or nurses!

I note WA nurses are campaigning strongly for a 1:4 nurse to patient ratio, while not professing to be any sort of expert in hospital management, it is a relatively easy task to call up world wide research into nurse patient ratios, although a touch time consuming.

Several USA based  research papers demonstrate irrefutable statistical proof that hospitals with a nurse patient ration of 1:8 have five more deaths per 1,000 patients than hospitals with a 1:4 ratio.

However in some ways, there is no correct answer – some low risk hospitals  or wards, are perfectly safe and manageable on a 1:8  ratio, while ICU units may well require a ratio of 1:1 0r 1:2 and  palliative care units may work very well on a 1:6 0r 1:8 ratio.

Other factors include wards where post-operative patients regularly  arrive  throughout the day, different days may mean a heavy operation schedule requires a nurse patient ratio of 1:2, rather than a normal 1:4. Staggered shift starts are one method of dealing with this issue.

The WA Nurses Federation makes an interesting point in that nurse / patient ratios go out the window with patients stacked in corridors – I’ve experienced this as a patient and  witnessed it as a friend, I suspect corridor stacking is rife in Perth, through no fault of medical staff.

I realise, through financial mismanagement by the Liberal Party and an unwillingness by WA Liberals to take on the insanity of the GST carve up (which the Liberal Party was responsible for),  money is very tight and best practise simply may not be immediately possible. However my thoughts are that we should set immediate targets and long term (three year targets, as follows:

  1. All major hospitals and private hospitals to immediately (with a three month grace period – to locate staff) to introduce a 1:6 nurse patient ratio for wards other than ICU.
  2. All ICU wards to immediately introduce (with a three month grace period to locate staff) a 1:3 ratio
  3. All wards on busy post-op days to immediately introduce 1:3 ratios (a three month grace period to secure staff)
  4. All major hospitals, public and private, to introduce 1:4 standard nurse /patient ratios within three years.
  5. The absurdity of nurse (all medical staff), paying for parking at hospitals, must immediately cease. It is gouging people for whom public transport is of little value.

Greg Ross

Vote Greg Ross 1 for Midland

 

 

Who the Hell is Greg Ross and Why Midland?

 

Who the Hell is Greg Ross

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A dad of four and granddad of three, married to Ann (they’ve just celebrated their second wedding anniversary). After a long period in West Australian tourism as a tour guide driver (something he still loves), followed by many years in the corporate sales and marketing world, roles including marketing Barbagallo Group marketing manager, Dowerin Field Days CEO and marketing manager / joint acting CEO of Yirra Yaakin Theatre, Greg retired from the corporate world to follow his passions of writing, photography, acting and music (a freelance journalist for some 20 years and a past guest lecturer at WAAPA on Arts Marketing), working occasionally as a FIFO road train driver to keep the wolf from the door.

His personal and business experience has given him a unique outlook on life in Western Australia – he’s seen how it is on both sides of the fence – the corporate world and the blue collar battler territory. A passionate believer in the Aussie ethos of a fair go, he has become more and more concerned at the lack of support and respect for working people, pensioners, the long term injured, including police and service men and women, plus the horrendous constantly rising cost of living versus an ongoing steep decline in real wages.

A deep concern at the realities of major party politics, with a belief that more often than not, the party is more important than the voters, led to him standing as an Independent at the 2013 WA State election, for the electorate of Kalamunda. Greg had played a major role with the City Gatekeepers in the fight to try and stop the Elizabeth Quay vanity project and the insidious Development Assessment Panels (DAPs). The same dedicated group could also see the unrestrained spending of the Barnett Liberal government was dangerously speculative when balanced against the inevitability of an end to the mining boom, Greg and the others in the group tried to warn voters that the light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming locomotive.

As history shows, Greg wasn’t elected and the Liberals won in a landslide, but as we all witnessed, the mining boom did burst and financially, WA slipped into inexcusable debt, with a situation where our population is now in decline, full time employment is being replaced by part time and casual work and the state has been brought to its knees financially.

Worse, while the Liberal and National parties complained bitterly to all and sundry that the GST carve-up was killing WA financially, there was an obvious reluctance to find a way to fix it. The major parties are run by Eastern States head offices and in the case of One Nation, policy is fiercely dictated by a Queensland head office. Not only that, current West Australian Federal parliamentarians seem singularly uninterested in the ludicrous GST situation.

Julie Matheson approached Greg to run as a candidate, her concerns for her beloved Western Australia matched Greg’s and, with his wife Ann’s permission, he accepted, specifically requesting that he be allowed to stand for the electorate of Midland.

Why Midland?

Greg loves trains and Midland has a marvellous historical railway history. In his days as the Barbagallo Group marketing manager, he staged the first event at the then dilapidated railway workshops. The MRA was just about to begin the redevelopment and CEO Kieran Kinsella was delighted with Greg’s ‘off the planet’ themed event. The event launched the new Audi A4 and featured a live steam train, vampires and even James Bond rescuing a fair maiden. Some time later Greg and Ann moved to live in Woodbridge, virtually next door to the Midland Railway Workshops

 

Audi A4 Launch Midland Railway Workshops

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Midland is a wonderful mix of people and cultures, from Noongar, through to Indian Ocean countries and Europe, with a rich cultural history and a natural geographical position as the gateway to the East or the City of Perth. Yet it’s been neglected in the past, as a councillor said the other week, “Midland is a place you pass through on the way to somewhere else.” However development is now happening, as the city spreads out across the coastal plain, however at what cost is the sixty four dollar question? The City of Swan has just voted to develop the town’s only oval, in spite of widespread public disagreement. There is also major disquiet at plans to destroy an old hotel for yet another service station, once again, the community is not being listened to and certainly the current Liberal government is not exactly renowned for its belief in community over development. What inevitably occurs when development accelerates, is ordinary people get pushed out, simply because rents and purchase prices rise as places become gentrified, single income people, those on a pension, or those without a job, will find themselves pushed further and further out of town. The soul of a place often disappears – Subiaco is a prime example of how to kill off both the spirit and the viability of a community. Greg feels he can help people keep the community going, while ensuring reasonable and much needed development continues.

Campaign Dream – Don’t Tell Me I’m Dreaming! Together we can make it happen!

Greg is passionate about pushing every agenda possible to fix the insanity of the GST system, he specifically wants to look after pensioners, unemployed people, Indigenous issues, long term injured workers, tourism and road safety and has a passion for the arts and education.

He feels voters are now understanding the benefits of committed, reflective and passionate small parties and that the old two or three major party system is broken and no longer serves either the State of Western Australia or the nation.

The Mythology of Drunken, Raging, Raping Muslim Men Running Rampant in Germany

As with most of us, I like to think the mainstream media outlets in western democratic societies are fundamentally reliable in terms of providing us with genuine proven news, along with unbiased reporting and expert analysis. Certainly the ultra conservative bias of the  Murdoch media empire is obvious to all, but that in itself is no real problem, the reader or viewer can easily judge where the fact ends and loathing begins. It’s become so obvious it’s now humorous.

Of course opinion is an end-product of detailed examination, consequently opinion pieces and Letters to the Editor provide for stimulating debate.

I’ve long been a writer of letter to newspaper editors and grateful that editorial staff often see fit to print my letters. As I live in Perth, naturally the staff at the West Australian newspaper are more often burdened with my thoughts on matters important to me, than Eastern states based media. I genuinely only write if I care / see a wrong that should be rectified, or indeed a right that should be praised.

As any inveterate letter writer knows, they’re not always published – another may write of the same topic more succinctly, or perhaps the editor feels there is little public interest in continuing a debate. However for the first time, I am feeling a little uneasy about a letter of mine not being published, in fact it’s three letters, on the same topic, over three years, all written in answer to the letters of others. Normally that still wouldn’t give me any cause for reflection, however the topic happens to be Muslim people and their behaviour.

This latest occasion centres around a letter published in the West Australian on Wednesday 15th February (this week). As you will read in the copy below, the writer  is overjoyed at finding some of the Muslim faith drink, personally I’m more concerned at Christian priests and ministers sexually abusing children, but it seems Muslims are the real danger to our society. But that’s not what prompted me to pen a reply to his letter.

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The writer goes on, as have others in the past couple of years, to warn that Muslim men are running rampant through Germany and Sweden, molesting women. I am married to a German and my wife and I spend at least two months in Germany and Europe every year, often longer. This so called fact, is an example of fake news, it is patently incorrect, worse, it is stirring up racial and religious intolerance on a falsehood. The letter I wrote to the West Australian in response (on the same day) is as follows:

While my observations concur with Charles Hunt’s statement re Muslims drinking alcohol as apparently negotiable (as indeed is the consumption of pork for many Jewish people these days), as a frequent traveller to Germany (married to a German), I take strong issue with Mr Hunt’s assertion that drunken Muslim men are running rampant through the streets molesting women. One is far more likely to see neo-Nazis actively pursuing hatred and vitriol in the streets. My experience of Muslim men in Germany, is they are unfailingly polite and courteous, almost always offering to help women and the elderly with suitcases and shopping etc at street crossings and railway stations.

Greg Ross

I am open to criticism that my reply may have been badly composed and there were a couple of spelling mistakes (the letter was composed on my phone), however it worries me that the West Australian seems content with printing letters from people making these assertions, (which in these uncertain times), many may choose to believe, yet they don’t appear to want a dissenting, experienced view aired. Given the orchestrated fear of Islam and Muslim people constantly created by fanatical, lunatic terrorists and governments such as the Abbott / Turnbull circus, or the increasingly bizarre President Trump,  I feel saddened that mainstream media appears to be allowing the festering flames of intolerance to go unchecked.

As Paul Simon wrote in that beautiful song … “Silence like a cancer grows.”

Greg Ross

 

Reality vs Political Promise in Western Australia

Pigs A Flying

Here in the West, the major parties and their respective leaders are promising to fix anything and everything that’s wrong with Western Australia and Pauline, the Liberal’s new best friend, is saying what  Liberals don’t want to be seen saying, spraying venom against anyone she doesn’t perceive as being “Astrayan”.  I’d like to raise both the tone of the debate and the plight of many people working in our state.

The cost of living has been spiralling out of control for several years, day to day costs are genuinely horrendous, most families could not get by without two incomes. Just the other day, would be replacement Premier, Liza Harvey, tweeted that the Liberals had kept the power going, neglecting to mention that under her party’s stewardship, the cost of power has become so expensive for families, power bills are now sent monthly with reminder messages to consumers that their bill is due in “three days” etc.

Meanwhile, real wages have been dropping dramatically over the last 18 months and available work is increasingly part time or casual. Many jobs are being converted to casual, as a method of circumventing holiday and sick pay requirements. Indeed, in reversal of past practice, casual rates are now often less than full time rates of pay – the carrot being, “If you work for us for a period of months, we might offer you full time employment at a higher rate of pay!”  If you look up from your screen, you may well see a sounder of swine flying by.

As I write this, at a mining camp in WA, I’m watching a group of workers, who’ve just been given the news, the sub-contractor company they work for, through no fault of that company, has lost the job to the main contractor. To add insult to injury, they are being asked to train their replacements, who are coming in to do the same job for almost exactly half the rate of pay – from $36.00 per hour down to $18.00ph. These guys, who were already working casually, albeit with continual work, will all be unemployed by the end of next week. The shareholders of the European based company will no doubt be ecstatic at this year’s AGM, with the cost reduction achieved.

All of these guys have kids, mortgages and bills to pay. At this stage, they don’t care about balancing budgets, burqas, Roe 8, Elizabeth Quay, or Metronet, they want a secure job, so they can pay their bills and look after their families, but nobody seems to care. And if anyone thinks this is an isolated incident, it has become the norm.

I’m going to say that I care, that’s why I’ve made the decision to stand for Midland – somebody has to fight for ordinary working people and their families.

Greg Ross

Candidate for Midland

Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party

 

Greg Ross – the Considered Alternative Safe Choice for Midland.

 

Fours years after campaigning very hard as an Independent for the Lower House seat of Kalamunda (see the story at this link: http://www.gregross.com.au/news-and-opinion/so-you-think-that-you-might-like-to-go-to-the-show-the-trials-of-a-first-time-battle-scarred-independent/ ), I unexpectedly found myself being asked by Julie Matheson if I would consider running as a candidate for her party – Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party.

It’s fair to say, I expressed an initial reluctance and declined the invitation to once again run for Kalamunda. What I had learnt during the 2013 campaign, was that the blue collar workers and ordinary people in the working class suburbs of the Kalamunda State electorate, such as Maddington, were very supportive, but the rusted on Liberal supporters of the more leafy sections of the electorate where not at all enthusiastic, burgeoning state debt and Liberal Party infighting were preferable to some roadtrain driver in a hi-vis shirt! I vowed to myself that if ever I was silly enough to put myself through the pain of a campaign again, it would be Midland – the long term Labor seat had almost gone to Liberal – Labor retained it by just 24 votes, such was the dissatisfaction of the electorate, yet I instinctively knew it had been a protest vote. I thought the sitting member would probably retire at the 2017 State election and Labor would offer a new face, but that hasn’t happened. Yes, a small redistribution has weighted the seat a little more in favour of Labor, but it’s only a small percentage, in reality Midland is now one of the most marginal seats in Australia, it’s on a knife edge politically. Yet, I am sure neither party is particularly interested in the voters and their day to day needs, other than as a means to gain power. Call me naïve, but I just don’t think it should be that way.

To add to the complexity, Pauline Hanson’s one Nation Party is now looming as the go-to party for a protest vote, but I wondered if voters would realise a vote for One Nation would always be a vote for the Liberal Party.

Having satisfied myself that Julie’s aims and aspirations were aligned with mine – I particularly liked the fact that she has a wonderful Aboriginal candidate for Fremantle, as well as people from all over the world (and Oz of course!) proudly displaying their Australian Citizenship certificates. I became even more interested when she told me that a friend, Russell Goodrick, was going to run for the East Metropolitan Upper House seat. I asked if I could offer myself as the Lower House candidate for Midland, and Julie readily agreed.

I rang my wife Ann (she’s overseas visiting her mum at the moment) and asked her what she thought. Her initial reaction was to have me certified for Graylands, but on her third glass of champagne, she became enthusiastic. I then emailed my employer (I’m a FIFO worker), he was marvellous and readily agreed to give me time off, even telling me I’ d be an excellent MP for the people. I’m still going to work some of the time, but hopefully I’ll have enough time to reach out to Midland people. We don’t have the enormous advertising budgets of the major parties and from past experience, most of the main stream media will no doubt treat us as no-hope losers who have no right offering ourselves for election, interesting, when you look back on how many journos fawned over Troy Buswell and Dean Nalder etc. I must add that in the last State election, apart from the marvellous, utterly ethical Post Newspapers under Bret Christian, I found 882 6PR Talkback Radio to be the fairest in terms of giving all candidates and parties an opportunity, no quarter was given, hard, but fair, exactly as it should be. It’s almost as if one needs permission from elite journalists to run as a candidate, but hey, that’s the game, roll with it. And so to the hard slog:

A vote for One Nation is a vote for the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party nationally is actively working against pensioners and people who through no fault of their own need welfare support, while here in WA, the Liberal / National Party coalition has proven to be financially disastrous – now they want to sell Western Power to try and claw money back, power prices will skyrocket even more. The Liberal Party is the party of big business – there’s nothing wrong with big successful business, however the ordinary worker is of no interest.

Labor will probably get in, but will unions allow the concerns and wishes of ordinary working people to take precedence over union demands and excesses? Labor has a number of candidates who’ve been in parliament for a long time and are desperate to get back into power and become Ministers once again. There’s nothing inherently wrong with ambition, however Ministers are very busy people, that’s why you usually don’t see them in their electorate until the next election. Sure, they might really like their electorate, but they don’t have time to service the people properly.

We’re all seeing the headlines with the same old promises being trotted out, only to be broken the morning after the election. We all know the money is not there to pay for the promises. If the Liberal Party gets back in, they’ll sell Western Power, then tell us things have got tighter and they can’t do the things they’ve promised – well, history tells us Barnett will continue on with a vanity project or two.

If Labor gets in, within a week, they’re going to tell us they’ve gone through the books and the situation is far worse than they were led to believe, consequently they’ll have to drop their promises. Yes, they’ll probably be telling the truth, but the reality is the promises will not eventuate.

Now I can’t make them keep their promises, as I believe we are too far in debt – we are already borrowing to pay the fortnightly public service wages bill, but I can go in to fight for you against utility price rises, aggressive public service and utility actions and Development Assessment Panels and councils selling off public land to developers and so on, as a voice not beholden to big business, unions, or a party run by the eastern states, with zero interest in Western Australia, other than as a piggy bank to be raided as necessary.

I know a lot of people wish to make a protest vote – we’ve seen how effective protest votes can be – look at Nick Xenophon in South Australia – he has no affiliation with Labor, Liberal, the Greens, or One Nation, his SOLE concerns are South Australia and the people who voted him in, I admire what he does, as a person of principle and my aim would be to look after the people of Midland and the good of WA, in the same way he does. Take a look at the candidates the Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party offers – people from all walks of life and many nationalities, we are a genuine Western Australian party, inclusive and determined to see small business boom, jobs created and reward for hard work, while at the same time looking after those who need a helping hand. I believe I am the safe, considered Lower House choice for Midland voters, whether disaffected, Labor or Liberal.

Kind regards

Greg

Greg Ross

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