You couldn't make it up......

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  1. sterling-nz

    sterling-nz Well-Known Member

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I remember DJT getting flamed by the left and MSM for comments back in early 2017 noting what was happening to Sweden. I guess if the MSM don't cover it, it didn't happen.
     
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    Everyone else could see it but them. Now they must live in the rubble. They must be proud.
     
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    God Almighty we're stupid.

    Corruption is the business du jour in Queensland it seems.

    The Queensland Government has been accused of "complete hypocrisy" for ignoring its own "Buy Queensland" policy and choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state's major hospitals.

    French-owned Lactalis and Chinese owned Lion Dairy and Drinks won the tender to supply the Metro North Hospital and Health Service for the next two years, with a Government spokesperson saying a larger supplier was needed to fulfil the complex contract.

    "It's a slap in the face," Maleny Dairies manager Peter Falcongreen said.

    "We are 100 per cent Queensland owned, 100 per cent Queensland employees — all the business chain with the farms and all their families and all the businesses that they support running their farms — are all Queenslanders."

    "Any implication that the tender was too big for us is a complete falsehood. It's a complete hypocrisy."

    "hypocrisy"! Ha. Try corruption writ large.

    Last year Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched a new multi-billion-dollar Queensland Procurement Strategy called "Buy Queensland".

    It promised a major shift in the way the Government bought or hired supplies and services — pledging to support local businesses and jobs, reduce transport and prioritise regional Queensland when it purchased food and beverages.

    Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper said he was gutted his company lost the tender to foreign-owned companies after donating time to attending the Government's "Buy Local" marketing events at the Brisbane Ekka and Sirromet wines.

    "It's a load of hogwash, we feel like fools after believing the Government. They were spruiking that they were going to buy local and they've ignored their own policy," Mr Hopper said.

    "I would have had no problem if they had chosen an Australian-owned processor over us.

    "For them to be flying the flag Queenslanders for Queensland and buying local, they're not doing that are they? They're not looking after their locals, they were shopping around and went with foreign companies."

    Metro North Hospital and Health Service employs more than 19,000 staff and treats more than 1 million patients each year, with dairy products provided to thousands of patients and staff daily.

    Acting Health Minister Leeanne Enoch said the bulk of the contract went to Lactalis, whose national office is based at the Pauls' milk factory in South Brisbane.

    "The Palaszczuk Government knows the importance of supporting local providers wherever possible," Ms Enoch said.

    "The successful contractor was the only tenderer able to supply the full range of full and low-fat products required including milk, cheese and yoghurt, to meet the dietary standards and varied requirements of patients.

    "They're also the largest milk processer in Queensland and the biggest buyer of raw milk in Queensland."

    The Government said less than 3 per cent of the contract was being filled by Lion Dairy for a very niche product that only they produce, used in some patient diets.

    "Due to the volumes and complexity of some contracts, larger suppliers are often required to fulfil these requirements," a Government statement said.

    However, Mr Falcongreen maintained the tender allowed for not being able to supply all products and Maleny Dairies nominated Norco as the other Australian-owned dairy company to assist in supply.

    "A significant component of the tender was about demonstrating capacity — we had to prove through documentation that we could supply the volume and had there been any risk we would not have wasted two weeks of our time putting the proposal forward — this volume was easy for us," Mr Falcongreen said.

    Maleny Dairies is currently supplied by 11 South East Queensland farms and in recent years has invested more than $9 million in factory improvements, including installing two robots on the production line to increase efficiencies and processing capacity.

    "We would have taken on another farm [if we had won the contract] and all the time we are gearing up so that we are a capable company to move forward and this is what it's all about, what better way than to help patients get better than by giving them healthy milk," Mr Hopper said.

    Since deregulation, the number of Queensland dairy farms has been decimated, from 1,500 to around 300.

    Low milk prices, drought and rising grain prices have devastated the industry.

    Ms Enoch said almost all the milk provided to patients and staff would be fresh milk, with as much as possible from Queensland dairies.

    "Where milk can't be sourced from Queensland, it's sourced from interstate, not overseas," she said.
     
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    Yeah those people are screwed and will be bred out within a few generations. I would hate life is I lived anywhere in europe. Not that theyve ever really had any rights but now they have less.
    Best thing the french can do is do what they do best! RUN!
     
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    I must admit I do find it funny when US peoples comment on Europe's lack of "freedom". As an objective observer who has traveled and met many people from both places, I can honestly tell you that the US comments are vastly more uninformed.
     
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    Was listening to a podcast the other day about wealth redistribution and the expert being interviewed reckoned that Europe was more equitable wealth wise than the US.

    A bit surprised I was. Has implications for wealth creation strategies too.
     
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    I wonder if that expert was talking about countries with EU membership or other? Norway, a non EU member state has a USD1.0 trillion sovereign wealth fund and I suspect they aren't about to share that with any other country.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ws-to-record-10-trillion-crowns-idUSKBN1X41AO
     
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    I have many family members that live across different areas in Europe and many often complain about the lack of freedoms in Australia when they visit. They all joke that we are a nanny state.

    For the most part countries have on average the same amount of freedoms, just some in different areas then others. For example, a business will have more freedoms in China then the US, but as a reporter you have more freedoms in the US then in China.
     
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    I'm not sure. The implications for political policy are that we may well see more drastic redistributive legislation in the US than may occur in Europe, if it happens there at all.
     
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    I have family here from south africa, England, and australia. I know my info is right because it's straight from their mouths. They moved to the usa because of it. But whatever makes you feel better.
    Ive heard too many rediculous stories to question why they wanted out of those places.
     
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    JohnnyBravo300,

    You forget that many Euro types and UK commonwealth folks don't believe that citizens should have the same "rights" that those of us in the US take for granted.

    For example, freedom of speech. I posted the link showing that someone was found guilty and sentenced to jail time for giving a simply political opinion (which happened to be 100% accurate). But since socialists and leftists, etc, need to control the narrative and what its subjects think and feel, they have to punish people who say different. They so have to hide the truth from coming out, that counter opinions must be quashed by force of law.

    Many of these countries punish people for what they call "hate speech", simply because said words cut against the narrative they need to further enslave and brainwash (that's already done) their subjects.

    I can go on and on, such as no legal right to defend yourself in your own home against attacks. Just how f'd up is that? The one place a person should be free to defend themselves and they can't even own a club or pepper spray in some places. We're not even talking guns and knives.

    Such nations would never allow a "bill of rights". What is scary is that many Western folks (probably many posting here), think this is A OK. Of course about 10-20% of their population would not think this way, but the lefty types are always the loudest so they make it seem like everyone else is that way, kind of like US lefties and their controlled news networks, etc., which foreigners read and see and believe as gospel.
     
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    They have enough problem remembering we have a constitution, how can they remember history too.
     
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    For that romantic DIY weekend away with the missus......snag sizzle included.

    https://www.triplem.com.au/story/co...reaming-of-sausage-sizzle-room-service-154604

    Construction Has Started On Australia's First "Bunnings Hotel" & We're Already Dreaming Of Sausage Sizzle Room Service
    Lowest prices just the beginning
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    It certainly hasn't been the easiest start to the year and/ or decade but if January 2020 taught us anything, it's to find the silver lining.

    And this, friends, is the most silver of them all.

    Construction has begun on Australia's first "Bunnings Hotel", which will open its doors in Doncaster, Melbourne, late next year.

    The Bunnings Warehouse itself is something to be marvelled at; a $90 million multi-level building spanning 11,000 square metres and featuring a dual-level car park and playground.

    But the store will then be topped by an Accor hotel which - say 9News - will be including Bunnings sausage sizzles in the all-you-can-eat brekkie buffet.

    The Mercure Melbourne Doncaster will comprise 183 rooms, a rooftop pool and sundeck, a restaurant, bar and outdoor dining space and a fitness centre.

    "We are always looking at opportunities to innovate the design of our stores and we have a number of different forms that cater for the local markets where we operate," said Bunnings Acting General Manager for Property, Garry James.

    "There's no cookie cutter approach; we always assess the local need and what can be achieved in a space."

    Accor Pacific's Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath added: "We are delighted to to commence construction on this flagship Mercure in the heart of Doncaster - our first ever hotel built atop a Bunnings Warehouse."

    No word, though, on whether the Mercure's onion policy will line up with Bunnings'.
     
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