It’s time for a cleanout of links and half-written/baked posts.
Fascinating for MSM watchers
A former Fairfax staffer is starting his own free magazine in collaboration with real estate agents and is expected to win millions in advertising revenue away from Fairfax.
Webber’s nanny state
During the recent furore over Mark Webber’s claims Victoria was a nanny state, I remember being puzzled at Webber’s stance: that he wanted people to be responsible for their actions, but he didn’t want them to suffer any consequences when they did something against the law. Eh??
Anyway, I read this excellent opinion piece by Tony Wright. The arguments of evolving laws, enforcement and standards bringing the road toll down over the years seem logical, but it was the punchline that took my breath away.
Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)
I don’t understand the fuss about the GAIC. Maybe it needs to be tweaked, but the fundamentals… what exactly is wrong with a charge to make landholders contribute to infrastructure in new suburbs, provided (as is proposed) that it only applies when you sell the land?
One argument (pushed by the opposition): Independent studies have shown that Labor’s GAIC would add up to $15,000 to the cost of a new home, further undermining housing affordability in Melbourne. I disagree — homes on the new urban fringe will be some of the most remote, and cheapest available. If the money is used right (and I accept it’s not been shown that the government is capable of doing that), it pays for the infrastructure and services to those new homes that helps make them more competitive with established suburbs, which should help to spread the demand more equally.
Grade 5 student stops abduction of Prep girl. THIS is why the School Buddy system is a good idea. (I thought I’d blogged about it, but can’t find it: I remember overhearing a kid on the train describing it to his nasty cranky grandmother, who couldn’t understand.)
Why you shouldn’t leave your motor running
It bugs me when I see people needlessly leaving their car engines running for minutes at a time while waiting for someone, etc. It’s not like most modern vehicles need to warm up.
This video is possibly NSFW: