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« 2019-Jan-20, 07:27 PM Reply #750 »
I have been to all capitals other than Darwin and I never got Brisbane real estate wise even though I went there a bit.  According to one website the last sale was $154,000 in 1996 and it is on 761sqm.  Looking at the 1996 photo it had one garage - perhaps photographer didn't catch the front well?  Its funny (strange) that if this place was in a middle ring suburb in Melbourne  with no heritage overlay it would almost certainly be bulldozed 
 and be replaced by a 50-60 square 2 story monster built to the back fence (on a similarly sized block) possibly with a basement and a lift depending on the budget. That's the new Melbourne. 

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« 2019-Jan-21, 08:58 AM Reply #751 »
Tim I confirm the house was sold for that price I thought it was 1994 but probably 1996 is correct it would be from guvment records...it was built by the QHC in 1961  it cost 3750 pounds in those days I was earning about 15 quid a week... the house had two garage doors the same as shown in the current profile we raised the house and built in under in the 70's...landscaped the yard and installed the pool . .the current owners have renovated extensively installed the front deck and did a very good job overall....  I expect it'll go quickly although there's no yard to speak of for kids and the pool was a money muncher salt water chlorine but still looks in pristine condition......lots of older homes in the suburb have been renovated or replaced by modern structures some more appealling than others......currently there's a unit complex under construction on the way to the golf club made of prefabricated concrete blockswhich look  like old war time bomb shelters all installed by crane ...it looks like a monstrosity only half finished .

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« 2019-Feb-17, 10:48 AM Reply #752 »
The BRC's decision to rely on the Liquor Act banning Ben Currie from Doomben and Eagle Farm seems extreme based on the provisions which allow licensed premises the right to remove and ban unruly or intoxicated patrons from their premises......I'm guessing none of which would apply to Ben Currie...while he was banned his horses were not ..that was a decision the BRC couldn't change....some time ago the golf club took action against two members both removed from the clubhouse after an incident after a club competition on a Saturday ..one received a one month ban .....and is since back playing and behaving hisself.......the other was hit with an unspecified indefinite ban and is still excluded ...that was months ago ......... the Club could have exercised the disciplinary provisions in the constitution in the second case which would have given the club the right to impose specified sanctions on him and in the event of serious penalties which from what I have heard of his behaviour the most serious sanctions would likely apply.......if so  he would have the opportunity to appeal to the full membership...who would decide to confirm or dismiss or amend the board's decision ...as it stands this guy has lost his membership privileges cannot enter the clubhouse or the golf course and cannot play golf ..what he has done or intends to do is not known to me ...he is still on the outer .......so Ben Currie although treated unfairly IMO still retains his right to train .....almost a double at Doomben yesterday and with runners at Toowoomba last night I haven't checked the results....he has legal issues to finalise one next Friday will be crucial tohis future.

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« 2019-Feb-26, 06:44 PM Reply #753 »
I've just finished reading a very good book ..paperback fiction set in Sydney ...by Richard Beasley SC the same RB who sits on Racing NSW's racing appeal panel ..his book  "The Burden Of Lies" is a  fascinating story of crime, corruption, murder, relationships and betrayal culminating in a jury trial of his client......the main character is Peter Tanner a criminal lawyer has a way with words...lots of quotable quotes..well worth reading if you like a good yarn .

SMH review "Up there with the best of those legal eagles on page and screen ....A cracking read."


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« 2019-Feb-27, 08:16 PM Reply #754 »
I had a game of golf today with a guy I've not met before.... he said he usually plays in the morning field that's probably why I haven't run into him before ..... A very big hitter off the tee but his short game isn't in tune with his driving distance ....neither of us played well.
Darryl is his name  and he was very  good company.....  most enjoyable to play with...very laid back we enjoyed a chat and a joke. He told me He's a boilermaker and works in the mines has 4 days on 4 days off and is a member of the AMWU.

This reminded me of one of my old mates Jack Egerton who I came to know well through his son Ron .Jack was a boilermaker by trade and was head of the Qld Trades and Labor Council as well as President of the QCE the Labor Party.....he was knighted for his contributions to society but it never changed him he was always just Jack to his friends although his knighthood did lead to some well remunerated appointments QANTAS was one I remember
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Many years ago in the early years of night trotting Ron Egerton and I were on the committee of the forerunner of today's BOTRA ..... I don't recall its name only that it was a representative body for the harness racing participants.........we arranged a deputation to the then racing minister Bill Knox to convince him to appoint some industry representatives to  the QHRB ....from a list of names we gave him ......Sir Jack Egerton and Ian Wylie QC later a judge were both appointed to the harness board...sadly they are no longer with us.

My other connection to the AMWU was my very first  case as an industrial advocate  in 1964 or 1965 before a Full Bench of the State  Industrial Commission ...it was an application based on comparative wage justice.... the like with like argument for fixing wages ..which was the path to success in those days  ....I argued for a flow on of increases awarded under the Metal Trades Award  to  our members employed under Part vi of the Public Service Award –State.......this followed a  decision in the Federal Arbitration Commission  brought by the Metal Worker's Union resulting in  a massive increase of two pounds two and six a week .....it was a winning result for us but not to the full extent claimed......we usually faced strong opposition from the PSC and seldom got what we asked for..there were no sweetheart deals in my time.

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« 2019-Feb-27, 08:52 PM Reply #755 »
Arsenal,  Plenty of memories with your story. Do you remember the outcry when the strong Labor man, Jack Egerton accepted the knighthood. It was totally abhorrent to the principles and history of the Labor Movement. I , for one , think it tarnished his reputation within the Party forever.

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« 2019-Feb-28, 11:12 AM Reply #756 »
Arsenal,  Plenty of memories with your story. Do you remember the outcry when the strong Labor man, Jack Egerton accepted the knighthood. It was totally abhorrent to the principles and history of the Labor Movement. I , for one , think it tarnished his reputation within the Party forever.
I do gunbower and you're right Labor disowned him...very unforgiving of some not so others...... I particularly recall Gough Whitlam referring to him as "Sir Toby Belch"  on his knighthood to make it worse it was a Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen action by which HM graciously doffed Jack......Gough conveniently forgot it was Jack Egerton through Tom Burns who saved his leadership while the great man ..who I admire....but not his disrespectful comments about Jack....was sitting outside the Federal ALP conference room awaiting a verdict onhis leadership from "the faceless men" that vote orchestrated by Jack Egerton saved Whitlam's bacon so the story goes.

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« 2019-Feb-28, 07:59 PM Reply #757 »
Very true Arsenal. There is no question Egerton did some great things for the party : especially in regard to reform of the ALP Conference. Sadly though his legacy, like others such as Hughes , Lyons , Gair etc will always be of one who sold out his values for his own personal betterment . I think the depth of feeling amongst "The True Believers " was even more severe because of the involvement of Bjelke -Petersen whom I think is probably one of the most reviled  political leaders to Labor Party people in the history of this Country. Naturally I exempt P Beattie from those comments.

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« 2019-Mar-03, 10:15 PM Reply #758 »
Luck's a fortune .....good luck that is...we all have a share of bad luck...I had no luck at all on Friday at golf ..hit a nice tee shot I thought until it curved into the rough on the left hand side of the 8th ...this is a photo I took on my phone...slap bang up a great big gum tree...had to take an unplayable lie which ruined the hole.



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« 2019-Mar-14, 08:38 PM Reply #759 »
Thanks to R.Ackland editor of Justinian " A reasonable doubt for a reasonable price"  I've discovered the writing talents of Richard Beasley SC who heads the RNSW appeals panel ...I 've just finished his brilliant novel "Me and Rory MacBeath "   he has a few more to his credit which I hope to pick up "Hell Has Harbour Views" was on ABC TV but no longer available on iview I might get lucky and find the DVD......another one yet to arrive at my humble abode is "Cyanide Capers" a Peter Tanner fiction...and I have had no luck in trying to find "The Ambulance Chaser"

Highly recommended reading the two I've read.  :king:


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