Welcome to the Forum - General Aussie Chat - page 5

by gwenith | 50,297 Views | 379 Comments

Having been guilty myself of hijacking threads saying hello and just chatting to my fellow Aussies I thought it might be worthwhile for us to have a thread that is just dedicated to general Aussie chat. We can then discuss... Read More


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    DIMIA:rolleyes - somehow the acronym just seems to fit
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    Hi all - I know I'm a few days late on this, but :angryfire - bloody Howard!

    I was on nights at the beginning of the week, and couldn't march, though I felt enormously guilty about not going. I marched in July, though, so I guess that's something. Before I get on to the evils of these changes, what was the story with Sydney? Melbourne - well over 150,000; Sydney - 30,000!

    Like gwenith said - on the money as always! - nurses are prepared to take action when it will improve patient care, but are less willing to do so when it's about us. And I get how hard it is - most of us are in nursing at least partly for humanitarian reasons. Knowing that industrial action will cause patients, and our colleagues, hardship is a strong disincentive. Taking action for our patient's benefit is one thing, standing up for our own interests seems to many to fly in the face of the whole raison d'etre of nursing.

    I can make more money more easily doing something other than nursing - I'm still here because I enjoy it and I feel as though I make a difference. But I'm not prepared to do so at the cost of my way of life. Penalties make up an enormous part of my salary, as I remember whenever I take LSL. Take those away, and the extra leave, and the other conditions we've all fought so hard for, and I'm gone.

    I'm conflicted on how affected nurses will be, at least in the short term. Long term, there's no doubt in my mind that we'll lose penalties and other entitlements.

    I predict, though, that there won't be any significant changes until after the next election - the Libs'll turn around and say "See? We told you the ALP were making a mountain out of a mole hill," get re-elected again! Then screw us over.
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    where have all the aussies gone? :melody: long time ago. where have all the aussies gone. long time passing. :melody:
    where oh where have they all gone? :melody: gone to places everywhere ........
    everywhere that is; except allnurses.com!!!!
    come on! you mob, get with it and join in!
    stop lurking and being chicken****!
    you know you want to! no need to be :imbar just go for it!
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    I got re offered ia place at flinders the other day and 5 minutes after I got the offer I accepted it. I really loved Adelaide when I was over there for a few days at the end of November.
    There's so much to do before I go over there and February I going to come around so fast.
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    Where have I gone to ............................? OT! Overtime! :chuckle :spin: It's that time of year ...................................... Christmas parties :hatparty: etc ................. While others play & party ................... I do OT and holiday relieve! Maybe after the festive season, I'll be in a better frame of mind. Happy Holidays Everyone!
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    Quote from adel
    i got re offered ia place at flinders the other day and 5 minutes after i got the offer i accepted it. i really loved adelaide when i was over there for a few days at the end of november.
    there's so much to do before i go over there and february i going to come around so fast.
    congratulations! i'm sure you'll love working/studying and living in adelaide! it's a great place! welcome!
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    Quote from Interested Party
    Where have I gone to ............................? OT! Overtime! :chuckle :spin: It's that time of year ...................................... Christmas parties :hatparty: etc ................. While others play & party ................... I do OT and holiday relieve! Maybe after the festive season, I'll be in a better frame of mind. Happy Holidays Everyone!

    Hoo Boy! Do I know THAT song - ICU there are just not enough of us here, Not enough agency nurses with appropriate Quals not enough people to go around. Bit sad when you have contacted EVERY agency in town and still are coming up 2 - 3 staff short for the shift.

    Happy Holidays everyone too - got to go now I have to start work an hour early tonight - more OT!!
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    Violence on the streets of Sydney. Never seen the likes of it in Australia before. Certainly not to this extent.

    Who do we blame?
    Do we blame anyone at all?
    Was it inevitable?
    Will it escalate into more of the same?
    Is there a message in it?

    Wonder what YOU think?
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    I agree with those who say that this is a disgraceful occurrance. This is so unlike the Australia I know. But I do wonder about the role of the media especially talk back radio. Sydney has such a large audience for the likes of Alan Jones who is not exactly migrant friendly.

    I just hope it stops and soon and that we really get to the bottom of what caused it.

    Sadly there are White Supremacists out there and the internet has not only fueled thier beliefs but has also validated as they have found more to feed off their abberrant world view.
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    I predicted a long time ago that this sort of thing would one day happen here, unfortunately. :-(
    What happened was dreadful.
    But to have LIFEGUARDS, doing a vital service, assaulted and bashed, is unforgivable. That it was perpetrated by people who probably do NOTHING to serve the community/country, ( bashing our lifeguards is NOT serving the country!), and seek to cause mischief and do harm, is reprehensible!
    It was the "straw which broke the camel's back". The thing which triggered reprisal and set loose the resentments, anger, frustration, felt by many.
    I do not condone violence in any form. What happened is so foreign to how we live and do things in Australia. Just as the thing which triggered it is. We do NOT bash and assault our LIFESAVERS doing their job.
    That's NOT the AUSTRALIAN way!
    One can only hope for things to settle down.
    Sadly, I fear things will only deteoriate further.


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