26 September 2023

Banking repayment

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Opening in a delightfully positive step this week , in which the little person in our nation stands to achieve some satisfaction after all the interest rate increases of recent months when (if?) the country’s favourite public service commission – our beloved Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – exercises its powerful power and takes every one of Australia’s banks to court to explain how they didn’t break the ACCC’s laws when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) increased interest rates in recent months.

Just a mere consumer, but PS-sssst! wonders how it can be that each time the RBA increases its ‘cash rate target’, every single one of Australia’s banks finds it exactly the same need to increase their own interest rates by exactly the same amount.

How is it that the sacred ‘competition’ the ACCC demands so energetically of all Australian companies is so cheerfully ignored by our bloated banks as the rest of the country goes broke ?

Surely there are some banks interested in attracting new clients who will pass on a little less than the RBA increase and others who want to shake off their mortgage clients who might increase it a bit more.

Should Australia’s little people sleep deeply now in the expectation that our over-affluent banks will be dragged into our courts to explain themselves embarrassingly and possibly ordered to return some of their anti-competitive income back to the taxpayer in the form of fines.

Just a thought, a wish and a dream!

The word of Worksafe

A big welcome now to shy Victorian Anony Mous who kindly pointed out to PS-ssssst! that it wasted five whole letters reporting the bleeding obvious in a recent masterpiece concerning Victoria’s Worksafe, when it commenting on Worksafe’s alert to workers to expect to be working in ‘scorching hot temperatures’ in the weeks ahead and advising them to take care.

“Worksafe Victoria has urged the State’s workers to plan ahead…” was PS-sssst!’s story that prompted Mr Mous to draw attention to its wastage.

“‘Ahead’ is the only way you can plan….” the anonymous pseudonymous pedagogue pointed out perfectly.

“It’s one of many fluff words that do nothing except increase the word count.”

Mea culpa, Mr Mous. PS-sssst! pleads guilty.

But wait! There’s more!

Mr M also had a cannonball for public servants.

“Public sector and corporate writing is full of them – “separate out”, “revert back” …..” he added contentedly.

What can we say?

It looks like we’ll have to plan ahead if we’re going to separate out the wastes, before we revert back!

A special ‘Perfectly Popular Pack of PS-sssst! Paraphernalia’ is on its way to our anonymous contributor!

Philomena facetious

A fun-hearted contribution from ex PS-lady Philomena S, this time in graphic!

Grammar’s feather bed?

To the weekly PS News giveaway now in which the ever-generous Rama Gaind ever-generously offers another free giveaway to a lucky reader who play hers weekly free giveaway game luckily!

This week’s prize is the book The Briefest English Grammar and Punctuation Guide Ever! By Ruth Colman, on offer to the first reader to correctly tell Rama what the purpose of the book was.

The answer was that it is an easy-to-use guide to teach readers all the basics of using the English language and the first reader plucked from the judge’s infamous Barrel of Booty with that as their entry was Amanda H from the national Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Congratulations to Amanda and thanks to everyone who took part in Rama’s giveaway game.

For another chance to join Rama’s Winning Army just visit one or both of her reviews of the book The Big Switch: Australia’s Electric Future at this PS News link and/or her also reviewed DVD The Old Way on this PS News link. A big ‘Good Luck’ to all who take up her offer or offerings.

Good luck to all!

Acronym awful

And finally, to an acronym catastrophe now in which an attempt at a cleverly cunning compilation is given a crack but which crashes confusingly.

This first ‘Week of the Worry’ goes to Queensland and an organisation working alongside its Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), both of which are following the activity of a 50-year old turtle which has been followed for 20 years.

“The 50-year-old nesting turtle was named ‘STAr’ by the Sea Turtle Alliance which sponsored the tracking project,” the QPWS declared.

‘STA’ is understandable. ‘STAr’ not so easy.

Till next week…..

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