26 September 2023

When the sunset wears it

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Opening slowly to the national Australian Public Service this week (APS) which has announced that the employment of ‘Zombies’ in its PS has officially come to its end.

In an official Circular carrying the sad news, the APS’s Zombies are advised that their ‘sunset’ has arrived and it’s time to return to the cemetery.

“All agreements made before 1 January 2010 that are still in operation will automatically sunset (or terminate) on 7 December 2023,” the Australian Public Service Commission’s Circular declared.

The Commission said most Agencies would not be relying on zombie agreements to set terms and conditions for employees: “However, it is possible that some zombie agreements still have technical application to some employees.”

Such a shame! What makes an office complete if it’s not a zombie? The APS’s Circular 2023/3 can be accessed at this PS News link.

PS-sssst! is sure he recognises at least two of his past bosses in the photo!

Barrier reefs out for good news

To our cherished Great Barrier Reef now where mild summer conditions gave it a rare relief from climate change and prompted scientists to publish a ‘Snapshot’ passing on the good news.

“Compared to previous summers, cumulative impacts were low this summer,” the happy Barrier Reef boffins declared.

“This is expected to have provided an opportunity for further recovery of coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef.”

But – as is always the way with nature – not everything can be taken for granted.

In the words of the expert Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, “While conditions this summer certainly provided some relief for the Reef, this does not mean it is out of the woods.”

True to form, the less-than-expert but annoying PS-sssst! has noticed the comment and wonders which ‘woods’ the Great Barrier Reef might not be out of?

Licence to thrill

Popping down to Victoria now where carrying a drivers’ licence may soon have gone digital, excusing motorists from having to carry a printed permit with them every time they drive their vehicle.

According to Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety, motorists will need only to store their licence in an official computer app which can be accessed at any time.

“Digital licences will automatically reveal if a licence has been revoked or suspended but will still be available for use to prove identity or age when it is not active,” the Minister explained.

She said the new technology is to be trialed in the country town of Ballarat in July before possibly being expanded to the rest of the state.

And while that expansion will be a huge project, who better than an aptonymic Minister to carry it out since she has the ideal name to ensure all goes well.

Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety is one Melissa Horne!

Winning Again!

To Rama’s weekly giveaway now in which 18 lucky readers win free double passes to the new film in cinemas across the nation to see the film Love Again in cinemas all over the nation starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan just by knowing who the Canadian singer was who provided the music for it.

The answer was Celine Dion in her first film and the first lucky ticket winners were Elizabeth W, Janice G, Alex W, Stevi E, Delma L, Maria L, Elyse B, Tamara T, Emilda C, Suzanna A, Lyn B , Gwen T, Ian S, Michael O’B, Allen K, Dana S, Mark H and Helen W.

Congratulations to all our winners, your passes will be on their way very soon. And a big thankyou to everyone who took part in Rama’s fun contest.

For another chance to join Rama’s army of winners simply follow her ‘Win’ stars and put your good luck to work in her review of DVD The Locksmith at this PS News link.

Good luck to everyone who gives it a go!

Teasing with trees!

And finally, the city of Perth in Western Australia has launched its first ‘Tree Month’ this May with the goal of doubling the number of trees planted in 2023 to be at least double the numbers planted in the past three years.

According to Perth’s Lord Mayor, the City planted around 500 trees a year between 2020 to 2022 and he now extended it to double to 1,000 this year.

And what, one wonders, what the city of Perth is it promoting its Tree month campaign?

Why ‘Tree-mendous May’ of course!

PS-sssst! assumes it couldn’t ‘leave’ it alone!

Till next week……

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