- NEWS.com.au | SMS may only cost 3 cents each (October 10, 2003). Mobile networks have SMS capabilities built in. Basically all the telcos have to do is switch the feature on. The rest is pretty much pure profit. The bandwidth used by each message is miniscule.
- NEWS.com.au | PM rejects health deal (October 10, 2003) / Doctors to stop quitting if legal action limited: AMA. 10/10/2003. ABC News Online. You can't ask to be excused of liability when you're in a position of such responsibility. People trust doctors with their lives; they have to have recourse if that trust is misplaced and a doctor is negligent. Of course, the doctors could always kill off a few lawyers - the root cause of this litigation nightmare. Get a bit of a tribal war going between the two richest fucking groups in society. Raaagh.
- Hurrican Carter honoured by Brisbane uni. 10/10/2003. ABC News Online. I hope the Innocence Project really can make a difference.
- Pay teachers on merit: report - National - smh.com.au... interesting idea, the problem would be how you identified the good and bad teachers. It took me the benefit of years and hindsight to recognise some of my teachers as positive influences on my life. The very best teachers may inspire students in ways that don't show up "on paper" so speak. The idea that extra-curricular activities are a measure is bullshit; since many schools make it a condition of employment that every teacher does at least one extra-curricular activity per semester. So you get brilliant humanities teachers dragging around on afternoons and weekends trying to be sports coaches. Or alternatively they try to do something more interesting, but there's no money to make it work - so it will hardly make them look good.
- NEWS.com.au | Hikers find 140 buttered shoes (October 10, 2003). Art installation or psychotic jilted lover? Who can tell.