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Tuesday evening (no piccies) [Apr. 21st, 2009|08:50 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

First a bit of censorship stuff....


2. Classification of Publications and Films: Compliance and Enforcement (Cth)

Ministers considered proposals to improve compliance with the National Classification Scheme for offensive publications and films and asked officers to develop detailed proposals for reform in this area.

Personal comment: - Perhaps they could manage to work out that Australia's censorship system is STUFFED !


On a personal note I am now on the Age Pension and have applied and received such benefits which can be obtained under Australia's Age Pension scheme. I also have a blue old fogey's card that I can use for the ultrasound this Thursday.

I am still a Company Director and Public Accountant and my home based office has been assessed as part of my non financial assets which form part of the Assets Test. Pension levels are reduced by the greater of the "Income test" and the "Assets test".

There's a new mobile phone operator in town which has been operating in Europe for several years. Lebara Mobile (Australia) commenced operations in Australia three weeks ago and were out peddling their SIM cards in Parramatta today.

At 9 cents per minute to the United Kingdom the service is directed towards international telephone calls via cellular phone. Calls within Australia are 20 cents per minute and recharges last six months so it appears to be able to use their SIM card for just $20 per annum. They will take some time to get established but I did purchase a SIM card for $10. I even have a spare cell phone to use it with.

Press Release Lebara Mobile launches in Australia (pdf)

Lebara Mobile launches Australia’s first prepaid SIM card for international calls

- Partners with Vodafone as MVNO and e-pay for recharge services -

March 30, 2009 – Europe’s leading provider of high-quality, low-cost international mobile services, Lebara Mobile, has entered the Australian market.

SIM cards are a bit "thin on the ground" at the moment but can be ordered on-line from their Australian site.

All the best for Charlie the Cat (Trevor's feline) who is (I understand) having a tooth extracted tomorrow - which is also late brother Alan's birthday. Next time I call it may be via the new SIM card but I have to juggle cell phone numbers before I attempt to activate it. I believe I'll "port" the "3" MSN (Mobile Service Number) to Lebara. I haven't recharged with "3" who have upped their charges and changed their terms and conditions such that they are no longer attractive to me.