Though even this image is misleading, since the "lattitudes" are reversed - upside down. "Cooktown" and "Cairns" should be where "Florida" is in relative terms.
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The 'clean-up' behind Toowoomba and Brisbane flooding, Cyclone Yasi; is already underway (though there 'are' reports in the Murdoch press of "slow response" to Yasi. Crap; bit difficult when roads are washed away or under 6ft of water and trees have to be chainsawed .. whaddya expect? Instant Plasma TV sets airdrop by Hercules? (or Caribou, helicopter??. .. and yep, possible, all options are on the table, SES personnel from all over Australia and military are moblised and active .. but .. ).
Aaaand yes, am being somewhat facetious. Prompted, mostly, by Tedious Tony.
We only have a total population of 23 million. Not all of that population are adults. Spread across a land area roughly the size of the USA ( And the entire British Isles could most likely fit into the state of Victoria). While Anna Bligh and, especially, Julia Gillard as "Prime Minister" of Australia are doing their best to try to figure out how all this shit can be "paid for" .. Tedious Tony is asking for "donations to the liberal party" to help fight "the great big new tax" (a proposed 'levy' on incomes greater than AU$50,000.00 per year which equates to AU$1-5.00 per week for one year for assistance to Queensland floods)).
Efforf Tony. Tawdry trick, some of us DO remember the Howard Gummit imposed 7 (seven) "levies" on the unsupecting populace - not counting the 'read my lips' no GST. Go suck on yer taxpayer funded parliamentary salary, and never forget that if yer thrown out of YOUR job - you DO qualify for an extremely large, guaranteed - taxpayer funded - pension (dammit).
Perhaps he may be more comfortable departing our shores and having 'tea parties' with expat Rupert Murdoch ....