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    Republika Novocastria!

    http://www.theherald.com.au/blogs/je...r/2613750.aspx

    It's not often he talks sense.!

    Was it ever not time for the Hunter Region to be its own state, to secede from NSW? Mayfield’s John Hollins calls in yesterday’s Letters columns for the Hunter to secede, and that has to be now as attractive a proposition as it’s ever been. Right from the day coal was discovered at Newcastle we in the Hunter have been destined to feed the swelling parasite that is Sydney, and the day 215 years ago when Lieutenant John Shortland stepped ashore just a few hundred metres from where I sit now and stubbed his toe on a lump of coal would have been an ideal time to secede.
    In the decades since we have fed taxes and so-called dividends to Sydney, and if you picture liquid money flowing continuously through a pipeline downhill from Newcastle you won’t be far wrong.

    As Sydney has become fat on the taxes of the Hunter so its gluttony has grown, and a small but stinging example of that is the user pays system introduced to the Hunter’s water supply 30 years ago, and only to the Hunter’s water supply, supposedly to encourage us to conserve water. It became user pays through the nose, and users could blame only themselves, when the fact is that water users are paying tens of millions of dollars a year to provide the largesse Sydney’s pollies need to distribute to the ever-hungry Sydney.

    So, John Hollins, your call is better late than never. But it would not be the first time the people of the Hunter voted on secession. In 1967 about 70 per cent of Hunter adults voted no in a referendum to make the Hunter and New England a separate state, and just a decade ago we learnt, from none other than then Premier Bob Carr, that the Hunter vote was an act of sabotage.

    Mr Carr had found in cabinet papers released under the 30-year rule that in 1967 Premier Robert Askin, who had given an election promise of a referendum on independence for the agitating New England, lumped the Hunter in with New England because he was confident the Hunter would vote against secession.

    Pollies must have worried in those days about breaking election promises.

    Despite the big Hunter vote against secession, the overall result was close, 54 per cent against, and so Sydney has continued to sponge on the Hunter and New England ever since. Of course the Hunter voted against seceding with New England, because we didn’t want New England sponging off us. Look, Tamworth and Armidale are fine for a day, and Moree, Narrabri and Glen Innes tolerable for a pit stop, but we don’t want now to be propping up their economies any more than we wanted to then and, indeed, any more than we want to prop up Sydney’s.

    So, as Mr Hollins says, it is secession for the Hunter, although in his letter he did err by including Great Lakes, bound to be another imposition on our generosity.

    Mr Hollins, who hails from Mayfield, erred again when he suggested Maitland as the capital of the state of The Hunter – or should it be simply Hunter? – because the wishes of the people of Maitland are starkly evident each weekday morning as they fill the roads leading to Newcastle. Maitland offers Newcastle labour and pumpkins, and that does not a capital make. Alternatively, he suggests that the capital rotate among the Hunter’s cities and towns, which suggests that Mr Hollins’s usefulness is limited to the idea of secession.

    No, we won’t have councils, or local government as they are often misdescribed, so we’ll save in not having to feather the political nests of the tinpot czars as well.

    We will, of course, have a parliament, but rather than have the population of each area determine the number of its parliamentarians I say the population should determine the number of votes held by its one parliamentarian. So, for example, Maitland would have one vote, Dungog and Gloucester would share half a vote without squabbling please, Newcastle (which will encompass Lake Macquarie when we abolish local government) six votes.

    Once we’re a state we are free, of course, to encourage such places as Raymond Terrace and Cessnock and Medowie to secede from The Hunter.

    Would you vote to secede from NSW? What form of government should we have? Which city or town as the capital?

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    the republic is nothing without the port to ship the coal

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    He actually writes with a dry wit that is funny in this piece.

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    I just want the Jolly Rodger to reopen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skirt Boy View Post
    I just want the Jolly Rodger to reopen.
    Seediest place in the world.

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    secession from the state doesn't go far enough

    **** the whole country off imo

    wa and qld should do it too

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    snake returns to the internet

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    anyone who voted against statehood in the 1967 referendum is a traitor to Newcastle

    so basically anyone over the age of 66 should be hung from a lamp post and shot if you ask me

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    bring 'em out
    string 'em up



    let us play the song of our people...

























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    Q mun leading the charge?


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    Corbett has just figured out what all the kids have always known. Proven retard.

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    good find Hawk

    as I said before, anyone over 66 in Newcastle is a disgrace (73% of them anyway)

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    I like the Tamworth option. Includes the coalfields for financial dominance.

    recent pushhttp://newstate.org.au/faq/

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    we should have separated as a colony before federation, re-routed the Hunter River to it's paleo outlet at Port Stephens and created the a port city to rival Sydney

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    Quote Originally Posted by boz-monaut View Post
    we should have separated as a colony before federation, re-routed the Hunter River to it's paleo outlet at Port Stephens and created the a port city to rival Sydney
    Did the hunter really once meet the sea at port Stephens?

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    yep, for the vast majority of it's time actually

    Port Stephens is a flooded river valley, same as Sydney Harbour, the Hawkesbury and many other examples on the east coast - valleys that formed at a time when the sea level was much lower than today

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    Quote Originally Posted by boz-monaut View Post
    anyone who voted against statehood in the 1967 referendum is a traitor to Newcastle

    so basically anyone over the age of 66 should be hung from a lamp post and shot if you ask me
    You do realise that these C$%S need shooting for this. FMD

    Can you imagine what we could have achieved as a State in 45 years?? Think of the possibilities

    There would have been a completed fence keeping the ****ing Gypos out of this great land for a start.



    We may have even went the whole hog and then declared independance from Australia. Imagine that ??

    Playing Crucial WCQ at Hunter Stadium
    Qualifying for World Cups
    We could start our own National League
    Sending a Newy team to the Olympic's
    Could then set up Border Control with armed guards on the fence
    A passport system to definitely keep any gypos out
    Declare War On Gypoland
    Buy nukes from the coal royalties and point them at Bluetoungue and wipe that vile race out
    Start a war against some other nation
    Someone from Newy would be PM

    FMD this is gold

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