TOM ELLIOTT: A Drive program listener has proved that Myki day passes really do exist.
TOM ELLIOTT: Learning to cope with pressure is a fact of life. While it’s unfortunate to expose children in grade 3 to this, sometimes it’s a harsh reality; isn’t it better to learn earlier rather than later that some students are falling behind in the basics?
TOM ELLIOTT: I remember that in the mid-1980s my own father, John Elliott, was ordered by a football umpire to move away from the boundary of game in which I was playing. Ugly parent syndrome is just that – ugly.
TOM ELLIOTT: Frankly, I reckon that if we could improve the quality of car salespeople, then the local industry might be in much better shape. With a reputation like the one they have, no wonder Australians avoid used car lots like the plague!
TOM ELLIOTT: What does Nillumbik Shire Council really need the extra cash for? And how many other councils are using the smokescreen of things like super and the fire services levy to justify slugging ratepayers for a bit extra?
TOM ELLIOTT: Just how would you feel if a child you’d been a father to for many years turned out genetically not to be yours? To me it’s clear that the only solution is for all children to be tested at birth.
UPDATE: Brendan Fevola's one-off match for the Monbulk Football club drew a massive crowd, with the former AFL star kicking six goals. He was also slugged behind the play and lost consciousness for a few seconds.
TOM ELLIOTT: Excuses not to vaccinate children are idiotic and threaten to undo the good work several decades of vaccination have achieved. If a certain proportion of children are not immunised, then diseases like polio can re-establish themselves.
SPRING STREET: Moments after 3AW Drive Presenter Tom Elliott labelled Geoff Shaw the 'most powerful man in Victorian politics', the controversial Member for Frankston rang the program and discussed a number of issues.
TOM ELLIOTT: States like Victoria need all the revenue they can get to meet our demands for basic services. As much as I hate new taxes, I reckon that widening the impact of a broad-based existing one like the GST is actually a good idea.
TOM'S CONSPIRACY THEORY: Tom Elliott believes Andrew Demetriou and the AFL secretly asked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to slow down their investigation into Essendon in order to stave off embarrassment for the league.
TOM ELLIOTT: Say what you will about Margaret Thatcher, she had a great deal of steel in her spine – a quality that is all too often absent in this modern era of opinion polls, the 24-hour news cycle and policy via thought bubble.
TOM ELLIOTT: Courtesy of our immense coal and gas reserves, Australia should have amongst the cheapest power on earth, but thanks to some questionable policy decisions our electricity is very expensive.
TOM ELLIOTT: Forget the scenes of adulation in St Peter’s square last night. The Catholic Church has changed very little in the past, and is unlikely to do so again under its newest leader Pope Francis.
TOM ELLIOTT: The comments by fitness expert Garry Egger that personal training is an embarrassing middle class indulgence are almost impossible to fathom. Just what’s wrong with people gathering together to get fit and motivate each other?
TOM ELLIOTT: Frankly, federal parliament is a microcosm of Australian society. As a result, given that we as a nation often behave badly, it’s no surprise to me that our politicians frequently act in the same fashion.
EXTREME CHIROPRACTORS: A group of ‘extreme’ chiropractors have been called into question, with one senior doctor believing claims chiropractic treatment can cure serious paediatric illnesses are tantamount to ‘child abuse’.
3AW DRIVE: Speaking with Tom Elliott, Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy described a new residential zone for Melbourne's leafy suburbs, defended fundraising dinners with developers and denied interest in Ted Baillieu's top job.
3AW DRIVE: 'Peptide' has become a buzz word after Essendon Football Club yesterday announced they would be subject to an Anti-Doping probe over questionable ‘supplements’, leading Tom Elliott to enquire exactly what they were.
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TOM ELLIOTT: Premier Napthine and his cabinet are meeting today to discuss policy priorities over the next few months. And although I’m not privy to these discussions, it’s likely that resolution of teachers’ pay dispute is at the top of the govt’s ‘to do’ list.
TOM ELLIOTT: An additional problem with more people leaving expensive private health is the strain this has to be placing the public system under. Remember that people get sick and injured at the same rate whether they’re insured or not.
TOM ELLIOTT: As a cyclist, I want to congratulate the City of Yarra for agreeing to create a Copenhagen style bike lane down Wellington St in Collingwood. However, there’s little point in just one council doing it along one road.
3AW DRIVE: Tom Elliott has lauded a caller on his Drive Program for crystallising the Asylum seeker argument, specifically the reasons why refugees continue to flock to Australia despite a potentially fatal journey and years in detention centres.
TOM ELLIOTT: "Just in case you anyone didn’t know, 2013 is a federal election year. And over the long weekend, Tony Abbott kicked off the campaign with a new ad that claims both he and his team have been travelling Australia to listen to us."
TOM ELLIOTT: Why we seem to love the Australian Open Tennis, yet have mixed feelings about funding the F1 GP? The only question is why the difference? Is it nothing more than, as I suspect, tennis is a truly ‘Australian’ sport while F1 is not?
SKIMPY SANGERS: Social media is currently buzzing with criticism of global Sandwich chain Subway after a Perth man snapped a photo of his 11-inch 'Footlong' Sub. The sandwich chain then dug itself in a deeper hole when it responded to the complaint.
COPPER THEFT: Metro has hired a low-noise infrared helicopter to monitor Melbourne's rail network following a 270 per cent increase in copper theft. Transport Minister Terry Mulder joined Tom Elliott on Drive.
FUNERAL: Iconic outlaw and bush ranger Ned Kelly will be laid to rest by his descendents this weekend, 132 years after his last stand. Tom Elliott spoke to Kelly's great grand-nephew Anthony Griffiths this afternoon on 3AW Drive.
UNITED STATES: Australian doctors are bracing for a killer flu that's claimed the lives of 20 children in the United States. Tom Elliott spoke to Dr Alan Hampson, who said the same virus infected Australians last Winter but it could strike back with a vengeance.
TOM ELLIOTT: The Gruen Transfer’s Rowan Dean posed an interesting question – could Labor revive its flagging fortunes by convincing former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull to change sides and replace Gillard as PM?
TOM ELLIOTT: As many of you would know, my father John Elliott was famous in the 1980s for ‘Fosterising the world’ while he ran the company. Now the process has turned full circle and Foster’s will soon become just a division of a large company.
TOM ELLIOTT: The Tax Forum is underway in Canberra but the $1 million talkfest won't touch on the controversial carbon tax or the GST. More here, including Neil Mitchell's interview with Wayne Swan and Tom Elliott's reforms.
TOM ELLIOTT: A report out today suggests that almost 90% of all convicted criminals in Victoria serve just the minimum portion of their sentence. I find this statistic amazing, as it’s hard to believe that all prisoners are impeccably behaved during their incarceration.
TOM ELLIOTT: As long as we maintain physical standards for new recruits, there’s no reason why an exceptionally fit and strong female soldier could not be considered capable for the rigours of infantry combat.
TOM ELLIOTT: While in a perfect world we’d all be completely colour blind, and assess people for who they really are rather than on the basis of their race, religion or cultural background, the fact is that real life is unfortunately not like this.
TOM ELLIOTT: Frankly, it seems these days we are forgetting what it means to be an adult. Moves by well meaning bureaucrats and other rule makers to wrap us in cotton wool against the vicissitudes of life prevent people from growing up.
TOM ELLIOTT: "The big question that must be asked here, of course, is whether paying MPs more would result in a better class of candidate seeking political office? If this is the case, then I wouldn't have a problem increasing pollies' pay." Have your say.