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The National Clamour to Build more Prison Beds

Published on October 29th, 2019

The current conversation around the proposed (or inevitable) new Tasmanian prison to be built at Westbury has one hell of an elephant in the room – Australians demand more people to be held in custody (with and without conviction) for longer periods of time and with ever greater security investment. That is (a) expensive, and (b) spiralling. In short, some town has to get that new prison and it looks like Westbury.

The Rising Tide of Incarceration Rates in Australia

Three snapshots from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tell the story of incarceration rates. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of prisoners, both sentenced and on remand. That means overcrowding and then ultimately beds. Beds requires a greater investment in prison infrastructure and ongoing costs of running those institutions. You can see where this goes.

Snapshot 2000

There has been a 32% increase in the adult imprisonment rate, from 112 to 148 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, during the 10 years from 1990 to 2000, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The increase in the adult imprisonment rate between 1999 and 2000 was 2%. Australia’s prisoner population has increased by 52% since 1990 to reach 21,714 people as at 30 June 2000 (the increase between 1999 and 2000 was less than 1%).Australian Bureau of Statistics

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The Jiggler Siphon from Kegland.com.au (Product Review)

Published on October 10th, 2019

I’ve been around the block enough to have known better about the promises of the Jiggler Siphon from Kegland.com.au. And I’m sure in the lizard brain at the back of my head there was a screaming question about the design. That being said, 20+ litres of perfectly good Dusseldorf Altbier had to be poured onto the garden as a direct result of the Jiggler Siphon. Not a good result for a homebrewer’s $50 purchase. In short, I’d suggest it’s not fit for the purposes advertised on their website. Don’t buy it.

The Jiggler Siphon in a Nutshell

The Jiggler Siphon is an extremely high quality 304 stainless steel tube used for racking booze from a fermenter into a bottling bucket or keg. It’s BPA free, robust and, stated on their web page, sold for the purpose of “siphoning out of a carboy, demijohn or bucket or FermZilla.”

The business end of the racking siphon is an efficient mechanism that can be broken into five small parts for easy cleaning – two pieces of tubular casing, an o-ring, a spring and a small glass marble. The idea is that putting the cane together with this assembly allows you to shake the wand a few times to start the siphon. The action of the marble against the spring begins the pumping action.

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Advice on being in the Business of Making Beer

Published on October 7th, 2019

In a recent Facebook post on a local independent craft brewery website there was content about a certain beer style that I really love. A style they produce and sell in bottles. So I commented and asked for information about where to buy their bottles. Two weeks later you can still hear the crickets.

Yes, it made my expensive fancy MBA sigh. Businesses often disappoint me for getting the easy things completely wrong.

The sad truth, whatever the product or service, is that running a business is entirely unlike what the business does for a living. Being a great beer maker doesn’t mean you’re a great business person. It doesn’t make you a financial wizard, a marketing magician or a strategy guru. You make great beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

And in a fair and just universe that would be enough. Right? You make the greatest beer of anybody and the people come to pay you for the privilege of imbibing the nectar from your fermentation tanks.

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  1. The Jiggler Siphon from Kegland.com.au (Product Review)
  2. Advice on being in the Business of Making Beer
  3. Altbier (Book Review)
  4. Pirate Latitudes (Book Review)
  5. Australia Needs an Honest Conversation about Unemployment & the Economy

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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