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what a gaffe: Open letter to the cabinet

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This happened on my mothers local radio station.   He’s a happy little vegemite, that’s at least a good sign for a foreign minister sprooking a “once Australian” production.   Not that anyone will ask my opinion on the matter but for what it’s worth I think that the only “reasonable solution” (the time has passed for a “good” solution) is to have a challenge. Do it openly, loudly even. Plan it, book it in. Just have it. Have anyone whose name has been mooted by the media make a “real” statement as to status. Then you have two options, just two I figure. 1. Kevin wins,well  so that the […]

Quote: may I be

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu I am blessed. I have needed heavy doses of strength and courage in my life. I have had those that loved me “just when I needed it most”. The courage I have needed in the last few days might well surprise some folks. In fact I know it has. In ways that has damaged at least two friendships. But the courage I needed was not physical. It was of integrity. I needed to own my truth and recognize that for me at least loyalty to a broader cause was not my highest calling. […]

Tuesday tiny: Orwell’s view of my writing

I listened to George Orwell’s: Politics and the English Language as read to me by my computer. He may not like this blog much! However, we do agree on this: In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred,…….. Possibly Related Posts: stewed ant Maybe not just faiths but denominations too? on economy of various sorts Well read? More writing ..again

Tuesday tiny:Interesting take on the hung parliament

Michael Pascoe | What happens next in Canberra: 75 all. Possibly Related Posts: Tuesday tidbit: wish I’d known True to our word. 6WS: election day As the dust settles Quote: may I be

one take on the polls today

In the words of one of the commentors: This is probably the most succinct, accurate? and hilarious summary? of the campaign. The apathy I heard and saw today while waiting after completing my own vote was heartbreaking and especially sad given the apparent closeness of the expected outcome. I would normally have expected a close election to fascinate more than bore. But still there were people more interested in finding out if they’d get fined for not voting because <insert excuse here> than in exercising a democratic right only afforded once every three or so years, despite their influence on our lives. It certainly wasn’t an awe inspiring campaign but […]

A fresh face perhaps

Over the last few days NSW  politics has had something more of a adjustment. After the Premier quit a week ago, we now have a former garbage man as NSW’s top man. There’s been hurt egos, spilt blood and no doubt split factions within the ALP in NSW at least as well as over in Western Australia. Nathan Rees does seem to be saying the right things, acknowledging the “soap opera” as he put it within hours of becoming the leader for example. He is warning tough times, both for the State and for NSW Labor. I guess we’ll see what happens. They are coming from a long way behind. Shifting chairs […]

Australia 2020

Ok, so I am a bit late commenting on this I know but last weekend the Rudd government hosted the Australia 2020 summit. An exercise in listening to a handpicked collection of 1000 Australians for new ideas or re-hashed old ideas. In the words of Russell Skelton: For one weekend a national conversation took place about the future of the country without a bunch of once-influential marsupials shouting down discussion of significant policy issues. Ideas include major “root and branch” reform of the tax system, a republic, a review and reform of the federation as well as a disability Insurance scheme for those who acquire a disability through their life, […]

Any one surprised?

Link: Military Says It Paid Iraq Papers for News. The U.S. military command in Baghdad acknowledged for the first time yesterday that it has paid Iraqi newspapers to carry positive news about U.S. efforts in Iraq, but officials characterized the payments as part of a legitimate campaign to counter insurgents’ misinformation. In a statement, the command said the program included efforts, “customary in Iraq,” to purchase advertising and place clearly labeled opinion pieces in Iraqi newspapers. But the statement suggested that the “information operations” program may have veered into a gray area where government contractors paid to have articles placed in Iraqi newspapers without explaining that the material came from […]