Why?

My phone has an app attached to our national broadcaster, the ABC (or Australian Broadcasting Corporation), which sounded its familiar ABC breaking news music this morning. As normal, I looked down to see what was happening, to discover that there had been an explosion at a concert in the UK. We now know that over … Continue reading Why?

Elections and Other Stuff

Here in Australia, 2016 saw the longest election campaign in history except for one. In 1954, Robert Menzies had a campaign that lasted ninety four days between calling the election and the actual election. Our elections are governed by some rather complex arrangements, but generally, an election occurs each three to four years into the … Continue reading Elections and Other Stuff

Sadness. Why don’t they learn?

Several mornings ago I awoke, once again, to the news that there had been yet another gun massacre in the US. I'm Australian. As I've previously written in this blog, we have some strong gun control laws here, enacted after we suffered the worst massacre in history in 1996. In April, I listened to our … Continue reading Sadness. Why don’t they learn?

Hypocrisy Apparently Rules

I'm sitting here in my chair, after just reading a news article entitled Tony Abbott says Australia will accept more Syria refugees but within current intake... The news this week has been full of images and stories about the enormous humanitarian crisis involving refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East - primarily Syria. The stories … Continue reading Hypocrisy Apparently Rules

Injustice

This last week I've seen something I never thought to see, enacted into law in Australia. In the last few years, the two major political parties in Australia have, in subsequent governments, increasingly penalised asylum seekers and refugees who arrive on boats. They've sent them to Nauru, Manus Island, and placed them in long term … Continue reading Injustice

Terry Pratchett

If you've been living under a rock, you might have missed the announcement that one of the world's most loved authors passed away last week. I was never going to do a post like this - probably like many others - but here I am, reflecting on the life and work of Terry Pratchett. I … Continue reading Terry Pratchett

Thoughts on the Sydney Siege.

It's hard to write what I'm really feeling tonight. Thirty six hours ago a gunman took hostages in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in Sydney, and about seventeen hours later, the gunman and two hostages died. By all accounts, the gunman was a nutter with a previous record of violence and the two hostages … Continue reading Thoughts on the Sydney Siege.