Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Voice – Australia.

Here I am for the second time watching the Australian version of “The Voice”… and bizarre as it might be to some, I’m enjoying it! Ricky Martin and Delta Goodrum are both gorgeous and the ‘bromance’ between Seal and Joel Madden seems as strong as ever. 🙂

Good show but the better singers went out early for a variety of reasons few of which had anything to do with their voices. Miss Murphy for example was a standout.

Still, Danny hits fourth, Celia at third, Luke at two… and no surprise… Harrison at one.  This means Seal as coach makes it two in a row. 🙂

Over for another year. Not a bad show if you like shows like this.

I wonder how fast Harrison will disappear into obscurity like Karise Eden?

Sexism – the new political reality in Australia.

I remember Maggie Thatcher being elected to the Prime Minstership of the UK and the wave of hatred that she engendered as her tenure progressed. Within a few years many of us were out on the streets protesting against her policies and fighting desperately (and without success) to control the excesses her administration imposed on the UK population.

Yet despite her gender I honestly don’t remember gender based vitriol targeting her, or her husband Dennis, in the way that has been aimed at Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minster. Her tenure as Prime Minister has been repeatedly marred and jarred by a level of sexist aggression unheard of (to the best of my knowledge) in any other country.

Jibes have been constant ranging from criticising her hair colour to the shape and size of her body and onwards to the sexual orientation of her partner. Politicians *have* to expect a lot of flak about their physical appearance and their personality, but surely the level of offensive sexist vitriol directed at Ms Gillard is unprecedented.

A lot of this seems to have been generated by right wing media in an attempt to undermine her hold on power, but the most obvious and regrettable result has been a loss of respect for the office of prime minister itself. Is there anything that can be done to remedy the situation? Not easily. It has begun to dawn on me that one of *the* main reasons Margaret Thatcher didn’t suffer the same sort of rudeness is because she was a conservative and the darling of the right wing. Julia Gillard on the other hand is leader of the Labor party and as such is the figurehead of the left wing (regardless of whether you consider the Labor Party to be fundamentally ‘socialist’).

If this analysis is correct change will be a long time coming so I’m afraid that until a female is elected to lead the Liberal Party and becomes Prime Minister the sexist rantings will continue unabated. Happy thought eh?

Federal Labor… on a suicide mission?

I fail to understand the attitude of some federal members of parliament in Australia. Regardless of their personal wishes, it’s clear that Julia Gillard is the person who will lead the party to the election, for good or ill. This being so, why are they insisting on stirring the pot insisting that Kevin Rudd should take back the reins?

Kevin himself has accepted he’s not going to challenge for the leadership before the election, if ever which should keep potential for change out of the media. However these continuing subversive stories keep the possibility of leadership change as the main issue surrounding the party, and therefore the election, and pushing the *real* issues off the media agenda!!

Where are the policies that the Liberals will bring to the new parliament if they win? What will be done about the rampant sexism that underlies much of the Liberals attacks on the current government?  There are questions that need answering that aren’t getting a look in because of this constant white-anting!!

I’ve said it before and will repeat it here, Federal Labor MP’s need to think more of the good of the country and less about themselves. The target is to retain power for the benefit of the people they represent, everything else is secondary By all means cause chaos in the leadership *after* the election when Labor has a majority, but until then… keep quiet!!

Hello world!

So another new Blog. Why? Good question. The answer is that I’m cheesed off with all the other forms of communication I’ve had access to and had a ‘spare’ domain doing little. I *had* been messing with it for some time trying to create a photo blog but in the end I gave up on it… so here we are.

 

 

So what’s it all about?

I’ve got a few domains… few of which are actually used… including a couple of blogs. The one I used for several years was (is?) called Opinion Australia but the domain name and title really negated my using it for ‘everything’. I could chat forever about politics and how I se the world around me… but as an opinion site general chat was a bit ‘off’. Now of course, I can ramble to my hearts content.