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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..17 September 2013

I have never thought of myself as a particularly political person but I have read so  much rubbish since the federal election I feel compelled to keep having my say. The latest whine revolves around the fact there is only one woman in Tony Abbott‘s first cabinet, notice I say first, but what a gutsy woman Julie Bishop is, a definite asset to Mr Abbott and the Liberal Party. Ms Bishop is a very graceful and elegant woman, but also very strong and forthright, she is not a token woman. Granted it would “politically correct” to have more women in Cabinet, but if the experience is not available then so be it, better luck next time. I would much prefer experienced campaigners in Cabinet.

This brings me to the negative vitriol that now seems endemic in the Labor Party and their supporters, there is just no tolerance for anyone else’s opinion as is obvious from what I am reading on Facebook. I think it is high time we respected each others different point of view, by all means express your opinion but not in a way that is demeaning to the opinions of others.

Now for Clive Palmer and the Palmer United Party, when I first heard Mr Palmer was running for federal parliament I thought why not, but after hearing some of the things this man has said I am astounded. How can he possibly compare our system of government, our process of voting, with that in some Middle Eastern countries. To even suggest the Australian military is secretly plotting against ordinary Australians is beyond comprehension. I truly hope for the sake of Australia this guy drops off the political landscape as quickly as he appeared on it.

 

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..15 March 2013

Today was a really productive day at the office, but also quite a frustrating one. I got a lot done despite being bombarded by a load of unnecessary emails from a client who will remain anonymous, some people just like the sound of their own voice, or should I say email.

I also had to call Telstra as I found out that the phone line attached to the fire panel at one of my corporations was not connected. I was on the phone for 15 minutes  waiting until finally, without speaking to a soul, I was directed to the on-line survey, did they get a mouth full, in a professional and constructive manner naturally. Finally I think I got somewhere on my second call, but will have to test the line on Monday to be sure, at least I spoke to someone this time, although there was still a language barrier. If only that woman in Canberra could read this, how about jobs for Australians in Australia.

Tonight there is a little angel asleep in our spare room, our 5-year-old granddaughter Jade, son number 3s daughter. Jade has read me her readers from school, played games, and coloured in her book most of the evening, no trouble at all.

I can’t sign off without putting in my 2 cents worth about the new Pope, Francis 1. I am disappointed that the cardinals have again elected such an elderly man as it will be quite difficult to effect significant change in only one reign, perhaps next time a younger man to carry on the work of who it is hoped will be the “People’s Pope”. Not that I care all that much as I am not a religious man.

I do believe this Pope has already made a statement in his choice of papal name, Francis 1, this sounds to me like a Pope who intends to make his mark like none before. Fingers crossed he can stamp out child abuse within the church if nothing else.

Brian and Jade are peacefully sleeping and it is time for me to join them. Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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