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What is happening to this wonderful country of ours. This week there will be a party vote on the leadership of the Liberal Party, and therefore just who will be our Prime Minister. Now I don’t know about you but I voted for Tony Abbott and would do so again, what right do the politicians have to decide who will lead our country, that is up to the people, regardless of which political party is in power. The Australian people voted Mr Abbott and his Liberals in, and the Australian people should be the only ones who can vote them out.

I don’t want a repeat of the Labor leadership debacle that so undermined our political system a couple of years ago, I thought the Liberals were above that. I am very disappointed.  In saying that any Liberal leader would be better than the current leader of the opposition, I do not recall a less inspiring character heading one of our major parties before.

During the last period of Liberal opposition there were a number of changes in leader and what happened, Labor were voted in and retained power for some time, learn from the past and leave Mr Abbott and his eminently capable Foreign Minister Julie Bishop right where they are. Prime Ministers have been unpopular before and they will be again, let the people decide.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..16 March 2014

Do not make me eat humble pie people of South Australia, the election results are on a knife-edge, how could you have gotten it so wrong. Twelve years of Labor rule is enough, it is time for change, I can only hope that with pre-polling and absentee and overseas votes the Liberal Party will scrape over the line. I am stunned.

This afternoon Brian and I went to see Mum in the nursing home, and for once she was wide awake, very chatty, and her memory for some things was quite good. What did shock me is that she cannot remember her partner of over thirty years John, who passed away thirteen years ago. I even showed her a photograph of them both together but nothing, not a glimmer of a  memory, and he was her life, he came before everyone else, including her children and grandchildren.

Kane and his wife Kristin popped in for a visit this afternoon, along with their four beautiful children. The kids all have new tablets and were very excited to be setting up wallpaper, taking photographs, and generally getting to know their new “toy”.

I have to confess to being over this lung disease already, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, what a mouthful. I am yet to start treatment as I still need further tests, and I am sure that in time I will learn to deal with it, you know what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and things could be very much worse.

What a great team Brian and I will make in our old age, him stooped and crippled with his back, and me shuffling along dragging my oxygen tank behind me. 🙂 As I said it could be much worse, you just have to deal with it and get on with things. We will always have each other which is the most important thing of all.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..15 March 2014

The people of South Australia are at the polls as I write electing a new state government, it would seem to be a forgone conclusion that the Liberal Party headed by Steve Marshall will take office with a significant landslide in the voting. To me this is not a bad thing, South Australia has had a Labor Premier for twelve years and it is time for a change. In my mind it is a two-horse race, I can see no real sense in voting for one of the minor parties, I know that with their preferences the outcome of any election can be changed, blah, blah, blah, but to me voting for a minor party is a wasted vote.

I have never been one to shove my politics down the throats of others, and there are good and bad in both major parties, but change is necessary. A Liberal government will of course institute a number of policy changes, but they will not make change just for the sake of it, they will retain Labor policy where they feel it is beneficial to the people of South Australia, and then one day Liberal will have done their dash and it will be time to put Labor back in power, however I think the Liberals need at least two terms in office. Significant change cannot be achieved in only one term. I make no secret of the fact that I am a swinging voter.

While I am a definite believer in a democratically elected government what I am completely opposed to is the shameful waste of paper products generated by an election, why can we not vote electronically. Granted this may be difficult to set up in the first place but the long-term savings, not just in costs but natural resources as well  would surely outweigh the initial cost. I hate queuing for anything, I would much rather log on and cast my vote electronically. Save the planet!

On a lighter note the world as it should be has now returned, the AFL is back. Go you mighty Crows.


Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 March 2013

Does Julia Gillard really believe that because there was no opposition to her during the leadership spill, and therefore she was re-elected unopposed yesterday, that she is still the best person to lead the ALP to the next election, surely she is not that naive. It looks to me like no-one else is game to take on the leadership at this point and become the leader that loses the election. Watch and see how quickly she is replaced after the election.

I don’t suppose you can blame them really, Ms Gillard is the one that has ruined the reputation of this government in the eyes of the Australian people, she is the one that stabbed Kevin Rudd in the back, let her get her just reward by being trounced at the federal election later this year. Why should someone else’s reputation be left in tatters.

I can’t say I was impressed with the way Kevin Rudd handled this situation either, apparently he has principles, he said he would not challenge Ms Gillard again, so he didn’t. Does that mean that we should trust a man who does not put his party and the people of Australia before his word to an unpopular leader, you decide. The ALP is hemorrhaging, it is only a matter of time.

This is yet another nail in the governments coffin, Mr Abbott must be over the moon as it makes his chances all that much better. Before all you ALP supporters get into me know this, yes I am currently a member of the Liberal Party, but I have also been a swinging voter in the past, and probably will be again. I believe in voting for the party that I feel can do the most for our country, in the past that has been the ALP, this year it will Mr Abbott and the Liberal Party, who knows how I will vote after that.

Thank you for reading.