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

What a glorious and sunny day here in North Haven, South Australia, although it is very blustery, the good thing about that, washing done, washing dry, washing folded and put away. We know what that means, the ironing needs to be done, that is for tonight whilst watching the telly.

On a more sombre note, we have all heard the constant bagging this week by the Labor Party against Tony Abbott and the Liberals, and I for one am over it. What I have not heard in the last week is the Prime Minister Elect bagging Labor, Mr Abbott has been head down with his caucus  being briefed prior to the government handover and preparing for the journey ahead. Doing the job he has been democratically elected to do.

You know we really should consider ourselves very lucky, it doesn’t matter your political persuasion, the fact of the matter is that the Australian people have spoken and Tony Abbott will become our Prime minster this week, deal with it. On that note I applaud both he and Julie Bishop for their stances on cost cutting for international travel, not to mention the fact that Mr Abbott will be staying in dormitory style accommodation whilst The Lodge is being renovated. Every little bit helps.

We need only to look to countries like Syria, the human devastation is simply beyond comprehension. What those people would not give to have just a fraction of what we have in Australia, in particular a democratically elected government, and we think we have problems. Yes we are always under scrutiny for our treatment of the indigenous population, and yes we do have poverty, and yes we do have crime, and yes there is the boat people, but in Australia there is hope for all these things, where is the hope in a refugee camp?

A recent report said the Australian people are amongst the biggest givers in the world, we donate generously, I think that is great. What I do question is how much of that money actually gets to the people we are donating to, and how much is gobbled up in red tape and administrative costs, I suppose we will never know.


Thoughts of a middle aged man…..23 June 2013

Another cold and wintry day here in Adelaide and the house looks like a laundromat. The best place to be today is curled up in front of the heater with a good book, which is exactly what I have been doing for most of the day.

Brian and I did venture out for a while to see a house Brian thought might be suitable for us, it was suitable for us and at least twenty other couples, I have never seen so many people in the one house. Before we left Brian heard someone make a cash offer so it was a waste of time, the house did have possibilities though.

Last night we had a pleasant visit with Ryan and Melissa and two of their children, Cody and Calais. Ryan and I went and bought chicken, chips and salad for tea and they stayed until the kids got tired. Calais is a tad on the bossy side with her brothers, she certainly has them wrapped around her little finger, quite cute really.

Very sad to hear that another Australian Digger has been killed in Afghanistan, and two more injured. My heart goes out to the family and friends of yet another hero lost trying to make this world a safer place, when will it end.

I know our troops are in Afghanistan for the noblest of reasons, but you have to wonder what will happen when we withdraw. Can the Afghan people continue the fight for freedom without our help? I look to Iraq, yes a tyrant was toppled, but there is still unrest and people are dying every day from bombings and civil unrest, do we only do half a job?

It is easy for me to speak, I have been fortunate enough that not only myself but also my children have had a choice, we chose not to serve in the military, fortunately many others do, and I commend each and every one for making that choice. I deplore the loss of lives no matter the nationality, but I have to question whether the government is really doing the right thing by withdrawing, certainly from the perspective of the loss of Australian lives they have it right. Thank you for reading.

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