Recently during one of my concerts which was held on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, I said to the people attending; “Ladies and Gentlemen, with us in the audience this evening is a person who can reduce the cost of fuel right across this great nation of ours with the effect of just one stroke of their pen.”
Ask anyone in charge of delivering education at any of the three-tiers, you will receive a standard response - that Australia is a world leader and sets the pace for other countries to follow.
The intention of this series is not to suggest that Australians are stupid or unintelligent. On the contrary, as made evident during the years of Nazi Germany, it is possible to dupe an entire population into believing the most implausible lies and yet relatively few will protest or resist.
They didn't see a lot of each other over recent years, but Singo and Larry had a lifelong bond...two peas in a pod. Whenever they got together mischief, fun and trouble followed.
Larry always seemed to attract clever, fascinating, talented, interesting people around him. I met Steve Mannix at Larry’s place a couple of years ago, and he's penned a tribute song to Larry.
Larry Pickering was laid to rest yesterday. Family and friends gathered on the Gold Coast to hear, and tell, yarns of the larrikin we all knew and loved. Lifelong mate, John Singleton, delivered the eulogy by video (he flew up from Sydney to see Larry days before he checked out).
The new Saltbush Club has started a petition that urges Australia to exit immediately from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Scott Morrison says we have a problem with “radical, violent, extremist Islam” That is a baby step in the right direction and I applaud it. Morrison’s approach is certainly better than that of his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull and way better than Labor or the Greens.
Freedom is a funny thing. Everyone is in favour of freedom in some way, but few people understand what it actually is. That isn’t really all that surprising because freedom – total freedom that is- doesn’t really exist. There isn’t such a thing.
Rudyard Kipling is one of the best known of the late Victorian poets and storytellers. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. Yet even with such high honour, many detractors neglected his work shortly after his death due to his unpopular political views.
There is nothing worse than the sight of a grown man crying. We aren’t robots of course and sometimes we just have no choice. Like most of my gender however, I make every effort to shut myself somewhere out of sight or sound of anyone else before allowing myself to break down.