DON'T you hate it when you’ve accidentally joined the wrong party, stood for pre-selection, got yourself voted in, then look around and find you’ve got almost nothing in common with your parliamentary colleagues?
Most people cannot spell… they think they can but they cannot. So a whole irrecoverable generation is basically unable to pass on a valuable treasure-house of true word meanings… thanks to that delinquent Whitlam who was besotted with phonetics.
MUTUAL self interest often makes for odd bedfellows. Relationships are formed for reasons not seemingly apparent to the casual observer. This past week we saw the consummation of an old relationship, in full bloom in one of our daily metro newspapers.
Finally, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) is facing serious scrutiny. It could soon lose its status as a charity as the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) investigates ‘inappropriate use of funds’ at AFIC. And that should be simply the start of matters.
Cate McGregor had a hell of a hissy fit on Australia Day. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Well, actually, William Congreve said that. William looks familiar. That’s because he is basically what you would get if you combined David Morrison (who we are all sick of seeing) and his jaded speechwriter, Cate McGregor (who we are also sick of seeing).
One day we were given homework by the English teacher, Bubba Powell. He was the spitting image of Kevin Rudd with his ruddy baby face, insipid little quivering mouth and white hair. He was dentally challenged and avoided baring his grey, uneven teeth.
Just a few miles from where I grew up, there lived a disturbed young man named Ian Brady. Ian met a young girl at work called Myra Hindley and they began a love affair. Unfortunately, Myra was also particularly twisted and their partnership would lead to horrific tragedy.
The power of indoctrination prior to the age of reason is finite, everlasting and transcends all intellectual reason. Most of all it is underestimated. If a parent tells a young child that Father Xmas exists, the child will believe it is so.
Our penal systems vary and are based on dogma. Religious dogma. The Islamic woman who is raped, and cannot produce witnesses to testify that she was, will be stoned to death. The European woman who is raped and can point a finger at her “violator” will have him gaoled… in a “correctional centre”.
The high court’s ruling, upholding Australia’s offshore processing system, is not only the right one on legal grounds, it’s also profoundly humane. No more deaths at sea and no more children ripped from their mother’s arms, sinking to the bottom of a cold, dark cruel sea, ending their short innocent lives
The theory of evolution is as simple and as logical as creation is outrageous. Every species has what is perceived as sexual attraction. Except its real purpose is not sexual, it is survival… the sexual component is a mere conduit for the greater purpose.