The poor old HSC

So now, the latest of many ideas in the educating of our young people, they will actually sit for the HSC and will need to pass.
This will be a big shock because students have lived on the “you don’t need to pass the HSC” for several years with a resultant casual attitude towards this exam and probably a whole wave of students lacking literacy, numeracy and writing skills for their future in jobs/university.
Wouldn’t it be good if the brains behind the education system could settle down and actually TEACH the basics and stop trying out ideas on our poor confused students.

Diana – eternally

For Heavens sake! “By the woman behind her style” and so it goes on in the media. Will the media never allow Diana to RIP? What next – the woman who did her laundry? The men she knew (perhaps not!)? I have had enough of Diana Spencer and surely it’s time to let her go and stop using her to make money in the media. Diana RIP.

Get rid of Gladys

How do we get rid of this Premier and this Party before they sell off all of Sydney to developers… Just a moment! I think this has already happened with everything that isn’t tied down, bolted down, knocked down going…going…gone. But I would still like to see this Premier also gone…gone…before she becomes a millionaire at our expense.

Rorts – are they everlasting?

Fixing a rort – Labor’s family trust policy is innovative” SMH 2 Aug – How do we go about getting rid of Rorts or making them acceptable, Royce Millar?  Perhaps if we loudly shouted “remember Eddie Obeid and his trust supporting several sons” – perhaps then someone would listen and remove this big end of town tax rort.  But does anyone have the intestinal fortitude to tackle this problem?  I doubt it.

Les Murray now – who next

For heavens sake – a state funeral for Les Murray!! I know he was a very good sports commentator (on Soccer) but that was what he was – a “sports commentator” of a sport that is far from being the Australian national game.
I am sure there would be someone who would qualify better to represent the real Australian game – started here in Australia and played and watched by many, many people every week….or in many other sports.
The “rot” started for the granting of state funerals with Kerry Packer, a businessman who worked for himself and when a state funeral was given to him, as far as I am concerned, it debased the value of a state funeral.
What next? The men who work on removing garbage in our streets, keep us healthy, do it cheerfully – they do it for us much more than most of others whose names come up in the papers.
Bill Shorten – I am surprised at you – and disappointed.

Freedom of the Press????

Is this what “Freedom of the Press” means – and I refer to the disgusting exhibition of media frenzy surrounding the arrival of Cardinal George Pell at the Court in Melbourne. He at least behaved with dignity but I can’t castigate enough the behaviour of the media. Surely there should be some protection against the harassing of people attending courts. Surely the owners of the media are ashamed at the way their people behave – pushing their microphones into the face of the person, asking silly questions (What did you think when you saw the body), chasing after cars running down the street asking the same silly questions at the car windows (unfortunately this seems to be the prerogative of young – usually blonde – women in high heels .
Do they really expect that they will be answered? Is there any law that could keep these awful people back, like an AVO to operate at say 10 ft.
Unfortunately this isn’t the only instance of vulture-feeding at a media frenzy – it happens at any outside-court appearance of notables.
Was the effort worth it if this is what we achieved?  It makes me so ashamed.

Different laws for Indigenous

“Different laws for Indigenous will make matters worse”. I heartily agree with the writer in Letters SMH 25 July. What next – different laws for, say, my ancestors who when they “arrived” would have outnumbered the locals and now when you see the names of those claiming aboriginality they must now outnumber them even more (look for the number of Mc, Mac, O’ etc)  and have a culture and heritage of many, many years..
When all the talk about the Referendum started it was about “recognition” and even then I didn’t know what it meant because we all know (unless we never went to school or read anything) that the original people were here from about 65,000 years ago – so what did “recognition” actually mean.
And the demands expand daily until now I hear claims for areas of land to be recognised and separate to the rest of Australia. If this continues if/when we have the referendum I will definitely vote “NO”….  I wait for the day when I hear an Indigenous person say “I am Australian”.    I am six or seven generations Australian and my g-g-children then are 9-10 generations and came from Irish stock.  However I do not call myself Irish Australian – I am Australian and that’s it.  And I look forward to the day Indigenous people do not claim tribal names but simply Australian.