I would like to ask National Party members a question: Can I presume that all of you (half of you , one? ) are family people? Would you cheat on your wives/families? Why then do you condone the actions of Barnaby and his Mistress even to the extent of paying his salary during his campaign after his situation was known.
I wouldn’t like to depend on the morals of the National Party under the present circumstances or even on anything requiring principles.
Susan Lamb, Senator in the Federal Parliament is in danger of losing her seat because she can’t produce a marriage certificate from one of her parents. Dad is dead – Mum is not known where. And she (Susan) wants to renounce her British citizenship but can’t – because? She can’t produce a marriage certificate.
This is crazy surely. If she were born out of wedlock would the British authorities require a “marriage” certificate from her parents – hardly likely!
This is British bureaucracy at its worst. So what do children born out of wedlock do – are they condemned to stay British because of no certificate ?.
“Demolishing Darlo Road: etc. etc.” SMH 28 Dec. We really are a materialistic/selfish people – Australians that is. Why do we keep these developers to ourselves? I feel sure London, New York, Paris could do with their skills – rationalised and explained as usual. Perhaps we could throw in, in the spirit of giving, Gladys and the rest of the State Government.
After destroying the atmospheric and ageing parts of Sydney, our developers could go on to do the same with The Champs-Elysees and surrounding ageing parts of Paris (Paris is only 2 centuries old); then what about around Westminster Abbey, Parliament House, Museums, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, etc. – in London and then, what joy for them to be given New York to “make over” the “decaying” parts.
After that we could heave a sigh of relief, pat ourselves on the backs and tell ourselves what a good job we have done of “modernising” these old places, and that the world is better off for our unselfish ways…and so are our politicians.
Typically Alex Blackwell (Peter FitzSimons – what they said 23 Sept) thinks every movement started and stopped with her generation. Try telling that to those in the 60s who had to fight for bank/building society loans; tell that to counter staff who suggested that I get a signature from a son for a store account, I was helping him through University (my reply was NO followed by a letter to the Managing Director of the firm); tell that to a person in the 60s applying for a new position only to be told when giving the name of MY school , “that position was filled”; tell that to a person refused a housing loan because of responsibilities (two sons)…and no discrimination laws then to help.
Alex Blackwell just stop and think: Who did the preparatory work so that you could even think of pressing your case for proper pay and inclusion? Who did the hard yards so that you may write the drivel expressed in your FitzSimon column? Who wrote letters ad infinitum to rectify a situation? Who helped change the position of women needing a guarantor?
It didn’t happen overnight – it happened a couple of generations ago and was the result of work by the agitators then – not now.
“The world has been stood on its head here in Canberra” SMH 14 Sept. about the continuing saga of Liberal Party members thinking that the law of the land does not apply to them and Michaela Cash doing her impersonation of the “wicked witch” in the SMH 4 Sept)
Once the electorate thought that, with all the wealth of Australia behind them (commercial and big business) we could trust the Libs but that the ALP were a nasty lot with no real background and beholden to those “dreadful” unions, but we are finding out that with so many in the State and Federal ranks indulging in funny business our faith has been blasted.
Scandals about donations, big contracts being awarded mysteriously under the pretence of “commercial in confidence” and unsolicited tenders which have not been advertised but strangely went to wealthy backers…
Makes you wonder what the world is coming to… and who to trust certainly not people of good background and unimpeachable friends.
“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.
Is this how Donald Trump conducted his business interests prior to becoming President of the USA? Lies, obfuscation, mind-boggling mind-switches, vindictive staff relations, constant staff turnover…how on earth did he become a billionaire. Oh yes! He confused and bewildered his business opponents but for how long will this system work in diplomatic/political circles.
Will someone remind me – what were Nixon and Clinton taken to task for – impeached for?