The National Party – once the Country Party

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.


Balance in Office affairs

Terence Rutter – a SMH contributor – are you really asking that Barnaby or any parliamentarian give his/her full attention to their elected job when they are in the throes of an affair?
With an active affair in an office the recipient of the “boss’s” attentions accrues a tremendous amount of influence and control of office matters to the detriment of the other workers.
Then you will know that that “boss” does not/cannot give full attention to the job he/she was elected to do.  So Terrence there will probably be a balance now between Barnaby giving his attention to “his book” as a backbencher and his previous diversions.

Cheating and Cheats

Julia Baird (The remarkable privilege of being a male politician – 10 Feb). You cover the situation pretty well but not quite well enough.
Did Barnaby stay at home after he started his affair with his staffer? If so then he is not worthy of discussion because he is simply a cheat and as a politician he can’t be trusted (who says we trust them anyway) and when his cheating is known then out with him.
If he left home when he realised his marriage was over – and THEN started his affair – he would not be a cheat to the same extent…he would be a failure in his marriage but he wouldn’t be actually cheating.
It’s a measure I have applied several times – I do not trust CHEATS in any respect…politicians or not.

Sport, sport, sport

Do you even sport, bro – asks Andrew Webster SMH 5 Jan – and my reply? Fancy asking you to forego your entertainment Andrew… the toilets, the queues, the hard uncomfortable seats as you and the other 15,000 people who may turn up these days – one day a week – to see “sport bro” when the alternative could be babies’ welfare, or a general hospital for the people who pay the taxes, the schools, even junior playing facilities.
Yes, Andrew I have written against the removal of The Powerhouse and probably will against Clover’s Arch, and for the same reasons – believe it or not Andrew, sport is not the be all in the lives of many people who pay the bills in NSW, especially when so much is asked for to fund commercial businesses (football clubs).
You are a selfish, selfish man Andrew and your article gives me and I hope other readers an excuse to think badly of the sporting world.


What a wonderful thrill for Sydney siders – The Everest. Hundreds of diamonds on two (not one) prizes for the first and second horses. the $10m race – The Everest. Actually it sounds like a dream that could have come out of a Sydney electorate (Mehajer-land) but my question is simply – “why The Everest”? Couldn’t Peter V’landys think of something/anything more Australian or is it a salute to the multi-billionaire horse owners of India?


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.

Principles and politicians

I am a little late in offering my congratulations to Senator Brandis but – better late than never.
I am not a fan of Sen Brandis usually – I am not a Coalition voter but Sen Brandis showed how a politician should behave and what we, the voters are looking for in our elected representatives.
He spoke from the heart, with emotion and well deserved the standing applause he received.
What a pity Malcolm and colleagues could not put their vote-counting aside for just a moment of principle but sat there looking shame-faced while so many of the House stood and clapped to make it obvious to the burqha wearer Hanson that we Australians do not agree with her stunt and her truly awful ideas.
Good on you Sen Brandis.  If there were more like you perhaps politicians would be more respected.