Posted by: Bruce | April 9, 2016

The wonders of me – Barack Obama next Oz P.M.?

The swinging voterWell, it seems like only yesterday (2013) we had a federal election. The winner, Tony Abbott as P.M., was given the flick pretty quick for Malcolm Turnbull who didn’t miss a trick.

In the next few months of 2016 we have another election; will Malcolm Turnbull survive? It seems his performance isn’t running as sweetly as it should. I say lookout if he gets the job back. No more Mr Nice Guy for the next year or two.

There is not much variety in candidates is there? No real standouts. Realistically only two, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (Lab) and P.M. Malcolm Turnbull (Lib) are up for grabs to fill the top slot. What a choice, what a bore. It’s a duopoly of leaders who say the same things and can do nothing without introducing a new tax under the guise of tax reform. As for taxes, this Liberal Government has shown itself to be a self righteous, unimaginative, hypocritical purveyor of taxes, easily eclipsing the previous Labour government’s poor reputation for honesty, arrogance and deception.

And so I wondered. Have we ever had a P.M. from the National Party? If not, why not? Why can’t the current leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, go for P.M.? Without the Nationals, the Liberal Party would never be in government, they don’t have the numbers. The Nationals are equally important and I reckon a P.M. from their ranks would be a good idea, or at least a possibility of something different. In fact, they should produce a P.M. or two or they shouldn’t be in government.

thenation.comIf that’s not a possibility then what about Barack Obama, soon to be a retired, ex-President of the USA.? I read somewhere that his term finishes in January or February 2017. He’ll probably get bored. He seems okay. He could potter around in Australian politics to keep his mind active. It would be good for him. He’s not from our parties here, he’s got qualifications and references. How would this country go with a fresh set of eyes from the outside looking in. I find this thready thought interesting. Could it work with an outsider as our P.M.?

Probably our Constitution doesn’t allow non-residents (or ex-presidents) to become an M.P. in Australia. An understandable provision but could we bend the rules a little?

I’ve made up my mind. Next elections, I’ll vote for Barack Obama of the ex-Presidents Party or Barnaby Joyce of the Australian National Party. If they aren’t on the tickets then ……

Words for today;         Moving Forward – The most banal election tag ever used.

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

 

Posted by: Bruce | March 21, 2016

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival 2016 – photos.

While driving Saturday morning, the radio host advised his broadcast was live from the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival. Well he sold me and I thought Sunday would be good for a look, the Festival being held over two days, March 19 & 20.

The weather held, though cloudy, and with camera in hand I enjoyed the sights and sounds of the healthy crowd checking out the 50’s and 60’s memorabilia of cars, dress and music. There were more women than men dressing for the part. Plenty of guys were sporting leather jackets but not leather jackets and Brylcreem. Maybe next year.

Below are some images that caught my eye, in the order taken as I wandered. See anyone you know? For easy viewing, just click on any picture and all will be quickly presented, enlarged, for better detail. Images are low resolution.

 

Word for today;     Images – there for the taking

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

Posted by: Bruce | March 13, 2016

Who were you with in the moonlight? Dollar – 1979

I like this one.

Words for today;      Why – not who, but why were you with………?

More to come;   same blog time, same blog channel.

Posted by: Bruce | March 13, 2016

The wonders of me – human traffic jams.

Don’t you hate them? Five minutes in a traffic jam is one thing, 1/2 hour and that’s bad news. Any traffic reports on the radio? It helps a bit to know why, and get a rough idea of how long, I’ll be stuck in the car going nowhere. I can set myself to wait knowing that the traffic will eventually start to move. But not knowing…….

I’ve often wondered what I would do if I lived in country brutalised by terrorism and civil war, religious and economic dictatorship, senseless killings and total insecurity. A nightmare. Would I, as a single or family man escape if I could? Yes.

Having been forced to abandon and lose everything I owned, my home, my life as it was, what next? Perhaps living in a packed tent city in a nearby country, perhaps in one of Australia’s offshore/onshore detention centres halfway around the world.

Christmas Island 2010. 50 dead.How hard would it be to find myself, my family, my kids, behind security fences and razor wire. Initially, perhaps a feeling of safety, of optimism. But time drags on, other detainees are rioting, fighting, self harming and suffering. No words to hang my hat on. One month is forever to kids. A year or two of life as a prisoner? This is nowhere near normal. I can’t help them.

Stopping the boats, the drownings, the human trafficking is a good thing. It’s hard to look at those people at the bow of the boat. No one wants another Christmas Island tragedy. No one wants any bad guys hiding amongst the good ones. The checks must be made, the infrastructure in place with a bank balance large enough to finance the process.

kids detention2But bloody hell, the detention must be tough on those whose only crime was being born in a country of conflict. Is there a better, faster way?

Their kids should not be growing up watching our freedom through security fences. How will life in detention affect them? One way or another these kids will be part of our future.

Words for today;    Detention   – What if it was me, my family, my kids?

More to come;  same blog time, same blog channel.

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