On Australia’s Vote for Same Sex Marriage – Resolving the Issues

This is the third (and final) instalment in a series on Australia’s current debate over making same-sex marriage legal. The first instalment looked at the backstory to the issue. The second instalment looked briefly at the Yes and No campaigns, as well as my view on the issue. In this final instalment, I’d like to look at a few of the key issues and try to shine some light on those issues. —— The ‘Yes’ campaign has a pretty simple platform: It’s time for same-sex couples to get the same access to marriage as heterosexuals. Australia is an egalitarian society […]

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Australia and Same Sex Marriage – The Campaign, and My View

This is the second in a 3-part series on the question of same-sex marriage, which is currently being ‘debated’ in Australia ahead of a non-compulsory public vote that is not binding on the government (and if you’re wondering “if it’s non-compulsory and non-binding, why have it?” – please join the massive queue forming on the left). Part 1 of this series discussed the backstory to this issue. Onwards and upwards, then…. The Ballot This is the question on the postal survey form sent out to Australian voters in the last few weeks. It’s pretty simple. Or it should be. Advocates […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same-Sex Marriage – Backstory

My home country is fighting with itself right now. The issue? Same-sex marriage. Rather than do what they were elected to do (legislate), the Australian federal government, which has the sole legal jurisdiction over the definition of marriage, decided to outsource its job to the people. They’re holding a nationwide, non-compulsory vote on whether or not the definition of marriage within the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to allow for same-sex marriage. Ballots have been mailed to citizens around the country and the Yesses and Nos will be tallied as of November 7. The results will be announced on […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride for a Cancer Cure

It’s that time of year when I ask you – once again – to support the endeavours of our mutual friend Jim Coggeshall as he participates in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This is Jim’s seventh tour in the Pan Mass challenge and my guess is that we’ve been supporting him for at least 6, or maybe all 7 of those rides. Jim is a cycling fanatic, an owner of 4 fine Saabs (and a very nice MG), a connoisseur of fine music and just a general all-round great guy. I first […]

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A Short Study In Fake News

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016. If that (now) dubious honour doesn’t go to ‘Fake-news’ in 2017 – hyphenated for eligibility purposes only – then nobility and integrity must be counted as things of the past at the Oxford. No one phrase has embedded itself in political discussion quite like it this year. Fake News – now capitalised for effect – is now commonly recognised as “anything that Donald Trump doesn’t agree with”. But there was a time, quite recently, when Fake News actually meant something more than that. Fake News, at the outset, was […]

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Up To Our Necks In It

I wouldn’t normally reproduce a friend’s Facebook status on here, but this has been with me all day. Thanks Nige, for letting me reproduce this post from yesterday: We were just driving over the Tasman Bridge and I saw a young lady climbing over the rail. I said to Rachael look she is going to jump. Took eyes off her, back onto road as we passed. Then I looked in the mirror and I saw her fall. Please, if you are feeling this way, seek help. There’s a picture of the Tasman Bridge at the top of this post. It’s […]

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Like the Minority of US Voters, I’m Choosing The Blue Pill

Theoretically, one should never say never, but as my mind stands right now, this will likely be my final post loosely based on the lying liar that a minority of voters chose to ascend to the office of President of the United States – Donald J Trump. It’s just my opinion, but most of those who voted for Trump took the blue pill on November 8. They chose to ignore the fact that their country is changing in a way that is unstoppable. They chose to ignore the fact that Trump lied over, and over, and over again. They chose […]

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Thoughts On The Election of Donald Trump

I didn’t see it coming, but then I’m far from the only one who’s saying that today. I am quite convinced that the Trump camp themselves didn’t see it coming, which is why they built the voter fraud narrative around a month ago as a side dish to the ‘rigged system’ main course. Notice how nobody’s complaining about the rigged system now? Donald J Trump is the President-Elect of the United States. I take only very slight solace from the fact that he’s the fifth president in US history to lose the popular vote and still win the presidency via […]

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Broken

How many of you are exhausted now that we’re down to the last weekend before the election? I know I am. I’ve been watching this debacle since the primary season began and the only solace that I can take is at least it’s not my country that’s beating itself up – again. A few things that have happened recently…. This week, Donald Trump either twisted the truth or blatantly lied in his stump speeches about the following: the likelihood of an investigation into Hillary Clinton leading to charges, the number of emails under investigation, the destruction of emails, the Clinton […]

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