I wonder how much thought went into the latest federal government ad campaign to encourage us to vaccinate. Many young children have already suffered enough stress so far during this pandemic and images of a lady struggling to breathe are only going to further affect their mental well-being. And I am certain that there are many like me who have the remote ready to mute the television when the mostly banal ads come on, or get up and get a drink, or go to the little room. This campaign is another poorly thought out waste of taxpayers’ money.
“What’s in a name” asks Jeremy Browne (The Age 13/7). I totally agree. Life would be so much easier if we all had ID cards. We can’t use the driver’s licence because not everyone drives but why not consider possibly scrapping the driver’s licence and issuing a form of ID card to everybody – say when they turn 16 or 18 maybe. Space could be reserved for driver’s licence details. As the meerkats say – simples!
I feel so sorry for Saka, the teenager who missed the crucial penalty in the European Championship shootout. He will never forget and many English people will never let him forget. He will be booed and jeered in public and it will affect his mental health. Soccer is an International sport played by over 250 million people in more than 200 countries. It’s time to find a better solution than this absurd penalty shootout farce. He’s lucky he lives in England – in some countries his life would be in danger.
There are, of course, two sides to every story, and I have heard plenty from listening to and reading about Julia Banks (in The Age). I haven’t heard anything of substance from “the other side”, only insignificant comments, typical throwaway lines we have come to expect from our politicians. I would love to see a meeting between Scott Morrison and Julia Banks chaired by someone like Stan Grant. But sadly that will never happen. Scott knows it could cost him the next election. When highly regarded and competent women like Julia Banks are hounded out of Canberra, it is Australia’s loss. Scott Morrison got rid of the best Prime Minister the Liberal Coalition has had for decades – Malcolm Turnbull – and then Julie Bishop and now another woman who has Prime Minister potential. All for his own personal desires. We deserve better than this.
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Yes Judith Morrison (“A most galling rising”, The Age , 29/6), or is it a lowering? Australian federal politics has lowered the bar yet again and even the best limbo dancer will struggle to slide under. But imagine if Lucy Turnbull was the Prime Minister. They say that behind every successful man is a smart woman. Her husband Malcolm was the best Liberal leader during my time. What a partnership that could be. And even I would be able to limbo under the bar!
(and some of my friends ‘would love to see that’!)
The success of our tackling the pandemic from day 1 was down to the State Premiers, all of them, while the Federal government played politics. The vaccine rollout was the Federal government’s responsibility and they have failed miserably. Now Covid has raised its ugly head again and things look grim. But very little is coming out of Canberra. Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt were very vocal in their criticism of Victoria during the big lockdown and at the same time praising New South Wales’s gold standard. But now that New South Wales is in the hotseat, their silence is deafening. We deserve better than this. Canberra shouldn’t be playing politics with human lives.
There are many reasons why people suffer from mental health issues. As well as helping people cope with their issues, we need to look at the causes and see how they can be addressed. In discussions I have had with numerous people including a doctor, one potential cause in the future, if not now, is advertising. It seems we can’t do anything today without advertising poking its ugly head into our brains. We are constantly bombarded with ads whenever we watch anything on television, especially sport. Post-game press conferences the same. We ring a company and get a recorded message saying the call is important etc and then we have to listen to a constant barrage of advertising for several minutes. Reading articles online is a pain as they constantly dance about the page, mainly to distract you so you see the ads. Harvey Norman started its current ad campaign with full page ads that could be removed and thrown out. They woke up to that and are placing full page ads so that the reverse side of the page is not an ad but articles such as sport. The advertising companies need to take some responsibility before it becomes more serious. If I can get annoyed when making a phone call to the point that I want to throw the phone across the room – that’s a serious issue for me and I am sure that I am not that unique to be alone. And I have no doubt that the advertising companies are looking at further ways to expand how they bombard us with ads. Time to act now.
Thomas Jefferson once said that the government you elect is the government you deserve. I can accept that if we had a meaningful choice of candidates to choose from but we rarely do. Looking back over the past 25 years, if asked who I would have voted for if asked to vote for who should be Prime Minister, the only candidate would have been Malcolm Turnbull, but he was continually obstructed by Tony Abbott, and then knifed in the back by Scott Morrison, the last candidates I would have voted for. Why is it that people who could be desirable political leaders that we could be proud of, don’t put their hands up?
I can understand why the po-faced Peter Dutton would never change his stance on refugees but we have a Prime Minister who claims he is a Christian. He is seen being a ‘happy clapper’ at his Horizon Church and seems to believe that God actually listens to him. He even wanted his pastor to accompany him to America when he went over to meet Donald Trump. I never did understand why. Scott Morrison has also recently admitted that he lays his hands on people in a religious manner. If he is so committed to his Christianity, then I suggest he reads the Bible where he will find many references to how we should treat one another. The fact that he is insistent that the Biloela family must stay in detention and will never be allowed to live in Australia, tells me that he is a total fraud. And this man is our Prime Minister.
The ABC’s role is to present the news in as equitable a way as possible. This isn’t always easy. From time to time it has to hold the Federal and State governments to account. This is their obligation to the public. Whether the governments are Liberal or Labor is irrelevant. The ABC mustn’t and shouldn’t show bias and I think it does a pretty good job most of the time. But it seems Michael Kroger doesn’t think so and he wants Ita Buttrose’s head. He has in his career dished out the dirt when it suited him but obviously takes offence when it has his Liberal party in its sights. Sadly, I think the day will come when a Liberal coalition government in Canberra will sell off the ABC and then we will have another rag controlled by a powerful newspaper magnate. I hope I will have reached my ‘use-by date’ before that happens.