If Gillard had been a man and seized power the way the way she did, it would have been politics. As she is a woman, it she was labelled a bitch and a backstabber. Further, the ALP is a democratic organisation and Gillard couldn't have done what she did without the support of over half of her colleagues. She was approached, or 'tapped on the shoulder' as they say; she didn't organise a coup herself. When this happened to the NT Chief Minister and the Victorian Premier, no one blinked. It was men v men and as mentioned, "just politics". When Keating replaced Hawke despite Hawke not wanting to go, it was "just politics". Gillard has clearly been held to a different standard and I believe it was because she is a woman. - lousia
Johnsie, I'm wondering exactly what the amount is that the wealthy claim for private education - per child - per year. And is this amount over and above what the government gives in 'funding' to private schools. Does anyone know? I do know that graziers can claim a whole lot more than their workers. - Rhoda
Lol Annie, so you are saying that education should be means tested and treated as welfare?
Next you will be wanting to force the kids of the rich to go to private schools. They probably shouldn't be able to go to a public hospital either right.....
Kids who go to private schools are not necessarily rich. And they represent 35% of school kids yet receive 22% of funding.
Education is not welfare. - Johnsie
Unless you make a living out of being so obtuse I cannot and I'd suggest others not take you seriously in this discussion. - TTT
Gillard lost goodwill and undermined her time as PM because of the way she seized power. Supporters of Gillard refuse to acknowledge that labor supporters were horrified because they trusted Gillard when she said she was not going for the top job. She said something about her being more likely to be fullback for the Bulldogs etc. I actually truster her assertions of loyalty and nothing has changed my contempt for her action of deceit and plotting against Rudd. Gillard and co continued to undermine herself because her guilt made her suspicious and paranoid. - Lorraine
He was a gift to the world.
My favourite quote -
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela - JoanneH
Farewell Mandiba. Thankyou - Helene Garrett
Whenever I feel that I must succumb to the reflexive, binary, them or us view of the world and the childish nastiness that accompanies that outlook I try to think about Nelson Mandala. He remains a gift to humanity that others would do well to reflect upon. My overwhelming reaction is simply - Thankyou Mr. Mandela. - weary
To me the most inspirational thing about Nelson Mandela is that a man, committed to the armed overthrow of an oppressive government, turned to peace after being jailed for a long period.
Many would have not been surprised if, once gaining power took vengeance against those he felt wronged him.
Instead he worked for reconciliation.
May we see other Mandela's in the Middle East, in Australia, everywhere reconciliation is seen to be impossible.
May they find their de Klerks. - James
Kwaheri Matiba - I'm so grateful to have shared time on this earth with you - much love, respect and gratitude always - what you did for universal awareness for forgiveness and compassion against racial hatred is truly godly. You embodied humility and a fair go for all. Say hi to the Mahatma and Martin Luther King when you see them. The 3 Amigos together.
Namaste Sahib Nelson Mandela,
P.S. Your flashing smile and dance moves were sheer delight. - Sandy Gandhi
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