Is it Lorrraine or Lorraine? Or perhaps Loraine? Ruddy? Nothing offensive about that. I'm sure his school chums called him that as a term of endearment. Rudd. Gillard. Both of those leaders in the throes of a dysfunctional government would be preferable to the sorry excuse for this current government. Like Sheila says, it's all over now. You say tomayto, I say tomarto. Let's call the whole thing off? - Sandy
My point is that you're being petty for having a go at my calling Rudd 'Ruddy'; put it in perspective. - louisa
Bollocks! The Minister did not make the remark herself. She has no reason to resign. She merely retweeted somebody elses remark. Retweeting is common practice. Was it offensive? Not as offensive as lying to Australia about the government's intentions regarding Gonski. If anybody should have the decency to resign it is this inept bunch of dunderheads led by Tony Abbott. Was the information retweeted by the Minister accurate? Absofuckinglutely. - Sandy
Louisa, i am also offended by the names Gillard was called. So what is your point.
Don't take your ire out on me for pointing out you were doing to Rudd what others, no proof that Rudd did, called Gillard. - Lorraine
Lorraine, seems bizarre to me that you'd say some of the things you have in this thread and then imply that my calling Mr Rudd 'Ruddy' amounts to a failure to "show a smidgeon of respect". No, I would not be offended by Gillard being called Gilly. I have however been offended at other names she has been given that I will not repeat, names related to her voice, hair, marrigage status, lack of children, ear lobes, thighs and privates - sadly anything seemed fair game with her. Apologies if you feel the need to defend Rudd against the apparently heinous insult that I've hurled.... seems you are rather sensitive where Mr Rudd is concerned; I suggest you choose your battles and tone down the sanctimony.
Johnsie, if I may make comment on the health portfolio.... In WA, the Liberal state government have a massive privatisation agenda which has resulted some pretty worrying outcomes. New hospitals committed by Labor in their last term and completed or nearing completion under the Liberal Barnett government, are now being privatised and we're finding that contraception/sterilisation and termination of pregnancy services are either not being offered at all, or offered from small buildings isolated from the main where patients are easily identified as being there for a reproductive service. It is because private companies such as St John of God base the services they are prepared to offer on religious views. The concerns from many around Liberal governments in the area of health may not be based in absolute fact or based on well known commitments pre and post election, but rather what we know of previous conservative governments in the policy area more generally. Ideologically they do not support a large public health sector - we know this. It is not dissimilar to education and look at the inconsistent approach from the new government there!
I don't feel that the expression of legitimate worry is scaremongering. Especially not for those who live with Liberal state governments and deal with the day to day repercussions of shrinking health budgets, privatisation of services, large scale voluntary redundancies in health, timeline blowouts on construction of new hospitals, service cuts and stigmatised treatment of women requiring reproductive health services. - louisa
Thank you to this wise soul who gifted us with his presence on earth. What a legacy he's left us!
I trust we will keep learning from this great teacher of life who showed us how to be a better example of humanity.
Those who are blinded by their ignorance and small mindedness will never see the power and beauty of this man's life.
You are forever in the hearts of the freedom fighters, liberators and those who seek the path of forgiveness and unity! - helen b
Yeah if only the ALP were more popular, they may have won. - Johnsie
There is a lot of boom crash opera about in relation to Australia's spying in East Timor and Indonesia. Everyone should get a good spanking but I personally trust our ABC has very good sources to ground any story they bring us and I for one am waiting for our current government to hone her diplomacy skills now this domestic and overseas behaviour has been outed? We should know, as citizens, when Australia has crossed into poor behaviour? - ro.watson
The current Prime Minister is not a fit representative at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. More appropriate would be Julian Burnside - Rosemarie
I discovered long ago that unless a book is really well written the kids are dead of boredom by the second page. Better to use the text as a guide and tell the story yourself. Bung it on and ask why the devil Pooh Bear is hiding under the bridge. Take if from there. Make it all up and have fun. Kids pick up right away when they're in the classroom and not in a fun place where their imagination can run riot. They really should be allowed to figure it all out by themselves. And if they don't they'll have lots of fun trying. And so will you.
Many a boring book in my house has been turned into a masterpiece this way ! - Rhoda
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