Don't hold your breath - a backflip is a given, based on the sad track record of this incompetent federal government in such matters - not that the Coalition will do any better. Sad days for normal sport-loving Aussies. - devuman
Hazel Hawke must be the best loved Australian Prime Minister's wife. Thinking of her children tonight - who shared her with the nation for so long. - miranda
At an event tonight the amazing musician and educator Richard Gill, reminded us of the extraordinary contribution Hazel made in supporting young Australians' journey in music.
A wonderful pianist herself, she knew the value of music in our culture... and was tireless in helping Aussie kids pursue their love too.
Vale Hazel Hawke.
We loved you. Lots. - Wendy Harmer
Condolences to Hazel's family. What an amazing woman to have both given and endured so much. A wonderful Australian indeed. - Jane
We walked the Way with our daughter in a carrier. She was 12 months old. It was an amazing, soulful adventure. Thank you for sharing your journey - Michelle
Life can be cruel and indiscriminate. Hazel Hawke's life is an inspiration to all Australians, irrespective of gender or age. We have lost a wonderful Australian. - matilda
[...] Someone I Loved Had Dementia [...] - HAZEL: WE'VE ALL LOST A FRIEND
The problem is that there just aren't enough jobs to go around. If there were more jobs then there wouldn't be any discrimination. The responsibility lies with the job creators - which, in part, is all of us. I think there are also a generation of baby boomers who own their own homes and whose kids have left home and who could afford to retire and make way for those of us in our 40s who still have mortgages to pay and kids to get through school, but who just won't. I know a barrister who had done his time at the bar, earned a huge amount of money and at age 60 was appointed as a magistrate on $300,000 a year so he "could take it easy". Retire already and give my generation a chance. - Old enough
Imagine my surprise when happily reading whilst hubby watched Fridy night football to find myself turning into a screaming harpy, yelling at the TV. Was I barracking for our beloved Broncos? No. I found myself screaming at the TV saying Get off Waterhouse, what the hell do I need to have you pushing live odds down my face for, if I want to put a bet on I'll go to the Tab. Hubby looked across the room at me and asked if I was a little upset? I decided I was over reacting, until the next week. then it was hubby yelling, get off Waterhouse, I'm trying to watch the footy. So now, as soon as he appears we switch channels until its over. I wonder how long it's going to take until we switch off altogether? One thing is for sure, our enjoyment of watching this sport on TV has been compromised. - Jenny
An incisive, eloquent piece, Anne. You highlight the way deeply entrenched and discriminatory - "systemic" - views on women have underpinned, and adversely impacted on their position in public office. As you imply, the default position is a kind of generalised lack of respect that simply does not occur with their male counterparts. Lucid, excellent stuff...keep it up! - Lee-Anne