Never expected to express admiration for a coalition pollie but Barry seems to be standing up for his beliefs. Uncommon in most politicians but to hold his ground against Federal colleagues is even more unusual. Hope he maintains his stance. - Madge
Whether he is right or wrong, at least O'Farrell is making his own decision regardless of Tony Abbott's direction. At last, someone who doesn't slavishly follow the party line but thinks for himself! If the LNP don't see anything in education needing repair, then they need their eyes testing, seriously. And what is more important for the nation's future than the education our young are receiving today? - Jenny
Very direct Harry. PS I love you. - Susanna
Of course you're not, Caz. I should have known. How come you are commenting on a site you've often derided with contempt and ridicule? Have you discovered that everything Akerman says is a lie dictated by the that senile fascist, Murdoch? Have you worked out that Bolt is owned and paid for by Rinehart? Have you suddenly discovered that Climate Change is not a socialist plot to take over the world; that homosexuals are human; that the ALP is not a conspiracy to destroy Australia? I guess not. - Jack Richards
Come on, first of all, Sly Place, what the hell is your problem, if you don't like this, why have you spend so much time "Chiding" to people about how bad it is, you obviously have some connection with the writing otherwise you would have closed this tab after the first paragraph.
I personally think you elders need to take a step back and think what it was like to be 16, remember, you can draw on your memories to understand, but we don't know what it is like to be 50, I would know, I am 16.
P.S I am Susanna's son. - Harry
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon... - Sue
Gosh I would have had some fun with this B n B owners. Creative revenge is so much more fun than complaining!
I would accept the single beds without raising a peep of protest. Access and convenience is all important to my plan.
I would spend some fun filled hours re-arrangijng the room "just so" so it left as a scene of lesbian debauchery. Handcuffs left dangling ,with one loop closed and the other hanging open. A dildo of massive proportions slathered in the stickiest lubricant left nestled in a tangle of bedsheets. Maybe a riding crop? Lots of wet sticky patches up and down both the single beds. On leaving I would thank them profusely for the best night of my life in their ssssss single bed, noting we would probably have just gone to sleep in a double bed... but that damn sss single bed was just...so..hot. Guarantee that would never view a single bed in the same lesbian safe light ever again. - Coco
On a trip to Spain five years ago my daughter and I were not allowed to check into a B&B. We had booked and paid for online. Reason she thought we were a couple. I could have explained that she was 15 and not my partner but my daughter. But I thought that I would rather us sleep the night in the car than under a roof of someone so phobic. (On check in she asked to she our passports and noted we have different surnames, so jumped to the assumption we were a couple) - Julie
Quite funny considering NZ has legalised same sex marriage, perhaps they should have tied the knot first and said they were on their honeymoon, the Ruskin's may have welcomed them with a bottle of fine wine and a chocolate under their pillow instead of turning them away. In their line of business you would think that they wouldn't discriminate. Perhaps they should also turn away all those heterosexual unfaithful couples who play the straight married couple so well. That would probably cut a nice chunk from their yearly profit. - Lisa
It is beyond belief that many employers in this country place no value at all on experience, loyalty, dependability, problem solving,mentoring and stickabiity, not to count customer service skills, work ethic and attitude. I co-own www.olderworkers.com.au an Australian owned and operated jobs board for people over the age of 45. We started it because my husband was out of work for 2 years in his mid 50's and couldn't get a job because of his age; his experience and work ethic didn't count at all.
This Government has introduced certain programs to assist older jobseekers, unfortunately with limited success. We have the largest and fastest growing job board in Australia for over 45's job searching, around 23,500 and growing daily, but the good news is we also have 1700+ registered employers that are age-friendly...... really age-friendly, don't just talk about it. Many employers that talk 'diversity' don't actually practice what they preach, ours do.
Some of the stories we hear from our jobseekers are truly eye opening. Many of them are well qualified, very experienced, good skills, keen to work and would do just about anything and they still can't get employment. Many of them are absolutely desperate and have lost their confidence and as a result would possibly not interview well. Can you blame them? Susan Ryan is doing a magnificent job of telling employers of the benefits of older workers as is the wonderful Ita Buttrose but more needs to be done. I can give them a list of 5 things that would help older workers into jobs immediately if they would listen. It's not rocket science and it's not more talkfests. - Judy Higgina