Voting for Joyce because the Libs are going to win govt anyway and it's pointless trying? Wow - that is a really weak reason for a vote.
Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that we, the ants, outnumber, the politicians/corporate grasshoppers by several million to one? WE hold the power but for some strange reason we choose not to wield it.
When you go to the voting booth, make your voice heard no matter how futile it might feel. If everyone does it, then it wasn't futile because then all your little insignificant votes add up to one big UP YOURS.
Which is how we got a hung parliament, not by some Labor dark magic or some strange paranormal mystery - we all said 'no thanks' to both parties.
And why are none of the media harping on about the Nielsen poll that has Turnbull the preferred PM to Abbott by 2 to 1? THAT'S the real story. - Anna
Mary this isn't about rigid feminist boundaries. Its about human decency and kindness. If your daughter had been subjected to the same ordeal as the girl in Steubenville would you think that damaging the rapists football careers/lives/whatever was a bad thing? Would you blame your daughter for having gotten drunk? Would you think that if she wasn't a virgin it would be less traumatic? - Carz
To have the courage and determination is so important.
To have the money and the wherewithall to take your children somewhere else is a puzzlement.
Without support and especially financial support how many women will now have to stay?
(The author has settled on the Northern suburbs of Sydney. How fortunate she did not have to move to a poorer place in Australia to make ends meet). - Annie Also
Me too Tegan, delighted to have been involved in this. Here is a link to an article about the PM's dress that started the hilarious whinging about the fact that she has boobs and - gasp - apparently is not horribly ashamed of them as any decent and good little woman ought to be! http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/06/16/julia-gillards-cleavage-and-grace-collier-the-human-booby-trap/
'Show some self respect! It's all too much! Won't somebody think of the children?! It''s unprofessional! It's distracting! It's disgusting! In my day people had some modesty!"
This just in - women have breasts. Related, cleavage is no big deal. - Alison
How is it that you,Tracey Spicer, can take a stand on violence against women. Yet your colleague, Ms Albericci, can sit quietly, and say nothing, while a man talks about the slitting of Prime Minister Julia Gillards throat? I really don't get it. - ian
Being drunk, and/or walking in dark or isolated places may make you more vulnerable - wearing "revealing" clothes *may* as well - but it does NOT make it your fault! Ever. Ever.
This attitude disrespects everyone - including all the decent non-violent adult respectful men who are equally horrified but are grouped in that gender "male" and therefore judged to be violent and too under-evolved to control their base urges. Bullshit. No consent means its the rapists fault. Drunk and unconscious is no consent. Saying nothing out of fear while being gang banged by a football team is also not consent. - Wendy
Tony Windsor is Australia's only voice of reason, logic and good politics. I sat and watched him on Lateline, in awe, that this one man can explain all that has taken place throughout the last 3 years, so succinctly and with the conviction of knowing he is relating fact and truth.
Tony Windsor summed up exactly how much has been achieved with a hung parliament and quite rightly noted that a hung parliament works well as it removes the ludicrous egos that are associate with a majority; hung parliaments also force all concerned ( naturally except the LNP) to consider the impacts of the legislation in ways never done before.
Tony Windsor has been exemplary in considering all sides to an argument, noting impacts of policy and legislation on everyone, and being very inclusive - as he notes, so has Julia Gillard. This hung parliament has been the best thing that ever happened and I am actually looking forward to the same situation recurring, however with a couple of less LNP seats!
Loved that Tony Windsor quite rightly also stated that neither Rudd nor Abbott could have achieved all that Julia Gillard has, nor as well and as inclusively, says so much of the nature of our great first female PM; something you will never read in the MSM!, and an example of great inclusive behaviour for Australians everywhere.
Tony Windsor, if we still had them, you deserve a knighthood! What a fine upstanding man and such an example for future politicians, whatever their party. - NarelleM
To those who think being on the 'winning' team brings your electorate good things, think again. I live in National Party heartland...over 40 years rusted on Conservative voters...and over the years nothing has happened. Because they can dismiss this part of Aust as being National Party no one bothers to visit, or to give anything of worth to the area. We wanted a bypass of the main city and we got an 'upgraded road'.
Don't believe that New England will be courted if Joyce gets in ...you who live in that lovely part of Aust ( used to live in Tamworth). You will quickly once again be forgotten especially by a leader like Abbott. He will cut to the bone all those areas that do not matter to his naked ambition. You will be once again in the back blocks of the Coalitions consciousness.
You were lucky (Chris et al) to have Tony Windsor....no one is perfect, you don't have to like everything your rep does,but to have one who has integrity and is good at negotiations only you benefit. Wish we could get such a rep as Windsor or Oakshott coz it is damned near impossible for there ever to be a Labor rep here in selfish-land. - Annie Also
MicheleS: really? I got drunk at parties when I was 16. So did lots of other girls I knew. Ideal behaviour? No. But do we all deserve to be raped? Far out - I find that attitude so baffling I just don't have the words to articulate how disgraceful I find it (lucky Tracey has already nailed it).
And as for the Jill Meagher case, the reason it resonated so much in this country is because she was in a situation so many of us have been in. She was not in a dark alley - she was walking down a very busy street where there were loads of other people. Thousands of people do that every day. The reason it was news is because what happened to her was rare and hideous. Should we all be cowering at home because of these unusual incidents? - Carolyn
Rape is a conscious decision made by the Rapist .
The Rapist is to Blame .
The Rapist is to Blame .
The Rapist is to Blame .
Now I'll just go outside to SCREAM my frustration at the mindless , thoughtless ,
stupidity . - Carole/m