Lucky you , unfortunately I live in Melbourne .
Enjoy. - Carole/m
I'm fairly well organised. Have to be really. Run a full- time business and a home. Kids have flown, so no more emergency in-handbag stuff for them, but a small handbag does seem to work in limiting the detritus. Have two small tasteful zipper bags within handbag, one with all the essentials above mentioned, and one with keys, wallet, phone. I also like a clean hanky or two.
The home gets a lick and a promise each week and a blood-letting clean about every 8 weeks. No-one cares if I don't have sparkling windows and immaculate cob-web free rafters on the verandah, so why should I?
The only way I can do this is if I clean up after myself, whatever I'm doing - at home or at work. The less mess I make, the less mess later on to clean up.
And forgive me, but I'm also a chucker, not a keeper. If I haven't used it for two years, it's history. It works. - Nel Matheson
Amen but please get this beyond the Hoopla. I enjoy the Hoopla but I fear a preaching to the converted problem here. More people need to read this. I haven’t read the comments. I find them at times disturbing. But I believe any rational Australian woman of 2013 cannot refute the truth of the horrendous sexism exposed still in Australia by us having a female PM.
And I continue to hope an ethical, knowledgeable, courageous and only ambitious ‘within reason’ human being will rise to the top and make your scarily psychic predictions about future decisions wrong. - lessa
Good lord, who would buy those, and no, it won't stop the perverts! - Will Marshall
Hi Ian .
You might remember also in the first two years of the Howard Government ( I'm going from memory here ) seven Ministers were forced to step down . I'll have to see if I can find the site I found this information on but it did provide info. on every Australian Government .
Cheers. - Carole/m
@ Brew: "your need to resort to personal insults instead of having a discussion says more about your character than I think you realise."
You're right Brew I'm certainly no angel and I don't suffer fools gladly. I mistook your comment to mean you were unable to discern policy differences b/w the major parties, an oft-heard complaint from a younger generation too lazy to engage intellectually with politics. Commonly heard from the mouths of Green voters too.
You're right of course in saying their core principles are not so far apart. I think you'll find that goes back to the '80s when Hawke took a giant step to the right and captured the middle ground. Keating consolidated by focussing our minds on the economy, traditionally Liberal territory, rather than social reform itself (except for Mabo which cost him office). All this forced the Libs to move right in order to differentiate themselves, and we saw that under Howard who ultimately went a step too far with WorkChoices. Rudd/Gillard brought us back to the centre and now the LNP must try to stay right without mentioning industrial relations. That's impossible of course, but they've been gifted a woman PM which has enabled them to Destroy the Joint and thereby escape the policy debate. They don't need to defeat the government's argument, they just need to tear down its leader and wreck the Parliament, while Murdoch suppresses the government's message. Consequently we don't know much about them - they're not coming to power by the traditional route, they've manage to usurp parliamentary democracy, which we haven't seen since the Dismissal in '75. We really can't pinpoint them on the political spectrum, I expect they'll swing widely in the years ahead according to whether Abbott, Hockey, or Turnbull is leader.
I'm a Labor voter myself for one reason only - history shows all this country's progress has been achieved under Labor governments, including steering us safely through WW2. Australia stagnates or even goes backwards under Lib govts - no better example of stagnation than under Menzies and Howard, and Abbott has already declared he wants to reverse direction on virtually every front.
Obviously we need a strong Conservative party to moderate the usual excesses prone to by Progressive parties, but that relies on democracy which for the moment has been hijacked - principally because the Fourth Estate itself has been hijacked in this country.
Of course, there's no place in that system for a third party. We only need to look to the Greens to see the danger of handing the balance of power to minor parties. It was the Greens who precipitated our current woes by blocking Rudd's ETS, which gave Abbott a platform on which to challenge Turnbull. Which reminds me - he won by 1 vote! - Tony W
@Looby Loo and Serene...I am so with you! People call me a control freak like it's a bad thing! LOL ! being organised and getting rid of STUFF really does change your life and frees your time for more interesting things than digging around in handbags and cupboards such as commenting on Hoopla articles! :-) - Pea
Looks like my winter legs. Seriously, they might actually attract more creepy perverts, they aren't called perverts for nothing. - helena
Love this topic: during my (planned) 10 min afforded to Facebook time, I have enjoyed reading the article and posts. I am SUPER DOOPER organised and have been insulted by lots of people who think I am boring and without spirit. BUT being organised means having SO MUCH EXTRA TIME on your hands to do all the things that bring you joy. My tip: No matter what, have ONE day per week (mine is Sunday) where you have a blank canvas, to be painted over with dining out, seeing a movie, doing whatever takes your fancy. And always, always, always: leave the kitchen benches clear and wiped down. And make LISTS.... - Looby Loo
Just remember to vote for the party (whatever party) you think will do the best job. If recent years have taught us anything, the leader is not guaranteed.
We vote for the party only.
It doesn't matter how much you like and respect the leader, or detest them, they are easily gone tomorrow. - Monkey