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I'm thrilled that Jackie French is the new Children's Laureate ... her wonderful Australian stories are always in high demand in my school library ... the kindies especially love reading about the her naughty wombat and the older students were 'fighting' to be next to borrow her 2013 CBCA Short Listed Book 'Pennies for Hitler' [I had to buy 4 more copies to cater for the high demand] ... I must admit I shed a tear or two when I read this book prior to presenting it to my classes ... Georg/George was a fascinating and memorable character ... Well done, Jackie ... ! - serenaz
*sigh* the days have long gone now where I actually receive presents. My partner does not 'do' presents, and my kids have grown up and are too broke, so I specifically ask them not to buy me anything. Our family doesn't 'do' presents either. So, as someone who once loved Christmas, it's a real non-event now, and I feel quite removed from the whole shebang.
I am planning to make more of an effort this year. I'll send cards and get a few presents through the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for my kids.
I feel sad about this article and the comments, actually. Be thankful that people are thinking of you and at least giving you something. - grooviechickie
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Good one Paula.
I think the crack-down-hard-on-boat-people policies of successive governments is an expression of heavy-handed power to disguise powerlessness.
Our government does not seem to have direct control over much at all. It is at the helm of Good Ship Oz which is being blown this way and that by unpredictable market forces.
So they make their stand against asylum seekers.
They huff and puff about borders with a three-star general adding the gravitas of khaki.
'We will decide who comes here', hollered Howard through his megaphone. The ALP came up with the PNG solution. Abbott answered any question at all with: 'Stop the Boats'.
They all remind me of Dad's Army on patrol with spades and hoes over their shoulder. - Dianne
Loved the article im 100% agree with u I didn't vote abbott in cause I knew all this will take place although I admit I was not crash hot on any one this past election the ones that voted him in will soon realize what a huge mistake they have made - Natasha
@Benster, I had the pleasure of going to a talk by Cordelia Fine and thanks for reminding me because I was planning on reading her book! - Emma