Just stop peddling nonsense about women... let us be truly representative first. Why not women who are truly diverse. Can we please stand for ourselves and not be represented? I'm woman, carer, mother, community worker, student, friend, sister, aunt and of migrant background who has 'voice' and can speak for herself - Caroline
Oh, ellen! You say we shouldn't judge Ms Rinehart if we haven't met her, yet she is judging people on welfare and I bet she hasn't met any of them!
You are quick to judge people who comment here...telling them to "get off their bums and do some real work" Really, ellen, have you actually met any of us? Do you actually know anything about our personal circumstances? Why do you assume that anyone who criticizes Ms Rinehart must be welfare dependent? - Annem
Ellen - no doubt Ms Rinehart works hard but that does not mean that she has not been assisted by you and I. The mining industry receives a great deal in financial subsidies.
Mining companies prosper because Australia has a well-trained workforce which is also fit because of our health system.
Their trucks drive on well paved roads paid for by you and I and their ships leave from well-equipped ports.
I don't agree with cracks about her weight but neither should she be held up as a beacon of wisdom.
By the way I have just learnt that she has moved to the tax haven of Singapore. - Dianne
Anyone interested - Getup currently has a campaign to protest against Newman Govt in Qld introducing ID laws - so voters will have to show formal ID.
The video on their website explains that many indigenous, elderly & young voters do not have formal ID so may be excluded from voting. (Guess they aren't the demographic LNP are worried about anyway.)
Newman Govt has a history of acting (including changing legislation) without consultation then dealing with the consequences - so it is good to voice concern early & often.. - janes
how many of you who sit here making anonymous and for the most part vitriolic comments have met the woman. perhaps had you done so you might have a different view. we only know what the media reports. no matter what interview she gives she always comes off looking bad.
her working hours a lot longer than yours. she doesnt sit around counting her money she is in the office making sure it grows. her father taught her well.
why is it its the vocal minority who seem to have all the answers. the ones with money are not sitting here moaning they don't even give you a thought.
I can sit here as we are self funded retirees who are still paying tax. how many of your are going to be able to do that.
get off your bums and do some real work and reap the benefits of that hard work.
you who have inherited know how hard it is to keep it.
are some of you a little jealous or just naive. wouldn't you have liked to inherit her fortune. - ellen
Thatcher seems to carry the can for the Anglo world's sprint down Neo-Liberal lane.
But hasn't the whole Anglo world been on a similar pathway for the last 30 plus years?
It seems Anglo governments exist to support Big Business, the bigger the better. The unions are weak. Even a Labor government crushed two of them: the Builders Labourers' Federation and the pilots' union and called in the military to keep planes in the air.
Some companies now have more money than cash-strapped governments. They call the shots don't they?
I think Gina just wants the thumbscrews tightened further.
Oh happy days! - Dianne
Thanks for the link janes. Lived through the Thatcher era.. It was disgusting, although I did enjoy the Poll Tax demonstrations they were a riot. - JG
And Gina wasn't spoilt as a child? I saw a documentary on her last year and I can assure you Gina wanted for nothing - Daddy's little angel. - Maggie
Hear, hear John. Close her mines!
Btw, speaking of Julia Gillard, can anyone tell me why she was constantly called "Liar" but Abbort is not? Is it ok and expected that men lie, but women mustn't? He lies through his teeth, seems to take pleasure in it, and yet he is not really confronted with his obvious duplicity. Are we latte sipping, leafy suburban intellectuals too polite to scream "Liar!"? - Neroli
Thanks Mathew Berryman for spotting the difference. Here's to women of all colours who have done good things for all and here's to bad women of all colours who have owned and atoned (for) their bad judgement.
Sandy Gandhi - Sandy Gandhi
ON THE HIGHWIRE ANSWERS
HOW DID YOU GO IN YOUR EXAMS?
School kids around the country are either in the middle of, or are beginning their final exams.
It’s said that almost half of us will have anxiety dreams about exams that last for the rest of our lives.
How did you cope? And what impact did your results have on your career?
How important are school examinations?
Christine Whiston: Exams were ok. Writing was my strong suit and essays were the preferred mode of the examination papers in my school days and it was as easy to wax lyrical about the flowering plant as it was to discuss the literary techniques of the Romantic Poets. Many years on however and it is all about the pressure of performing well in exams. The joy of learning seems to have been consumed by the fear of failure. But I agree, once the spectre of the HSC has been and gone, life moves on and that once all-important mark holds little relevance in the world beyond the classroom.
Jenny Owens: Blaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! I hated exams! I was never very good in school anyway and definitely didn't feel the same as Maggie and Lisa as an elite athlete.
The reason I was so good at sport was because I wasn't so good at school! I was better at sport and got made to feel good about myself. Teachers gave me a hard time in school which made me feel crap and obviously I found it harder to learn.
I struggled even more in exams especially in Maths! I did the exercises well in class but always forgot which why to work them out in the exam!! Lucky for me, I wont be in any job where Math's is the main part (or is that lucky you!?!)
I didn't sit my HSC, I only did my SC (Y10). I had to drop out to purse my sporting career and that was fine by me!
There are other ways to make a career in life if you choose not to go all the way through school or Uni. You will find your feet eventually.
I now study at Uni and get distinctions which i'm pretty chuffed about since I never passed anything at school.
Lisa Forrest: Like Maggie, I enjoy a test. I think it would be impossible to be an elite athlete if you didnt - why would anyone do all that training if not to test yourself in the race? And thats the sort of work I enjoy too. Three hours of live radio every night is a bit like continually cramming for a new exam.
I squeezed my HSC in between the '80 Olympic Games and the '82 Commonwealths. The deal I had with Mum was that I would cut back on swimming training during my HSC year so I only went 4/5 times a week. I did really well in the final result but no thanks to my worst subject, maths.
I'd been away on-and-off for a couple of months during Year 11 thanks to the Olympics and while away I'd missed work on AP's and GP's - arithmetic progressions and geometric progressions. When I got back I couldn't work them out and made a decision (perhaps with everything else I had to catch up on) that I'd take my chances and forget about them. I'll never forget opening up the HSC maths exam and seeing the paper absolutely full of AP's and GP's. So many of them that there was no point stressing - I'd taken my chances and lost. I'd be lucky to pass. Luckily, there were a few other subjects I was good at.
Despite never understanding AP's and GP's I seem to have survived. I tell high school students that I speak to that there are many ways to get to where you want in life. The HSC is just one test of many along the way.
Meredith Jaffe: The HSC was not one of my finest moments. For some reason, I never got the hang of the whole study caper, perhaps as a result of cruising through the primary and early secondary years? My HSC results were only propped up by the fact I was Darcy in the school production of Pride & Prejudice and therefore could quote the text liberally in the English exam. That, and I adored Shakespeare. Otherwise it was a disaster. And Maggie is a freak for loving exams, they are truly awful (sorry Maggie!)
Fortunately, I was smart enough to tell my daughters (one finished and one doing the HSC this year) that there are many ways to go from A to B and the HSC is just one option. Who needs the pressure?
Maggie Alderson: I'm a freak who loved exams - I was much better at them than I was at staying interested in my day to day school work. I would have been rubbish if continual assessment had been involved in my day. The adrenaline rush and short deadline of a three hour exam inspired me and even when my knowledge was, shall we say, patchy... I'd find a way to work the two facts I knew into a cogent essay. It was the perfect training to be a newspaper reporter...
Marina Go: Thirty years after leaving school I have loads of evidence that school exams mean very little in the overall scheme of things. The HSC is more a mark of maturity than intelligence or potential. All it does is decide the next step but has no bearing on the ones that come after that. School reunions are full of successful school drop-outs.
Wendy Harmer: I stil have nightmares about a sixth form art prac exam - had to paint a still life in black paint in 90 minutes - what a stupid test! It was over 100 degrees in the classroom that day. Anyway, around the 70 minute mark I spilled paint all over my piece ( depicting a pile of sea shells) and had to start again... the second effort was much better.
I got a 'C' and what I was supposed to glean from that entire exercise is anyone's guess!