• Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Gender equality: secular and sacred

    When I think of gender equality I think of the juxtaposition of the secular and the sacred. There is now a conversation across political parties, in the media and community in Australia about gender equality. This has come about due to the low representation of women in the Federal Liberal Party. In the country of a “fair go” are women with the same capability and qualifications as men getting a “fair go” in the workplace? Looking at the evidence there is still a way to go before gender equality is realised. To begin with there is a gender pay gap. Australian women must work and extra 56 days a year…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Cashless society

    More and more I see the evidence that we are moving to a cashless society. Fewer and fewer people carry cash. All we need is plastic – a plastic card! At least our plastic cards are not “single use” – we use them time and time again. I was surprised this week when at the supermarket. I expected the woman in front of us would pay by card but no, she pulled out two $100 notes from her wallet. I suggest following this woman’s example if you are shopping at Aldi or you will pay 0.5% for using a plastic card. It may only be a small amount, but it…

  • Money Matters,  Socio-Political

    Walk on water

    This week when delivering the 2018-19 Queensland State Budget, the treasurer Jackie Trad took a walk on water. Nothing would deter her delivering a budget full of billions of promises. All the treasurer, premier and the Labor government must do now is to follow her and walk on water. Can it be sustained or will they soon be “trading” water or should that be spelt “treading” water? There was no mention of the “D” word, that is DEBT in the treasurer’s inaugural budget speech. Queensland’s debt is expected to blow-out to $83 billion by 2021-22 and there were “no apologies for borrowing to invest in infrastructure”. Given the smile on…

  • Money Matters,  Socio-Political

    In your interest

    It is in your interest to know what is going on with your bank accounts. Not only bank accounts but all your financial interests. While some people trust financial advisers and accountants it is always in your interest to check any documents they give you or ask you to sign. Take your time and if necessary take them away and sign another day! In early May I wrote a post about The Royal Commission into the Financial Services Industry. I notice that it is now called The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. This is the royal commission that almost did not happen until…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Feeding the chooks

    Do you know the politician who referred to news conferences as “feeding the chooks”? Yes, it was Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland (1968-1987), and the longest-serving. Sir Joh had a simple view of the world as a farmer and he took his observations of living life on the land into the Premier’s office. Another saying was “you don’t tell the frogs anything before you drain the swamp” – the element of surprise! Right now, after the Liberal-National Coalition handed down the 2018 budget there are news conferences happening all over Australia. In not finding the budget news conferences too thought-provoking, I went outside to feed the chooks. It…

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    Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Life in the grey zone

    What does life in the grey zone mean? Does it mean we are flexible, compromise, see others sides of the story or are we more black or white? Where are you on the continuum of extremes? Do you find yourself in the grey zone or leaning to one side or the other? Just in case you did not know, grey is a combination of black and white. Black or white is not a colour. Black is made with equal parts of red, yellow and blue. Also, brown and blue creates a rich black. Grey is a colour without colour. Now this is getting complicated. What I mean is that when…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Codeine Control

    As of today, the 1st February 2018, there is codeine control in Australia. We will join 26 other countries who have also introduced codeine control. If you want a painkiller that has codeine it will no longer be available over the counter (OTC) at the chemist. Pharmacists are little worried that some people may not have heard about the change. People will turn up and expect the pharmacist to hand them something stronger than paracetamol. To get a painkiller, stronger than paracetamol, a person will have to make a doctor’s appointment. There have been rumours of people stock-piling and there are good reasons for this for people who are sensible…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Manus Island – the Simple Life

    What type of life are the 600 men living on Manus Island experiencing? From all the news I hear, not a good life, but a life of fear and deprivation. They may be living a simple life, when they get the basics to live, but it is not the type of “simple life” or the definition we, who live in a prosperous nation, such as Australia, have come to understand. A simple life for many of us means a move to the country, decluttering, down-sizing and/or being more self-sufficient. The men on manus may be living a simple life, but not the type of simple life most of us would…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Older people, who cares?

    We are all getting older, whatever age we are! One day, those not so old will join the older people brigade. Therefore, it would be wise to make sure we care for older people. You may have read or heard about the care of older people at the Oakden Nursing Home in Adelaide. It was closed last month after years of complaints. In the meantime, older people had been abused and neglected. Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an inquiry. Is this though, just the tip of the iceberg? What is happening for older people who are unable to speak for themselves, unable to care for themselves? Who cares? Bringing…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Socio-Political

    Kitchen Musings

    During my kitchen musings, I seem to get a lot done. While doing what would seem to many, mundane chores, I reflect on life and dream about tomorrow. Even at my age, now in retirement, there is a tomorrow and while I have one I want to make the most of it, that is my tomorrow that becomes – today! Everyday chores can be made better with musing and music. Musing while working around the home is creative. I find and I am sure you do as well, that reflection can bring about an unexpected thought or idea. Such an idea can take us places. That is, if I am…