• Socio-Political

    What were they drinking?

    If you watch television or listen to the radio, you will have heard about the Federal government’s home renovation stimulus scheme. Since it was announced there has been an outcry about the sensibilities regarding the scheme. Another way of saying sensibilities is ‘what were they drinking?’ That is, the politicians and public servants who concocted the scheme? This morning Senator Jacqui Lambie was interviewed on ABC Radio National by Hamish McDonald about the scheme. Jacqui who is known to ‘shoot from the hip’ said, ‘what the hell is in their cigars?’ The sub text here relates to the 2014 photograph of the then Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and Finance Minister, Mathias…

  • Health Matters,  Socio-Political

    Keep calm and wash your hands

    In the midst of what’s happening in our communities with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, should we panic? We are told there is no need to panic. Even though the virus is now declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic. Should we just keep calm and wash our hands? No, we need to do more! As a senior social observer my eyes and ears are attuned to advice from medical experts and the government. I am sure you are like me and want to protect yourself from the virus. Therefore, I was interested in the decisions of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held yesterday in Sydney in…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…

  • Socio-Political

    Is Australia heading for a recession?

    There are signs that Australian is heading for a recession.  Across the globe we are seeing economic and political turmoil. This week in New York the Wall Street Stock Exchange suffered its worst trading day in 2019. It has set tongues wagging that the United States is heading for a recession and if so, will Australia follow? Other signs of a recession are a slowing economy; falling house prices; unemployment figures rising; and international trade wars.   Currently in Australia there is a conversation happening about how hard it is for people to live on Newstart (a support allowance for people who are unemployed). If anyone is on Newstart they…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Take your phone with you!

    Our mobile phone has become our new companion and I often say or hear the phrase at our place ‘take your phone with you.’ No more did the phrase ‘take your phone with you’ stand out for me when I heard the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, from herein referred to as Ken (with due respect), Minister for Indigenous Australians. He gave an address during NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week at the National Press Club. The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Not long into his talk Ken mentions that the Sunday following the recent Federal election was National Sorry Day. Later that day, when…

  • Socio-Political

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING

    Have you heard anyone talk about gender mainstreaming? Today, the 8th March is International Women’s Day. It is celebrated every year to applaud women’s achievements. Also, it draws attention to women’s human rights and fundamental freedom to participate in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and politically life. But what is gender mainstreaming? It was established as a major global strategy for the promotion of gender equality in the Beijing Platform for Action from the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agreed on some important overall principles for gender mainstreaming. While mainstreaming is clearly essential for securing…

  • 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…