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I want to believe that people are basically good.

But some days it's fucking hard.

Don't ever stop even though your heart is breaking
Don't look over your shoulder at the love you left behind
They say life's too short but they're wrong
It's so long
Sometimes the only way to go is to just go on


We go on together. You are not alone.
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Do we have a government yet? Y/N

Volunteering again was - nice. It was a warm sunny day for winter, and a steady stream of people strolled in - all ages, backgrounds, walks of life - did their business and strolled back out. Peaceful democracy in action. I am grateful to live somewhere where voting is as simple and ordinary as going to the bank - it's another task that takes time out of your day, but there's usually a place around the corner, and hopefully you can be in and out in ten minutes, unless there's a queue. And then government happens. (Hopefully.)
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This wasn't the post I was expecting to make today. But making it has certainly made my day.

Malcolm Turnbull topples Tony Abbott in Liberal leadership ballot

\O/

We go on

Sep. 8th, 2013 09:39 am
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In the face of a discouraging election result, for those who believe in things the new prime minister does not:

We go on.

We go on standing up for what we believe in.

We go on speaking up for what we believe in.

It begins at the ballot box. It doesn't end there.

"Democracy is not simply a majority voting up on the hill in Canberra. Democracy is a complex interaction of institutions that bring a good quality of life to all people and ensure respect for the human dignity of all people." - Justice Kirby
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Again, since when is it okay to depose a sitting Prime Minister?

I think both Rudd and Gillard have been poorly done by their party.
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\O/

Thank you, America.
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It would be farce if it didn't feel so much like tragedy. How did we get to here from there?

I'm back!

Sep. 8th, 2010 12:42 am
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After an unprecedented but strangely liberating week without net access. Will catch up on posts later this week, after I catch up on sleep.

Also, I am pleased that we now have a government, and even more pleased that we have a new Prime Minister and her name is not Tony Abbott.
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I'm not really sure if I need to post that I'll be away for the next week, given that it's often longer than that between posts. But anyway! Net access may be sporadic, so I'll probably only catch up when I get back. See you then!

ETA: Also, we still do not have a government. Although somehow, we seem to be managing okay.
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I was out all day yesterday after voting, and by the time I got home I didn't feel up to checking online who had won, in case it gave me bad dreams. By the time morning rolled around, I was finally braced for the news, except there wasn't any yet.

What a mess.

In these last three years, for a brief time, there was a government I could believe in and an opposition I could respect.

Now the choice is between disappointing and disastrous. I don't know which I'll wake up to tomorrow.
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I was not expecting to find out this morning that we suddenly have a new Prime Minister. So Rudd hasn't been doing so great in the polls, but things were not that dire. Opposition leaders change all the time, but it's a big deal for a Prime Minister in office to step down.

I've had a lot of respect for Gillard and I'm keen to see what she'll do now, but I agree that we have wasted a perfectly good PM.

Damn. Three years. It went by fast.
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Someday, when they ask, "Where were you when Obama got elected?" I'll say I was at work, refreshing Google News and the Guardian Liveblog every 30 minutes 20 minutes 10 minutes, watching the numbers roll in and hanging on the edge of hope. When they called it for him at 3 PM, I joined everyone else at the TV - where only yesterday we were gathered for the Melbourne Cup - to watch McCain's generous concession speech and Obama's stirring victory speech. It was well over an hour later that we all returned to our desks and the emails and phone calls started to fly. I'm still in a daze.

Today I didn't get much work done, but I think I witnessed history in the making.
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It's perfectly normal to buy the cast recording, to take the memory of those fantastic songs with you. And there's nothing wrong with looking up reviews of the show or listening to interviews with the cast.

And when a live performance is broadcast on TV, naturally you want to tape a copy to keep. And when you borrow Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, well, you're only educating yourself about history and politics. And everyone already knows that Wikipedia is a source of endless fascination.

But when you find yourself at midnight downloading YouTube videos of Question Time debates from over a decade ago, that's when you have to step away from the keyboard and go have a quiet lie down.
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So last night was the Keating! special sing along show. No, I didn't go, but I was a little tempted - I've listened to the CD about a billion times over the last couple of weeks, and I reckon by now I probably could sing most of it off by heart. It happens with every new favourite musical of mine, and I've become uncommonly fond of this one. And yay, I now have my own copy of the ABC2 live broadcast from last week, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pelrun's heads up, so I can rewatch at my leisure.

And now my appetite has been whetted for more musicals - so far this year I've seen Chess and I've seen Keating! and I would have seen Wicked except that they decided not to come to Sydney, damn them, and I'm not quite prepared to hike down to Melbourne just for that. I wish it was like London or New York where you have a crazy smorgasboard to choose from, but I guess neither of those places could have given us Keating! which as one reviewer said is totally brilliant but absolutely unexportable.

Apparently there also exists TONY! The Blair Musical. Who would have thought?
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There is something irresistible about the idea of a musical about Australian politics - to take a subject so pedestrian and unromantic, and elevate it to the high drama of musical theatre. But if ever an Australian politician fit the role of protagonist in such a drama, there could be no better choice than the colourful, infuriating, and occasionally visionary Paul Keating, and no better setting than the memorable years of his prime ministership.

Keating! is that musical, a much lauded, award winning production that will be winding up its long run at the end of the month. I saw it at the Seymour Centre last weekend, and it was every bit as hilarious and nostalgic as I had hoped.

Review! )
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Three months ago, we signed Kyoto.

Yesterday, we apologised to the Stolen Generations.

Tomorrow, who knows what else is possible?
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I was up last night watching the vote count on TV, and the raw numbers seemed so close, and I didn't understand how the networks could already be calling seats based on projections from a few per cent. Even after Howard made his concession speech and Rudd his victory speech, I didn't quite dare believe, afraid I would wake up to find a flood of postal votes had overturned the result and that it was all a dream.

But when I woke up this morning, it was still true, and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. The one good thing I will remember Howard for is gun control after Port Arthur. But the rest of it - all those years of wedge politics and deliberate deceit and lack of ministerial responsibility and appealing to our most shameful instincts - I can never forget that. But last night all that was swept away as the tide turned against his party.

Today the sun is shining.

And maybe, this country I call home can once more become a nation I am proud of.
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In Alan Moore's introduction to the collected V for Vendetta, he talks about his 'political inexperience' and 'naivete' when he started the comic in 1981, including his supposition 'that it would take something as melodramatic as a near-miss nuclear conflict to nudge England towards fascism.'

He goes on to say:

"It's 1988 now. Margaret Thatcher is entering her third term of office and talking confidently of an unbroken Conservative leadership well into the next century. My youngest daughter is seven and the tabloid press are circulating the idea of concentration camps for persons with AIDS. The new riot police wear black visors, as do their horses, and their vans have rotating video cameras mounted on top. The government has expressed a desire to eradicate homosexuality, even as an abstract concept, and one can only speculate as to which minority will be the next legislated against. I'm thinking of taking my family and getting out of this country soon, sometime over the next couple of years. It's cold and it's mean spirited and I don't like it here anymore."
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Quote of the day:

"Did you really just call somebody you disagree with a communist? That's so last century, man. You have to call them terrorists now."

- blancolioni, Slashdot
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"Down there are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any iniquity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no."

- Vetinari, Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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