Oh, Sunday. Where did the week go? It seems like all I’ve been doing is dropping children at various schools and daycare – which has had its advantages, don’t get me wrong. I had grand plans of completing a good chunk of my novel this week. Instead, I discovered head lice on Fourth Offspring and have been combing them out of everyone’s hair ever since. Joy.
Anyway, it’s a beautiful day, and my plans include going for a run and baking chocolate chip biscuits. Happy day!
It’s no secret that I’m less than a fan of our current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Sure, he could be quite a nice person to his friends, but I’m disappointed with many of the policies his government has tried to implement and I feel poorly represented by them. So I’m delighted interested in the fact that in the next few days, there will likely be a vote by his party as to whether to elect a new leader, meaning that by mid-week, we could have a new Prime Minister. (I know this is confusing for people from other countries – our PM is leader of his party as well as our country’s representative overseas. He isn’t elected on a separate ballot like a President, which means that if the government is unhappy with his performance, he may be removed to make way for a leader who is more popular with the voters). Of course, there has been some support for and against his leadership, and some from the Liberal (conservative – again, I know, confusing) party started a hashtag #ImStickingWithTony. It’s been hijacked by the Twitter-Left, and is most amusing.
As for what will happen next week – watch this space. I’m certainly hoping that Malcolm Turnbull throws his hat into the ring, to bring the party a little closer to centre.
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The peace plan for Ukraine is currently being negotiated, and the whole thing makes me a little anxious. I certainly hope the plan works – because I’m not sure about arming the Ukrainian forces. The argument in favour if this would be that it’s immoral to stand by and let the superior firepower of the pro-Russian forces (armed, most likely, by Russia) overtake a sovereign nation. But it seems that over and over again, we wait too long. We see a conflict happening in the world, and when it doesn’t directly concern us, until it gets so large that we can’t ignore it. To try to solve the problem is going to take a lot of effort on every side, because bear in mind that there are many different alliances and agendas, now. It’s not just Russia vs Ukraine, rather there are political power struggles and factions within the country which weren’t there before, and which tangled mess any peace process will have to pick apart, piece by piece.
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My own country’s dismal track record with regards to refugees speaks for itself, but the point this article makes to the EU is that simply hoping that they can close the borders and nobody will try and get through is fruitless. People will move from their country of origin for a number of factors, so instead of just trying to keep them out, we should be focusing on ways we can steer them towards the legal channels. I would like to see more of that here, too. We lock people up for so long they lose any hope, further traumatising those who are already traumatised. We need a better solution. Refugees are not going to stop coming. We need to accept that and find a way to better help them.
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Finally, some good news. The federal court in the US has decided against in favour of net neutrality. I see this as a win for consumers, and like the author of the article, I hope that is has world-wide ramifications, especially with regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently being negotiated in Australia at the moment (which riles me, because it feels a lot like the US is telling us to jump and we’re asking how high? Perhaps I’m just getting the wrong impression from our liberal-biased media…) In any case, it now means that in the US, at least, it won’t be internet service providers who are limiting your internet speed or charging you a premium to be able to have faster internet. In Australia, it won’t really affect us – it’s not net neutrality which affects the speed of our internet, rather the complete lack of updated infrastructure. But that’s another story!