Archive | June, 2013

The Faceless Men of the Liberal Party

23 Jun

Thank you for posting this, puts a whole new light on things.

Frances Jones

By Father Kevin Lee

OK I know people reading this are going to say, “He is suffering from ‘sour grapes,’ but please try to understand. It’s like when you are in love with someone you overlook their flaws (even though you recognise them) and you can become despised enemies after you discover attributes you didn’t realise the other had. My position has changed due to discoveries I never anticipated. So reserve your judgment of me until you read the whole story.

I was a priest for twenty years and was always led to believe that separation of the Church and State was like two parallel lines that never meet, but I was soon to find out that like the celibate clergy, it’s a truth in terms of policy position only, it is not true in fact.

I discovered this painfully in my last parish, Glenmore Park.

In our community was…

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An Open Letter to Mike Carlton

23 Jun

must keep for my memoirs!

Queen Victoria

InUnityIsStrengthDear Mike Carlton

As is often the case when I write letters to people, I am writing to you as a representative of a greater group. I think you can guess who this group might be. The Ruddites.

It would be inaccurate for me to say I always read your column in the SMH because I very often don’t. But sometimes I do and I usually find it quite amusing and clever and refreshingly nut-free unlike many other opinion columnists printed frequently in the mainstream press. But the column you published yesterday, on the same topic as The Age’s editorial, was, I’m sorry to say, a shocker. Have you ever heard the phrase: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result? Many of your readers might have forgotten that you wrote on this very same subject – asking the Prime Minister…

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In a nutshell: 457 Visas and Liberal ideology

20 Jun

have no problem with 457s just dislike the thought that they are being used and abused, with no thought about the employed person and their rights OR the Aussie that may have been able to do the job.

Café Whispers

457

Yesterday, the Liberal coalition blocked proposed changes to 457 visa regulations that would’ve protected Australian workers by making sure companies employed them before sourcing labour from overseas, skilled or unskilled.

They claimed it was because “the government moved to rush through legislation without consulting employer groups”.

The Liberal party obviously consulted them, the result?

No Australian has an automatic right to employment in Australia.

The asylum seeker debate is a smokescreen, designed to make you lose focus and forget who is really taking your job!

The media run stories of a few people that were employed in Australia on temporary 457 visas, usually in remote communities or with specialist skills that have stayed on in Australia and integrated into society. It promotes the view that these visas are for the benefit of us all, but the reality is nothing like that.

These “temporary work visas” are just that, temporary. Usually…

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Matthew is Will’s ‘Show and Tell’

15 Jun

one of the most admirable human beings in the world.

Will recently had the opportunity to take Matthew to school as his ‘show and tell’. He was incredibly proud of Matthew, and the visit came with lots of instructions to dad – get down on the floor, walk, show everyone what you can do. Matt and Di say it was really interesting to hear the story from Will’s perspective, and they were very proud of him. There were, as you can imagine, lots and lots of questions from the floor. Our thanks to the school community for making the visit so special for everyone.

Matt and Will

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