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A Historic Third Term for A Female Leader

During a fierce thunderstorm and amidst a global pandemic, a female political leader, has made a mark on history winning a historic third term as the state’s leader in the election.

And her words I particularly like – she is keen to get back to work as soon as possible.

“There’s nothing more important than the dignity of work.”

Anastacia Palaszczuk

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Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszcuk after winning the 2020 Election

My wonderful daughter strongly believes and supports female representation in politics. For many years, female suffrage was not tenable to the authorities. Some women died for the right to vote. My daughter takes her constitiutional right very seriously. She requested a political sign for our garden. After all, we make up a little more than half the population, she reasons.

Women’s Right to Vote

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in, but not to stand for, parliamentary elections in 1893.

The colony of South Australia allowed women to vote and stand for election in 1894. In Sweden, conditional women’s suffrage was granted during the age of liberty between 1718 and 1772. But it wasn’t until the year 1919 that equality was achieved, where women’s votes were valued the same as a man’s.

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Equity in something my countrymen and women feel strongly about but might hardly be aware that they do. Generally speaking Australia does not have many traditions, we can all our own, but for Australian society is mostly classless and everyone here is entitled, to use the vernacular: a ‘fair go’. Australia has developed, comparatively speaking a more egalitarian and economically mobile society, perhaps stemming somewhat from a lack of historic tribal associations. (generally speaking)

However, this is not to dismiss the extreme prejudice and terrible injustices wrought against the indigenous folk of Australia and the White Australia Policy. This racist policy of preferencing white migrants was a mid-twentieth century policy based on the irrational fear of becoming populated by migrants from Asia.

There will always be bad eggs in any society, just as there will be good eggs. I do believe that the worst of any prejudice is behind our country and trust my daughter will grow old in a country where each individual is taken for his or herself, with open-mindedness and in good faith.

“A cynical sneer gains no ground.”

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Day 3 – 30 day New Year Challenge

The third day of the challenge tells me to Remove negativity in my life – well they picked a difficult time to do that.

I am so focused on the situation with the fires and the lack of political leadership, I let fly this morning on the phone at a bigoted old conservative voter.

“But what Can they do?” I was asked by this old man.

They can fund the Fire Service, and buy planes to fight the fires.

“Ah,” the old man said, ” It is the Greenies fault, they won’t let them do anything.”

Apparently a small number of Green party politicians in the upper house of Government, prevents the Government from any kind of legislative change or action.

This is the mindset of the ignorant.

The Prime Minister does nothing, except reiterate like a broken record, “I understand people are angry,” and it transpires that the State Premier of NSW has cut funding for the Rural fire service and equipment, right before the fire season started. What impudence.

Volunteer fire fighters are fighting fires without breathing masks or protective equipment, risking their own health and lives. Unconscionable actions by the Government continue, and very little comments from those who sit in their air conditioned offices overlooking Sydney harbour or Canberra.

People are missing, thousands of homes burnt to the ground, 11.3 million acres of bush and more each moment – lost. To say nothing of the loss of animals, the loss to biodiversity and contribution of smoke and carbon to the atmosphere. Unprecedented climate conditions and the politicians do nothing.

So perhaps I really do need to remove negativity in my life today.

I am too churned up and after anger, follows sadness.

That helps no one.

I have to let it go, breathe and find a way to channel the anger into affirmative action.

Suggestions:

  • Sign a petition for action on climate change
  • Write a letter to your local parliamentarian requesting support for renewable energy and more funding fire services, fire management plans and fire fighting aeroplanes
  • Do what you can locally in your own back yard to help the plastic, (ie reduce plastic use, compost scraps, fire-proof your property, plant trees).
  • Join a Community group involved in rehabilitating bush, promoting land management
  • Donate to raise funds for those who have lost their home to fire
  • Share information on social media
  • Exercise your well considered democratic right at the ballot box.

Every person can help. Please do what you can.