Posts Tagged ‘Julia Gillard’
Attention federal politicians!
I’d just like to say helllloooo from out here in the real world.
You may have heard of it, you may have lived in it once upon a time.
In case you don’t remember much about the real world, I’ll remind you.
Out here we work hard. It’s true, we’re going through some tough times at the moment, many of us in business are struggling.
Business isn’t great, costs are rising, customers are skittish and making ends meet in business and at home is growing harder each day.
Out here in the real world we put our heads down and get on with the job … those of us lucky enough to have kept our jobs. We don’t really have a choice, the bills just keep rolling in.
We work hard, strive to save money and generally we treat our workmates with respect.
Name calling, as I constantly remind my four-year-old, is not nice and we shouldn’t do it.
Nor, I tell him, should we use bad language or speak unkindly about anyone, no matter how much we don’t like them or we disagree with what they’re saying. In our house swear words are punished with the loss of points on the star chart.
So if my four-year-old can grasp these concepts why are you out there in parliamentary nirvana finding the concept so hard?
Why can’t you put your hatred and warped beliefs aside just long enough to do what we elected you to do – run the country.
‘Julia Gillard is stupid.’
With those four words my heart sank.
I’m not saying I entirely disagree with the sentiment, but it saddens me that they come out of the mouth of my son. He’s seven.
Too young to fully comprehend what he was saying. Old enough to repeat, verbatim, everything he hears.
It should come as no surprise that in the house of a country born-and-bred farmer and businessman, the political convo here is somewhat right of centre.
And I must confess that at times, during some of the Government’s more dopey episodes – I’m thinking pink bats, school halls, carbon tax and live cattle export crisis – the political analysis in Chez Bean hasn’t always been tame.
But we’re not living in a cult. I don’t want my kids to agree with, and repeat, what their parents think, just because we share a house.
I want them to be free-thinking, intelligent, thoughtful men who know how to be independent thinkers.
When you’re juggling two kids, a busy husband and a couple of businesses it’s a bit hard to get amongst it and be a full-time journalist.
Thank God for social media.
I was up late last night trawling through Twitter, wondering how the carbon tax would impact our businesses.
So I sent a few questions to the team at The Today Show. Here’s what the PM had to say in response.
SOME argue that newspapers are not long for this world. They (whoever they may be) says newspapers are outdated, dying and irrelevant. I say, I hope they are not right … because then we’d miss out on personality-packed coverage like this.
Just had to share this morning’s Queensland Country Life splash – hmm what is it they’re trying to say?
That’s what I love about the rural press … it’s to the point; there’s no beating round the bush. A bit like country people. Sure some might argue it lacks balance … just as others argue the ABC lacks balance.
I wonder if Julia’s a subscriber?