The Dalia Lama has been to Australia. The first time I recall him visiting Australia, VicRoads took control of their traffic lights and gave him a clear run. Never mind that I sat at a red light for five minutes. Even old Betty did not get such treatment from VicRoads when I saw her just but passing by. She had police at all intersections to clear the traffic and she didn't travel to Springvale like the Dalia.
The Dalia novelty seems to have worn off a little. He is an amusing bloke though, with such an infectious laugh. Melbourne's top rating breakfast radio announcer seemed to be a bit sceptical about the old Dalia and his marketing prowess.
Broadcaster Faine this morning queried our PM about gay marriage and her opposition to changing the marriage act. To his credit, he pinned her down to her saying it was not a politically pragmatic opinion, but a personally held belief. Well done Faino, but then he screwed up by suggesting that because she is LIVING IN SIN (my words) with a man, that her view on gay marriage should be different. I don't see the connection at all.
So, now I know where I stand with Julia insofar as gay marriage goes. I don't care about it, but a lot of fellow gays and lesbians do. I'm not the marrying kind.
Back to the Dalia. He is a religious bloke at the end of the day, but he does talk wisely. His politics are shaky though as he did not know our PM is a woman. Our PM did not meet him. I approve. The less we have to do with religion, the better, and ditto for her. I hope she remembers this should old Ratzinger visit again. Thankfully Jews and Muslims don't seem to have heads to visit and bother people. I suppose Betty is head of the protestant church? Certainly the Church of England.
PS I just remembered a very important Jewish leader visited and with Melbourne's main synagogue opposite us, that did cause some traffic problems. At least he did not preach to the non converted.