Well, listening to radio yesterday morning, I really thought God might have died. Instead it was popular and populist former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. The good is remembered about him far more than the bad, and there was probably more good than bad and I remember both.
On the day Bob Hawke died, my gay friend at work was resoundingly elected to the position of Occupational Health and Safety Officer, or something like that. He is decent, sincere and honest person, who cares about his workplace and workmates. While he is a good bit younger than myself, he always has time for me and has for quite a number of years. We socialise together at times, usually he joining us with friends for dinner, back when we had them, and now at times just R and myself. Well done him.
So, it is voting day today for our Federal Parliament, that is the Australian government election. I would tell you how to vote, but it is pointless as you have all voted already. I need to get in earlier.
The sales of democracy charity fundraiser sausages at polling booths will be well down with so many people voting in advance.
In Australia voting for Federal, State and Local Government elections is compulsory. You pay a fine if you don't vote. But when I say say vote, you don't actually have to vote. You have to attend and have your name crossed off.
We have an upper house, The Senate and a lower house, The House of Representatives. The Senate voting is extremely complicated and the ballot voting sheet was about one metre wide. The Senate, in theory, is a house of review of legislation.
The House of Reps is our local areas and that is where all the action happens in parliament, where legislation is made and then goes to The Senate for 'review'. Our system of democracy is not perfect, but not too bad.
When I cast my pre poll vote, me was the last thing I had in my mind. I thought about my mother's welfare, that of my two brothers, my nephew and nieces, and their children. What kind of world do I want the younguns to grow up in? A kinder and better, and greener world.
Australia really is at a low point at the moment as the country is raped by property developers and profiteers, with their god awful el cheapo tower buildings clad in something flammable and vast outer suburban estates without infrastructure, not a school, not a train, not a bus, not a childcare place.
The Ponzi Scheme of increasing the population and building of new homes to accommodate them just goes on.
I feel great sadness, as I don't think who you vote for, what is happening as described above won't stop. I am privileged and I will die soon enough. Not my problem. But my god, how my generation has really fucked things up. Yet we too are victims. All we wanted was a nice roof over our heads. We can't help that our home values increased so much. I could go on, but I am tired. Good night and good morning.