Never Mind the Frolykz, Here’s Weekend Wonderland!

Welcome to Weekend Wonderland!

The place where we get to unwind after another tumultuous week.

Yet again the share market has been all over the place, as has the Aussie dollar. Reports out this week suggest the economic meltdown is about to claim thousands of scalps in the banking and finance industry.

Meanwhile, the Liberal party is still trying to gain some traction with the alleged G20 gaffe, despite the fact that it doesn’t seem to be registering with the Australian public.

This weekend heralds the G20 summit and all eyes will be on outcomes of the summit. Expectations are high, however it remains dubious as to what can really be achieved, particularly when President-elect Barack Obama is not going to be there, nor a representative.

It’s six weeks to Christmas by the way.

Anyway, pull up a chair, pour yourself a refreshment and let it all out with your blogocrats family.

This week’s music is for our favourite hostess, Min…

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Spot the real Queen competition!

Following on from our “spot the drag queen” competition, I am pleased to announce the next mind-bending brain teaser – “Spot the real Queen” competition.

Here’s how it works. Below are two pictures of well known public figures. Despite their remarkable similarities, one is an increasingly irrelevant Liberal party politician in Australia while the other is in fact a genuine member of the British monarchy!

This is a tough one, however there are a couple of subtle visual clues that may reveal their true identity. Look carefully and you might just find them.

Don’t try to look for sound bites, because they both sound identical when talking; expecially when expressing appauled indignation. However only one of them has an anus horribiluss. Are you up for the challenge?

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What does Kevin Rudd stand for?

Traditionally Labor has been “the battler’s party,” with a focus on protecting the interests of workers who tend to fall into the lower to middle income categories.

The party has also been traditionally more ‘liberal’ (in the true sense of the word) than conservative parties and championed equality and an end to discrimination in the workplace and broader society.

This position has fundamentally changed during the course of the past ten years. While Labor continues to wax lyrical about “working families,” they have also transcended, and to a great degree distanced themselves from their Union dominated past to become a party which has a greater awareness of fundamental economic issues, the global environment and the role of commercial enterprise.

Of course the world has also fundamentally changed in recent months. The global economic meltdown presents an enormous challenge for Labor, not just in maintaining growth in the Australian economy and minimising unemployment, but also in pursuing their mandate for addressing climate change and introducing an emissions trading scheme. In today’s precarious economic climate, pursuing an environmentally-driven agenda is walking a political knife’s edge.

So what does Labor stand for today? After 12 months in office, it’s almost difficult to say. Apart from delving into the budget surplus to prop up the Australian economy there has been little in the way of significant policy announcements. The ‘education revolution’ which was largely hailed prior to the election seems like a distant memory.

While Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s plan to introduce an internet filtering system seems like a page torn straight from the Liberal party handbook.

Similarly, ending discrimination against same-sex couples has fallen off the agenda. And in a bizarre twist the leader of the Opposition is more focused on this issue than Labor.

The full impact of the economic meltdown will not be fully felt in Australia until early to mid 2009. Already we are witnessing mass redundancies in the Banking and Finance sectors; typically the first industries to be impacted in an economic crisis.

The question remains; What does Labor really stand for anymore?

Posted by: Stuntreb

Internet Censorship Will Haunt Rudd Government

During the early noughties I was teaching Year 12 English Studies at Katherine High School in the Northern Territory. A very useful website for studying Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was The Republic of Pemberley. One year the site was blocked by the NT Department of Education. Apparently their black list was outsourced to a U.S. firm in silicon valley.

Presumably the website was inappropriate because it mentioned prejudice or pre-marital sex or shot-gun marriages. It was possible to correct this gross case of censorship and incompetence and have the site put on their ‘White List’ but it was too late for the students’ examination revision. This is the inevitable result of politicians and bureaucrats trying to decide what we should have access to on the Internet.

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