Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Égalité Pour Tous

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Yesterday I attended my first French rally, walking through the streets of Paris in support of marriage and adoption rights for homosexuals. I felt I have ticked another box on my To Do List – become political. The French are well known for their political debates and love for a good argument and you can’t truly assimilate into French life without demonstrating a strong opinion for something. A few weekends ago was the march against homosexual marriage rights and I felt overwhelmingly disappointed at the narrow mindedness of the participants. I do think everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however I also think that everyone deserves to be treated equally, no matter what their race, gender or sexual preference. I have also been watching the discussions for gay marriage laws in Australia and was disappointed that I couldn’t show my support for changes to the laws while living in France. So Sunday was my opportunity to show my support.

Thousands of people marching for gay rights

Thousands of people marching for gay rights

Clearly the weather gods are in favour of gay marriage as blue skies and sunshine replaced a grey and drizzly morning as soon as the march started. Everyone was in great spirits as tens of thousands of people walked and danced through the streets of Paris. It was colourful, vibrant and positive and there is clearly a strong support for marriage equality.

Such a happy umbrella!

Such a happy umbrella!

It was a fantastic mix of young and old, gay and straight, with my favourite supporter being a little two year old boy sitting on his dad’s shoulders, bopping and waving his arms about to the sound of the drumming band.

Exciting Times

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A busy weekend awaits full of exciting times, important tasks and potentially dramatic moments. Oh, and good food. The election has finally arrived and we will soon stop having to watch stupid Labor V Liberal ads and news about politicians kissing babies. I can’t wait. Having previously worked for the electoral commission teaching school kids how to vote, I am very passionate about elections being important/people having the right to vote etc. I do enjoy informing people how the preferential voting system works and why numbering all of the boxes is important. And remember, kids! Donkey votes (numbering the boxes in the order they appear on the ballot paper) DO count! Not only will you be wasting your vote, you’ll be voting for someone you don’t even like! Ok, rant over.

While I’m all for voting, I don’t have many positive things to say about the political parties and I think it’s about time Australia considered becoming a dictatorship or just dissolving all forms of government and making it a free for all. Not really, but I don’t feel a strong connection to either party and really don’t think there’s much difference between them. But I shall cast my vote when I take my grandma down to the polling booth. I do secretly enjoy the count and I’ll be interested to see if we genuinely elect a female Prime Minister. That will be something to celebrate.

Paris Hilton

Thank you, Ms Hilton.

In other weekend news, it is my boyfriend’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!) and I’m taking him out for a slap-up meal which I can’t talk about yet because it’s a BIG SURPRISE. I will give you a review next week, hopefully with pictures if I remember to take some. Then begins the count down to the most important day of the year – my birthday! Only 12 days to go! Exciting times and lots of food ahead.

And in Today’s News…

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Wow, what a day for the newspapers. All of those eager reporters will be jumping up and down in front of their editors, trying to score the role as ‘Official Reporter’ of the latest gossip from Federal Politics. Yes, it has been decided – So long, Mr Rudd. It’s amazing how a few hours can completely change a person’s life and I suspect Kev is feeling a bit shell shocked at the moment. Pity, I quite liked his wife.

I don’t have a strong opinion on who our Prime Minister should be because honestly I don’t like any of them, but I am particularly disappointed that one of the most momentous occasions in the history of women in politics has been decided by a popularity contest and a bunch of suits. While I would hate to go through the money-wasting debacle of electing a leader like they do in the USA, it somewhat annoys me that once elected, politicians who sit on back benches or who get promoted to cabinet positions think they have the right to revolt against their leader. A leader that THEY elected in the first place. This has been happening more and more frequently lately and I’m quite sick of it.

It just goes to show that really there is no one strong enough within politics to continue to be re-elected by both the people of Australia and their own political party. John Howard managed to do it for quite some time, and while I didn’t really like him either, at least he was consistent. Now Labor has to win an election with a new leader. A FEMALE leader, I might add. While I’m all for equality for women, Julia was in the right place at the right time. Whether or not she has ‘the balls’ to win the election and run the country, I’m not so sure. But I won’t be celebrating Australia’s first female Prime Minister until it officially occurs through a Federal election.

Julia Gillard

Her hands are a bit stumpy...

And in other news, a five metre long crocodile has beaten a three metre bull shark in a fight to the death in the Northern Territory.

In Florida (the real Florida, not the one near Mandurah), a man has been run over by his dog.

So much news and it is only 9am. Who knows what the day ahead will bring…