Posted in January 2012

The Next Federal Election

The next Australian federal election will elect members of our 44th Parliament. The election must be held by 30 November 2013 and will be called following the dissolution or expiry of the current Parliament which was elected on Saturday, 21 August 2010. That means the current 43rd Parliament has been in place, as of today … Continue reading


It is a universally agreed maxim that “No-one likes change” but for some reason, this cliché has never entered my thought processes and nor do I want it to. So here’s the challenge – if you ever hear me lamenting a change, a new way of doing things, reflecting on the “old days”, a better … Continue reading

Letter to Mum

Dear Mum, “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into, Stan!” At 58 it is hard to reconstruct what life was like as I grew up – for example I vividly remember looking at one of your books in the lounge room at 2b Parnell Road.  It was “I’m all right, you’re all right” … Continue reading