Posts tagged ‘Tony Abbott’

January 11, 2015

The countdown till the next federal election in Australia

by eirenehogan

I can’t stand it anymore, I have to count down the weeks until freedom.

The first date til the next federal election can be called without a trigger (double dissolution and such … ) is 6 August 2016.  The LATEST date an election can be called is – wait for it … 14 Jan 2017.  Arrrghhh!!!  Horrifying.

So here is my chart that counts down until the earliest date.  From 1st January there were 83 weeks.

weeks til election

September 5, 2014

The Universal Soldier still has not been stopped

by eirenehogan

We are now on the verge of a war in Iraq and a war in Ukraine, and it reminded me of my youth and those heady anti-war days of the sixties, from the children of the WWII war vets who had heard it all as kids and decided there should be no more war.  What went wrong?

Buffy Saint-Marie

 

“The Universal Soldier”

written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. (1964)

1965 recorded by folk singer Donovan.

 

 

Donovan

He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon to a war
and without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier and he
really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him, and you, and me
and brothers can’t you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.

 

– – – –

 

Here are the full lyrics to the song:

 

He’s five feet two and he’s six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years

He’s a Catholic, a Hindu, an athiest, a Jain,
a Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
and he knows he shouldn’t kill
and he knows he always will
kill you for me my friend and me for you

And he’s fighting for Canada,
he’s fighting for France,
he’s fighting for the USA,
and he’s fighting for the Russians
and he’s fighting for Japan,
and he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way

And he’s fighting for Democracy
and fighting for the Reds
He says it’s for the peace of all
He’s the one who must decide
who’s to live and who’s to die
and he never sees the writing on the walls

But without him how would Hitler have
condemned him at Dachau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon to a war
and without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier and he
really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him, and you, and me
and brothers can’t you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Soldier_(song)

 

September 9, 2013

Election 2013 – more

by eirenehogan
Photograph of Australian Greens politician Ada...

Photograph of Australian Greens politician Adam Bandt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Federal Election last Saturday, 7th Dec.  Liberals won, with Tony Abbott as leader.  Can you believe it?  He is a catholic anti abortion, climate change sceptic conservative.  Just what the world needs in 2013!

So now we go into hibernation for 2 to 6 years, while we wait until Tony Abbott is dumped by his own party and hopefully the Libs themselves get dumped by Australia and we get back to the party that truly WAS born to rule, the ALP, in coalition with the Greens.

WHEN WILL WE DECIDE TO SAVE OUR PLANET???????

At least our local member, Catherine King, got re-elected, and she is ALP.   So that feels good, my local member is ALP.

And Adam Bandt for Greens was re-elected in the seat of Melbourne, and Vic also elected a second Greens senator. Fantastic for the Greens.

 

To quote Bob Brown, ‘the environment will win in the end, one way or the other’.

To quote  Gough, ‘Maintain the rage!’

To quote me, ‘they’ll be sorry, they voted the bastard in, not me!’

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