This article by Rebecca Weisser is one of the few intelligent and sensible things I have seen in the Spectator recently about the current Abbott mess. (Simply waving pom-poms and chanting 'rah rah Tony' and denouncing any criticism as failures in groupthink is not helping. And yes, I AM looking at you, Rowan Dean et hoc genus omne.)
Meanwhile, I have been reading about someone called Rosie Batty, who is apparently the first woman in Australia ever to have experienced domestic violence. Thankfully she has been able to speak publicly about this, starting with her first press conference a few hours after her son was beaten to death by his estranged father. At last, after millenia of silence, the lid has been lifted on this abhorrent practice, and a woman has spoken out about her experiences. This is the only explanation I can come up with as to why she was given an uninterrupted platform on Q&A and then a standing ovation.
I am also watching with interest the downward trajectory of Australians of the Year. Next year, if we take this to its logical conclusion, the winner will be either Lara Bingle or that lesbian couple from last year's My Kitchen Rules. But probably not both.
Thank goodness also for Patricia Arquette, star of such films as Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Stigmata, Little Nicky, and Deeper than Deep (in which she played Linda Lovelace). When she was awarded an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress this year, Arquette very bravely devoted an entire sentence or two to the complex and mulitfactorial issue of why some people are paid more than others. Meryl Streep, one of Hollywood's highest paid actors of either sex, gave her a standing ovation. I look forward to the release of Arquette's comprehensive strategy outlining just how she intends to arrange for everyone to be paid exactly the same amount, regardless of sex, age, and abilities.
UPDATE: Thank goodness for Queensland Attorney General Yvette D'Ath. D'Ath reports that she is being briefed on how Queensland can introduce civil union legislation. This is despite the fact that Queensland already has a civil union scheme introduced by the Bligh government, which was then renamed as a 'registered relationship' scheme by the Newman government, which also got rid of the official ceremony part. So all the State government has to do is restore the official ceremony and original name. I think the technical term for this is 'low-hanging fruit', no pun intended.