Monthly Archives: August 2017

Marriage Equality Campaign Battlegrounds

For me it is simple, every Aussie should have equal rights to marry whomever they like.

Queen Victoria

The marriage equality ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps are establishing their campaign narratives. If the ‘yes’ campaign is to win, it’s important that they understand what the ‘no’ camp is doing, and fight back against their strategy at every opportunity.

No political campaign can offer everything to everyone, so messaging must be targeted towards specific groups at the most relevant times. There are three groups that the ‘yes’ campaign need to be aware of. As per Essential Media’s latest poll, there are the ‘committed yes’ group, which make up 57% of the population. Then there are the ‘committed nos’ at 32%. And the ‘don’t knows’ at 11%.

The ‘yes’ camp has speedily mobilised an impressive grass roots campaign to get voters on the electoral roll. The narrative of this enrol campaign is spot on to encourage those in the ‘committed yes’ group who weren’t previously on the roll, or who…

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We seem to have come to a crisis point


We seem to have come to a crisis point in human history with two madmen in charge of Earth’s future. On one hand we have a maniacal communist dictator and on the other, a man that the majority of 43% of that country’s population voted into power, a conservative capitalist, and as with all conservatives, with willingness for war from the moment he assumed office. Both of these men lead countries with a determination to dominate the other, with scant regard for the hundreds of millions of people that a nuclear war could murder, as long as they get their own way.

Then overnight, our illustrious Prime Minister Turnbull throws his hat in, without being asked or invited, making a statement the equivalent of the Pig Iron Bob Menzies statement in the Second World War “Britain is at war, so Australia is at war” as if the United States of America would somehow require Australia’s assistance to combat North Korea, which would be laughable if not so tragic, both nations being nuclear capable. Sure we could support our ally in principle however we should not supply cannon fodder in Australian lives, as we did in the last world war in an exercise of pandering to the massive Trump ego.

As we stand on the precipice of war, there is no world power that can stop these two ego maniacs; by entering the fray so early Prime Minister Turnbull has made Australia a target for North Korea to up the ante from Guam to Australia and put our population at risk, from the Torres Straight to as far south as Sydney. If we do make it to the next election the Australian people will not thank the current Prime Minister for bringing us into the spotlight so early and putting the people of Northern Australia to Central NSW in harm’s way, especially Townsville, with Australia’s largest Army Barracks and RAAF Base.


Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court, Deeragun

Townsville, North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

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What do San Diego and Kakadu have in common?

Nicci Carrera

It was amazing to see animals in the wild after having been so recently to the San Diego Zoo.

Here is is the Plumed Whistling Duck we saw in the Kakadu park in Australia. Not a perfect photo, they were far away and suffered camera jiggle, but this is one of my favorite photos anyway. It was just the feeling I had being there among so much bird life. I wasn’t sure if the amazing displays of birds would be present during the dry season, but I wasn’t disappointed.


Here is the photo of the whistling duck from my San Diego Zoo, May 6th post ( clearly a different species, but related.


There was enough water in the Kakadu to see wildlife without being overwhelmed by monsoons (and thrown overboard to swim with crocs). I don’t think they do tours in the wet season, or “The Wet,” as…

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Australia’s top end: Kakadu National Park

Nicci Carrera

Our whirlwind tour of Australia was a success, except for one round of getting sick. Fortunately, our first stop was a long one in an apartment so my husband could recover. Unfortunately he missed six days of socializing with our friends.

However the episode made us even more grateful to be able to do the tours we had lined up because it was touch-and-go we would have to cancel.

Kakadu is a national park in the Northern Territory and next to Arnhem Land, both of which are owned and managed by the indigenous people.

We took a cruise on the Yellow River where we saw several saltwater crocodiles. They are magnificent animals giving a sense of what it would be like to live in the days of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Not all Australians are thrilled that they have been brought back from the brink of extinction, for good reason. They do hunt…

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