Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Jack Of All Trades

// July 7th, 2009 // 461 Comments » // Moviesandtv


Great article about a very interesting documentary currently screening at Palace cinemas nationwide. Jack Charles is a critically acclaimed Aboriginal actor and also a junkie and burglar, and this young Melbourne chap spent seven years filming him.

Liking this Aussie online magazine, The Blackmail, too!

Posted via web from emilyjem’s posterous

A Childish Response

// July 6th, 2009 // 206 Comments » // Gaysville

So great to see the fight for marriage equality get started in Australia in earnest. There is a march on Saturday August 1st in all Aus capital cities which I have written on the calendar. Everyone, come along!

Posted via web from emilyjem’s posterous

P.S. Here is another one:

Strange Aussie Sky

// June 5th, 2008 // 419 Comments » // Life

The sky was a funny red colour tonight after raining all day. Australian skies are definitely different from NZ. I felt like I was on Mars!

Strange Red Sky

Carers’ Bonus Payment In Doubt

// March 10th, 2008 // 608 Comments » // Disability

I was very surprised to read in the paper yesterday that the Rudd Labor Government is considering scrapping the $1600 bonus that is paid annually to people caring for sick and disabled Australians (including our little Archie!)

This money is used by people for all sorts of wonderful, necessary and useful things for their dependents. We were going to use ours for respite care for Archie.

Please if you have a moment, sign the petition on the Daily Telegraph website: Caring for carers | The Daily Telegraph

Top 10 Reasons Against Gay Marriage

// February 2nd, 2006 // 700 Comments » // Gaysville

1. Being gay is not natural. And as you know Australians have always rejected unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3. Legalising gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because, as you know, a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed. The sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in Australia.

9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

from Alex Day

Big Brother Bother

// May 11th, 2005 // 437 Comments » // Moviesandtv, Obsessions

I am getting overwrought at all the positive reviews of the latest Big Brother series that are coming out of Australia. Seems like the policy of getting only single good-looking arrogant people has paid off! Plus of course there is the great “identical twins who are pretending to be one housemate” spin. All the best gossip is here.

Allegedly TV2 are going to play it, but when and how far behind will we be?

Oh, it’s hard being a Big Brother devotee in a far off land!

Cloud Valley

// May 1st, 2004 // 225 Comments » // Holidays!

Beautiful weather up here. Sitting on the balcony breathing the country air, which has given me severe allergies! Arch loves the chickens.

Australia – NZ Relations

// December 4th, 2003 // 215 Comments » // Internets

acp: in nz… no states… what do you have? provinces?
acp: we are collecting addresses online, need to know fields for NZ
britney2008: oh, well leave off provinces, they are only important for rugby
acp: so just address
britney2008: yep
acp: are there suburbs? or just towns/cities
acp: islands?
britney2008: suburbs, not islands
britney2008: here is a typical address:
britney2008: 55 Wade St
britney2008: Wadestown
britney2008: Wellington
britney2008: New Zealand
britney2008: my childhood address btw!
britney2008: ;-)
acp: are all streets named after the suburb? ;-)
britney2008: :P Yes, and they all start with ‘W’
acp: can you just address something:
Umily Welkah,
acp: and it will get there
acp: send to the childhood home… then forwarded c/o Bondi Beach
britney2008: Oh, you are so hilarious
britney2008: Tell me a sheep joke now!
acp: two sheep walk into a baa
acp: no… into a dairy
britney2008: LOL
acp: and one says to the other…
acp: hi
acp: the other says back
acp: hi
acp: the end!
acp: :-|


// August 20th, 2001 // 257 Comments » // Gaysville

Though we’ve made much progress in rights for same sex couples in Australia, especially here in New South Wales, one big area where discrimination still occurs is superannuation. Even if you put your same sex partner down as your beneficiary, it’s up to the super company’s discretion whether they actually get paid or not, and there are many other areas, particularly pensions, where the law is spectacularly biased. The Australian Democrats are sick of this and have henceforth decided to block all super legislation that does not include equality for same sex couples. Looks like the first fallout from this decision is about to occur as the Howard Government believes that such a provision would ‘undermine the institution of marriage’. Read all about it here. Personally I can’t understand how governments can be so disdainful of human rights and our relationships.