Under no circumstances will I vote yes for something I know nothing about. Why would anyone do that? It’s giving the government a mandate to do whatever they wish. At the moment, there are ten indigenous members of parliament, which is a good representation.
Jacinta Price, the newest indigenous senator has a good deal to say on this question. Her mother Bess is a former Northern Territory senator. Bess was born under a tree and her parents didn’t see a European until they were in their teens. Jacinta is the real deal when it comes to the disadvantage of Aboriginal people in Australia. She lives in Alice Springs and often visits family members in Yuendumu. She’s definitely worth listening to on this question.
@elishatraill, but who’s the arbiter of disrepute? Interestingly, three Manly supporters were asked whether or not they blamed the players sitting out for the loss of last night’s game. All three said they had no issue with the players. All three said the players had the right to sit out the game if their consciences wouldn’t let them play.
@cat, as a Rugby League follower of more than 60 years, and someone who loves watching the girls, I agree with what you say. However, can you imagine the outcry if this had occurred during the Indigenous Round? The women have a hard enough time being recognised in such a male dominated sport, without any other issues being brought up to detract from them.
@elishatraill, I think you’ll find that there are laws regarding dismissal of employees on the grounds of religion and cultural beliefs. I don’t have a horse in the race. I'm an agnostic and the gay population are just other Australians as far as I'm concerned. So, in the same way as I support your right to vilify the players concerned, I support the rights of those players to honour their religion and the culture that's been drummed into them since babyhood.
@rush, you’re absolutely right! That didn’t occur to me and thank you for pointing it out. While those involved in the industry are generally supporting the jersey, the guys on Fox are not happy about the way this has hijacked the Women in League Round. Hubby and I are long time Rugby League followers and we prefer to watch the games on Fox because we prefer their commentary team.
What REALLY annoys me about all this business at Manly, is the fact that this is supposed to be the Women in League round. It’s been completely sabotaged by the debate going on about a jersey. Obviously, the Manly club doesn’t give two hoots about women in the sport. If they did, they wouldn’t have chosen this week, of all weeks to bring out this jersey.
@cat, she would very likely be outraged by what I said. I knew that when I wrote it. That’s because she has a different mindset from me. However, there are many thousands like me who wouldn’t care about the filming. I put this scenario to two different people yesterday, and weirdly, they both said the same thing. When I asked how they’d react, they both said: ‘I’d smile for the camera.’
@laura__palmer, thank you for being so lovely. However, I really don’t think I’ll get flowers again until Mothers’ Day next year. My son brings me flowers and takes me out for breakfast every Mothers’ Day. It’s the only time in the entire year that it’s just him and me.
@chrissyinthemiddle, you are a sweetie, but please don’t fret on my behalf. There are those who need to bring others down to make themselves feel superior. I’m a tough old bird and I’ll cope.
@cat, well, you got one thing right: I haven’t taken offence at any of the negative comments. As my mate Dr Anthony Dillon taught me: Offence cannot be given; it can only be taken. Why would I choose to allow the negative opinion of someone who knows nothing whatever about me to adversely affect me?
@laura__palmer, you’re probably right in some respects Laura. I can see how it could look that way to some, and I’ll admit that because of my age and fragile health, I have less patience these days with people who fuss about trivial things. And while many may not see this situation as trivial, I do.
@mamamia-user-482898552, why is it that you find it so difficult to read a point of view different from your own? I read all the comments from other commenters, all stating a different opinion from mine. Did I find it necessary to answer those people and tell them they’re wrong? No, because they have a right to their opinion.
@cat, oh dear! You know it never fails to astound me how the subscribers of this blog get all aereated if someone disagrees with them. They begin throwing personal abuse. Socrates had something interesting to say about that.
Back in the mid sixties, a close friend of mine got married at 19 because she was pregnant. Her new husband felt trapped and accused her of deliberately becoming pregnant to ‘trap him’. When she miscarried at 13 weeks, things got worse. On one occasion during a night out, he became violently drunk and began assaulting her on the footpath. A passerby called the police who attended very quickly. When they realised they were a married couple, the police said they had no power to interfere ‘between a husband and wife’.
I’ve been married for 54 years. I’ve never placed expectations on my husband. EXCEPT: treat me with respect. Treat me as you want me to treat you.
@mamamia-user-482898552, and their perspective doesn’t invalidate mine. The fact that someone’s offended doesn’t make them right.
Okay, I’m at least as old as this woman and very probably older. I’m rarely able to go out for coffee, because I’m in a wheelchair now. I’m having so many difficulties with my health that if a random person wanted to give me flowers, I’d be thrilled! Under no circumstances would I see it as being patronising, because I’m a positive person who sees good, not bad.
Always make the bed before leaving the house, never leave dirty dishes in the sink, when you leave a room, turn off the light and don’t leave anything on the floor where I can trip over it.
We must also remember my skin niece Jacinta Price, recently elected as a senator to sit in federal parliament. Jacinta lives in Alice Springs and is the daughter of Bess Price, a former NT senator.
How did we meet? We met at a club through mutual friends.