Scott Bell-Ellercamp

Scott Bell-Ellercamp

We who sit and watch salute you

Well! What a night that was. Julia Gillard sunk under the weight of opinion and Kevin Rudd is our "new" PM. But Julia Gillard has left a legacy that will remembered for generations to come. Not just because she was our first woman Prime Minister, but for her efforts to create the conditions for a better Australia.

Crazy Laws Make People Crazy

This no rant mind you. But some laws do nobody good and cause terrible harm to our whole community. What we have seen recently with the developments in the new breed of drugs - chemically constructed which are "said" to mimic the likes of cannabis, amphetamines, hallucinogens and opiates. Again, it is "said" that the original intoxicant of, say cannabis, is "altered" so that the chemical no longer fits within the clearly defined laws which prohibit cannabis and other drugs.

Toward Election 2013: Aus style

Politics is a difficult subject. Discussions often gets people agitated because, as with religion, we all have our own views and believe that what we think is right. But there is no right or wrong here; simply a diversity of opinion. And this is what makes a democracy - the engagement of a wide range of views in order to formulate a governance which leads to a better management of our nation toward what is best for the National Interest.

If we could have a perfect world, no matter who you are, we would all agree that we would want it to be peaceful and safe. No matter how much food or water we have available; neither how much money or how much opulence, how many gaming zones or athletics fields. Whether it be grog or religion (poles apart in happiness) we all want many things, but peace and safety would feature in everybodies paradise.

The Budget Reply Reply

Mr Abbott’s Budget reply speech last night was a tremendous challenge for me. Although I have for many years had difficulty listening to Mr Abbott without getting angry, I tried to listen as I might imagine his Party Faithful; with some faith in his genuineness and intelligence.

Much Ado About Nothing

The "New" National Broadband Network described by Mssrs Abbott and Turnbull amounts to a Big Zero. 

Freedom of Speech is a Responsibility

Proposed new media laws announced today have triggered an acrimonious debate between commercial news bosses and the Government, with the Daily Telegraph's front page comparing Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to dictators like Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-13/abbott-blamed-for-culture-of-political-abuse/4569660

We Are A Compassionate Society

Mr Howard left left us a legacy - a recognition of our belief that we should help each other in times of need. His "Compassionate Society" speech was a landmark which may guide us to our choice in the September 14 election. We should not forget who we are voting for and that for which they truly stand.

EQUIVOCATOR

The recent release of the report on "doping" and match fixing in high profile sports highlights the depravity that comes from our idolatory of sport. Should we do something about it? What the hell can we do? Do we accept that our athletes will go to whatever length to be the winners, or must we define some limit? This drug good, that drug bad? And the gambling that accompanies every game?