Minute from a Minister


12
Nov 2017

When we go on holidays, my wife Sue is the one who usually takes all the photos. But, on our recent holiday, as many of you know, Sue had a fall and broke her ankle and so I found myself taking most of the photos. Now, although many of them turned out ok, what proved quite challenging was to make sure the shot was in focus, and especially when taking a photo of a small bird. As you probably also know, I love seeing finches in the outback, and when I get......

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05
Nov 2017

I am sure you have all heard about the politicians who have lost their seats in parliament due to dual-citizenship. If you are unsure about what has happened or why, here is my over-simplified explanation. To be a member of the Australian government you must renounce any other citizenship from any other country. You can only hold citizenship for Australia. An issue that may come from holding more than one citizenship is that a politician could stop acting in the best interest of Australia and decide to work in favour of another......

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29
Oct 2017

Did you know that Tuesday is an anniversary many people are celebrating throughout the world? Two days’ time is the 500th anniversary of an unheard-of monk in a small and unimportant city in Germany nailing 95 ideas for discussion on a notice board … and because of what happened after that the world is a very different place in many, many ways! The man was Martin Luther; the date was October 21, 1517; the document is now called The 95 Theses; the place was the castle door in Wittenberg; and the movement......

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22
Oct 2017

My lovely wife – I only have one, and she is lovely – will always ‘drop everything’ to do one thing. And do you know what it is? Yes, do you know what it is, that causes her to drop everything? It is to spend time with the grandchildren. I wish it was me, but I take a distant second or third when it comes to seeing Milla and Chilli and spending some time with them. I guess I’m the only husband who is on the receiving end of that one –......

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