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30 years

Published June 5, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

In Memory

Of

all who have died from HIV/AIDS

their Families, friends and communities who miss them everyday

On this the

30th Anniversary

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May Day

Published May 2, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

Labour Day Celebration

to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

On the 1ST May, Benedict XVI celebrated the Beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome this recognition propels his predecessor one-step closer to canonisation.

Beatification and canonisation of Pope John Paul II

Some argue that John Paul II beatification is premature in light of the role he played in the cover-up of abuse by priests . This raises the question whether he was an enabler of abusers or potential saint, which seems strange when the Catholic Church endeavours to take such a high moral ground on LGBT issues.

Sinner or Saint

Osama bin Laden Dead

The supposed al Qaeda mastermind of 9/11 killed in firefight with Navy Seals unit in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden dead, report U.S. officials

What does bin Laden’s death mean for his victims, war on terror and the Afghan adventure. It is certain that some of bin Laden’s victims may see his death as justice for the crimes perpetrated against them by him & his ilk. While politicians generally don’t see this event as an end to the threat posed by al-Qaeda & its minions to world security so the war goes on. Does this mean Afghanistan is still unavoidable to reduce the threat of Islamism?

The Republic of Australia

Published April 29, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

The question of an Australian Republic

From time to time people seek to mount a case for Australia to become a republic their reasoning rarely has anything to do with effective government.  As it seems the current model  has served us well in the provision of relatively stable government since federation. The Australian people have rejected this question in several referendums for various reasons the last in 1999.

Points of argument

To sever remaining ties with Britain and become an independent country?

The Constitution of Australia (PDF)  The Constitution of  Australian (HTML)

Time line

Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)

Royal Commission of Assent  1900 (UK)

Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927 (UK)

Statute of Westminster 1931 (UK)

Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 (Cth)

Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 (Cth)

Australia Act 1986 (UK) Australia Act 1986 (Cth)

Documenting Democracy

This has already happened

Calls for an Australian Head of State

The role of head of state of Australia is divided between two people, the Queen of Australia and the Governor-General of Australia, who is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister of Australia. Though in many respects the Governor-General is the Queen’s representative, and exercises various constitutional powers in her name, the office is independently vested with many important constitutional powers by the Constitution.

Confusion about appointment of Head of State

Direct – elected by popular vote – political mandate – separation of executive branch – another lay of government – with separate mandate – powers of PM – would a politician really cede power?

Indirect – parliamentary appointment – political puppet?

If the system works, why fix it?

ANZAC Day 2011

Published April 25, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

ANZAC DAY 2011

The “Ode of Remembrance” taken from Laurence Binyon‘s poem “For the Fallen“, published in The Times in September 1914.

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Lest We forget (repeated in response)

 Gallipoli Campaign

 Words of Kemal Atatürk (1934) 1st President of Turkey

 “Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side Here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, Who sent their sons from far away countries Wipe away your tears, Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace After having lost their lives on this land they have Become our sons as well.

ANZAC spirit

Korean War 1951 Battle of Kapyong 60th anniversary

This is a time for reflection on the bravery and sacrifices of our citizens in times of armed conflict that we may live a life free of injustice. It is a moment to reaffirm our commitment to fight on in making this world a better place for all its citizens no matter their creed.

9/11 – Eighth Anniversary

Published September 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

In life there are many events that stand out, some more significant than others, the September 11 attacks rank among these. On this the eighth anniversary memories of that day came flooding back the ‘Where were you?’ question being the first. I awoke in a motel room in turned on the television to watch a News bulletin, which is my daily habit. The vision of a plan flying into a skyscraper, I was shocked by what I saw and being CNN the replayed the clip which seemed to make it even worse. I hate morning at the best of times but nothing was making sense this day I asked myself ‘was this really happening’.   Then I rang home and Mum said yes it was happening and she filled me in on earlier event, after the call I continued watching the News until I had to leave for an early lecture that morning. I knew this was a significant event and at some level shared in the dread of uncertainty it meant for humanity.

This entry is to remember those who died and the loss this means for their family friends and the community in which they lived.

The healing journey goes on and hope springs eternal

War Against Terror (CNN Special Report)

Death of Sen. Ted Kennedy – Lion of the Left

Published August 26, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

A champion for the people of the margin

“The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on,”

Statement from the Kennedy Family August 26, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port.   We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.   We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.  He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.   He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

The White House

Senate Office

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

As reported by

Sen. Ted Kennedy dies at 77 – The CNN Wire – CNN.com Blogs

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

BBC NEWS

Ted Kennedy, ‘Lion of the Senate,’ helped shape American politics – CNN.com

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