Thursday, 11 October 2012

Why Alan Jones deserves our thanks

You all recognise this iconic picture of Alan Jones, taken after his appalling comments about the PM's late father. I think it says it all.  "You mean you don't like offensive comments? News to me!"

In many ways, though, I think that we should give him a round of applause. This has been one of the most positive things to happen to the left-wing's campaign since Abbott in a speedo!

Susan Mitchell's article HERE is a good comment, but I don't think it goes far enough.

They say that any publicity is good publicity. Maybe in politics, but in business, you can only take so much bad publicity before you can't afford it any more.

Julia Gillard demolishes Tony Abbott

Ok, I have decided that this blog is going to take a new direction. I make no bones about the fact that in politics, I lean left. I would probably support a liberal (IE progressive) government over a conservative (IE Liberal/Coalition) government 9 times out of 10. But I am so sick of politics and our two largely-ineffective leaders, that I am going to restrict myself to supporting positions and individual actions. Therefore, if Gillard makes a gaffe, I will laugh at her. If Abbott proposes a good policy (frosty hell), I will discuss it rationally.

Tony Abbott looking decidedly uncomfortable as Gillard demolishes his motion

As our two political parties are so close to centre, there is some scope for supporting either party without being called 'conservative'. Mind you, there is no scope for being called 'progressive.'

So this blog is now going to be commenting on the vagaries of anyone who appears in public life. If Gillard makes a brilliant speech, I will be right behind her. If Gillard cocks up, I will be laughing at her just as hard. Similarly for Abbott. I will no longer base my commentary on their position (left or right) but based on their efficiency, truthfulness, and message. 

I concede, reluctantly, that had Malcolm Turnbull remained as head of the Coalition, I might have been able to bring myself to vote for him. Fortunately, the 'left' has been gifted the hapless Tony Abbott on which to watch the 'right' hang itself.

Although I have just said that I will be impartial, I have to say that until Abbott says something without rhetoric, or with a positive message, I just won't be able to take him seriously. By the same token, if Gillard returns to her scripted, cliche'd 'grab'-filled messages of yester-week, I won't be able to take her seriously either. 

Ok; on topic. This week, Gillard performed a stunning feat of oration, and managed to make Abbott look even more foolish, hypocritical and baseless than ever before. That truly was a miracle. (I didn't think he could go any lower.) More importantly, she demonstrated that she had something of a backbone. Her speech was somewhat scripted, but it was performed with conviction, and that is something that is often lacking in politics. 

Here it is.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

How NOT to work with your colleagues

I recently attended the Australian Young Lawyers Conference in Adelaide, and one of the discussions was a panel discussion about workplace relationships.

A scenario was proposed:
"You and another person of similar experience to you have been given a task to do. Although you are of a similar level and position to the other person, you have been given the lead on this task. What's more, you know exactly why you have been given the lead. How do you make it work without too much awkwardness?"

One of the panelists indicated that this was a scenario that had actually occurred to her. 

Ok, so I read this and make the following assumptions. 
  1. For whatever reason, you are better than your colleague at this task. Either you are just less shit than them, or they have issues with this type of task. 
  2. Because of the above, your supervisor has given you the lead, hoping that you can make something of it, or at least preventing the other person from ruining it.
  3. For this to be an issue, then there has to be some form of tension between you and the other person already. Otherwise you would just sit down and get the job done. 
  4. The task is relatively major, otherwise it wouldn't be assigned to two people.

Jill Meagher and 'The Internet'

As all of you who have not been living under a rock will know, ABC journalist Jill Meagher was raped and murdered on about 21 September 2012 in Melbourne. She had some drinks with some mates, then walked the 800m back to her house.

CCTV footage shows her interacting with a man in a blue hoodie. Her body was later found buried in a 'shallow grave,' in large part due to the assistance of social media. The footage of her speaking to the male was shared by Victoria Police, and has been widely viewed.

Family Law Conferences and my lunch

I am in the middle of my first ever Family Law Conference, and I think I am about to lose my lunch.

Ok, not really in the middle. I am in a 'hiatus'.  The mediator has spoken to us for about 20 minutes, and is now speaking to the other side. My client is sitting in the waiting room, making my secretary's life miserable.

You see, my client is lovely. She has a great attitude to the mediation, she is positive about the father spending regular and significant time with the child, and she isn't saying anything stupid. The problem? She stinks.

I mean really, really stinks. I have witnessed worse BO, but by the time it gets worse, it gets visible. You can't quite see the miasma wafting off her, but it is a close thing. Seriously, gross!

She is quite obese, and although she appears well-kempt, she obviously hasn't heard of anti-perspirant or deodorant.

My secretary has a thing for smells. She will get out the Glen20 after even a hint of BO. I can't think what she must be going through out in the front room with her.

Did you know that doctors have found a new variant of penicillin that is effective against most resistant bacteria? Yeah, they found it in the folds of an obese person's waist.

Think twice about taking medication.