Right To Abode Parliament Debacle

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Hamish McKenna

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Right To Abode Parliament Debacle On Again

The new citizenship woes for the Australian Parliament involve the “right to abode” which, it seems, is rife amongst our politicians.

This right to abode gives the members of parliament in question [possibly 20 or more] the right to travel to the UK and take up permanent residence there. This again equates to them holding dual citizenship.

It must surely make you wonder why on earth this was not sorted out with the last round in which the high court ruled that they could not represent you in parliament.

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Climate Change

Ulterior Motive

Is it not possible that they are using this as a smokescreen to hide the fact that the government is shying away from its responsibility to address the global issue of climate change?

I may be wrong in saying that, I hope I am.

Read about climate change in Australia here.

Tomic The Tank Engine Appeals

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Tomic The Tank Engine
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Bernard Tomic The Tank Engine To Appeal!

That’s right. Bernard Tomic is to appeal his $ 80,000 fine for tanking at Wimbledon in the game he played against Jo Wilfred Tsonga.

You would have seen the press conference after the match where Mr Tomic said: “it was a pretty terrible match”.  That was due to his total lack of desire to win.

He obviously went into the match with the attitude of being there just for the 45,000 UK pound competing / appearance fee. But it has just been announced that he intends to appeal the fine received for his apparent lack of interest in the match. He will be repeating his statement of feeling unwell and being run down after having played in Turkey where he lost in the quarterfinals.

As an Australian, I for one hope that he loses the appeal against Wimbledon officials. I am tired of watching him throw away every chance he has been given to do what he is paid to do. Play his tennis in a professional manner.

If he was that sick he should have forfeited the match. he might have actually scored some points in the popularity stakes if he had.

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What Is A Pagan?

Pagan Religions
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Paganism

What Is A Pagan

According to the 2016 census results, more than 15,000 Australians identified themselves as pagan. Which means with Paganism being practised on a daily basis, a religion you may have thought to be dead is a vibrant part of Australian culture.

Add to this the other 6,616 people who identified themselves as Wiccan with 829 being Druids, the old religions appear to be making a comeback. The Druid religion is a nature-based belief one with its root in ancient Celtic times.

In 2016,  Tasmania had the highest number of practising Pagans, NSW the lowest.

What Is A Pagan?

Ritual or Superstition?

These religions are largely ritual based. People put shoes in the attic or roofspace of their homes to ensure their children can always find their way home.

Shoes also feature in warding off evil spirits by being placed in front of the hearth at night.

To a Pagan, Halloween is not Halloween. It is the Feast Of Beltane, which is the feast of fertility, sex and love.

Perhaps the resurgence of Pagan religions is partly due to the disillusionment there is with the “accepted” religions as many of you view them as nothing more than corporate business behind the curtain of robes.

What Makes A Pagan?

The dictionary describes a Pagan as “a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions”.

So this leads me to wonder if breakaway the exact teachings of a recognised religion forming a splinter religion of their own could be classed as Pagans?

Historically, the old religions such as Wicca and Druids were the mainstream religions. pagans were still around at the time of the Roman Empire. It was the mad blue men that stopped the Romans from taking control of Scotland. The mad blue men were in fact the Celts that painted themselves blue for battle.

But, back to what makes you a Pagan.

If you follow or practice a non-mainstream  religion which involves rituals and incantations, then I beleive that is what a Pagan is. And the beauty of Australia is that you can practice any religion as long as no-one is harmed by it.

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Bona Fide Go Fund Me

Singleton House Fire
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Bona Fide GoFundMe

What Is A Bona Fide Go Fund Me Reason?

The principle of a bona fide go fund me page is that of giving assistance to people who have suffered a catastrophe of some sort.

Firefighters Battle The Blaze

An example of a fair reason to set up a go fund me page is one of the tragic house fire in Singleton that cost to lives of three children. The family are left with nothing but grief. The entire house was gutted by the fire.

Neighbours fought the smoke and heat trying to prevent the total loss of the house and contents. One neighbour is reported to have pulled the children’s mothers unconscious body from the fire but was unable to save anyone else.

A Non Bona-Fide Reason

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Israel Folau

Here is a man who had an official go fund me page trying to raise three million dollars for legal fees against, I think, Rugby Australia, for sacking him for breach of contract due to his foul utterances about, essentially, your right to choose.  That page was reported to be deleted as he was in contravention of the terms of use. No kidding!

Even Worse

The Australian Christian Lobby then set up what I see as a private go fund me collection site for Israel Folau. How they can support a man whose views are amongst the most Un-Christian I have ever heard of beggars belief. He is worth millions in the properties he owns and is said to have millions of dollars in the bank.

But what is even worse is that whilst Australia prides itself as being a progressive multi-cultural nation, people are still donating money to Folau.

He is an uncharitable man and deserves nothing from the good people of Australia.

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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

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Get Fit Mountain Biking
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

Jumpstart Your Hobbies

Hobbies. Why have them at all? If you have a hobby, it will provide you with the opportunity to zone out from the pressures of daily living in today’s society. Here are five hobbies to enjoy.

Hobbies, in general, are good for your soul. It does not matter if you paint as a hobby, build models, race miniature cars or play golf. No matter what you choose as your hobby, the simple act of thinking about what you are doing is going to push the pressures away, except maybe if you decide to take up the next one which can, at times, be frustrating.

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Fishing As A Hobby

Fishing As Hobby

Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies to enjoy. Some will keep you constantly on the move meaning you will get some light exercise while you fish, such as fly fishing shown above. Other fishing methods like bait fishing or match fishing may mean you are seated in the one spot at length. While concentrating on feeling for a bite you can also use the time as an opportunity to meditate a little.

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Beekeeping

How About Beekeeping?

If you were to take up beekeeping as another enjoyable hobby, you would need to invest a little money in it. You will need hives, a suit, and will need to source a Queen for your colony. You can buy these easily. I will give you a source for them. As to the hives you can get cheap as chips ones through eBay.

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Artists Brushes

Painting As A Hobby

Are interested in becoming an artist? You do not need to have formal training to succeed as an artist. There are numerous guides and video learning options around to help you get started. As an artist, you can spend very little on your materials to get started.

You can purchase a 123 piece art set in a presentation box from eBay for just $43. An artists sketch or painting pad can be bought for under $10 from Officeworks.

Creating art is something anyone can do. Plus you can advertise your paintings for sale and cover the cost of your hobby. OK, so you say you can’t draw to save your life. Well, you don’t need to. Some of the best and most expensive art ever made is abstract art.

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Photography

Photography

Photography has changed massively since digital cameras became available. The resolution on early cameras was not the best but nowadays they are almost equal to the best film and camera combinations of the 1980s.

There are camera clubs and forums galore to help you in your edification in the art of photography.

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Stand Up Paddle Board

The Sup-board or Paddle Board

Combine exercise and a commune with nature.  Hop on your sup-board and gently paddle out on calm waters in an estuary, bay or on a river. You can take your best mate with you and simply enjoy the serenity of smoothly gliding along the surface of the water.

A word of caution here though. remember that you may encounter a headwind or opposing current as you paddle back to your landing stage. So, keep some energy in reserve!

You can spend as little as $290 to well over $5,000 on one.

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