Hervey Bay Independent : 16th July 2015
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Gender bender ALL this talk of gender swapping and same sex marriage has got me thinking I might be better off as a man. Besides the usual trappings of having a wife to take care of me, I would also be respected more for my opinions. Or maybe I would just end up like poor old Herbie Taylor - Burrum Heads activist/ antagonist who is running for Fraser Coast Mayor in the next local election (Indy July 2) – and be thought of as “barking mad”. I grew up thinking I was on equal footing to men despite their regular attempts to put me in my place, but as I (slowly) matured I noticed more and more disparity in the workplace. A forward-thinking idea out of my mouth was “crazy” and “over the top”, but voiced by a man a few months later it was a bright idea, “progressive” and “clever”. Was it just me? I shut my mouth and stopped offering. Ironically I didn’t really put this into perspective until my feelings were validated by an alpha male – top army offi cer and transgender woman, Cate McGregor, who has continued working in her roles as senior Army offi cer, political operator and cricket commentator. Now that’s one way to get a woman in the top ranks of the male-dominated Australian Defence Force, but not exactly what the feminist movement had in mind. As a woman, McGregor; an accomplished military strategist and speechwriter, now knows what it’s like to be “manterrupted”, ignored and sidelined as she works alongside men, in a “man’s world”. Here’s the thing – while I jokingly say I would like to swap genders, I actually don’t have a longing for my “bits” to be male, but I would like to have an alpha male brain. It has an ego that never lets criticism get him down – not like the female brain designed to take the blame. An alpha male ego doesn’t care about what other people think and doesn’t need approval. Scientifi cally, yes men’s brains are bigger than women’s, but a phrase used by men all over the world sums it up beautifully; it’s not the size that counts - it’s how you use it. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Dealing with change All issues presuppose that solutions will be found; it is a given that most accepted solutions will lead to change. Yet dealing with change is an issue in itself, especially when we get older. Here are 2 examples where solutions offered either can be regarded as interim or inadequate. There are many more. 1. The reduction or loss of mail service brought about by Internet services causing reduced conventional mail volumes which in turn make such a service no longer viable. 2. World-wide focus on Human Rights that has focused on marginalised groups. One outcome was acceptance of homosexuality as normal within our society. The issue was that legislation didn’t go far enough for some. This led to an equality issue based on Gay & Lesbian couples being allowed to marry (and adopt children). Re the mail service issue, electronic mail is here to stay, meaning that reversion back to postal mail is not an option. There are alternatives… interim reduced Post Offi ce services or mail distribution being taken on by community groups, retirement villages or Council provided functions. For the same reason we no longer use horse and cart for transport, more and more information delivery will be by electronic means in future. The gay marriage issue is interesting because the panel vote in the US was 5:4 in favour; that is hardly a ringing endorsement. Indeed if just one judge voted differently, the result would have been the other way. In any case, I wouldn’t look to the US for guidance; a country that has decimalised currency but still clings to imperial weights and measures still has a way to go in getting their act together! My concern always has been for children and their perception of sexuality. The issue has nought to do with caring; every child should expect to be cared for in the best possible way whoever their guardians are. It doesn’t need to be spelt out; I feel strongly in favour of a male father and a female mother. At the end of the day, differing opinions are not only acceptable, they are desirable. We get the best outcomes when we see all views and make our judgements accordingly. I embrace change but only when the issue fi rst raised has most of the factors resolved. Warren McLaughlin River Heads Alternative fuels We still borrow a 100 million dollars a day. I would like to join a political party that would immediately cap super at 2.5 million dollars. Make negative gearing for new homes only. Make Queensland the largest supplier of sugarcane (diesel) in the world. How do we do that hey? The Americans have developed a sugarcane which yields 50 per cent more oil for the production of diesel. The English have developed a way to change sugarcane into jet fuel and diesel for ships and cars... This is not ethanol. It uses a fi fth of greenhouse gases of ethanol based bio-fuels or standard fossil fuels. Why can’t we have cars, trucks used by all types of our three-tiered government to use this fuel and imported vehicles to have a concession that can run on this fuel, perhaps retro fi tting of existing vehicles is possible? I imagine sugar cane grown throughout Queensland slightly inland with a new generated water supply. A massive infrastructure would have to be built. Processing plants in regional Queensland. Good for the environment, good for jobs, good for exports, good for Queensland. Robert Lock Urangan Changing local politics The Mature Age Party (MAP) had its meeting in Hervey Bay on July 3 and was attended by a small number of interested residents. We had great speakers and residents were very impressed with the information obtained. I was a little disappointed at the turn up when so many are unhappy with our current political set up in the local area. When you think that there are many people who could change the political scene by just voting for the people who could make it a better place... I am not saying that we as a political party could change the world or Australian politics, but at least you would know that your interests for the future of yourselves, your children, and your children’s children, would be the foremost in our minds for the welfare of the future for them and us. Try to remember when the Australian Labour Party looked after the worker, when the Liberal National Party looked after business, when the other smaller parties looked out for you and not for themselves. We pay millions of dollars to have the politicians work for us, but do they? No. They look after themselves with pay rises, with travel perks and any other situation that makes it okay for them to stay in power until they are voted out and then we pay them even more to NOT be there. They have directorships, speaker commitments, board positions, and even higher super than the working man. Plus, of course their ongoing lurks and perks. This is even happening in Local Government because we let it happen. Do not be dictated to any long. Vote for the party that can help your situation and not theirs. Gary Smith Scarness Time for accountability Four year terms! We have heard it before. Peter Wellington (the Speaker) is wanting to recycle the idea of extending Parliament to a four year term. Annastacia and Lawrence are sympathetic to the idea. Why wouldn’t they? It means they can trample on the rights of Queenslanders and run rampant for four years without having to worry about being accountable or face a vote of no confi dence on the fl oor. Presently we are forced to endure four year terms in some local councils and some of them are running wild, shoving up the debts and increasing the burden by perpetual rising rates. Instead of a four year term, we should be considering two year terms so we can get rid of the incompetents, as many of them have become. We might as well have a 40 year term. Why? Because when a new mob takes over nothing worthwhile is done and the same old dead policies are re-cycled under new names by the new bunch of incompetents. Jay Nauss Glen Alpin IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME… It’s easy to take your health for granted – particularly when you’re fit and active. But everyone knows someone who’s experienced a serious illness or accident. You know it happens. You know it could happen at any age. Ph 07 4124 6222 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org 26 | Hervey Bay Independent, July 16, 2015 Safeguard yourself & the ones you love. 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