Shame, Campbell Newman

This has been a hard week to be a Queenslander.  State-sanctioned ceremonies for Civil Unions were repealed.  Then it was announced that the requirement to go before a court to dissolve the relationship was being downgraded to be a simple filling out of a form, and they were being renamed “Registered Relationships“.  Now the LNP/ACL have said (during the debate/vote about the Registered Relationships thing) that they intend to do away with surrogacy options for same-sex couples…  Newman tells us that this will be the last change relating to same-sex couples.  But then, he told us just before the election that he wouldn’t be screwing with the surrogacy laws at all.

Queensland has gone from having some of the best same-sex legislation in the country, firmly denying the calls that QLD is backwards and bigoted, to actively targeting GLBTI members of the QLD community, Taking us to a par with Tasmania’s 2005 Relationships Act (which was amazing at the time because it conferred a whole bunch of rights that “de facto” status now covers – GLBTI couples were granted access to the “de facto” marital status in 2008)  There are no clear benefits to the QLD scheme now, except that I can have a piece of paper to wave at a hospital should my significant other wind up in an emergency situation.

All of this to appease the ACL (And the LNP Faceless Men) and remove any suggestion that a Civil Union might be anything even approaching a marriage.  All this effort to change something that up until it was time to repeal it was considered trivial, a political stunt by QLD Labor.  Indeed, Jarrod Bleijie (Now QLD Attorney-General) characterised the move as “just a distraction from the real issues to get him [Mr Fraser] and his people talking about issues other than what’s important to Queenslanders at the moment.”  So why is it important now?

It appears that Newman is trying to appease his ACL masters.  He admits clearly and unequivocally that this is to appease “the Christian Churches“.

I call for the Australian public to stand up and take notice – this is what happens when Conservative religious right-wing elements hold sway in a political party – the already-marginalised become collateral damage in an effort to appease and enforce religious dogma on a population which is not necessarily Christian.

Is the Campbell Newman method indicative of how Tony Abbott will behave if he attains government?  I hope we never find out.

Sorry Voxerhood!

Sorry guys! It's been too long!

I'm in Gladstone, it's pretty and nice, it's also quite warm.  We've had a few days of 32 degrees Celsius.  today it was 27C before 8am!

I have to say, I'm missing the tasmanians (not that they ever actually read this blog!)

I've found a couple of nice coffee places that do nice food and nice coffee in the area.

While I was in Rockhampton today (about 1h30 north) I had the nicest breakfast!  It was Raisin Toast done French style, one side dipped in egg and then fried…  It sounds kinda wrong, but Oh, My, God. DELICIOUS!!!

I've had coffee with one of the locals, he seems really nice, he does a drag show in Rockhampton once a month, and his partner works with Don! 

I've also met up with the fabulous and wonderful Brooke, and her equally wonderful boyfriend Matt.  Brooke is a beautiful willowy blonde creature, and so much fun!  We went to Rocky today to go shopping… She found/I found her some of the cutest things, nice shoes, belt, bangles, sporty clothes… I got another pair of shorts… living in the tropics has really highlighted my wardrobe's shortfall in the shorts-that-fit-me department.

So I have a couple of friends here now.

After I got back from Rocky, I was looking out my office window (my house has an office! :D) and I saw a kangaroo on the street!  I raced to get my camera-phone from the kitchen, and when I got back, what I suspect is her male and their child bounded along too!


So that was really cool… they're kinda big, which is kinda scary… I'm used to wallabies, which look similar, but they're smaller, probably about the size of the joey in the picture… about knee-high, to give you a frame of reference.

Anyway! It's all going nicely!

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The Long Arm of the Lackwit

Well.   You're probably wondering why I've not posted here with jubilation and glee about getting the job.

We don't know.  It's a wonderful situation where QLD is trying to contact Don's current boss (Both companies are in the Rio Tinto group) who is apparently not answering his phone.  That's the delay, and that's why they haven't offered us the job.  They have told us, though, that there is a very high probability that we will be getting a job offer.

So… Excitement again!

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Queens land in Queensland

 

Hi guys!

It looks as though we may be hitting some turbulence in our lives.  Don has been applying for jobs, including a job for a company owned by the same group as he is in now, but up in Gladstone, QLD.  He never thought he'd get a look-in.  Imagine our surprise when he had a phone interview! And then imagine our surprise when they said "We want to meet you face to face, We are going to fly you and your partner to QLD, put you in a hotel, and hire you a car.  We both practically fell over.

They flew us up on Saturday, and returned us on Monday, so we had Sunday to muck around the area.

We wandered around a bit, found a great place to have breakfast (more on that in a bit) went to the Visitor Information Centre, then headed out to the Tondoon Botanic Gardens less that 15 minutes from thecity centre.

It's gorgeous!

Ducks And TurtlesGardens 1Gardens 2Gardens 3Gardens 4

Gardens 5Gardens 6Gardens 7Gardens From the KioskHanging Plant

While we were there I managed to convince Don he should have a photo taken, and had him take one of me.

MeDon Hiding

We also went and saw the Auckland Lookout which is really pretty.

Lookout 1Lookout 2Lookout 3

We had beautiful temperatures, by the way, worst it got to was 11!

We swam in the pool at the hotel, it was lovely! (no photos)

Don's Interview started at 5:45AM on Monday, and while he was there, I had a beautiful breakfast (Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Sausage Croissant with 2 hash browns and spicy tomato sauce)


And then I roamed the streets of Gladstone.

Closer to Gladstone's MallArt GalleryAnglican Church Gladstone

Gladstone's main streets are largely divided roadways, and there are bike paths everywhere!
All in all, I was quite impressed with the place.  A lack of 7 day trading for big stores (eg Woollies, Coles) felt quite odd though.

Here's hoping that Don will get a Job Offer today or tomorrow!

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