This is just a short note to say ‘hear hear’ to ‘I am, you are, we are Australia’ in edition 118. Your ‘Grumpy Old Poof’ brought tears to my eyes as his sentiments rang home with me as this is who we are.
A friend of mine commented on Facebook when the Queensland floods were at their peak and Australians rallied together to assist in any way possible, something that went like this: “The remarkable spirit being shown in QLD has highlighted to me that it is living in Australia that makes these people amazing and not necessarily being Australian. I’m proud to live in a country that engenders such remarkable resilience and strength, regardless of your race or creed”.
My friend is English and has lived here for three years now and his comments made me cry. I have lived in this phenomenal country for 37 years now and consider myself a true-blue Aussie — even if I was born in Uruguay.
As we saw on TV some of those affected by the floods had various accents from around the world, however, the Australian spirit was easily identifiable amongst all of them.
I am very proud to be Australian and my heart goes out to all those affected.
— Michael

Wow! “…drunken youths … lust and filth … drugs … debauchery…” (‘Video calls for parade “warriors” ’ www.starobserver.com.au).
Clearly it’s time to hand the advertising for MG to the Christian Democrats. First time I’ve wanted to go in yonks.
— David

So, Peter Costello’s been awarded the Order of Australia.
For what?
Not long ago, when asked his views on same-sex marriage, he said gay people “should be happy with what they’ve got”.
— Stuart

I agree we should have the right to marry, however, we should be ashamed at ourselves for what we are willing to give up to achieve this.
Whenever gay marriage is debated we are told to vote Green which is an unashamedly socialist party.
I also believe in a democratically elected government. The ‘United Nations’ is an unelected world government by default.
We are yet again told if we want gay marriage all we need to do is hand over more power to this unelected government.
I support gay marriage but without hesitation or compromise I will fight against socialism and unelected world governments.
— Adam

My friends used a surrogacy clinic in India and have two wonderful children. The clinic did not allow them to see the mother or know how she is doing after the birth. There are no cards, no correspondence.
My partner is a medical doctor, and has seen that sometimes mothers can die at birth or have other complications that require ongoing medical treatment.
There is not even a guarantee that the mother will get paid well, or have the ability to get ongoing medical care if required. You certainly will be not around to find out.
I fully support laws that protect women from exploitation. Laws that give people a voice. I would have liked to have seen commercial surrogacy happen in Australia where it could be regulated.
We have a chance to take control of commercial surrogacy and allow it in Australia. I hope we can make laws that give us some control over commercial surrogacy, rather than giving us no control over it as is the current approach in banning it.
The current system in India is ripe for exploitation. It is not transparent. It is not open. We must make commercial surrogacy legal in Australia if we are to have any hope of controlling it.
— Dave

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