Went to the United Nations (WA branch) Human Rights Day recently and the guest speaker was Professor Colleen Hayward* on “The UN and Indigenous Peoples – Our Rights and Getting the Wrongs of the Past Righted’’.
Professor Hayward is a senior Aboriginal woman of the Noongar nation in the south-west of Western Australia and is Head of Centre of Kurongkurl Katitjin at Edith Cowan University.
She said the UN’s ideas on rights for all indigenous people are relevant to and could be used by Aboriginal people here as leverage to gain more recognition for past wrongs and getting those fixed.
I visited Perth recently and paid homage to the statue of ACDC singer Bon Scott, which is near the Fish Markets in Freo. Also, Kings Park for lunch and a visit to the War Memorial.
Govt-wise, Perth is the only State with Liberals (conservatives) in power, and they have all the top former-Howard people there (all top guns, I’ve heard).
Also, chit chat about the UK and how that’s going. Apparently when Lehman collapsed last year, for six weeks the HM Treasury peeps spent 24/7 at the office, sleeping under their desks and sending people out to buy underwear.
The Queen was FURIOUS and called in the Governor of the Bank of England (first time she’d ever had an audience with him) for a “please explain” meeting on why the ‘brightest minds in the country” had stuffed everything up.
Then she visited the London School of Economics and they showed her diagrams of how everything had gone bad. Theories of “herd” behaviour and “irrational” behaviour had been ignored. Instead, finance people had gone for their own “incentives” and ignored the bigger, global picture. Just looking out for themselves. Also, with derivatives maturing in 5, 10, 15 years, more shocks could be ahead.
Just thought I’d add this pic — I did my 160-piece puzzle when I got home from the Gourmet Viking dinner. This puzzle was a still from an Australian TV appearance on Bandstand in 1976 and released by Reg Grundy as a puzzle only in Australia. So it’s very rare and one of my favourite items. Priceless to me — and it features their cat costumes, which the ladies often ripped off during Waterloo to reveal a mini-skirt version.
Yay! I’ve been an ABBA fan since 1975 (34 years!) and was contacted by the competition, the Daily Telegraph, to organise something for their Mamma Mia promotion. They also ran a full-page Mamma Mia photo too.
I couldn’t appear in the photo or article, but my friends are in it, and I was at the Gourmet Viking dinner. Later, we got 18 free tickets to Mamma Mia for our efforts (worth $100 each!). Which we greatly enjoyed.
One of the fans emailed: “We look so old in the pics.” Cause we are!