On the issue of ex-pollies in plum jobs, I do …

Comment on Where is Wally? by John Bell.

On the issue of ex-pollies in plum jobs, I do have to put in a a qualifying good word on an old friend from distance running days, former ACT Chief Minister Jonny Stanhope.
Jon flew up to Christmas Island to take the job as Administrator of Christmas Island.
One of Jon’s passions was human rights, one of the reasons I understand he took the gig. And that is my point.
Every former politician (or member of a local council for that matter) who takes one of these highly paid gigs in the afterlife has rock solid justification in their own minds for doing so, e.g. recognition of services rendered to the Oz community, financial security for their own families … et al … and the zinger: That’s what any ordinary punter would do in their position. Hard to beat that thinking, hey!

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Where is Wally?
Dunno what planet Marli may have been living on, but the Oz scene is full of former pollies who walk straight into plum jobs. Every second one. Heads on ’em like mice.
It’s called looking after your mates.
Kimmy Beazley marched straight into a plum New York job as did Joey Hockey.
Then there was Billy Hayden getting handed the G-G gig with the perk of high tea with Queen Liz.
Then, going back the other way, there are all Billy Shorten’s union mates who walked straight onto the front bench on Capital Hill.
Yep. That’s what this game is all about.
Noddies is a job-related affliction that is a small price to pay for the good life.
There is always medical treatment to fix these ailments. No doubt Wazza Snowden has a good family doctor who is monitoring the virus.


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Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
@ Charlie, Alex and Simon. Yes. I was referring to Charlie Perkins and Clyde Cameron.
I was in Canberra at the time. Being in the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation and Aboriginal Affairs and mixing with the mob on Capital Hill, and later ATSIC, and going to Alice with work, I could not help but get info and opinions and political views on the transfer by Hawkey.
Clyde did a deal with Charlie whereby Charlie would get control of the NASF in the negotiations for the handover of the of Rock. Interesting times. Amazing times.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
So. Charlie. Cross out coal. Cross out gas. Presumably cross out nuclear. Where to then?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
In 1983 the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation had a time trial up the Rock planned.
African athletes, Australian champs and Aboriginal athletes.
Once around the Rock is exactly 10k. From the Olgas to the Rock and once around is exactly the 42.2k distance of a marathon.
The time trial was to be televised and we had international magazine AfroSport and its owner journo Bobby Naidoo based in London on board to promote it.
Then along came Charlie and Clyde and politics. In an eye blink we went from chocolates to boiled lollies. Politics. Very sad.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Ah well. Now the climb-it item will be scratched off a lot of bucket lists of “Things to Do Before I go to the Great Beyond” and replaced with the item “Increase Credit Card Limit for trip to the Red Desert” and “Check Local ATM Availability – at the Olgas?”


Arrernte Mary and Jesus watch over Alice’s Catholics
Returning to Alice every year in the first week of May throughout the late 70s, through the 80s and 90s to 2002, I made it a ritual journey to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church, to sit up the back late in the afternoon, contemplating.
The late arvo sunset would stream through the stained glass windows, casting amber, red, green shadows down across the pews.
Looking up at the stained glass figures in the silence, contemplating, was serene, peaceful and beautiful.
It never failed, every year. It was a great feeling.
So I’m looking forward to getting back to the Alice once more to sit and contemplate Mrs Wallace’s painting Urtakwerte Atywerrenge Anthurre / Very Sacred Heart.
Thank you, Kathleen. Just wonderful.


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