Like any of them though, I am praying for her and hoping she can hold her integrity together enough to do something that is right for Australia. And also hoping it's not just a power game. Because we don't need that, but we do need someone who will be prepared to do some difficult things. Whatever they are.
The interesting thing about this particular part of the debate is I don't see why an additional number is required. People here already *have* a number- it is printed on our Medicare cards. (Medicare is the government health system). But apparently we need a new number, and there is great official enthusiasm for the 'e-health' records.
Myself, I am suspicious.
Too tired to talk in any depth about it though.
One of the guys in this article is talking about it being the largest collection of personal data available - the magnitude is disturbing me. If this movement has 25,000 identities signed up to it, how many more are feeding the pool?
"Facebook responds to privacy concerns". Do they? And I'm only quoting part, but..."
He says Facebook's default settings will continue to make it relatively easy for users to obtain information about each other, as the company treads a delicate balance between protecting privacy rights and promoting social networking over the internet.
"Users use the service because they love sharing information," Mr Zuckerberg said."
"ANZ debt collector accused of Facebook spying":
The ANZ bank has launched an internal investigation into claims staff have used Facebook to spy on customers.
It is alleged one of the bank's Melbourne-based debt collectors set up a fake account on the social networking site to covertly gather debtors' addresses, phone numbers and emails.
More than 80 people added "Max Bourke" as a contact before the fake profile was removed from the website yesterday.
Social networking indeed.
After much web searching, consulting with a university creative writing and sci-fi literature lecturer, as well as some Australian writers and fans, I have come up with - ta da! - exactly nothing. That is, no support for the hypothesis for the existence of Aboriginal writers of sci-fi or fantasy literature, at this point in time, given the research conducted.
This surprises me. It's not something I had thought of before, but I can see it. Given that I know there are many Aboriginal writers, and that story/literature/narrative is an important aspect of Aboriginal cultures, this makes me think of a couple of possibilities.
Maybe the focus of Aboriginal writing is on social conditions or Aboriginal styles of writing and art, which do not involve science fiction or fantasy as we know it.
Maybe being an Aboriginal writer is difficult enough for social reasons and so on, and perhaps if writers are writing genre fiction they do not want disadvantage and discrimination so they do not identify as Aboriginal. (Identifying as Aboriginal can be an advantage when writing about cultural stuff - from my perspective about non-Aboriginal, there does seem to be support, funding and publicity for Aboriginal artists to create work about Aboriginal and related social conditions, as well as 'literary' fiction).
Maybe people who are into sci-fi and/or fantasy are not people who identify themselves racially/culturally as much as writers of 'general' or 'literary' fiction - this hypothesis might relate to the nature of people who create these imaginative kinds of worlds. I wonder...
It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has opinion or experience about this.
I was in Victoria when it snowed for Christmas a couple of years ago - we went for a drive and saw it on some peaks. That seriously did my head in. But in a much nicer way than watching footage of endless stuff burning.