Behind The Scenes

The very lame Christmas couch …

Believe it or not it’s the 28th November. Christmas is not far away.

I am hoping for two things: for the world to return to normal (thanks to mass vaccination), and for Jed to not run screaming from the Christmas tree this year.

In both cases, the signs are promising.

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The snake bite wasn’t the worst of it …

Not last Friday but the Friday before, it was bloody hot.

I knocked off work and picked up Jed. I was exhausted and prepared to do anything for 10 minutes of peace, so caved, without resistance, to Jed’s demands for my phone on the drive home.

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 Father’s Day 2021 …

When I was born, mum was in a bad way.

She had been very sick with toxaemia and she was barely conscious for days.

So my brand new little self was looked after by Dad.

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Genocidal Ali

This week I put out a call for people to get vaccinated. It’s our only way out of covid and the lockdowns that we hate with the power of a million suns.

Overwhelmingly people agreed. But not everyone.

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The village around Jed

Today Ben was charged $65,000 for a strawberry ice cream.

As if lockdown wasn’t hard enough without being ripped off like that.

It was in Jed’s pretend shop, which Ben and I attended many times today and yesterday.

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Confessions of a reformed anti-vaxxer

For years I was terrified of vaccines. Not as an act of defiance or identity politics, but because I was genuinely scared.
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I had lived with severe autism as a sister and I didn’t know if I could go through it as a mother.

Read More »

Nervous

Last week was budget week.

I’d had a fairly stressful week leading up to it. My opponents had been lying about the way I work. Falsely claiming that if you collaborate, you’re not independent.

That made me angry.

And the budget made me nervous.

Read More »

Risk, review, reset

You can’t break new ground without taking risks. Sometimes your risks are rewarded. Other times you fall flat on your face. I’ve experienced both in my 12 years of politics.

Read More »

The very lame Christmas couch …

Believe it or not it’s the 28th November. Christmas is not far away.

I am hoping for two things: for the world to return to normal (thanks to mass vaccination), and for Jed to not run screaming from the Christmas tree this year.

In both cases, the signs are promising.

Read More »

The snake bite wasn’t the worst of it …

Not last Friday but the Friday before, it was bloody hot.

I knocked off work and picked up Jed. I was exhausted and prepared to do anything for 10 minutes of peace, so caved, without resistance, to Jed’s demands for my phone on the drive home.

Read More »

 Father’s Day 2021 …

When I was born, mum was in a bad way.

She had been very sick with toxaemia and she was barely conscious for days.

So my brand new little self was looked after by Dad.

Read More »

Genocidal Ali

This week I put out a call for people to get vaccinated. It’s our only way out of covid and the lockdowns that we hate with the power of a million suns.

Overwhelmingly people agreed. But not everyone.

Read More »

The village around Jed

Today Ben was charged $65,000 for a strawberry ice cream.

As if lockdown wasn’t hard enough without being ripped off like that.

It was in Jed’s pretend shop, which Ben and I attended many times today and yesterday.

Read More »

Confessions of a reformed anti-vaxxer

For years I was terrified of vaccines. Not as an act of defiance or identity politics, but because I was genuinely scared.
.
I had lived with severe autism as a sister and I didn’t know if I could go through it as a mother.

Read More »

Nervous

Last week was budget week.

I’d had a fairly stressful week leading up to it. My opponents had been lying about the way I work. Falsely claiming that if you collaborate, you’re not independent.

That made me angry.

And the budget made me nervous.

Read More »

Risk, review, reset

You can’t break new ground without taking risks. Sometimes your risks are rewarded. Other times you fall flat on your face. I’ve experienced both in my 12 years of politics.

Read More »

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