Well, I've had two weeks off work, and back tomorrow. Looking forward to the hustle and bustle, so we'll see how long I can stay enthused. I'm really refreshed as the two weeks off I've just puttered around, not doing much, apart from my short trip up to Mudgee.
A beautiful warm, very late spring day today, temp probably in the high 20's (C). A bit humid which knocks one around.
Australia went to the polls yesterday (federally its been 3 years since the last national election). A change of Government saw the Liberal Party (conservatives) toppled by the Australian Labor Party (social democrats). These days both parties have a lot of similar ideas and policies, but Australia was looking for a change. Its a generational change of leadership as well. John Howard, Prime Minister, born 1939, was beaten by Kevin Rudd, Oppostion Leader, born 1957. For the first time since 1901 (Federation) we've got a female Deputy Prime Minister (Julia Gillard), who is intelligent, hardworking, and has great potential as a possible future Prime Minister.
It is also fairly probable that Mr Howard, may be only the 2nd Prime Minister since 1901 to actually lose his seat, whilst in Government. His oponent in the Federal Seat of Benelong, is Maxine McKew, former television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) presenter.
One decent thing to happen though is that Liberal parliamentarian, Malcolm Turnbull, won his seat. Malcolm had to fight a hard, bitter, fairly vindictive campaign, and was all but written off by the pundits, but he's got a lot of class, and went against the trend which was a 6% swing against the Government. He was a Liberal who retained his seat and a man who has a lot more class than a lot of his peers in the Parliament, of all parties.
Hopefully this government will be more caring, more open, more inclusive and more tolerant than the Liberals have been, particularly in the last 3 years.
A breath of fresh air? I think so!