Monday June 6 2016
1 It was my intention to give my post a miss today but over the weekend a few things caught my eye. Nothing more so than Bill Shortens Child Care Policy announcement. The announcement itself was nothing remarkable and all the, ‘’how will you pay for it’’ questions followed and will need to be answered. There are many, including myself at times, who have doubted Shortens capacity as a leader. Many have been scathing about him. In my own defence I always said that he would be judged as a policy wanker rather than some sort of Whitlamish charismatic figure.
In this press conference what impressed me was his, stunning ability to draw a philosophical line between the two parties and his obvious passion in doing so. It has been some time since a leader has so impressively made a distinction between the two parties.
You can vote for the party who supports those who have or the party that supports those who have not. Throughout the campaign he has gradually built on the theme of inequality and fairness. If he can continue to build it into a rising crescendo he may well prove his critics wrong. Those who thought he would never make a leader..
An observations about leadership.
A Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. It’s an elusive thing, easily cloaked or submerged by the theatrics of politics. But unexpected moments can sometimes reveal the fibres from which it is woven.
B In the recipe of what makes a good leader there are many ingredients. Self-awareness is one. The innate ability to know who you are and what your capabilities and limitations are. The need to have the aptitude to motivate people with your vision. Often the art of leadership is the ability to bring those otherwise opposed to your view, to accept it. It is also about delegation, empathy and understanding. It can also require from time to time the making of unpopular decisions. Decisions like going to war. However when they consistently imply the leaders own morality and spiritual beliefs they are more akin to autocracy.
2 I have always had mixed feelings about the sport of boxing. Although I never missed a fight of Muhammad Ali, I at the same time I felt it uncivilised. But Ali seemed to transcend all of my misgivings. At his top he was undoubtedly the best fighter of all time. In the ring he had the feet of Fred Astaire and hands as quick as a bolt of lightning. Outside of it he politically touched my every sense of social justice.
3 We have Royal Commissions into Union corruption. The media reports on it as though they are in a frenzy of doing the public a service. Compared with corporate crime theirs is often benign in comparison. Conservatives go to any length to protect the Banking Sector who have ripping off their customers for years.
Now we hear that the Federal Court has ordered Woolworth’s to pay penalties totalling $9 million for its involvement in a laundry detergent cartel.
It lasts a day in the media and that’s the end of it.
On recent and historic evidence corporate crime in Australia far outweighs that of the Union Movement.
4 In Adelaide Malcolm Turnbull turned his attention to a hung parliament saying that:
“Now is not the time for a protest vote or a wasted vote”.
On Insiders Sunday a considerable amount of time was spent on this very subject.
I think the bookies should look to shortening Labor’s odds. Pardon the pun.
My thought for the day
“If you think positively that’s what you will become and the same applies to negativity. As we think so we become“.
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