Yes, it is the (Whitfield) bicentennial!

Thanks to James Whitfield for posting this wonderful photo on Facebook on Tuesday.

Image is of two of W.J.J & Elizabeth Whitfield’s daughters:
Sarah Brittania Whitfield-Wilson (Left) & Ann Elizabeth Whitfield- Vacchini-McKechnie. I can personally attest to the fact that these were two beautiful and amazing ladies (James Whitfield).

Photograph courtesy the Whitfield Family collection.

Auntie Annie! I remember her well. In the early 1970s I quizzed her about family history, and she was the first to mention Ireland to me. She recalled sitting on the knee as a small girl of an old man with a long white beard who had come from Ireland, though Auntie thought he had been a soldier. Probably not. In all likelihood it was William Whitfield, born in Cootehill County Cavan in 1812, arrived on the “Thames” in 1826 along with his sister Mary and others, to join his father, the convict Jacob Whitfield who landed from the convict ship “Isabella 1” at Sydney Cove 10 March 1822.

Yesterday I voted here in The Gong — Australian election 2022

But the actual DAY is next Saturday! Fact is, we have what is proving a very popular option — to pre-poll, and that is what I did. Here in fact, though this Illawarra Mercury pic was taken last week. It was not raining yesterday.

It is a popular option. There were as many people at the polling station as I have seen sometimes when voting on the actual Election Day! It all went very smoothly.

The man with all the medals, by the way, is Fake UAP and has no chance whatever of winning, none at all. Hopefully he won’t even score the minimum needed to get a refund of expenses! The winner almost certainly will be Alison Byrnes, though it will be interesting to see how the Greens candidate goes. His name is — Dylan Green! That’s him on the right. Were it a beauty contest he definitely would win!

You get two ballot papers — a small green one for the House of Representatives, and an enormous white one for The Senate. The latter is sometimes called “the table cloth”.

These are not this year’s!

In The Senate you can vote “below the line” numbering every square in order of preference. That gives you the thrill of putting people last! If this year wished to do that, these are the suggestions of a friend of a friend.

Tom Olsson’s choices for bottom….

Or you can take the easy way and vote above the line, which is what I did. Then you fill in a minimum of six squares in order of preference.

With the House of Reps you vote for all candidates, numbering them in order of preference. Though most candidates have on their information — handed to you as you approach the polling station — a list of preferences, these are suggestions only. The order you choose is entirely up to you.

Typical “how to vote” from a candidate.

I am 100% in favour of both preferential voting and compulsory voting. I do not feel as if my freedom is being attacked simply because voting is a DUTY! Far from it! Voting IS a duty,

How the votes are counted I will leave to another post! I have in the past — way back last century — been involved in a count, and it was and is scrupulously honest and uncorrupted. That is a fact, not an opinion, despite what some nutjobs say.

So, after voting I had planned to go to the Steelers Club, which is closest to the polling place in Burelli Street. Unfortunately they did not open until 11am, and I had finished voting at 10.30. So I went to the Illawarra Leagues Club instead.

And for lunch — fish pieces with salad and chips. $10. And bloody good it was too!

Amazing Aussie teens have started a news channel — and score interviews with the leaders of the land!

Just look at this:

Yes the Prime Minister of Australia

Yes, the Leader of the Opposition and highly likely the next Prime Minister of Australia

And a typical news broadcast:

So? Well, the anchor is FOURTEEN YEARS OLD! And the political correspondent is THIRTEEN! See their web site.

Leonardo Puglisi is the founder, chief anchor & managing director of 6 News – anchoring our flagship bulletin every Sunday evening, along with other programs & breaking news coverage.

Leo formed 6 News as ‘HMV Local News’ on March 20, 2019, covering news from across Hawthorn & surrounding areas in Melbourne.

He has anchored the Sunday Evening bulletin since the very beginning, while also presenting other programs, live coverage, breaking news updates & reporting on-the-ground.

Leo lives in Melbourne & is currently in Year 9.

You might also look at Leonardo’s Twitter. And if you want to be really well-informed about how the Australian electoral system works — then let a teen find out from the horse’s mouth at the Australian Electoral Commission.

Leo — from his Instagram

6 News is not a one-man-band either! A whole team — average age 16 — has grown up around the site.

6 News was founded by Leonardo Puglisi in 2019 as HMV Local News, covering local news from across the Hawthorn District in Melbourne, with weekly news bulletins on our YouTube Channel.​

​But at the beginning of 2020, we rebranded as 6 News & moved to focusing on national & international stories, launching accounts on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and uploading our original content on YouTube everyday.

​Young journalists soon joined our team from all over Australia & even in the US, making our team larger than some regional TV services & helping us bring you 24/7 coverage (read more here)

​Our mission isn’t to “take down” the already existing mainstream media or anything like that – it’s to bring you a genuine alternative, made possible by the younger generation.

​No matter your politics – and no matter your location – you will always find unbiased news from our reporters and uncensored views from our guests – right here, on 6 News.

And the result is amazingly good!

Yes, I also posted about Leo and 6 News in April: Who are these young people, eh? Who do they think they are? Do revisit that post.

Not everyone cheers though… As he says in that video. Just lately on Twitter — LANGUAGE ALERT!!!!

Being much more internet savvy than I am he of course also uses Nitter, whose existence also escaped me until just before writing this post!

You never know what these youngsters are up to on their phones, tablets or laptops, eh! And the fact check side of 6 News fascinates me. Here is a brilliant example:

Now for footy tipping

Sad, very sad….

An oldie moans — sick of people confusing Australian politics with American!

It began with this otherwise perfectly acceptable news item on Channel 10 yesterday.

I moaned about it on Facebook:

Not just to be picky and not just about this report. X Million Australians will NOT have voted for the next Prime Minister. We do NOT vote for a Prime Minister. This is not America. We do NOT have a Presidential Election! Grrrr….

X Million Australians WILL have voted however for their next local member of the House of Representatives. The outcome of the balance between parties in the House will determine whose party leader is the next Prime Minister.

So people who live in electorates where they currently have a government member representing them can change the government by voting out their current member. Many of us hope a lot of them do just that! And those of us (like me) in Opposition electorates need to make sure they stay that way!

Please, everyone, know what country you live in and how our system works!

Australia’s political system is based on the Westminster system used in Great Britain. See Australian Politics. There you will find this summary.

Key Features of the Westminster System

The essential features of the system are:

  • The Government is chosen by the democratically elected lower house. The government requires the continuing support of a majority of members of that chamber to stay in office.
  • The head of government is the Prime Minister, who leads a Cabinet which is responsible to the lower house.
  • A loyal Opposition exists, led by the leader of the party or parties with the second largest number of seats in the lower house.
  • constitutional monarch, if one exists, who is “above politics” and acts on the advice of the prime minister.
  • There is a career public service which impartially serves the government of the day.
  • The armed services are outside of politics and act on the instructions of the government.
  • The rule of law prevails, with an independent judiciary, subject to the Constitution.

We were taught the essence of that by around Grade 5 in Primary School. The continuous emphasis on leaders and the overwhelming impact of US politics have made many of us forget. That the whole focus of the media is on leaders does not help.

Leaders like Scott Morrison do not help when they adopt as a campaign line comparing his “experience” with Anthony Albanese’s “inexperience” — the whole “loose unit” attack on Albanese being but the latest instance. A very odd phrase too, I have to say.

When we contemplate the alternatives on offer, the idea that Anthony Albanese’s grasp or not of economics is actually a deciding factor is really a nonsense. The real question is whether a government he leads would have such a grasp? And I think when you consider his team the answer must be yes.

Have a look at the current Shadow Cabinet.

Shadow Treasurer: Dr Jim Chalmers MP

Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Take Andrew Leigh for example: PhD (Harvard University). BA(Hons) (University of Sydney). LLB(Hons) (University of Sydney). Professor of Economics at the Australian National University from 2004 to 2010. Principal Adviser at the Australian Treasury from 2008 to 2009.

The team then just might be better qualified than the current government, where the current Treasurer is at real risk of not being re-elected, and so many team members are under various clouds and many hidden from the public gaze lately. You know who I mean.

Well that is enough political moaning — but then, everyone is doing it at the moment. I will leave you with a great cartoon that captures perfectly some of the recent weirdness. It is by the wonderful David Pope.

Running a bit late today — overslept

A couple of glasses of this, which I purchased on the way home from Woolies BWS shop on Burelli Street, may account for the good night’s sleep!

But more happened yesterday than that, as I have already noted (of course) on Facebook.

Boosted and fluvaxxed…

My lunch today after vaccination boost was at Diggers, not Ziggy’s — good conversation with Jerry (Gerhard) who grew up around Killalea/Bass Point, and then after lunch Col MacDonald came in. Had a burger for lunch.

More tired than usual at the moment. Effect of Pfizer? Maybe….

Killalea Beach near Shellharbour, where Jerry grew up. Photo Chilby.

So I thought today i would share some of the music that has come my way via YouTube since my last musical blog entry, starting of course with the latest marvel from Josh Turner.

And that Polish kid! Well, born this century anyway…

And from Korea:

Finally from Eurovision — and what are the odds this will win? Pretty good I would say.

Satisfied with my Woolies online experience

They have only once let me down by delivering my order to the wrong address, and that was fixed within two hours!

And they keep one informed with emails like this one which arrived yesterday.

The recent flooding pushed back the planting of Cos and Iceberg lettuce, causing a delay to regular growing conditions. You may notice short supply and an impact on price in the short term until normal stock levels return in around four weeks, depending on weather conditions. Additionally, our pre-packaged spinach leaf salads have been hampered by heavy rain, however, growth and quality are already improving and will only get better over the next few weeks.

With the southern berry season winding down and the Queensland season delayed due to weather impacts, you may notice strawberries and raspberries aren’t as plentiful. Quantities will be much better once the Queensland season picks up around late June.

The Shepherd avocado season is coming to a close and we’re starting to see excellent quality early season Hass avocados in our stores and online – look out for them over the next week or so.

The good news is that we’ve got an abundance of fresh Australian fruit and veg to help feed your family. There’s plenty of crisp Jazz apples, juicy oranges and Imperial mandarins, and a bumper crop of Kent pumpkins that have enjoyed a longer growing period, giving the flesh a rich colour and sweet taste – all great value and superb quality.

Loading my order! I am sent an SMS when the delivery is about to arrive, so I go out onto the balcony and watch out for it.

On Wednesday morning my order arrived at 7.30 am, having been booked for the window 7-10 am. Delivery was free. All items were present and correct, with just one minor substitution — one brand of canned salmon for another which was out of stock.

Of course with inflation being on everyone’s minds I have a handy means to track it through my online invoices. Let’s do a quick look.

Bread is more expensive partly because in May I have been getting a more expensive brand with a longer shelf life. Lactose-free milk is the same price as it was, but the mango juice has risen from $3.00 to $3.60. I won’t make a big study of this but it does make for an interesting record.

I hasten to add this post is NOT sponsored by Woolies!