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It seems to me that we are unduly swayed by the very few extremists in our country who find a cause, and and create a disproportionate amount of social noise seeking to have their view accepted by the rest of us and to act in their interests (right or wrong). Maybe we could have a FedGov, continuously running on line questionaire/poll, on various 'big' issues, so those so many of us who have a considered and perhaps private opinion, can post and see where we all sit, and not think that if 2000 march loudly, or seek to swamp an event, that they represent the views of the population at large. What do you think?
It is hard to believe that it's now 2018! Who thought we'd live to see it? It seemed so far away in 1990 or so. It's a bit too late for New Year resolutions for our lot, so lets just make sure that, with our great good fortune to be living here in the Land of OZ, that we are as happy as we can be, and that we try and make as many others as we can, happy too.
We seem to have the concept back to front. In Oz, we have to 'opt in' for organ donation, rather than 'opt out'. In an apathetic nation, this means that so many, many people, who would willingly wish to help others, don't, because they have never got around to opting in, as a donor. If we could all be 'scavenged' for useful parts, after death, (unless we formally advise otherwise), many people, who now die, would be given the gift of continued life. Only about 2% of people die in a way that facilitates organ donation, and we have around 400 people nationally, living in the hope of finding a donor. We need many more donors. Surely we could so easily help them all to a better life with some new national legislation?
While most are happy as things are, we do seem to have a few options as to a more widely suitable day to celebrate being Australian. Captain Cook's Survey (Botany Bay) - 28th April 1770 Current Australia Day- First Fleet Arrival 26th January 1793 Federation Day - January 1st 1901. Ned Kelly's Birthday?? It may be worth us continuing the national dialogue, with a view to, when we become a republic sometime in the next ten years, picking a day for such change, when we are light on for a day off, (say in August) ?
We have an elderly friend who has been having routine difficulty with the complexity of a later model android phone. This is a common problem as the family hands such down. All she wants to do is to take and send text and calls. Seeking to swap her phone for a simpler one, we asked a young and smart Optus advisor to do such. Instead, he pointed out that the smart phone had a little known option under Settings. It was to select EASY MODE. This redesigned the look, and reduced all the clutter and simplified the key processes. She is delighted, and it saved buying a new simpler mobile. If you are having a similar problem, do visit your provider, and ask them to do the same for your phone. (Its reversible). While you are there, ask them as well, about using a stylus, it makes for many less errors in typing text messages, especially for those with big finger tips and small keyboards .