Time is ticking on marriage equality vote
With the Marriage Equality Survey nearing its conclusion the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is urging people to return their ballots this week.
The ABS won't accept any votes that arrive after November 7. So, if you want to ensure your vote counts you need to post it back by Friday.
Holding off until the last moment is not an option. This vote is too important to leave to chance.
The Coalition has already said that the result of this survey will determine their party's position for not only the rest of this parliamentary term but also the next. That means if the Yes fails to get up, we could be looking at six more years of inequality and that is not acceptable.
We're having this debate today because over the last 50 years, successive generations were prepared to sacrifice everything - their families, their jobs, in some cases even their lives - to give the next generation the opportunities they wish they'd had.
These are the very people who now need our help. Many of these couples don't have six more years.They need legal protections now! And we can deliver it to for them. It would be unconscionable to leave them hanging in the wind.
The majority of Australians have already posted but there are still four million ballot papers out there and it is up to all us to go out there and find them. It's up to us to convince people that their vote can make a difference.
We all need to do whatever we can to secure a victory. Talk to your parents, grandparents, workmates and friends. Update your social media, start a conversation with a stranger. Whatever you can do, do it, because there are no do overs. This is it.
Don't wake up on November 16 and think, I should've posted my vote back earlier. Or what if I'd done more? Each of us has just one vote. The real question is, are we prepared to make it count?
Tom Sebo, Hume for Marriage Equality, Goulburn
Amazing performance one for the ages
The Cathedral of Saint Saviour’s had many more than the usual number of attendees on Saturday, October 21 for the performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat performed by the Rocky Hill Musical Company.
Unusual also were the many young people occupying the pews, many of the cast were also young.
While the show took some liberties (some may think perhaps a little too much for the Cathedral setting), still one can imagine in Egypt at that time it would have been more so. However, the main story line followed closely the Biblical account.
Ann and I really enjoyed the performance as did the rest of the audience, judging by the applause.
At interval I had a question I asked Ann: “Who came to Egypt first - Moses or Joseph”? We both did not know the answer, but turning to the occupants in the pew behind, which consisted of a group of young girls, I asked if any had knowledge of the Bible? The youngest, about 11, immediately spoke up saying “I do” and answered our question. I said “where did you learn that?” and she said scripture at West Goulburn School.
What a pleasure to learn our public school system is allowing the education of the whole person for those that wish to participate.
This story of Joseph brings out many of life’s good and not so good points for us to follow or not follow. Jacob should have treated all the boys equally and given all the boys a coat of many colours. Of course Joseph’s dream did not help the situation.
But this story ends on a positive note that has stretched down through the ages to our day, even to this excellent most enjoyable performance in the Cathedral. A must see for all ages.