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Monday
Feb272012

Making the hard decisions - hard on us.

Perhaps the most concerning thing about today’s ALP leadership spill is the very real assault on democracy. Now I know that’s a cliché that get thrown around a lot and in most cases inaccurately, but hear me out.

Many commentators have pointed out, and quite rightly, that the public don’t get a vote in this leadership ballot. As have most of the people who will get a vote. But what does that say about our system of government? Theoretically, in Australia’s parliamentary psephocracy, we the people are supposed to be represented by our elected members of parliament. One would hope that by definition, our views and wishes would also be represented, however that doesn’t seem to be the case. We’ve seen a majority of the Labor caucus explicitly announce that they will ignore the overwhelming sentiment of the electorate that they prefer Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard as Prime Minister and Labor leader.

This intention has been largely defended by the media. Whilst I accept that our parliamentary system dictates that parties elect their leaders and that we elect our local representatives, surely the will of the people has to be taken into account. Julia Gillard and her supporters have gone so far as to accuse Kevin Rudd of being “poll-driven”. Doesn’t that simply mean that he reacts and responds to the mood of the electorate? We often heard John Howard condemned as “populist”, as if it was a bad quality for an elected leader. Quite frankly, I have never understood this view that democracy and therefore our right and ability to influence government and policy begins and ends at the ballot box. That view effectively encourages and entitles politicians to break so-called election promises.

It’s almost as if the prevailing belief is that bad governments must be left to their own devices and be allowed to continue on with bad or unpopular policy for the fixed term of a parliament. Apparently, the electorate should just shut-up and put up with it and hope that the damage isn’t too extensive come the next election. I’ve always argued that we get the government we deserve, but apparently we have to keep reliving our mistakes too. Not only do we have a dysfunctional minority government that none of us wanted, but evidently we have to pretend to like it. Julia Gillard says she’ll keep making the “hard decisions” irrespective of the polls, and irrespective of whether we like it or not.

Monday
Feb272012

Taking It Off... – Week 5

Well I made it through Week 5 of Shannan Ponton’s 8 week Biggest Loser Club challenge, or as Shannan called it, “The Grind”. As I’ve already discussed, week four was tough for me and it reflected in my results. “The Grind Week” was relatively easy for me. I think it’s because my mental toughness has increased more than my physical fitness. I’ve developed a sharp focus of my goals and motivations and can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. My competitive nature has compelled me to compete against myself and last week’s 1.1 kilogram loss really spurred me on as did the realization that I need to lift if I’m going to achieve my goal of losing 25 kilos by the end of the challenge.

This week also really clarified my response to both motivation and inspiration and how they can both manifest in different ways. My goals are the same but some of the things that drive me have changed. For instance, I’ve made myself accountable to you and to my listeners throughout the course of this, as I have to both my personal trainer Renee and to Shannan but the thought of having to tell you that I’ve failed, is a powerful motivator. So is the privilege of being able to inspire other people. Many of you have told me that my efforts have spurred you on to make changes in your own lives as have many others on the challenge and fellow members at Beachbodies. That’s a great feeling but also a responsibility and additional point of accountability. So, there’s now more at stake than my own goals.

The bottom line is that this renewed vigour and intensity in training resulted in a 2.3 kilogram loss this week, so I’m well and truly back on track. That equates to a total loss since I started the challenge of 14.3 kilograms and nearly 65 kilos overall. At this rate, I’ll fall short of the 25 kilo goal in three weeks time and that’s all the motivation I need to work even harder to make sure I get there. We’re on the home stretch.

Friday
Feb242012

BODYTALK WITH RENEE ATKINS FROM BEACHBODIES HEALTH CLUB - 24TH FEBRUARY 2012

Friday
Feb242012

THE WEEK IN FEDERAL POLITICS WITH CHRIS KENNY - 24TH FEBRUARY 2012

Friday
Feb242012

2HC TECHGUIDE WITH STEPHEN FENECH FROM TECHGUIDE.COM.AU - 23rd FEBRUARY 2012