1. Older Coalition voters turning to One Nation
Newspoll finds that the demographic most supportive of One Nation is the 50-plus group and it appears that the LNP is the main loser in that sector.
Meanwhile, Pauline is calling for a boycott of easter eggs that are halal-certified, ie Cadbury, Matthias Cormann has stared down a demand that the ABC’s budget be cut by $600 million and the Young Nationals have supported carbon trading, having supported same-sex marriage in 2015.
It must be noted that Cormann did not rule cuts to the ABC in or out in the budget soon to be revealed.
2. Doctor suicides
The ABC has recently broadcast two programs on doctor suicide – one on the 7.30 Report and an extensive investigative report in Radio National’s excellent Background Briefing series. They’ve also made an ABC online story of the 7.30 segment.
Doctors are four times more likely than the general public to have suicide ideation. Interns are told that help is only a phone call away, but when they ask for help it is commonly seen as weakness or incompetence. Mandatory reporting by doctors when other doctors seek assistance for mental health problems mitigates against doctors in trouble seeking help.
There is a theory that the path into the profession makes doctors more vulnerable. The level of academic achievement required for entry into medicine tends to select people who work obsessively hard and don’t have a balanced life. Then from this pool medical school interviews tend to select the more empathetic candidates, who are likely to have more vulnerable personalities.
I’m not sure there is a good answer but the WA regulations on mandatory reporting seem to be more appropriate and there needs to be an attitude change on the part of supervising medicos.
3. Trump watch
Putin’s mob saw Trump’s victory as a divine gift, but now they are starting to worry about what they got. They wanted desperately to not have Hillary Clinton elected, thinking she might start a war, but now Trump has arguably committed an act of war against Syria and is acting like a revolutionary at home. They seriously detest revolutions, and are not going to celebrate their own.
Meanwhile everyone is worrying about North Korea. Trump has said he would fix North Korea with or without the Chinese, and has sent a warship heading their way. To do what, exactly? I heard Joe Siracusa from RMIT on Radio National. His worry is that North Korea may feel it has to make a pre-emptive strike. It has 20 or 30 nukes which it can deliver by boat or on a truck to South Korea. He said it also has enough conventional weapons pointed at Seoul to wipe out 400,000 people at the drop of a hat.
At the very least it looks as though they are about to test an A-bomb or a new missile. What will trump do then?
4. Happy Easter!
Pope Francis kicked off Easter on Thursday by washing and kissing the feet of 12 prison inmates, then on Friday prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica to recall the crucifixion of Jesus, wearing crimson-colored vestments, commemorating the suffering of Jesus as he lay for several minutes before the central altar.
Then presiding at a traditional candlelight Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) service at Rome’s Colosseum, he:
- asked God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church and for the “shame” of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants.
As we enjoy beach and/or barbecue we might spare a thought for those less fortunate, including people in our own country monstered by cyclone Debbie, where for many life will never be the same.
I’m on the mailing list for a newsletter put out by the Jesuit Refugee Service. The latest has just arrived, with a Director’s Letter that quotes John Oliver, who just did a stint here to make a program. He said:
- “Australia turns out to be a sensational place, albeit one of the most comfortably racist places I’ve ever been in. They’ve really settled into their intolerance like an old resentful slipper.”
I think he was not impressed with our bipartisan boat turn-back policy, and our ‘Pacific solution’.
The Greens have the answer, but only because they’ll never have to implement it. I regard it as a ‘wicked’ problem, with no good solutions.
Any way, I’m about to go out and tackle a hedge that needs dealing with. It’s actually our anniversary, but for a variety of reasons there will be no big celebration. A man did appear at the door with flowers, for some reason. Tomorrow there is a family picnic in a park.
Hope y’all are enjoying a restful and peaceful Easter.