It seems like every week throws up a new assault on normality.
This week The Australian reported on the introduction of the genderless prefix of Mx on government forms. This honorific is designed to be used alongside Mr, Miss, Ms, and Mrs for those who do not wish to reveal their gender and apparently has its origins in the United Kingdom.
I spent last weekend in one of South Australia’s most productive agricultural areas – the Riverland. The breadth and diversity of horticultural and agricultural interests in this area are fantastic and there are many incredible business success stories.
We are now off and running in the 2016 federal election race. It’s going to be a battle of endurance with a 55-day campaign sure to test the mettle of runners and support crew alike.
This election is the first double dissolution since 1987 and the first since Senate voting reforms were enacted earlier this year. That means the outcome in the Senate is almost impossible to predict accurately.
Today marks ten years since I became a Senator for South Australia.
The time has passed so quickly that it almost seems like a blur. However, on reflection, there have been momentous events that have changed the nature of politics, and our nation, at almost every level.
Sometimes the small things are the most noticeable.
Last Sunday morning I woke and turned on the ABC radio news. The lead items were the arrest of the ‘third’ man from the Brussels bombings, an extremist group in the Philippines and an update on the kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Last night I was interviewed by Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7.30 program. Sales was her professional self and we discussed my continuing efforts to create a stronger and more effective conservative voice in the public square.
I referred to my speech at the National Press Club in 2014 which covered the dissatisfaction with politics and politicians and the potential for it to prompt a rise in anti-establishment political forces.