- Guns? Are you pro or con? Explain your point of view.
Definitely con. In Australia, we have stricter gun laws than the USA and I think that we are better for it.
Of course, we still have shootings from time to time, there are unstable people everywhere, but nowhere near as frequently as you do in the USA. Thank goodness we don’t yet need metal detectors in our schools and we are not dominated by the wishes of an organisation like the NRA.
I understand that some people like to shoot for sporting reasons or to hunt. Neither are my thing but I think that’s OK as long as their weapons and ammo are properly secured when not in use; and as long as the hunters intend to eat what they shoot. I don’t believe anyone who is not in the military or possibly police needs an assault rifle. You can hardly call shooting animals with those sporting anyway. What I find disturbing about the gun culture in America is the casual way that people often seem to have guns in their homes, in handbags or drawers where a child can easily get hold of them. It disturbs me that people who are a lot like me would consider shooting another person in cold blood and if you wouldn’t do it why even have a gun? This is something I feel quite strongly about and I know that many won’t agree with me.
- How would your country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote?
First of all, I think that everyone eligible should vote. If you don’t vote when you have the opportunity you can’t complain about the outcome. Australians are about to vote and while it is compulsory for us I hope that people vote properly so it will count. Should everyone vote? Well, I think you have to understand what you are voting for or against. Children are more politically aware now than when I was a child and perhaps you could make an argument for the 16-18-year-old group being allowed a say but not a baby vote. That would just be a second vote for parents or other interested parties and not a true reflection of the situation. I’m also concerned that some younger people may see an election as something like a reality TV show where you vote on personalities and not on policies. Policies are dull but the results of them will be what we have to live with for the term of the next government.
I want to be careful here because I’ve recently been reading about the Women’s Vote and the attitudes of men towards the idea that we were intelligent enough and aware enough to vote a century ago. However, I don’t feel I can justify votes for very young children. I do think that if more young people voted we might elect governments who cared more about climate change but the under-thirties in this country have a poor voting record in the past decade or so and that would need to change.
- What’s your cure for hiccups?
I try holding my breath but generally, I just wait for them to go away.
- What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?
Hmm, maybe Siberia but I can remember spending a night sleeping in a sleeping bag in a train carriage in Peterborough in country South Australia when I was in my twenties and although I doubt the temperature was below freezing that must have been one of the coldest nights of my life. I was in my twenties then. Or maybe in the desert near Uluru a decade or so later when we spent a night in a cabin.
If you would like, share a story, a photo or some thoughts on you may be thankful for this week!
We’re having some lovely autumn days when it’s pleasant to be out of doors.
I’m looking forward to a week’s break over Easter as our shop will be closed and tired volunteers will be enjoying some downtime.