I who may well be...

Musings from the perspective of a human being who may well be not locatable completely within the usual categories of male or female or gay or straight or transsexual or intersexed or exploiter or exploited or supplier or consumer or performer or spectator.

Monday, March 26, 2007

page two today's Telegraph

(bold emphasis added by me, the trany in the purple and flame-red frock, urging the bloody photographer to hurry up : P )

Dad finally sees Hicks
March 26, 2007 12:00

DAVID Hicks will be allowed to shake his father Terry's hand and hug him when they are reunited for the first time in three years at Guantanamo Bay tomorrow.An arraignment hearing for the accused terrorist will begin at 3am AEST tomorrow and Terry Hicks has flown to Cuba to support his son.
Mr Hicks, from Adelaide, will meet his father before the hearing and again afterward to say goodbye, along with his half-sister Stephanie.
The emotional reunion is the first time Mr Hicks will have seen his son since a 30-minute visit in 2004.
"I think they will have an opportunity in a private, secure space to meet with one another, meet with the family," Guantanamo Bay public affairs director Commander Robert Durand said yesterday.
Cdr Durand said Hicks would be expected to appear before the tribunal neat and well groomed, but it was up to his legal team to ensure he came dressed in a suit.
"Within the camp we offer people to have the opportunity to have their hair cut and they can accept or decline," Cdr Durand said.
"I don't know what kind of condition he will be in as far as having a fresh haircut and a shave. He will certainly be provided that opportunity."
He said Hicks could be thrown out of court if he appeared dishevelled before the chief judge for military commissions, Colonel Ralph Kohlmann.
However, Hicks' US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, said his hair was long and unkempt because he had been refused access to a comb for months.
As Hicks prepares to argue his case, the Uniting Church yesterday led calls to bring him back to Australia.
A prayer gathering at the Uniting Church in Pitt St took up a collection to go towards Hicks' legal team and family.
"Many of us – in the churches and the community – feel not simply angry, but deeply hurt," said Reverend Andrew Collis from South Sydney Uniting Church.
Hicks, 31, faces a maximum sentence of life in a US military prison if found guilty of providing material support for terrorism.
He is accused of training with al-Qaeda and fighting alongside Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
Hicks' legal team flew to Guantanamo Bay from the US yesterday.
They were joined on a military transport plane by a 30-strong throng of media from the US and Australia to cover Hicks' court appearance.
A ban on film and photographs means an artist's sketch impressions will be the only image of Hicks shown to the outside world.

People from the Uniting Church protest in support of David Hicks. / The Daily Telegraph

Friday, March 23, 2007

Vote for who you want, not just who you'll settle for

So many of my friends, who are all very intelligent people, do not understand the optional preferential voting system. I wonder if this is properly explained to kids in school, or if the major parties deliberately withhold government-sponsored education on this, to frighten people into supporting the Big Parties sponsored by Big Business? Regardless, let’s spell it out now, for never before have both major parties been so deserving of not getting a number one.

If you vote for all the alternative parties and independents first, second, third and so on, if they don’t get enough votes to win election, your vote is not wasted nor diminished. Whether your Big Party vote is for Labor or Liberal and you’ve numbered them, say, 12 or 13, then that vote will go to Labor or Liberal with as much force as it would if you have numbered them number 1.

Yes, you can vote for the little parties that really care about the environment or public transport (or whatever), and there is no danger at all that your vote is wasted. You still get to choose whether your vote is allocated, with 100% of its value, to the Poker Machine Party or the Really Big Business Party.

And one day enough of us will vote for the alternative parties, and we will have a government that actually works for the people, rather than a government beholden to the big companies that sponsored its glossy election campaign.

Vote for what you really want, not just what you may have to settle for!