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Queen’s had her day: BarrFront page today’s Canberra Times…

By Hippo - 8 June 2008 34

There I was thinking this was a misprint, and they had meant the ‘Queen’s had his day: Barr’, and that this would be yet another story in the ongoing debarkle that is Andrew Barr’s political career.Yet this story (from anyone else’s lips) might have seemed rational. (think – a) education policies towards closing schools, b) planning policies that reduce open spaces for children to play in, c) does Mr Barr have any children – or ever likely to?)However, with statements such as “stop commemorating the past… looked to the future…” so soon after the massive campaigns for all Australians to ‘remember our past and our Aboriginal history’, it kind of smacks.

The concept of marking the King or Queen’s birthday with a public holiday in Australia dates from 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday for convicts and settlers on the birthday of King George III on 4 June. Until 1936 the actual birthday of the reigning monarch was observed, but after the death of King George V it was decided to retain the day of his birthday, 3 June, or the nearest suitable day for the public holiday.

The focus of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was raised in Parliament in June 2000, where the relevance and significance were questioned by the Hon John Hatzistergos. An almost identical article to Ms Sherlock’s was run in today’s The Age.

I’m not a die hard Monarchist, a Children’s Day (sorry I don’t raise goats) sounds plausible. I know this might sound kind of out there, but maybe we could incorporate ‘Children’s Day’ in the ‘Family Day’ we now celebrate in November?? Just a thought you know, children, family, they kind of go together…

Seriously, as an apathetic ACT voter, the only thing I got from this flashy front page grab, is a Minister desperate for any media attention that might take the focus off his complete incompetence. Well Mr Barr, sorry, you didn’t achieved your aim, I’ve taken notice of you, but will now vote for anyone but.

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Queen’s had her day: BarrFront page today’s Canberra Times…
vg 12:33 pm 09 Jun 08

nyssa said :

A gem of a quote from Michael Cooney’s stupid article in the Age about making the holiday a “kids” day:

“Stand on the corner of Bourke and Spring streets in Melbourne on any day and you’ll see what a child-free zone looks like. It is an almost completely adult space. Our fashionable inner suburbs have about half as many children living in them as the average across the country. And a growing number of Australians live child-free lives. For the first time in our history, the majority of men aged from 30 to 34 have no children.”

OMFG, heaven forbid there might be some places where there aren’t hundreds of bratty kids running around, making a mess and screaming!! And so farking what if some of us choose to live “child-free” lives? Seeing kids everywhere is not going to change anyone’s mind, in fact it’s more likely to have the effect of convincing others not to have kids!

What a miserable life you must live, with all those terrible bratty kids terrifying you nearly out of your very existence. I respect the right of people to have child-free lives. I would expect the same respect in return because I choose and am enriched incredibly by the opposite

vg 12:31 pm 09 Jun 08

nyssa said :

vg said :

I assume all the republicans will be heading off to work today then?

For your information, yes I am off to work!

Onward Christian soldiers, so am I. And yes I do go to church on Easter and Xmas as well as being a zone association (union) rep.

nyssa76 11:21 am 09 Jun 08

No, it isn’t me posting above.

What I find most interesting is that there is this person w/ my nick!

Bungle 11:21 am 09 Jun 08

I assume all the republicans will be heading off to work today then?

Maybe we all should as the Queens Birthday was actually about 6 weeks ago.

and anyway, I hope you’re first in church at Easter and Christmas, and pay your union fees after taking Labour Day off in October…

nyssa 10:53 am 09 Jun 08

A gem of a quote from Michael Cooney’s stupid article in the Age about making the holiday a “kids” day:

“Stand on the corner of Bourke and Spring streets in Melbourne on any day and you’ll see what a child-free zone looks like. It is an almost completely adult space. Our fashionable inner suburbs have about half as many children living in them as the average across the country. And a growing number of Australians live child-free lives. For the first time in our history, the majority of men aged from 30 to 34 have no children.”

OMFG, heaven forbid there might be some places where there aren’t hundreds of bratty kids running around, making a mess and screaming!! And so farking what if some of us choose to live “child-free” lives? Seeing kids everywhere is not going to change anyone’s mind, in fact it’s more likely to have the effect of convincing others not to have kids!

nyssa 9:53 am 09 Jun 08

vg said :

I assume all the republicans will be heading off to work today then?

For your information, yes I am off to work!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:40 am 09 Jun 08

Why don’t we just call it ‘homosexuals day’?

MRJ 9:39 am 09 Jun 08

The ‘name’ of the holidays means shit all to most people, to be honest. I doubt anyone goes out on the Monday thinking of the Queen. If anything, most will be thinking about how wasted they were night before.

trevar 8:29 am 09 Jun 08

Perhaps we could have a public holiday called Barr Day. To celebrate all those politicians who are only put up by their parties in order to enact unfair and unfavourable policies…

Or better still, maybe Barr Day could simply be called Pub Day. And we could all go and celebrate our favourite watering hole and forget that the bar with the second r ever existed.

vg 8:14 am 09 Jun 08

I assume all the republicans will be heading off to work today then?

I hope that post doesn’t offend you Smackbang, I did say ‘heading’ in the same thread as ‘Barr’ and ‘Queen’.

Holden Caulfield 12:03 am 09 Jun 08

A public holiday for QEII’s birthday is about the only useful thing she does for our country.

VOTE YES FOR A REPUBLIC!!!

Smackbang 6:28 pm 08 Jun 08

Wide Boy Jake, you are so funny. And Hippo too!

How clever of you both to associate Barr as a homosexual with the word “queen” – simply genius!!

What can we expect next? Some incredibly witty pun based on the surname “Barr” perhaps? I am many others on RiotACT await your next oh-so-funny “Pssst: Andrew Barr is a *homosexual*” jibe with baited breath.

Wide Boy Jake 6:09 pm 08 Jun 08

Funny Barr should make these comments. I thought he’d be all in favour of queens . . .

ant 3:45 pm 08 Jun 08

Let’s all worship children! Let’s have a special day where they can do anything they like, behave as they like, they can demand anything they want and they’ll get it, what a special day that would be! One day in a year… (/sarcasm).

nyssa 3:35 pm 08 Jun 08

Pfft, “children’s day”??? What a wank. While we’re at it, why don’t we have a “working families” day?

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