Peter Dutton has just announced that Baby Asha and her family will be allowed to stay in the community in Australia.
To the doctors and staff of Lady Cilento Children’s hospital who took a stand, all the people who gathered in Brisbane to support them, and everyone throughout Australia who stood in solidarity – you did it!
The Let Them Stay movement is winning. One baby girl and her family are safe from detention in Nauru for now – BUT we have 267 others to go, and detention camps to shut down. Today is proof people power will get us there!
We are so thrilled to announce, that Emma and Lachy were married yesterday in a beautiful and intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family. It was an incredible day and we know Emma and Lachy can’t wait to share more with you soon. A big congratulations to the newlyweds from the entire Wiggles family. 💛💜
I was at the servo and because I'm a little broke at the moment I was doing the whole counting out coins thing. I heard a voice behind me said 'You're not paying for that'. I turned to see a young woman, twenties, big true eyes. I said, 'I can't do that.' 'Yes you can.' 'I can't.' 'You do a lot of good things, let me pay for it.' She wanted to help. My pride tried to undermine her kindness but I truly needed the help, which was hard to admit to myself, let alone her. Without thinking I went in for a hug. She hugged me back fully. We just stood there in the middle of the servo, hugging for more than 30 seconds. I kinda wanted to cry, but my heart was too warm. I asked her her name. She told me it was Rachael. I shook her hand, looked at her in those big true eyes and said thanks. Then we hugged again, for ages. I told her I live locally and if I see her again that she can expect me to chase her down and repay her. You know what she said? 'You can try.'
Then I got home to see my sister asleep on my couch, all tuckered out after taking me to Big Dub and buying me socks and jeans and a kettle earlier. I'll have to tell her about Rachael when she wakes.
Touched by two angels on this idle Sunday. Lucky boy.
Thank you Rachael. From the heart of my bottom...ah...you know what I mean! xsam
Bills work mate was over in the arvo Bill goes to grab him a beer and he was left talking to me,
Dan, "we had our first marriage counselling sesh yesterday.."
Me, "you and Bill? 😂😂"
Dan, "Hilarious... Me and Sall, turns out I need to help out with dinners and cleaning more."
Me, "I could have told you that"
Dan, "But I wouldn't have listened to you. Our counsellor said that I should consider my working hours at work to be her working hours at home and anything that needs to be done outside of these hours is over time and we both need to do that together"
Me, "hang on... So your counsellor said that it isn't fair for you to do 8 hours work a day and your wife to do 24? Mind. Blown."
Dan, "Yep and I gotta go.. Not even having a beer with Bill, gotta get home to make dinner"
Bill comes back with 2 beers and a confused look on his face.
Me, "Dans gone home to be a king. I'll drink his beer"
If that's not marriage counselling motivation I don't know what is 👊🏼
When you were a kid, did you ever dream of having an invisible cloak?
Well, it turns out, it is not all it's cracked up to be.
Most days, as I walk in my suit down Martin Place, I am often warmly greeted by the good people of Sydney. "Good Morning, Premier!" (Along with some “constructive feedback” of course.)
Some stop to ask for selfies. No problem, there. I'm a politician. I'm not averse to selfies.
But today in Martin Place, there are very few greetings. In fact, most people lower their heads and hurry past me, desperate to avoid eye contact.
Today, instead of wearing my suit, I'm in a high vis yellow vest and red cap, selling The Big Issue.
The Big Issue isn't just a magazine... It's a great social enterprise designed to help our homeless and disadvantaged get back on their feet by doing some work.
One morning a year, for the past 6 years, I've hit the streets to try my hand at selling the magazine... and I'm struck every year by the same confronting reality of suddenly becoming invisible.
It isn't fun being invisible. In fact, it is really lonely.
I don't write this to make you feel bad. I've done it all too often myself. I've lowered my head instead of greeting my fellow humans with a smile. I've been too busy to stop. I've felt embarrassed. I’ve felt inconvenienced. Even annoyed.
Today is a reminder for me to slow down a little. To have time for everyone, regardless of their attire or status. And it's a reminder that our homeless shouldn't be invisible.
We’re spending a record $182 million this year on specialist homelessness services and are expecting to assist 54,000 people. We have a long way to go. But I'm determined to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable.
Thanks to the 11 people who stopped today to buy a copy of The Big Issue. And thanks also to those who just stopped to smile and say hello... Scotty, my mate who sells the Big Issue every week, really appreciates it.
He's a really good bloke who, along with many others, is trying to have a crack at getting back on his feet.
WE HAVE LIFT OFF! Introducing Chapter One - the book that tells the story of Thankyou. The story that you've written with us over the past 7 years. But it’s not just a book. It’s an invitation to crowdfund the future of Thankyou to help us end global poverty, together. We’re putting the call out to the dreamers, risk takers and challengers of the status quo…will you join us?
To find out more, watch the video and if you like it - share it x a million! #chapterone #ichoosethankyou