Saturday, November 24, 2007

Big day for Australia - first female deputy PM!

I failed NaBloPoMo - missed a post yesterday. I can't believe I did that! Yesterday was a busy day for me. Had a bad night on Thursday night, not getting to sleep until 3am because Elora woke up as I was going to bed and it took ages to get her back to sleep. Installed (with my father's help) insulation in the roof space adjoining Elora's room, but of course the weather has taken a turn again and I can't find out how much of a difference it makes! Then spent as much of the day as I could making these:

I'm pretty pleased with how they've turned out. The borders make a big difference. They're not big quilts (3' x 4') so now I've just got to quilt them and attach the binding. By Monday. I'm running behind schedule a bit, but we'll see if I can get them done. There's a third one that's underway as well, but they can't make it so I've got a little bit of extra time. Phew!.

Anyway, the most exciting thing right now is that we Aussies more than likely have a new Prime Minister tonight as today was our Federal Election. And even more excitingly it looks like the outgoing PM, John Howard, will actually lose his seat and hence his job! Unbelievable! All I can hear on the television are cheers.

This is the happiest election coverage I've watched for a long time. Our soon-to-be Deputy PM, Julia Gillard, is sitting at the anchor desk along with an MP from the outgoing government. I love watching the body language of the two opposing politicians. As the night progresses Julia's grin gets bigger and bigger and she sits upright and perky. The Liberal guy has been trying to keep his spirits up, pouncing on every positive Liberal point he can ("The postal votes still need to be counted...") but as he gets more and more bad news he slouches more and more, supporting his head with his hand and trying not to look too dejected. He's not doing too bad a job actually.

So things are looking up for this country. Hopefully some big changes will be made (I'm looking at you, WorkChoices). Funding for education, troops out of Iraq. Greens in the balance of power in the Senate. Yay!

Now to finish those quilts off.

1 comment:

The High Priestess said...

And then the libs weren't too far behind with the "me-too" has a female deupty in Julie Bishop!