Friday, October 14, 2005

Girls govern!

Last Saturday our inner-city community had a big day out at the local park. The event was a celebration of the life of Ted, a resident of our suburb all his long life, who passed away last year. Ted was the patriarch of the community in more ways than just because half of the homes in the suburb are inhabited by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he was active in local government and in initiating community activities such as the Junior Neighbourhood Watch and having the playground at the park upgraded to meet safety standards.
To cut a long story short, the whole community turned out on Saturday at a giant barbecue and fun day. Wonder Boy and I went along to eat sausages and ice cream, pat rabbits and guinea pigs, climb into an ambulance and fire engine, and smile at the neighbours.
During the formal part of the proceedings, such was Ted's standing in the community that our elected representatives at all three levels of government attended in person: Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney (our local council is Sydney City); Christina Kenneally, our State parliamentary representative; and Tanya Plibersek, our Federal MP.
It was only then that it occurred to me that we have a woman as our representative at every level of government: local Council, state Legislative Assembly and federal House of Representatives. I am sure that we are one of the few seats/areas in the country that can boast of really doing our bit to correct the under-representation of women in government at all levels.
Not that it makes me think Clover Moore is doing a good job as Lord Mayor, just because she's a woman. I voted for the other bloke.

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