Last week some of my bloggy friends got to have morning tea with our Prime Minister Julia Gillard and in doing so provoked feelings of insane jealousy in me. What a cool opportunity! What a great country we live in!
While this morning tea was simply a (very clever) PR exercise for the PM with little opportunity for the individual bloggers to raise or ask thorny questions, it did get me thinking about what I would have said to JG if I had been in attendance at that morning tea. Unlike many people I know, there are few decisions the government makes that has any kind of major impact on my life. I don’t have a child with a disability, I don’t have any family members in aged care, I don’t rely on the public health system for anything other than GP services and I don’t resent handouts being taken away from me if I earn a certain amount of money.
So what do I care about? Well there is really only one thing that JG opposes that I would love to see her change her mind on, and that is the issue of same sex marriage. While I realise that I would be just one voice, and one without a personal story to share, if I was at that morning tea on Friday I would have lent my one little voice to the issue of legalising same sex marriage in this country.
Thus, in honour of the morning tea I never had with Julia Gillard, I’d like to take my cue from the current (beautiful) edition of marie claire and draw the contents of this post straight from my favourite Pinterest board – my rainbow board.