The current Australian Government ran last year’s election campaign on highlighting a lie told by the former PM: that her Government would not introduce a carbon tax. A promise she very quickly broke.
The current PM promised he would introduce no new taxes, no changes to pensions, no cuts to health and education and no changes to superannuation.
In a budget last week he introduced several new taxes, raised the pension age, reduced the rate of annual pension increases, cut billions of dollars from health and education, and now plans to raise the age when people can draw on their superannuation entitlements.
It will be interesting to see how long the voters’ memories are in three years’ time.
For almost 8 years I’ve been keeping a list of the different types of birds I’ve seen from my home. It includes the various birds seen in my garden, from my garden (on neighbouring properties) or flying over my garden. The one limiting factor is that I have to be on my own property when I see them.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to add another bird to the list, but this morning I saw something different feeding from a small Correa plant now in flower.
While it’s always exciting to be able to add a new entry on my list, this morning’s sighting was more special than most. It was an eastern spinebill.
What is so significant about this bird?
For many years I’ve owned a watercolour painting of an eastern spinebill. It’s been hanging on my bedroom wall since we moved into this house in 2006.
Almost from the day I bought the painting I’ve been wondering why I didn’t get one of a bird with more personal significance – for example, there were several I could have bought of blue wrens, birds that I regularly see .
Today’s sighting has now given more relevance to the painting. It’s no longer a depiction of a random bird, but is an illustration of a welcome new visitor.
Most of us have seen the graphic images of bombed out Syrian cities and citizens killed by chemical weapons. But amid these stories of chaotic civil war and tragedy is another, less publicised story. Christian churches in Syria continue to spread hope in the face of hopelessness, holding high not a political or denominational banner but the banner of Jesus Christ – the only path to salvation and peace with God. Before the outbreak of war, an evangelical church in one of Syria’s largest cities held several services a week for worship and prayer.
Today, it holds twice as many services, and most are standing-room only.
More than 70 Muslim families have turned to Christ in an area of Syria where only a dozen or so Christians existed 18 months ago. A former mullah who watched Muslim radicals from different Islamic sects kill each other while shouting “Allah is great!” began to wonder, “What kind of god are we worshipping?” Then he visited a church and learned about the God who doesn’t demand killing, but rather sacrificed His own Son for our sake. His heart was moved to follow Jesus.
A woman who had been paralysed for 10 years from a stroke testified that she was healed after a Christian friend prayed for her in Jesus’ name. After experiencing His power, she gratefully committed her life to the Jesus who heals.