This post will be a quick one, because I'm getting ready to go to Canberra, where I'll be delivering the third annual Emily's List Oration at the Shine Dome at 7pm this coming Friday, August 1.
I've written the speech and made other necessary arrangements. The big question now is what to wear. What an admission! Having adapted myself to balmy Sydney weather for almost ten years, my wardrobe is bereft of woolly jumpers, and I've scoured the streets of Manly in vain looking for one. The other consideration is how to scrub up. A writer doesn't often appear in public, and this particular occasion is not a literary festival, where the casual garb of scribblers are almost de rigeur. All I can say now is I'll do my best. My predecessors have been Julia Gillard and Anne Summers, and they are, to a woman, hard acts to follow.
And then there's the problem of my hair ....
As for the speech, all I can say for now is that there is, among other things, a Mexican connection. Hope those who can, will come.
On a more serious note, I have been truly traumatised by developments in Gaza. Like everyone else, I'm praying for peace, and have been sharing posts on the situation, articles that I feel have contributed to my enlightenment on the conflict and its origins.
I can't bear to look at the pictures.
I've lost track of the number of petitions I've signed, the gist of most being that the blockade must be lifted and the occupation ended before there's any hope of peace. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the present Israeli government will never agree to.
I also believe that the US must stop contributing to the horror by blocking censure of Israel in the UN and handing over 3 billion dollars annually to augment Israel's grossly inflated military power. The bald fact is that there can be no peace without justice. And by no stretch of anyone's imagination, outside of Netanyahu's and those of his supporters', inside Israel and without, is this a just war.