Friday, October 14, 2011

Aussie Government Gives Up

I was at KDU University College to attend the D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters meeting last evening. This was a speech marathon and it displaced the Humor and Table Topics segments as a consequence. There were seven speeches altogether and not including the Humorous speech by Division B champion, Dennis Wee who wanted to rehearse his speech.

If I may be forthright, I was quite disappointed with nearly all of the speeches. Granted there were newbies delivering their # 2 and # 3 speeches from the CC manual, but there were also four Advanced speeches, of which two were decent attempts and the other two were decidedly below-average. But the last speaker really bombed because he was ill-prepared and he demonstrated earnest disrespect for the audience by turning the speech into a joke. (Now this is really hilarious because it was from the Speeches by Management manual – so how funny can it be?). And to think that his introducer presented him as someone who is on the brink of becoming a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). I became nauseous after that.

I would give this meeting a score of 4 out of a 10. This meeting was plainly ordinary.

Yesterday, Australia's government abandoned a refugee-swap deal with Malaysia on Thursday and said it would now process asylum seekers on Australian soil, in a major policy back flip that heads off an embarrassing defeat in parliament. Julia Gillard already knew she could not muster enough votes needed to pass the relevant bill.

Perhaps it will be wise if she could read and re-read the UN Refugee Convention and Migration Act 1958 (Cth), in order to learn that it is not illegal for a refugee to seek an asylum.

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