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Last night was tough. Very tough. But both sides did a great job, especially those who were case on the teams that they didn’t naturally agree with.
Moderators have declared Oxford the winner on the night.
Best opening statement:
Speaking on behalf of those born with Down Syndrome, they are very pleased with the fact that their parents were not allowed to terminate their pregnancy at any stage. Although accepting one may not be able to lead a completely full and “normal” life it is, without doubt, a far better prospect than being scraped onto a metal dish five or so months after life commenced within the womb.
I think of people like Karen Gaffney, who was the first person with Down syndrome to cross the English Channel as part of a swim relay team. Obviously a far better swimmer than myself and many of our readers. Who remembers Stevie Payne, the strapper for the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance. The winning jockey Michelle Payne was certainly not handicapped by the fact that brother Stevie has Downs Syndrome.
We all only get one chance of life – I would argue that science should not be dictating who is entitled to that chance of life by putting previously unknown options to the parents.
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So far the reports are that damage is limited to minor liquefaction, things falling over and off something onto floors. Minor aftershocks have been happening regularly.
Readers from Christchurch are invited to chime in below with your observations and views instead of the main media induced “excitement” which is currently doing practical things like telling you to fill your bath with water.
Oh, and the media also quickly wanted you to know that “The quake did not stop Lydia Ko’s progress towards the defence of her New Zealand Women’s Open golf title.”.
The Aussie have raised the white flag over Gallipoli celebrations this year, cancelling their service at Lone Pine.
There’s an assurance from the Government this morning – ANZAC commemorations at Gallipoli are going ahead as planned.
Australia’s government has cancelled the Lone Pine service, saying the site is is too hard to get to.
But our Minister of Veterans Affairs Craig Foss said New Zealand won’t be following suit, and the service at Chunuk Bair is on.
“Chunuk Bair – that’s a unique part of New Zealand’s history, military history – the formation of our nation, you name it. There’s 632 New Zealanders buried right up there and we consider that it’s the appropriate thing to do.”
Malcolm Turnbull’s government said the ceremony at Lone Pine is hard for veterans and their families to reach.
But Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Anzac Day is a hugely important event for Australians.
He said everything should be done to honour the sacrifice of those who lost their lives.
The administration has now moved to review its decision.
At some point, that simple sentiment became controversial. I suspect it was a few decades ago. By then, free education (at tertiary level at least) was becoming a distant memory.
Yes, the loan scheme existed, but for families where no one had ever stepped foot in a university, the unknown was suddenly coupled with the prospect of debt levels previously only seen when you shackled yourself to a bank to buy your first Hardie-plank house.
I could bring out the old rant about the politicians who made the decision to remove free, post-school education being the ones who benefited from it themselves, which is still a fair point. However, increasingly the generation of politicians who we need to turn the bus around didn’t get a free ride – and won’t pay it forward.
I fear that we have grown a generation of “I had to pay for it, so you should, too” and it’s our own bloody fault.