■ CAMDEN SNAPSHOTS
Jill Chard took these pictures of the changing weather on Anzac Day. The first was of the beautiful autumn morning on the way to the march. The
second was of the eerie clouds of the afternoon. If you’ve taken pictures of people or places you love while out in Camden, email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more Camden Snapshots and other pictures, go to Camden Library’s flickr.com/groups/969898@N23 for
the Changing Faces and Places of Camden NSW Flickr group.
A new guided walk will take place
in the wilds of Dharawal National
Park at Campbelltown on
Saturday allowing the public to
discover the park’s natural beauty
and learn about the Aboriginal
cultural heritage of the wilderness
area. Paws to read
PM must heed will of the people
ANYONE who tuned in to social
media over the weekend will have
noticed a distinct rainbow tinge.
People were daubing their profile
pictures with a rainbow hue and
spreading their joy about the US
Supreme Court’s decision to allow
same-sex couples to marry.
But the joy of Australians was
tinged with sadness.
While we should be proud that so
many thousands made their sup-
port for same-sex marriage so pub-
lic, it seems our leaders have shut
their eyes and ears.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose
sister is gay, chose that joyful day to
announce the US move had not
changed his mind in the slightest.
Were he simply a man on the
street this would not be particularly
problematic. Democracy means everyone is
entitled to their opinion, even if it
may be strongly at odds with those
of fellow Australians.
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However, Mr Abbott is not just any
man. He is supposed to be the leader of
our country — a position he
attained through a popular election.
This means he is accountable to
the people of Australia and is elec-
ted to represent us, not necessarily
just his personal point of view.
It is almost to the point of sheer
bloody-mindedness to watch the
massive groundswell of support for
same-sex marriage and continue on
as if nothing was happening.
He needs to remember that he
does not need to personally support
same-sex marriage to allow a free
vote in Parliament.
Mr Abbott is quite welcome to
vote against social progress but he
must allow other MPs to follow the
views of their electorates.
To continue to stand with his back
against the turning tide across Aus-
tralia and the Western world shows
a staggeringly poor grasp of the
electorate and the meaning of
democracy. His first act after Parliament’s win-
ter break should be to call a free vote
on same-sex marriage and bring
Australian law up to date.
Thirlmere’s Paws Pet Therapy has
secured sponsorship for its
reading program Paws’n’Tales
and is seeking more help to
maintain the program at Picton
Library. The program will train
volunteers accompanied by their
dogs to help children with
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