I hadn't thought that people from other political systems might not know how our Westminster system works. We have three tiers of Government: Local, State and Federal. This is about the Federal system. Here is an explanation, of sorts.
Our Federal Parliament is bicameral: two houses.
The House of Representatives is the Lower house and all the States and Territories are divided into Single Member Electorates containing roughly the same amount of voters. Tasmania has fewer people and so fewer members than NSW, for example. The political party with the most members in the Lower House forms Government and this party elects the Prime Minister from amongst their number. The Lower House alone can introduce Money Bills and that is why the PM is there. Apparently!!
The Senate is the Upper house and is basically a house of review. Each State has the same number of Senators, 6, and the Territories have 2 each. The Senate can block the Supply of Money bills.
The ALP has the numbers in the Lower House right now, but the Liberals plus some Green/Independent have the numbers in the Upper House. So that makes for some 'fun' times.
The voters do not have a direct vote for the Prime Minister, unlike the Presidential elections in the USA. Although many campaigns here are Presidential in style, it is up to the winning party to elect their leader, who then becomes the PM. That's why our PM can be peremptorily changed over night: the party in Government can just vote in a new PM.
Thank your lucky stars I don't have the inclination to explain the Hare-Clark system our state uses!!
OPAM time is here again: One Project A Month. Magically, my mittens have transmogrified themselves into an Eyelet Cowl for MrsDrWho's birthday. It is from Vogue Knitting (Designer Knitting here now) and I used one whole ball of Bendigo Luxury plus a little 8ply to finish the last few cast off stitches and the drawstring. I used a 5mm circular needle. I cast on 102 stitches instead of 90 rather than use 5.5mm needles. 5mm really are my comfort limit. It is so, so, sunny that it is hard to take a photo, so this is just to be going on with. Oh I have named this George Cowley!!!
I also finished MrsDrWho's socks. I have walked around with one sock looking for its pair to no avail. I know there are two but I can only ever find ONE. So I have named these the Mr Spiggott Socks. I based these on the Thuja pattern and just knitted a K2 P2 rib. At the heel I juggled the stitches so the top of the foot would have a K2, P2...K2 set up. I used almost one ball of Naturally Loyal 8ply for each sock. Again, this is just a photo to be going on with until I locate the other sock. I am sure it is staring me in the foot...
This week I have been Rip van Winkly: I slept in till 10-35 on Monday morning, on Tuesday I didn't even get out of bed apart from feeding The Labradors until late afternoon and Wednesday I plonked myself on the couch until tea time. Today The Labradors had a lovely walk, it wasn't raining like Monday or Wednesday, but there were plenty of puddles and little extra creeks.
And here's a close up:
The Australian Women's Weekly has a list of their Top Ten Cakes and I am thinking of having a little bake-a-thon of them over the next few weeks. Here is the list:
- White Chocolate Mud Cake
- Lemon Sour Cream Cake
- Raspberry Hazelnut Cake
- Mississippi Mud Cake
- Strawberry Hazelnut Gateau (MrsDrWho prefers raspberry)
- Moist Coconut Cake with coconut icing
- Tiramisu Torte
- Grand Marnier Fruit Cake (Hmm maybe closer to Christmas??)
- Black Forest Cheesecake
- Pistachio Buttercake with orange honey syrup (no honey for MrsDrWho though)
I like a list to work my way through and the Gentle Readers like step by step photos too, which is not a problem!!
I am going to have another nap soon because tonight it is Knitting Dining Out!! I must organise some knitting to take with me, maybe my mittens which are now for July.
As it is the start of a New Year (albeit financial) I have decided to start my new quilt. For quite a long time this will mean sewing one rectangular piece of fabric to the previous day's piece: day by day. Obviously there's not much to see today so I'll post a photo tomorrow. Maybe!!
Oh and I forgot to show my new cardigan. Mrs Valley found it Garage Sale-ing. It is a lovely Granny Smith apple green and matches my new top perfectly. It is very lovely and I have worn it every day. Best of all, it cost Two Dollars, yes $2!! I am very lucky. Mr and Mrs Valley also gave me a set of Jamie Oliver DVDs and some lovely lavender soap that is gentle on my skin. Happy days!!!