Received a lot of positive feedback from the speech to the Press Club. It’s impossible for me to be objective about it obviously and also hard for me to judge when I’m delivering it rather than on the receiving end like everyone else.
However, the feedback was more positive than usual. Still, you can never tell if it will get coverage and if so, which aspects or what angle will be put on it.
I received a nice little crystal bowl as a gift. You end up getting a lot of little gifts over the course of a year. I imagine if I was a Minister or something like that I’d end with a lot more. The gesture is always appreciated, but it’s hard to know what to do with some of them. Very few are of major value, so giving them away to staff or friends or family is usually OK (or even keeping them for myself, which I do from time to time).
Back onto another plane and over to Adelaide. Releasing a package of measures aimed at reminding people about the ongoing plight of the many refugees and asylum seekers in our society.
Man I HATE plane travel. It’s OK being in different places all the time and meeting different people (although I do miss home and my little girl rather a lot at times), but the sitting around on planes and in airports and on the way to and from airports drives me nuts.