The Senate is also beginning to wind down, and the planes are starting to take off from Canberra, so you can call the 2021 sitting year pretty much done and dusted.
Parliament is not due back now until February. That is unless
Scott Morrison decides to call an election after 26 January, of which there is still every possibility, in which case it won’t be back at all until after the election.
Either way, the Guardian will be there to cover it all for you. I have a few months of pre-planned leave from next week, as I take care of a few other projects, so I may miss the first weeks of parliament (and possibly the election campaign, or at least part of it) but you will be in very good hands with
Mike Bowers, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp, Sarah Martin and
Daniel Hurst, with
Tory Shepherd’s expert hand on the blog. She has covered politics for years, so she is well across all of the things and is also hilarious, so you are very lucky.
It’s been a pretty rough year in what is becoming a decade of rough years. There are no words to sum it up adequately, or even bring sense to it, because we have all been on some pretty intense and individual roads this year. The rest of the nation has no idea what Melbourne and surrounds have been through and can’t pretend. Sydney and NSW saw their own lives grind to a halt – but even that experience depended on your postcode. The ACT had a taste, joining half the nation in lockdown, while the other half of the population lived within their borders like the pandemic was almost yesterday’s news.
Families have been apart for going on two years (or longer). Australian citizens saw themselves unable to return to their country, and at one stage threatened with imprisonment if they happened to be coming from India. Visa holders who had made lives in Australia suddenly found their papers not counting for much. Parents did their best to keep both children and lives in order, without any relief. People who lived alone were cut off from the social lives which sustained them. Not being able to make plans brought its own load, and then suddenly, the reopening was upon us, and life was meant to return to “normal”.
It’s OK if that has been a lot. It’s OK if nothing still feels normal to you. And it’s OK if you are still coming to terms with everything you have been through. We get it.
We also saw women rise up and say enough. And we saw, in many cases, that wasn’t enough. I know that has brought up a lot of trauma for a lot of people, many of who were dealing with it for the first time. I have said this before, and I will say it again for anyone who needs to hear it – however you need to deal with it is exactly right. You do not have to share your story for it to be valid. You are no less brave, no less a survivor. We see you, and we are proud of you for just putting one foot in front of the other. For those who shared your stories, thank you. We honour all of you.
And then there are all the private battles everyone goes through, no matter what is happening in the world. We see you too.
Thank you to everyone who spent part of their year with Australian Politics Live and us. The Guardian Australia news blog will continue, so make sure you tune in for that.
But for the Politics Live team, it is farewell until next year. All of the thanks and love and gratitude to the heart of the blog,
Mike Bowers for all that he does (it is so much more than you see on the page) – this project would not exist without him.
Murph is the best leader you could hope for – and even better than you imagine – and we are all better for her wisdom, gentle guidance and fire.
Sarah Martin juggles 50 balls at once, while listening to my rants, and I would be lost without her. Same with
Paul Karp and
Daniel Hurst, who are two of the most excellent journalists in the gallery and even better humans. I am very lucky to have them on the team.
I owe all of the gratitude and debts to the Guardian team at large – you may not see all their names, but there are scores of people who are responsible for this project and who go above and beyond keeping this a safe place for us all. From the moderators, to the desk editors, the audio visual team, the data team, the producers, the subeditors, the journalists and correspondents – you are all wonderful. Thank you.
But mostly, thank you to you, our audience. We adore you and we are so thankful and honoured by your support. You brighten our day, challenge us, and keep our fires burning, and we are so grateful. We may not always get it right, but you are the reason we keep trying.
I can only say thank you again. Happy holidays, merry all the things, and whatever the next year brings you, I hope it is brighter than what you have just been through.
For the final time in 2021 – take care of you. We all need a little kindness after that year.
Source : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/australia-politics-live-update-rachelle-miller-alleges-affair-with-alan-tudge-abusive-as-minister-denies-claim-final-parliament-sitting-day-of-the-year/ar-AARmaSn1042