Australia is a constitutional monarchy which was created by The Majority of Electors of 1900. They created The Governor-General as Head of State and The Queen as Sovereign.

Peoplepower

200 years ago Napoleon’s master, Prince Talleyrand, said, “There is someone more intelligent than Voltaire, more powerful than the emperor–and that is the people.”

100 years later in 1900, this became true in Australia. Today, in 2008, it is still one of the enduring truths of our Commonwealth.

The Majority of Electors was the original power in 1900 that created The Constitution and is still, in 2008, the only power in Australia that can change The Constitution.

In contrast to other political realities like in Iraq, Afganistan, Zimbabwe or Fiji or even the Vatican, the USA, India and China, the fact is that the Electors of Australia have been able to hold, without interruption, the ultimate constitutional power in Australia for over a hundred years!

This continuous record of peoplepower and political stability is unprecedented in modern world history.

Australia is the name given to an agreement between The Majority of Electors of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and Western Australia to unite in one federation under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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So who really created what we now know as ‘Australia’?

Most physicians already have in mind two or three possible diagnoses within minutes of meeting a patient.

This was the title of a lecture I presented a few years ago at Monash Medical Centre to the medical staff. The title was deliberately provocative and the auditorium was filled. Doctors and medical staff work hard, they make critical decisions under relentless pressure and they use the same brain that we use.

This well-written article from the New Yorker by Jerome Groopman explores this topic:

“The errors that doctors make because of their feelings for a patient can be significant. We all want to believe that our physician likes us and is moved by our plight. Doctors, in turn, are encouraged to develop positive feelings for their patients; caring is generally held to be the cornerstone of humanistic medicine. Sometimes, however, a doctor’s impulse to protect a patient he likes or admires can adversely affect his judgment.”

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In 1983 SOT pioneered the ‘six thinking hats’ method for better thinking. Nearly 100 years earlier the celebrated English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, promoted his ‘six honest men’ – the use of six questions – as a guide for better thinking. Here is Kipling’s clever poem:

I have six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew
There names are What, and Where and When;
and Why and How and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

Questions are the Answer

It’s not difficult to improve your questioning skills. You can also help others: especially children and colleagues. A lot of work has been done on QUESTIONS and QUESTIONING and it’s easy to access using google.

— Click to google QUESTIONS here …

— Click to google QUESTIONING here …

The Global Power of Questions

The power of the Gallup World Poll lies in asking the right questions. With the goal of establishing the world’s foremost public opinion and behavior research platform, Gallup’s world-class researchers created the World Poll questionnaire in collaboration with the leading behavioral economists and well-being scientists around the globe.

— Click for GALLUP POLL questions here …

••• Click here to take the Brain Quiz at National Geographic and find out the answer to this and other strange facts about your human brain …

About your Brain

Making sense of the brain’s mind-boggling complexity isn’t easy. What we do know is that it’s the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought. It’s also responsible for each individual’s personality, memories, movements, and how we sense the world.

Lots more information at this site ..

Photo: MRI scans of a human brain

Melbourne is the City of Literature.

MELBOURNE has received the honour of being named the City of Literature by the United Nations, right on the eve of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has also added Melbourne to its Creative Cities Network.

Melbourne by the Bay

Melbourne @ Wikipedia

The State Library

The Reading Room

The New Melbourne Convention Centre

The Hon John Brumby, Premier of Victoria

The Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau