he author was inspired to write ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ to help bring to the attention of all parents the realization that their children can become victims of a pedophile. At the same time she wishes to give the reader an insight into behind the scenes of the unknowing families, the law enforcement’s detectives’ efforts to help stamp out these ever increasing everyday heinous acts of behavior and the recognition for the introduction of harsher sentences.
The author also wishes to state that whilst the Australian Government has apologised to the stolen generation it is her heartfelt wish that through the pages of ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ a sincere apology will reach all of the children who have become victims of a pedophile.
He’s not such a jolly good fellow
Rose C Taylor
“Putting off until tomorrow what should be done today”
For those who back the handing over of the leadership of the opposition to Peter Costello may I suggest that they put their pens to a ballot paper now or forever hold their peace. Surely they must realize that although the old phrase “waking the dead” still lives on, I however, unlike those who are known to proclaim him as saint ‘Peter’, see him is a “dead man walking”.
Why, you may well ask, am I, like so many other journalists, keeping the debate of the leadership of the coalition alive? Let me just say that I believe that by facing the truth and shaming the devil the better man may win.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater put the knife in the back of his own party when six months before the last federal election he made public the contents of his forthcoming book. To expect that someone who stooped to that level back then, would not again do so in the future, in order to gain more media attention, is an understatement.
Daily we are fed lines such as -
“Liberal backbencher Jamie Briggs hit back at suggestions Mr. Costello has the numbers to mount a challenge.” (Alan Porritt)  coupled with articles like -
Messiah in waiting: “One of the triggers for this week's leadership speculation was the Newspoll showing Costello leading Turnbull by 45 per cent to 38 per cent as the preferred Liberal leader. But the figures are less damaging to Turnbull on closer inspection. Among Labor voters -- those that the Coalition needs to woo if it is to win an election -- the two were virtually equal: 40 per cent for Costello and 41 per cent for Turnbull. The margin among Coalition supporters was 53 per cent to 40 per cent in Costello's favour.” (Mike Steketee) .
Kevin Rudd, who gained leadership of the Labor Party, did so on the back of a gentleman who should have been supported by his colleagues. Peter Costello like Rudd expects to gain the leadership on the back of a man who is more than capable of leading the Coalition Party to a resounding victory in 2010.
Enough is enough Mr. Costello; you are no longer such a jolly good fellow; move on. The world has been a stage for many great performers such as you yourself were for twelve years — now it is your time to take a bow and exit, stop putting off until tomorrow what should be done today; finally let the curtain fall — “to be or not to be” Peter, is no longer the question.(William Shakespeare)
Rose C Taylor (Mar 09)
 AAP: Alan Porritt Mar 2009
 Mike Steketee Mar 2009
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