I recently visited St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Sydney for Christmas carols. I wandered around and in a secluded spot came across an elderly pious woman intent upon communicating directly with God. The intensity of her conversation drew me to eavesdrop.
She said that the last few years had been extremely mournful for her because of the passing of people she admired immensely whom he had taken from this world. Accusingly she noted that he had taken her favourite singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu far too young. “And you whisked away my favourite Indigenous activist, Sol Bellear” she exclaimed. “You did not spare Stephen Page of the Bangarra Dance Company, my favourite choreographer”, she sobbed. You did all this in 2017. Only a couple of years ago you took my favourite actress, Wendy Hughes. She paused thoughtfully, and then she said:
“If you are preparing your list for 2018, I just wanted you to know I have two very favourite politicians Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull. Thank you, God, for listening to me.
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