by EMILY D. RUDD
SPRING 2013 CANBERRA
The main news for now will just have to be the election of the new Federal Government. PM Tony Abbott is the 28th Prime Minister of Australia. He is married to Margaret and they have three daughters. They were originally from the United Kingdom. The Abbott family have settled in Forrestville .
Mr Abbott succeeded ex PM Kevin Rudd, who has been the 25th and 27th PM of Australia in some unprecedented circumstances. Through some twists of fate, Julia Gillard has become the 26th when she toppled Kevin Rudd during a Labor Party showdown.
The June 2013 Labor Party spill has been a short-lived Rudd- time once again at the Lodge. This time Labor Party’s luck ran out on Sept 7, when LNP WON the election.
Today, the newest occupants of the Lodge have been sworn in together with his all-male cabinet except the Foreign Affairs portfolio, which was allocated to Julie Bishop. Good luck to the new federal office-bearers. I wonder why there are no other women in the cabinet!!
PM Tony Abbott, as leader of the Coalition has to allocate also some responsibilities to the National Party. The Deputy Leader for LNP is MP from the Nationals.
LIFE GOES ON HERE IN SUNNY AND EXCITING CENTRAL COAST
Family life has been quite hectic through the years. More so when the children are growing up. Even during their schooling days, we had a close knit group of friends we have associated with. Now that they have finished with school, the children in turn make their own fun with their own friends. As for us we remain steadfast for old times’ sake, and cling to some old memories or friendships that are genuinely cherished and held dear.
In our RUDD CLAN here on the Central Coast, our first granddaughter Naomi just finished her Year 12. On her graduation day, she got a Distinction for Leadership in Narara Valley High as a Prefect for 2013. The Graduation Day ceremony was attended by parents, grandparents and siblings of almost 200 Year 12 STUDENTS. ! In 3 weeks time they have to undergo the HSC Examination. Good luck everyone!!
The AUSTRALIAN FILIPINO ASSOCIATION OF THE CENTRAL COAST remain a friendly
Social group which relish friendships among the family group-members. Every month they hold their monthly socials with celebration of the birthday celebrants. They also organised under the leadership of President Joel Florido the AFA CYCLING Club. Open to men and women members, they have been cycling around the Woywoy to the Entrance, Long Jetty and back. Very healthy!! Good on you fellows.
The CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF FILIPINO- AUSTRALIANS
In East Gosford continue to do the Second Sunday Holy Eucharist with Relieving Chaplain Fr. Norberto Ochoa. In WYONG’s St Cecilia Catholic Parish, we have Fr. Vlad, Fr. Raul and Fr. Alex from the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity (SOLT) doing their sacred Priestly Ministry for the local community of Filipino Australians . They also hold their Third Sunday Holy Eucharist in Filipino.
The FILIPINO LANGUAGE CLASS
which started in Gorokan Primary School under the UGNAY KABAYAN (CCUK) initiative and which is now being managed by the PCCC with a team of active parents is up and running under the mentoring of Jenny. They now hold classes in Wadalba Primary School.
Meanwhile, CCUK members are quite active in MULTICULTURAL events while MIGRANTE is involved in the peace process with some issues involving our Overseas Workers and other significant happenings in the Philippines today including the alleged pork barrel scam and plundering cases.
Lastly, we also hold the praying of the HOLY ROSARY for our LADY and this group has a following led by Nancy and devotees from Wyong Shire. We have had some assemblies in different hosts homes. October is the month of Our Lady and expect another get-together at one of the host families’ homes.
We all continue to keep our heads up high and live in this LUCKY COUNTRY, with a heartfelt thanksgiving for all the graces we have received and still enjoy!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR SEPTEMBER FAMILY MEMBERS ANS FRIENDS: DANNY DINGLE, BILL RUDD, PORTIA RUDD-HILTON, BRETT ABRAHAMS, TINA DINGLE OBEDOZA, KATHERINE HADDEN AND CELLY WAKEMAN .