The Informer: Sunday, the day of rest? Pfft


Sunday's happy knack of providing a week's worth of news in a day continues.

And as has been the nature of 2020, the rollercoaster lurched all over the shop. From waking up to news of a US presidential candidate eclipsing the magical 270 electoral college votes (which I still insist should be said in stereotypical British darts commentator voice); to learning that onetime daytime TV megastar Jeanne Little had died; to watching the scenes in the US, including those speeches by Kamala Harris and the President Elect; and hearing details of Victoria's restrictions being further relaxed, then learning Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman also died, there's been nothing particularly relaxed about the day.

As always, determining the peaks and the troughs of the news cycle is entirely up to you.

But forget the long journey into night, it's been a helluva long journey from the USA's 45thPresident to its 46th. And no, the trip's not over yet. There are 73 days until the January 20, 2021 inauguration date. And the January Georgia Senate run-off, but let's not go there yet. Mr Trump's behaviour over the past few days indicates this the race has not been completely run and done by everyone.

Mr Trump was on the golf course when updated about today's situation apparently. Five hours later - after the race was called for Mr Biden, after he had returned to the White House - Mr Trump tweeted, "I WON THE ELECTION," and continued his claims of voter fraud.

Time Magazine reported that election experts do not believe any of the lawsuits are likely to change the outcome of the race, but that aides inside the White House "are settling in for days of legal challenges to give Trump's supporters more certainty in the result".

Over those days Aussies will mourn to very separate entertainers - Jeanne Little and Bones Hillman. One who presented publicly as an over-the-top comedienne who rode gloriously through life; the other, a bassist who could sing in a rock band not shy of sharing its political persuasions.

Also over the next few days, Australia takes its annual dip into NAIDOC Week. This year's theme of "Always Was, Always Will Be" ties into one of Hillman's final projects with the Oils - The Makarrata Project.

On its cover, the project quotes the Uluru Statement from the Heart: "We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country."

That line: "When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish" is applicable everywhere, and particularly so today when we've all spent so much time pondering the future.

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