50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia by Guy Rundle

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By Guy Rundle

There's a desire at times, to take inventory of the place we now have been and the place we're now, and beauty where all of it went wrong ...

From Rinehart to Bob Brown, Abbott to the Rainbow Serpent ... our once-great land has had its justifiable share of nitwits. Come on a trawl via all of them, with man Rundle (and Dexter Rightwad), at the bin evening Australia needed to have.

Guy Rundle is a author, editor, manufacturer and journalist, inter alia. A widespread contributor to the Age, Sydney Morning usher in and all media – other than the 70 consistent with cent owned by way of the Murdochs, at time of writing – he was once a co-editor of area journal for a few years. at the level he wrote 4 exhibits for maximum Gillies: membership Republic, Your Dreaming, the massive Con, and Godzone. In tv, he claims joint accountability for Get a lifestyles, Backberner, Comedy Inc., and extra doomed pilots than the area warfare jap air command. His books and monographs comprise The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of response, Your Dreaming, The chuffed word (with Shamed Malonkey), the prize-winning insurance of the election of Barack Obama right down to the Crossroads, and The Shellacking: The Obama Presidency, The Tea occasion and the 2010 Mid-terms, in addition to, such a lot lately, as co-editor, the laugh-a-minute On Utoya: Anders Breivik, correct Terror, Racism and Europe. he's at present correspondent-at huge for Crikey on-line daily.

Dexter Rightwad has been a warrior for righteousness ever considering the fact that his days as a pupil baby-kisser, whilst he used to be accountable for the ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’ crusade, and went directly to be a different consultant to Warworth Bailliwade, minister aiding the Minister for Aviation help within the Dean Brown executive, throughout the ‘golden days of South Australian local aerodrome servicing’. He has had many jobs within the nice cultural fight, together with diverting Catholic tuition gives you to political slush money or B A Santamaria, founding the Australia-Suharto Friendship Society, and fathering Billy McMahon’s childrens. In 1974 he blew Vince Gair for 3 hours in his place of work, hence combating him from handing in his resignation, consequently placing paid to the Whitlam govt. In 2003 he created the Newton Society, devoted to gravity-scepticism. His books and different works comprise correct Up ’Em – A Memoir, Knopfelmacher! The Musical, intercourse Lives of the Austrian Economists, Milan Kundera: A Phenomenological-Semiotic method (with Richard Wilkins), and the place to consume at the Run (Australian edition). he's at present getting to know hyperlinks among severe climate occasions and homosexual marriage.

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This is a party of tired ex-commies banging on about Israel/Palestine like anyone gave a shit, simpering inner-city SNAGmen who’ve put their balls in a blind trust run by their ‘partners’, miserabilist bluestocking feminazis campaigning to put Olympic beach volleyball players in radiation suits, and stoned ferals wandering in from their Lismore yurts long enough to screw it all up for the rest of the party and claim their expenses. Had this been the face of the Greens this past decade, they’d be stuck at two Senate seats if they were lucky, the Coalition would have got solid control of the Senate and the goddam country would be on the right, by which I mean Right, track.

Because Bob Brown’s contribution to history has been to cement the Greens into the Australian political landscape permanently, and in a way that none of the other shower that currently go by that name could have done even slightly, even for a second. Jesus, I mean look at ’em. This is a party of tired ex-commies banging on about Israel/Palestine like anyone gave a shit, simpering inner-city SNAGmen who’ve put their balls in a blind trust run by their ‘partners’, miserabilist bluestocking feminazis campaigning to put Olympic beach volleyball players in radiation suits, and stoned ferals wandering in from their Lismore yurts long enough to screw it all up for the rest of the party and claim their expenses.

Thus, though successive Howard governments sought to roll back some aspects of Labor’s social democratic state and welfare safety system – what remained of both – you could hardly say they went to town, Republican-style. By the end of the period, the Australian poor and dependent were still in a much better state than people in a whole range of other places, with the exception, always the exception, of the Aborigines. Medicare remained in place, as did, a bit bruised and battered, the ABC. You could still get the dole, a disability payment, an arts grant and much more besides.

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