Canberra Diary, Thursday Night

7.10 p.m.

I am told the ABC was very fine last night, and I will see it, and I guess, review it, in replay when I get home. I am told there is no Question Time tomorrow, so I will get back. It’s hard to believe that the only parliamentary confrontation of Abbott, leader, and Rudd, PM, since June 2013 has occurred and there will be no more. Rudd had, as Luke Walladge put it, ‘the authority of incumbency, and the power of change’.

I wait in the Staff Canteen, blogging, and an old couple – younger than me – come up to me, wanting my analysis. I explain there are a number of myths wired into the human brain. One is the Magnificent Seven riding into a village beset by invaders and civil unrest and restoring order, and this Tony Abbott has lately played on very successfully. But another is also there in the brain, more powerful and primal, which underpins our civilisation, and it is called The Return of the King. In one version Robin Hood has been attempting with difficulty rough justice in the Shire of Nottingham and the tyrant Sheriff is about to begin a reign of evil, when Good King Richard returns from the wars and carries all before him and there is peace and happiness once more in the land. It underpins too the myth of Jesus Returned in the Latter Day, and Superman back from his Kryptonite coma to save again Metropolis from Luthor, and Aslan, resurrected, again in righteous battle, and Arthur, come back in centuries yet unborn to save England from a nameless terror, and Bambi’s father, come to fetch him after his mother is killed. And Mandela, of course, returned from Robben Island after twenty-seven years to a nation that does not know any more what he looks like. And there was no way Abbott could fight this myth, this magic restoration saying, no, this is an evil king returned. He cannot do that, and so is done for. It was a fight with a ghost, which he could not win.

8.10 p.m.

The party at last assembles, and I join it. There is, at first, no-one there I know. But a young black man recognises me and he introduces me to his fellow staffers, who work for Jenny Macklin. Her long day’s journey was fraught also, they say, like many, but she is bearing up. I recall how in 1998 she read out a piece of mine on the floor of Parliament, about children hanged in England for picking pockets and how this hatred of children continues in our day. He says there is hope now. In the Macklin office they watched an unchanging wide shot of the Opposition’s body language, and they were wriggling like worms on a fork before a growing flame.

8.30 p.m.

I drink, to my disgust, Light Beer, and encounter a round, middle-aged man from Laurie Ferguson’s office. Even before this week, he says, last Saturday and Sunday, he and Laurie were in shopping malls in the Western Suburbs and he felt no sense at all that the Labor vote was deserting. Unprompted by me, he volunteered his view that the polls were dishonest, and their publication timed to panic us, as they did, indeed, this week. He said there were just so many ways you get the result you wanted – by ringing, for instance, particular prefixes. They were even, he said, ringing numbers that were no longer operative, and thus gaining ‘ghost’ Liberal voters, like the ‘risen dead’ that elected Lyndon Johnson. It was surprising to hear so many of my own opinions unprompted from another.

8.45 pm

As if in a dream, I am face to face with my dark angel Larry Hand, the star of Rats In The Ranks and my campaign manager once (bemused, he said, by teenage girls voting in bikinis) and a calm, amusing staffer now for Albo the (whoops) Deputy Prime Minister. He says Viv is here but she won’t want to talk to me, and Rudd himself imminent. We talk of the remake of House of Cards (Phillip Adams once called Larry ‘a downmarket Francis Urquart’) and agree in the genius of Kevin Spacey, and I describe his Richard III. We note that the papers aren’t calling the new Prime Minister ‘Kevin’ any more, but the harsher, crueller-sounding ‘Rudd’. I articulate my plan for a ‘shit-eating apology’ to the great man and he advises against it.

8.55 pm

In the distance I see Swanny, smiling and stoic amid admiring youngsters. I remember staying under his house for a while in 1997, when we were campaigning for Liddy Clark, and being thought of by his children as a kind of grumpy, visiting dog. Swanny I named in Goodbye Jerusalem as a future Prime Minister, along with Latham and Graeme Wedderburn. I wrote lines for him for many years gratis, and a speech or two, but, when he could pay for them at last, he did not; and, though he was always warm when we met, and handsome, and well dressed with abundant hair (that I realised finally after years of doubt was real), that question of money hung betwen us, and so it goes.

I admired him most for a postcard he sent out, and was always displayed on his desk. It was a photo of him and his wife Kim standing lovingly on a wharf, and the inscription, ‘Surviving prostate cancer can be fun.’

9.15 pm

Rudd arrives and speaks with calm and clarity of the hard work still ahead of us if we are to win, Albo chuckling at his side.

He goes; and I begin to go too. But I am persuaded to stay by the beautiful non-smoking Claire March, arriving, and Tom, her consort. I sit in an adjacent space, and blog.

It was Gillard’s one smart-arse tactic — surprise them with rapid response, bring on the challenge now; now — which did for her this time. It was how Crean warded off Beazley’s first challenge, bring it on fast before he has time to hit all the phones, and how he drop-kicked it, with Gillard’s help, to Latham too; bring on the moment fast. It was how she saw off Rudd’s first two challenges. But in the end it was seen as what it was, the tactic if a weakened contender, scrambling to survive.

10.10 pm

I am told that dancing is imminent, what Mike Rann once fearfully called, ‘cross-factional dancing, a bad sign’, and I pack up my things and make my way through the corridors. Smith comes by, heroic resister of the advances of Condaleezza Rice, and I say, ‘I’ll miss you’, squeezing his arm. He gives his endearing sad-shy smile and moves on. Burke is suddenly in view, much taller than you expect, and younger, and demands I write about all this, only I can do it.

And then, suddenly, there is Rudd, a little to the right down a corridor, taking to another but looking around at me. ‘Bobby,’ he says, and comes back and shakes my hand. I say I am going to issue an apology. ‘Don’t worry about it,’ he says. And then like Puck, or Ariel, or Peter Pan, he is gone.

11.30 pm

I encounter Mat and Sam from Shorten’s office, who tell me it was only an hour before that they knew which way he would go, and how hard it was for him. They ask me for some lines, and I say they’ll be there before dawn, as always. And, relieved, I move on.

In a phone call as I wait for the cab I hear Wedderburn is now Rudd’s Chief-of-Staff; and I am glad that in his wilderness years I took him to movies and Wharf Revues and the Primates and heard him out when he was down. A good man, a great man, at last where he is most needed.

Should I go back? Should I stay in Canberra? I decide not to.

I go back to Malvolio Towers, I am too tired to brew a hot water bottle. I lie in my shoes on top of the blanket, and am soon asleep.

6.25 am

I am well awake for the 6 am taxi, and am moving my suitcase out the front door when, in Malvolio Towers’ last curse on me, I find myself locked out, with most of my luggage including the tablet still inside, and the taxi suddenly present and gloomily waiting, and the one train leaving imminently. There is, of course, no buzzer or bell and I bang on the glass door and phone Annie who phones and wakes the fulminating hellcats. A lodger with a drawn pale bearded face lets me in, his baleful expression signalling his sorrow that I was ever born.

I get the luggage — apart, of course, for my little radio, which I leave behind — and make the train.

It has not left the station. Should I stay? Should I stay?

I get on.

The hellcats arrive at the front door and do not find me, and bay exotic Sabbatarian curses at the still visible moon.

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76 Comments.

  1. Bob you sound excited.
    Do you think we can truly dare to dream that Abbott won’t be our PM? Will Rudd’s tinkering with policies give people the excuse they need to change their mind on the ALP? Or is the leadership change enough on its own?
    Or has the damage been too great, the Murdoch/Abbott campaigne of venom too set in?

  2. What liars the libs are = now hockey is caught out as well.

  3. Good to see you at the ALP staff party last night. Light beer indeed! But it was a good time for those who are paid Labor Party members and who put in the 12 to 16 hour days, six to seven days a week, to share their night with fellow travellers. Did you lose your job this week Bob?

    • No.

      Give me your lawyer’s number, I’m suing you.

      Or would you care to discuss a settlement face to face?

      • Great.

        You’re suing me for:

        A) saying you attended the staff party

        B) saying light beer tastes bad

        C) noting that staffers work long hours

        D) it was a STAFF party, indicating it was for paid members of the parliamentary Labor Party, or

        E) asking if you lost your job.

        Answer please within four minutes or my legal team will become active.

    • Incandescence

      Joe Kidd, you are well-named, for I feel that perhaps we should be sending a truancy officer to look for you. Should you not be in school? This behaviour is childish in the extreme. Actually, on second thought, I know of a better place for someone who failed to progress past adolescence. Have you considered seeking pre-selection as an LNP candidate?

      • Well I get the shits when some pretender writes vile vindictive against two prime ministers then re-writes history Keith Windshuttle style, threatening to sue anyone who dares question his ‘character’.

        Two things. One, Bob has penned some truly awful words about Ms Gillard, then Mr Rudd, and now Ms Gillard again. He has gone the personal, writing about her partner and other matters. This is gutter News of the World stuff in my opinion.

        Two, Bob says he worked for Beazley and was paid directly by his CoS. I ask was ths cash or declared wages? Why was he not on staff or an ALP member? Was he taking the job of a union and ALP member? Why was he not on a paid MOPS position? Does he favour AWAs and Abbott’s industrial relations position.

        • Incandescence

          Given that you claim to have seen Bob IRL at the Labor staff party, why then did you not act like an adult and speak to him face-to-face, as it were, rather than hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. If you have a disagreement with the man, then fine. But this pseudo-stalking behaviour is creepy to say the least, and does nothing but detract from whatever you might wish to argue.

  4. Great days indeed.

    Gillard

    oh, a lady with guts and vision
    had to prime ministerial office risen,
    but, Australians all, let us rejoice:
    here, men run things

  5. Could someone put ‘the petition’ up. I’d like to see it. There must be someone who saw it or signed it.

    I live in Western Sydney and I too got no sense there was a wipe out on. I saw a staged media event in Fairfield with Rudd & Bowen - two men in blue ties that weren’t that flash or competent last time around urging a small mob to make them look good.

    The Gizmo guy who fixed my computer yesterday and one the Asian Century and Rudd are relying on for the future, said Australia now looked like ‘a bloody joke’ internationally.

    What I saw on the news was a mob of men in blue ties who had fired their cleaning woman. They had moved back in with their beer and popcorn to watch the Origin while she slinked off into the night trying to say the right things about them. In time they will claim credit for all her hard work in fixing their mess up. Julia Gillard is already being written out of history & will only be remembered when a scare campaign is run. Thank you for your graciousness towards her, Rob Oakshott.

    I agree with the Gizmo guy.

    • I get where you’re coming from ginnylowndes - but I have hope of a different future for our first female PM. I chose to believe that she will one day be remembered as a great reformist PM. My generation’s Whitlam. Making decisions that fuelled conservative hate and made her unpopular in her in her time.
      The MSM circus will move on to their next target and their passive consumers will eventually be free to form their own opinion. Ultimatley her contribution will be understood and embraced.

    • Yes Ginny, it was most gracious from Oakshott, one of those rare civil moments in our political world.

      It makes up for all the angry staring of Julie and the ugly purple-faced shouting of Pyne.

      • Tis a pity Gillards NIDS and Gonski are not issues that will affect *everyone* in a direct clearly noticeable way. Tis a pity the Carbon tax is just a tiny step in the anti-pollution game.

        She lacked the funds (due to Rudd’s overspending and prior LNP upper-middle class welfare) to do something for everyone and thus be remembered as a peoples champion like Gough.

        When next there are funds available, an ALP government MUST add dental to medicare or introduce a HECS type scheme for major dental work.

    • Gillard has two firm places in history; one as a very considerable PM; a far bigger one as supreme evidence of the subordination and hatred of women in this country. Her name will be a rallying cry

      • Well said. I hope you are right.

      • …and Labor is now urged to preselect women to replace outgoing federal MPs…

        You got to be a brave woman to enter Oz politics right now.
        Maybe only the ones who look like Kristina Keneally will dare to try; you got to be blond, be married, have children, dress well and hopefully be a churchgoer as well…and even then I’ll say ,good luck girls!

        • Not so down here in Batman.
          If Martin Ferguson doesn’t change his mind about retiring there is a strong push to preselect a very capable woman, well liked and respected in the area instead of Senator Feeney sliding to the lower house.

        • My daughter is single, brown haired, no children as yet (21 yrs old), yes, a clothes designer and maker, a Uni SA Visual Arts graduate with high distinction, a member of Young Labor, with a tendency towards atheism, although her spiritual life is her business, but remember, from previous posts by me, she has been raised in outback Australia and shares her father’s love of standing with battlers, black, white, brindle. Dare I suggest, the ALP has bright, shining, future.

          • Misogyny goes very well with loving particular women

            We can all update the following to our own time and place for ourselves, if we want to face reality. The more things change the more they are the same

            “The popular Victorian image of the ideal wife/woman came to be “the Angel in the House”; she was expected to be devoted and submissive to her husband. The Angel was passive and powerless, meek, charming, graceful, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, pious, and above all-pure. The phrase “Angel in the House” comes from the title of an immensely popular poem by Coventry Patmore, in which he holds his angel-wife up as a model for all women.

            “Believing that his wife Emily was the perfect Victorian wife, he wrote “The Angel in the House” about her (originally published in 1854, revised through 1862). Though it did not receive much attention when it was first published in 1854, it became increasingly popular through the rest of the nineteenth century and continued to be influential into the twentieth century. For Virginia Woolf, the repressive ideal of women represented by the Angel in the House was still so potent that she wrote, in 1931, “Killing the Angel in the House was part of the occupation of a woman writer.”

            • Now that was one brilliant post jsa. CP was a beautiful wordsmith though. One of the best. Take Eliot. His Christian views turn many off, but fuck it, he wrote the Wasteland. I’m still down about Chris getting chucked off the site, I agree with Helvi, I miss him too.

          • I hope you are right, but want some of the brightness right NOW to prevent Abbott from happening.

        • Malcolm Kukura

          I suppose perhaps like Kenealy it might help to have the support of dark knights of Malta and shady gray langley?

    • In the unlikely event that anyone on this blog would have access to such a petition,if there actually was one, I don’t think they would put it up.
      Who said it existed?
      Rumour and innuendo.

      • Malcolm Kukura

        Doug Cameron is the only one who has said publicly he saw it and also said he signed it.

        Barrie Cassidy said it existed if you believe his “reliable sources”.

        How can you believe any of them - or people who use code names to hide their identity for that matter?

        • What?
          Like rakum8 you mean?

          • Malcolm Kukura

            What on earth do you mean?

            It is unequivocally possible to use an alias without also intentionally and malevolently hiding one’s identity and that applies to the alias you have searched for found an displayed above.

            I do not mean to imply that you Jonno are hiding your identity because I do not know but you do - so what is the answer? Your posts here have been insightful and helpful and you have my commendation for that.

            What I meant to imply was that many bloggers posting on this Table Talk facility are enemies of civilization and do use aliases to conceal their real identity and that by doing so they necessarilly and inevitably compromize their perceptible veracity.

            The thrust of my comment was really to provide a few facts I observed about that mystery petitions since i too have suspected it might have been purely imaginary.

            • I get it!
              Actually I accidentally rolled over your gravatar and it popped up.

              For the record I’m
              Jonathon(Jonno)
              Seaford, at least that’s what it says on my birth certificate.

              • Malcolm Kukura

                No worries. I’ll go on enjoying your posts now that we got that sorted out.

                Ambiguity is a constant issue in this medium.

  6. Of course the published polls were designed to sow despair and panic - and the achieved their end. But what I don’t understand is what Labour Party polling was showing. Surely their calls would have been more meticulous, more honest?

    • Newspoll and those sort I can see your point.
      But for some of the others, Roy Morgan, Essential and those sorts what would be the motive for despair and panic?
      Nothing to gain for them.

      • So why were all of those Labour back benchers panicked into dumping their Prime Minister, if there was balanced polling showing an even chance of winning? Call me slow, but I don’t get it.

        • Not calling you anything.
          Under Julia the polls didn’t show that there was a even chance, rather a wipe-out.
          The current bounce is due to the change of leader I venture to say.
          The figures may stay up or go down as we proceed.
          But more than the polls, MP’s and their electorate office staff, the ones at the coalface, would get a pretty good idea of the hoi polloi’s feelings.
          Survival mode kicks in.

          • Exactly. What sore losers some of these people are it’s sickening.

            They really don’t get it, the public did not like Gillard, that most salient fact, was reflected in every poll.

            The Labor party is well aware that any polling done by most media organisations is manipulated. They were doing their own, it was obvious with Gillard, they were going to get a shellacking.

            All this bullshit about Gillard winning the election is pure twaddle.

            The best bit is all the utter bollocks about Australia living in the misogynist past.

            Gillard fall had nothing to do with being a women. She had a character trait that people did not, for some reason, like.

            S

            • In a nutshell, those are the facts. Administration: big tick. Public appeal, popularity, however you argue it: no tick. You have to question some of those ministers on the way out, were they really for the party? Swanny did himself and the party proud, sticking with the ship. Full marks Swanny: BIG TICK!

              • ..from me too, I always liked Swanny.

              • Yep, what’s more the party finally woke up to it. Some of the ministers will be no loss anyway.

                No I don’t think they were for the party. That’s obvious.

                Garrett should have stuck to swinging his arms about like a spinning dervish in his band.

                Smith although a great bloke, had all the charisma of a dress makers dummy.

                We shall see who stays on here when Rudd wins.

        • What Roy Morgan was showing, as I read it, was that support for Abbott was quite soft. A strong campaign in the last couple of months could have turned it around. “The election is still up for grabs” as Morgan editorialised.

          The obvious cut through move was to reconcile with Rudd. We saw both Gillard and Rudd at their most presentable on Wednesday night. Imagine if they had decided to work together. I was never, as a watcher from afar, sure who was stopping that from happening. It is now clear it was Rudd. His obvious move after victory was to beg Gillard to reconsider her pledge to leave Parliament. He couldn’t ask her to stay in Cabinet but he could ask her to stay as an elder statesperson.

          Before the elction she reportedly asked him to fly with her to the Hawke funeral, an obvious opportunity to make a deal. he reportedly refused. By contrast when Gillard won she kept him in the Cabinet….the criticisms of Rudd’s behaviour stand I think. Lets not go overboard.

          In the end they are both of them Alternative Liberal Party. So let us not get too sentimental about either. Their virtue is that they are not the real Liberal party and that like bleeding piles their government would be better than Abbott’s.

          And hey, Shorten landed on his feet didn’t he. Surprise.

          There are a few people in the ALP who seem to be OK (from my viewpoint in the stands); Combet, Wong, spring to mind.

          • It is very likely that Rudd without Gillard can do better than Gillard without Rudd.

            The real problem is that it comes down to the leaders, or at best leader-and-treasurer. It is as if there was no front bench.

            Rudd and Gillard as I recall simply told the Caucus they didn’t have the right to elect the front bench any more. Stupid and arrogant of them, spineless of the caucus to accept it. Here you have the ALP’s problems in a nutshell.

            • The nutshell I reckon is the reverse.
              If caucus gets to choose its all that factional stuff coming into play.
              Which has the possibility of someone without the necessary nous being on the front bench.

              • Caucus choosing limits the power of the leader to hand out rewards and punishments. A “captain’s pick” of say 6 front-benchers may be fair enough.But this fetishism of the Beloved Leader must stop.

                Honest factional stuff is way better than courtiers conspiring in the dark.

            • Malcolm Kukura

              When will the Australian people get to choose their head of government?

              The HOG should choose the cabinet with parliamentary oversight as in the USA.

              An adult Australia is a knowledge age republic and the obsolete horse and cart age constitutional monarchy infant Australia is what we have now and the shoe no longer fits.

              It a pain in arse

              • Bring on the Republic. One thing about British monarchy. When they identified King Richard 111 recently, by DNA to a descendant, wouldn’t he be entitled to go down to Buckingham Palace and tell those Germans to nick off?

                • No chris, the principle that final sovereignty lies in Parliament not the Crown has been established since 1688, with he so-called Glorious Revolution when James II was expelled and William-and-Mary installed. In practice this established that parliament decided who was king or queen….

                  The school system seesm to avoid teaching this stuff .

                  • Probably few teachers understand it either. I was blessed with excellent teachers, at a State high school; one of them wrote textbooks on modern history, another was a Latin and history scholar, whilst another specialised in Australian history, the balanced view and not gung-ho nor black-armband.

                    Another of my teachers was a Shakespeare enthusiast who inspired his students.

                    I think back now and realise how fortunate I was.

                  • It’s a long time since I was in the classroom. But you make your point. Doesn’t this disqualify the Richard 111 dude from any Royal recognition whatever?Blood not thicker than water? I’m British born, might petition the parliament to be King then.

  7. Paul Murray is a bird with one wing, a right wing, he flaps around and around on the ground, unable to take off. He praises the war veterans of this country, that is commendable to say the least, but he knows I am a veteran, (a disabled veteran), with opposing views to his, he has never once replied to one of my emails ever, even though some of them have been conciliatory. Not one acknowledgement ever, not even a gidday Chris, beg to differ, but keep the flag flying mate. Nothing, just a black hole of silence. He only wants to hear views that echo his own, surrounds himself in YES men and YES women. His greatest desire is to win an ASTRA award, he never shuts up about it, that is how hollow he is. Watching him and Latham denigrate Rudd continuously, slag Rudd, piss on Rudd, and finally last week Murray announcing that Rudd was, well, politically dead, forced my hand and below I have copied out, word for word, the email I sent him. Just one more thing, Murray is also currently slagging Rudd, laughing about the encouragement letters from his supporters, sent during his time on the back bench, as if they weren’t actually real. I wrote two letters to Rudd during that back bench period and Rudd kindly replied, acknowledging my support. After I have sorted out this Murray/Latham unbridled attack on Rudd and his character I will print out on this site my letters to Rudd and his reply to me. Hang about.

    Subject: Paul, consider this
    From: (email address supplied)
    Date: 13 June 2013 10:22:17PM
    To; [email protected]

    Finally, after further dire poll predictions, Shorten caves in and Kevin gets the job. All the political pundits, Murray, Latham, et al are proved wrong by this fact, Kevin was not gutless, or evil, but instead politically astute, in fact brilliant. The great sleeping giant within the Australian electorate wakes up, hail the hero, Kevin the brilliant tactician, Kevin the wronged, Kevin the avenged, against all odds, Kevin, the peoples man rises up, a political phoenix. He sweeps all before him, the mad monk included, too late to install Turnbull, too late the antidote, KEVIN WINS THE ELECTION, Australia goes wild, all the pundits hide up each others arses, Latham and Murray are caught in a scrimmage, half up each others arses, circling like a mad crab, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide…

    Now go take your medication Paul, fall on your knees and pray to God that this email is just a bad dream, a bad joke, you’ve just had the piss taken out of you in true Aussie style, by a true blue Aussie with a sense of humour. Forward it to Latham and see if it makes him laugh, just for once, just for once, just for once…

    Chris Hunter

    • Sorry, Rudd has little honour, due to over-ambition, and I cannot happily support someone like him. I can only support him as the Fibs have no honour whatsoever.

      We can only hope the last 3 years have taught him he is not Chairman Mao. His party needs to control him.

      • It may take a little time to get permission to publish the PM’s letter but I’m working on it. As we know, he’s pretty busy right now. But I can say this, his letter talked intensely about defeating Abbott, that was its clear, unrestrained message. It’s his life’s work. That’s what drives him more than anything. Like a lot of us. But I will get back on it. Intensify the fight, unite.

  8. One reason for so much that is so difficult in achieving is the double whammy of a system whereby;
    1. Most parties are not represented. We have a two party system with the rest just given a role in giving preferences. Preferences for what?
    2. As if that is not enough for endless trouble, the inherited Westminster adversarial system ,meaning that the sledgehammer is taken to either the one or the other party. No seeking of consensus or improvement. It’s no wonder we keep going over the past, repeating yesterday, scared shitless in going forward, forever dodging the chain and ball hurled at us from the other side. A possible moderation by other parties is just not there, having been swallowed by the system of surrendering preferences.
    We’ll all be lucky to get out of it alive.

    • … might finish up frying salmon cutlets on the upturned iron yet, presuming the power is still on…

      And on that survival theme, years ago we finished up with the kids living in an old stone fisherman’s hut hard up against the coastline. We baked a tuna mornay on the open fire but to get the cheese top to brown we used a flaming brand, backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, over the top, until it browned off, along with a few spots of charcoal. Those were the days…

      • gerard oosterman

        An old stone fisherman’s hut? Utopia?
        Sounds like our adventures camping at Bendalong hacking away the lantana and going down to the rock plateau prizing off oysters, squeezing lemons and eating them.
        IT’s different now. The area now has bitumen roads with names like Rosella Circuit with houses that have cement lions at the front gate. The rattle of the lawn mowers on week-ends.

    • Malcolm Kukura

      Gerard what a relief that you have the courage to speak your mind and use your own name.

      We still have freedom of speech online despite the Snowden Carlyle NSA totalitarian intrusion expose.

      Keynes had his own opinion about “getting out of it alive” yet he did show us that in extra-ordinary times we must take extra-ordinary and sometimes unorthodox measures to counter a contagion like the pandemic spread of psychosis from the charismatic totalitarian megalomaniacs of the thirties and their secret patrons and matrons.

      These teeny years of the twenty first century are, as you seem to imply, extra-ordinary times.

      The exposure of the previously concealed traditional Australian misogyny, made all to evident since the killing season of December 1st 2009, is just one among many facets of the array of depravities that constitute the extra-ordinary re-barbarizing trend that Tiny Rabbit is beating his predators subhuman drum for.

      At least he lacks charisma.

      Whoever follows him as L/NP coalition leader and whoever follows Romney as GOP nominee in 2016 are another matter?

      The cultural wars are yet to peak - as we see demonstrated here by the cyber-assassins who take pot shots at Bob and any other bloggers who dare to revere civilization and liberty for all.

      The war for control of the internet must be won by we who want to keep it free and uncontrolled like the best generations did at Kokoda, Lone Pine and Long Tan.

      This is it. Right here. This is our Normandy - our Brisbane Line - our Manhattan Project.

      Freedom of speech is ours and we might take aim at those who use Freedom of the Press as their excuse for savage and brutal world subjugation fantasies.

      Once more into the breach

      • gerard oosterman

        Kukura,

        I have tried using pseudos bit I felt silly if not a bit guilty. For a while I was Brkon from Bratislava but when I was asked to meet a lady at the back of the cathedral near the Danube it became too complicated. H and I live in Bowral NSW and the Danube is so far, let alone meeting an unknown lady in Bratislava.
        Thank you for your kind words.
        We should all go hard on Abbott and now go for a winnable election. I was heartened by tonight’s TV taking the issue of the boat people and a possible confrontation by Abbott with Indonesia.
        The LNP/NLP is now on the defensive. Did you see the reply from the blond Darth Vader?

        • Malcolm Kukura

          I did see the dessicated Asbestos Queen doing her Darth impression. I’m in the west - what an embarassment she is.

          I hope PM Rudd will ask his hosts in Jakarta if they could articulate clearly in writing under what circumstances it will be safe for the Australian Navy under orders from Field Marshall Abbott - to “turn the boats back”.

          How will our Navy know where the line is that defines Indonesian waters so they do not stray into the wrong place and provoke an incident? If they release the offending vessels at sea how will they ensure they do not proceed our way again?

          So obvious a fraud.

          Bratislava put me in mind of the “Unbearable” bohemian ménage à trois in the movie of the Milan Kundera novel. Your Bowral Bratislava alternative to Geneva is far less traumatic.

        • There was some concern about the “Darth Vader” lady. Apparently it came up in a conversation between the treacherous cousins, the Liberal Faceless Men, who, unlike their Labor cousins have yet to grow faces. Probably they are not misogynists, they are clearly wondering about a freak of nature:

          Liberal Faceless man: The woman with the remarkable hairdo, how did she attain it.
          Liberal Faceless men: Yes, how did she attain it?
          Liberal Faceless man: Well I heard that she attained it whilst climbing Everest with the mountaineer.
          Liberal Faceless men: With the mountaineer?
          Liberal Faceless man: It was during their failed summit attempt, in a high wind, apparently its frozen solid.
          Liberal Faceless men: Frozen solid?

          Visiting Android back from Uranus: Christopher will unfreeze it, with the hot air that comes out of his mouth.

          • The Darth Vader hair together with the death stare are part of the Dark Forces space suit she keeps under her bed.
            Underneath it all she is androgynous with claims of having both fathered and mothered Leila the Princess and Lucas her own father.
            Some say this image is deliberately cultivated to make it harder for K. Rudd to come to grips with.
            He’s got her measure though. Just wait and see.

  9. Here again!
    Australia might not be quite ready in accepting females in power.
    However, history will be kind to Julian Gillard.
    She achieved a lot, moved mountains.
    Her speech on sexism and misogyny was hailed by many, including the New Yorker, The Sud Deutsche Zeitung, The Guardian, Le Monde and others as an international sensation. The world gave a standing ovation for her fifteen minutes speech. No female in Australia’s history has ever come closer to so succinctly and precisely sum up the curse of sexism and misogyny.

  10. gerard oosterman

    No, it was a dorment hunkering after my Dutch heritage, Queen Juliana. J’ai mainten drai. Genuflect all now please.

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