Sunday, May 26, 2013

Reading about Gillard Curing Cancer

I've already flagged this article in this month's list of links but I thought it was worth it's own solo show... or at least a long instrumental.

The article is 'Gillard Cures Cancer in Spare Time, Approval Rating Plummets' by Cameron Smith, and read via the Honi Soit website. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's student journalism. Sure Honi Soit has it's fair share of earnest, lefty, commy, hippy, greenie, professional protester crap writing, but this is a gem.

As I mentioned previously, it's an excellent satirical piece that captures the reality and lunacy of two-party and personality politics perfectly. The depressing part is that this is why not enough gets done in parliament: not because the ideas aren't good or the money's not there. Rather, the Opposition doesn't want the government to get the credit for it, doesn't want them to be the heroes of the day, doesn't want them to be successful, doesn't want the country to run smoothly - because it did, why would we vote in the other guys? The Opposition opposes because it's their job to do so, regardless of whether it's for the good of the country or not. The Opposition opposes because they want to sit in the big chair. The Labor party did it (although not to this horrendous degree) before they brought down the Coalition in 2007, and I'm sure they'll do it again when they lose this next election (I wish they wouldn't and Tony Abbott makes me want to vomit but I'm not naive enough to think they'll pull through... bar miracle... and miracles can happen... right?)

Another aspect of this is that quite a few people don't want Julia Gillard specifically to be the hero. A woman, with red hair and average dress sense and an annoying voice and a union history and balls bigger than their own.


  1. Same situation here in the States. Doesn't matter how many people something might be good for, if the other side thought of it, all they do is fight about it. To me, it seems they're not doing their job and I wish there was a slightly different system.


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