Sex Appeal in Politics

Random Observations of Life

Tony Abbott copped a lot of flak in the media, mainstream and social, for introducing the candidate for Lindsay, Fiona Scott, by saying “I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal”.

Tracey Spicer wrote a great article for The Hoopla:

Too often, a woman’s stocks rise and fall on the value of her sexuality. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s wanted to scream, “Stop looking at my tits and listen to what I have to say!”

Then in middle age, we are disappeared by the diminution of this appeal.

http://thehoopla.com.au/hey-tony-1950s-called/

Clementine Ford wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald:

Some people have leapt on the comments as evidence of Abbott’s inherent misogyny, but that’s being a little opportunistic. Abbott isn’t a misogynist (he owns four women, remember?) any more than he is a worthy candidate to run the country.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/abbotts-gift-of-the-gaffe-no-joke-for-women-20130814-2rwqy.html#ixzz2cVHZLUYk

Ed Butler wrote a piece for AusVotes2013

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Election special No. 2 – while Abbott just loves mountain women, the Kelly Gang rides again

Yeh ha!

Things are jumping in the lower Blue Mountains and the nearby Penrith area as the election campaign reaches new heights of lunacy.

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Now for people with short memories, who is this Jackie Kelly who so arouses the budgie ?

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Heath Aston went on to say

Drafting in Ms Kelly has raised some eyebrows in the party. The Penrith MP was a poster girl for John Howard’s dominance of the outer suburbs during his decade in office but it was also Ms Kelly’s campaign in 2007 that derailed the Howard re-election effort.

The western suburbs of Sydney turned their back on Mr Howard after Ms Kelly’s husband, Gary Clark, and others were caught distributing dodgy pamphlets thanking the ALP, on behalf of an Islamic group that did not exist, for supporting terrorists.

The scandal was credited with preventing any hope of Mr Howard mounting one of his trademark late comebacks and Ms Kelly’s seat of Lindsay fell to Labor on her retirement in the ”Ruddslide” of 2007.

When asked about Ms Kelly’s role in her office, Ms Markus indicated her role was not official. “Jackie is a close friend of mine but I have my campaign staff,” she said before cutting the call short.

Probably a wise move on the part of Louise Markus to dump her bestie if she doesn’t want Macquarie to become the Siege of Glenrowan.

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Now let’s take a look at the notorious and laughably amateurish pamphlet from 2007.

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Two of the culprits were Kelly’s husband and incoming Lindsay candidate Karen Chijoff’s husband Greg Chijoff.

And here’s Squadron Leader Kelly’s husband doing his deer-in-the-headlights act after being caught.

What a quality act!

Gary Clark, husband of MP Jackie Kelly, hides behind the pamphlet.

Lateline had the whole unsavoury saga here.

“Stop the boats – except for the one I was on…”

#AustralianLabor #auspol #VictorianLabor

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Just when you thought the Coalition’s election campaign could not get any sillier along comes John Nguyen, second-time Liberal candidate for the Victorian Federal seat of Chisholm, currently held by the Speaker, Anna Burke.

John Nguyen looks impressive at first glance – young, good-looking and with obvious appeal to Asian voters. Until you read his mail-out to voters, a direct contrast to his pamphlet.

We wonder what message that sends to former refugees and asylum seekers living in the electorate.

Oh dear, hypocrisy much? Talk about rejecting the past…

Wannabe Cr David Donis and His Anti Gay, Anti Feminist, Pro Rape, Pro Nazi Rant

David Donis, on the people murdered by Anders Brievik:

“After causing the destruction of their own civilisation I’m [sic] sure those people on that island had a moment of regret when the gun was pointed at their faces. Same goes for the feminists when they get gang raped, same goes for the gays when they get aids [sic]…”

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Dennis Jensen MP tells Indigenous Woman to “get over” colonialism

Meet Dr Dennis Jensen MP Federal Member for Tangney in WA

South African-born Dennis Jensen states on his official website that he stands for (capitalised) Lower Tax, Smaller Government, Free Market, Family…

and A Fair Go.

Unless you are Indigenous.

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Here’s some more Dennis.  Not satisfied with dismissing the wrongs done to Australia’s Indigenous people he’s even managed to offend Koreans, who have never been apologised to or compensated for the atrocities committed against their people in WWII by the Imperial Japanese Army.

And there’s more…

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The gift that keeps on giving…

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Do we really want this deluded blow-in representing us in our national Parliament?

Perhaps Jensen should heed the words of the greatest living South African

I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
~ Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom (1995)

Islamophobia overshadows bipartisan multiculturalism inquiry

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March 26 2013 22:52

A small but vocal group of bigots can congratulate themselves for successfully hijacking a much-needed national discussion on multicultural service provision, writes Dr Chloe Patton.

By Dr Chloe PattonBy Dr Chloe Patton

THE Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s report on its two-year inquiry into multiculturalism released last week is the most significant statement on multiculturalism in Australia since the Government’s 2011 “People of Australia” statement.

The Australian reported that the inquiry has been overwhelmed by concern about Muslim integration, leading its bipartisan Committee to declare that it “does not support legal pluralism”. Of the 512 submissions the inquiry received, 212 directly raised questions about Islam.

What The Australian omitted to mention, however, was that none of these submissions directly addressed the inquiry’s terms of reference, and were therefore about as relevant to the task at hand as 212 musings on last night’s episode of Master Chef. The joint Standing Committee on Migration called for submissions from the public to help it report on issues surrounding migrant settlement, the effects of globalisation on social inclusion, and the contribution of migration to the nation’s productive capacity.

More than forty per cent of what it received, instead, demanded that Australia abandon its policy of multiculturalism because Muslims are said to be:

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  • taking over;
  • not assimilating;
  • having too many wives;
  • having too many children;
  • marrying off their daughters too young;
  • killing their wives;
  • forming ghettos;
  • ruining Christmas;
  • establishing Islamic schools;
  • refusing to work;
  • building too many mosques;
  • taking offence too easily;
  • demanding Shariah courts;
  • plotting to kill non-Muslims;
  • bringing their families over;
  • wanting to live in the seventh century;
  • hating democracy;
  • not speaking English;
  • watching too much Arabic news on satellite TV;
  • wearing burqas;
  • eating halal food;
  • mutilating genitals;
  • wrecking Europe;
  • hampering access to suburban public swimming pools;

and so on.

These submissions paint such a detailed and disturbing picture of the Islamophobic attitudes held by some Australians that it is worthwhile considering whether they are representative of broader public opinion.

The answer? Not exactly.

Fundamentalist Christians were significantly over-represented among the voices heard. The inquiry’s final report notes that around eighty per cent of the submissions declared that Australia is a Christian country and should not accommodate other value systems. Many of the anonymous individual submission authors identified themselves as Christian. A number of unfounded claims cited in the report’s chapter on Islam – for instance, that 15 per cent of Australian Muslims hold fundamentalist views – were attributed to a Christian organisation called the Salt Shakers, whose website indicates they strongly support the political views of Geert Wilders. Two Christian anti-abortion lobby groups, the Family Council of Victoria and the Endeavour Forum, are also cited in the report.

A further two extreme-right racist groups round out the views of organisations included among the Islamophobic submissions. The Australia Defence League is a small local chapter of the neo-Nazi street groups more common in Europe, while the Q Society of Australia received national notoriety recently for bringing Wilders to these shores.

While much of the rhetoric espoused before the inquiry can be dismissed as the ramblings of fringe-dwelling tinfoil-hat wearers, it is worth recognising that a significant number of Australians have problems accepting Islam as a legitimate part of the Australian social landscape. As the inquiry’s report notes, in 2012 the Scanlan Foundation found that one in four Australians hold negative feelings about Islam. Fifty-six per cent of respondents to a 2011 Essential Research poll said they were concerned about the number of Muslims living in Australia, with roughly half saying they felt ‘very concerned’. A quarter of the overall sample polled said that Muslims should be excluded from Australia’s migrant intake.

Dog whistle politics from both major parties appears to be stoking xenophobic fears in the community. Image: Left Flank

Interestingly, 65 per cent of respondents to the latter poll believed that the proportion of the Australian population that identifies as Muslim is higher than it is. When informed of the correct figure (1.7 per cent), a significant number of respondents reassessed their views. In light of this apparent mutability of Islamophobic views, the Committee’s painstaking efforts to debunk the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in its report are commendable.

The report’s statement about legal pluralism was only part of one of the recommendations made in its chapter on Islam. The Committee also recommends that the Australian Government continue to support programs promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding in Australian universities, institutions and the community sector. It recommends the institution of regular interfaith and intercultural dialogues involving the broader community leadership to better target settlement services and foster wider inter-community understanding.

I would suggest that in addition to investing in feel-good interfaith activities, the Government gets as tough on Islamophobic extremism as it is on Islamic extremism. Perhaps it’s high time the narrative of concern over extremism in this country is re-worked — let’s replace the young Muslim with the average Australian as the stereotypical vulnerable object of extremist ideology.

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Simon Berger, The Young Liberals, Alan Jones and That Chaff Bag Jacket

Simon Berger is Community and Government Relations Manager of Woolworths Limited. At a fundraising event for the conservative Liberal Party of Australia, Simon Berger donated a ‘chaff bag’ for auction. It was bid for and purchased by Alan Jones. The chaff bag represents a symbol of political violence against political opponents especially women. The chaff bag was introduced into Australia’s political debate by extreme right wing media commentators including Alan Jones who advocated that the Australian Prime Minister Ms Julia Gillard be dumped in a chaff bag and taken out to sea. Simon Berger is a member of the Liberal Party and a former election candidate of the Liberal Party.

 

Teach migrants about deodorant, queues, says LNP MP Teresa Gambaro

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January 10, 2012 7:54AM

MIGRANTS should be taught about the importance of wearing deodorant and waiting in queues without pushing in, the federal opposition says.

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Teresa Gambaro says she is concerned about new migrants on work visas not integrating into the community because Australia had failed to teach them about cultural issues related to health, hygiene and lifestyle.

MIGRANTS should be taught about the importance of wearing deodorant and waiting in queues without pushing in, the federal opposition says.

Cultural awareness training should also be given by employers bringing skilled migrants into Australia under the 457 visa program, the coalition’s citizenship spokeswoman Teresa Gambaro told The Australian.

In an interview with the newspaper, Ms Gambaro said she was concerned about new migrants on work visas not integrating into the community because Australia had failed to teach them about cultural issues related to health, hygiene and lifestyle.

“Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers,” she said.

Wearing deodorant and waiting in line politely were about “teaching what are norms in Australia”.

Ms Gambaro admitted her comments may be viewed as controversial.

She added that Australians were sometimes guilty of not wearing deodorant on public transport.

“We all need to be mindful of our fellow traveller,” Ms Gambaro said.

The MP for Brisbane said while her comments may upset people, migrants also needed to be educated about their rights and how to improve their chances of getting work.

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Politics and the Bogot

The bogots are passionate about their politics, while understanding very little about the political process of the country in which they live.

Take the national icons for example.

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Bogots overwhelmingly  love the flag. It adorns their houses, their cars, their shoulders, bums and boobs. It provides much material for lurid tattoos. It decorates them at a range of public occasions from Big Day Out to the footie to the next anticipated punch-up with lefties greenies Muslims “unStrayans”.

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We breathlessly await the flag franger so every bogot banana can be proud and protected.. Something like this effect for whenever the bogot feels one coming on. Matter of fact, the bogot has one now.

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Bogots are quite adamant that the Anzacs fought under the current Australian flag in WWI. Sadly for them, the Anzacs did not. They fought under the Union Jack, the flag of Britain and its Empire.

Likewise the bogot is convinced that Australia’s Constitution, a document which most of them have not read, contains a provision for “free speech”. Again, it does not.

Now Mark [name removed] is very concerned about the direction Straya is heading.

We were not aware that curtains had political parties. Maybe Mark is confused because he read something about Curtin, one of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers. Or maybe he is worried about Daylight Saving. Thankfully he is not going to run anyone out of town about it. We are all breathing easier at TAB.

Nevertheless his mate Gary, a laundry expert, is in no doubt about what he wants done with the curtains.

Joel Rickard desperately wants an election. He may have even been watching events unfold in the Middle East, where people have taken to the streets to get rid of their governments. Or maybe not – the bogots don’t like the Middle East.

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Sadly, Joel is yet another who is ignorant of the Constitution. There are only a few very specific circumstances in which the Governor-General is empowered to call an election, and none of them exist at the moment, even with a minority government. Even with a “petetition” (sic)

Fortunately, Antony Green, probably Australia’s foremost expert on election matters, has answers.

Nathan Smith, Newcastle’s own Pathetic Party stalwart (yes, there is one) is on about they. We assumed he meant the overwhelming majority of the Australian people who do not subscribe to the politics of the APP and parties like it, but apparently not. He is talking about asylum seekers.

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So according to Nathan the two or three thousand boat arrivals who come here each year and who cannot vote until they have achieved permanent residency and citizenship (a process which can take several years) apparently have the power to hugely influence elections. Someone better tell the major political parties, especially Labor. Maybe they’ll change their asylum seeker policy.

Pete Barry is keen on defending Straya by re-introducing national service, a policy which frankly has failed to receive much support from the electorate in the past . Perhaps it will be more attractive with some “flexability” (sic) which sounds like our soldiers might be doing some stretching exercises.  We were hoping Pete might elaborate, but unfortunately he then got distracted by the serious question of leadership.

We have noticed that the bogots love the concept of leadership, being the dedicated sheep-like followers they are. And Pete Barry is in no doubt as to who should run Straya – failed serial political candidate Pauline Hanson is his pick for PM.

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It is hard to know how Pete came to that conclusion, since Hanson was rejected as a political candidate in turn by the Liberal Party, then her own party. Then again impulsive brain-farts based on no evidence whatsoever  have long characterised bogot thinking.

Now here’s Julie Coleman, Facebook’s own version of Crownies  Tracey Samuels.

Fortunately “Tracey Samuels” is a fictitious character. Unfortunately Julie Coleman is not.

From her own personal high moral Everest Julie ceaselessly patrols the Internet stabbing her cyber-digit at those of whom she disapproves. Of course, they all lie to the left of Julie politically. Most of the country does.

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We think she was talking about TAB. We would quite happily accept donations but unfortunately we do not for all sorts of sound legal reasons.

We know that religion can be a good cash cow, but we have better things to do with our weekends.

Now here’s a Batty who is quite sure it knows what TAB is.

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Err…never heard of “social alliance” (sic). Please explain…