50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia by Guy Rundle

By Guy Rundle

There's a desire every now and then, to take inventory of the place we've 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 fair proportion 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 in keeping with cent owned by means of the Murdochs, at time of writing – he was once a co-editor of enviornment journal for a few years. at the level he wrote 4 indicates for maximum Gillies: membership Republic, Your Dreaming, the massive Con, and Godzone. In tv, he claims joint accountability for Get a existence, Backberner, Comedy Inc., and extra doomed pilots than the area struggle 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 assurance of the election of Barack Obama right down to the Crossroads, and The Shellacking: The Obama Presidency, The Tea social gathering 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 the moment correspondent-at huge for Crikey on-line daily.

Dexter Rightwad has been a warrior for righteousness ever due to the fact that his days as a scholar baby-kisser, while he used to be accountable for the ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’ crusade, and went directly to be a unique consultant to Warworth Bailliwade, minister helping the Minister for Aviation help within the Dean Brown govt, throughout the ‘golden days of South Australian local aerodrome servicing’. He has had many jobs within the nice cultural fight, together with diverting Catholic institution offers 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 workplace, hence fighting him from handing in his resignation, therefore placing paid to the Whitlam govt. In 2003 he created the Newton Society, devoted to gravity-scepticism. His books and different works contain correct Up ’Em – A Memoir, Knopfelmacher! The Musical, intercourse Lives of the Austrian Economists, Milan Kundera: A Phenomenological-Semiotic process (with Richard Wilkins), and the place to devour at the Run (Australian edition). he's at the moment gaining knowledge of hyperlinks among severe climate occasions and homosexual marriage.

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Today, the term ‘discovery’ is frowned upon – the Aborigines knew they were here, after all. But discovery it was, in a more primordial sense of the term: dis-covery, uncovering, revealing to everyone their relationship to each other upon the earth. For it is only when you contemplate the life of James Cook more comprehensively that you realise how partial your view is of him. There are places named after him in Antarctica, Queensland, Polynesia and Alaska. Australia’s Britocentric education has obscured Cook’s signal achievement – he filled in the map, essentially making visible the whole other side of the globe, centred around the Pacific.

That the uber-crisis of the era, 9/11, coincided with the uber-crisis of mandatory detention, the Tampa, sealed the deal. Labor could have given out blow jobs and spa treatments in the 2001 election and it still would have lost. That formula worked for a while, and it was assisted by Labor’s choice of leaders – two men who had gone on a ‘take-your-son-to-work’ day and stayed, and a man who was determined to make the world pay for his own fatherlessness. During the years of ‘war on terror’ any number of fears could be recycled – terror, Arabs, Muslims, Indonesia, anthrax, al-Qaeda, mosques in Sydney, burqas, hijabs and the rest.

More likely, it was simply that fear ain’t what it used to be. Communism, now that was a fear! An alternative system controlling half the world perched on our doorstep. In a slower media era, our Sir Robert could milk that one for ever. His devoted follower John Winston came to political maturity at a time when fears have to be changed every three months or so, like underwear. Though the appetite for fear was unparalleled, so was its unreality – it was difficult to know where real political fear stopped, and the reality-show version started.

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