||Issue No. 200||24 October 2003|
The Hard Yards
Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Unions: National Focus
Industrial: Fools Gold
Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
History: The Gong Show
Politics: The Hawke Legacy
International: Sick Nation
Economics: Closed Minds
Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
Poetry: One Size Fits All
The Locker Room
Advance Australia Where?
God Save Us All
US Seeking Aussie Info
Call The Doctor
Bring Back Gough
Bring Back Social Democracy
Look East, Look West
TOWN HALL TOOL
The self styled crusader against everything that makes Sydney worthwhile, Lucy Turnbull, put on a world class tanty this week - boycotting the Sydney Peace Prize.
Turnbull was obviously not in the running for the gong - as her recent performance showed - as she joined the shrill band of right wing paranoiacs who still long for a Palestinian homeland to be located somewhere in Greenland.
The Sydney Peace Prize had been awarded to Dr Hanan Ashrawi. Dr Ashrawi is a woman who had the temerity to suggest that the state of Israel using state of the art military technology to bomb the living crap out of a people whose defence extends to sticks and stones was not necessarily a good thing.
What was Lucy's problem with Dr Ashrawi? Had Dr Ashrawi slighted the people of Sydney? Or did it have something to do with her husband, Malcolm "Napoleon" Turnbull and his plan for global domination?
So where does Ms Turnbull's sudden interest in the affairs of the Middle East spring from? Could it be that she's shoring up support for hubby Napoleon amongst the good citizens of Woollahra? Malcolm's great battle to lead the forces of style over the forces of substance could be sullied by any association with anyone to the left of Attilla the Hun.
Of course Turnbull is more than just an accessory for Malcolm's tilt at the throne, she's a fully-fledged tool in her own right.
Lucy, readers may recall, is the brains behind the idea to stamp out the sex industry in the Cross, and other futile initiatives. Of course Lucy would like to keep the Cross as a nice little KaffeeKlatch for her friends in the Potts Point squattocracy. Democracy is too precious a thing to be entrusted to the great unwashed. How much better things would be for Ms Turnbull if she could just round up the homeless and put them in camps.
When she's not trying to paste over the differences in society with some nice pastel wallpaper and zero tolerance policing, Lucy has a good eye for where the trough is. She's been on more boards than the Beach Boys and those free lunches certainly give life a zing, don't they darling?
Of course we should be grateful to have someone with the business acumen of Ms Turnbull running the city. After all she is the genius who, as the former chairman of FTR Holdings, recommended they buy $1.3m shares in Chaos Music at $1.40. The share price, after a name change, is now 34c.
Turnbull is typical of the A-List technocrats that believe they are genetically pre-disposed to lead the country. It's hardly surprising that she'd fall into line with her husband's interests given that he has an ego so big that it has its own gravitational pull.
Her reign at St Andrew's Place cannot be said to be overwhelmingly inclusive.
The Sydney City Council has on two occasions told the CFMEU that they couldn't have access to Town Hall Square. The latest being for the remembrance march for Joel Exner. Of course Lucy hasn't done an honest days work in her life so we can't expect her to have much in the way of understanding about the needs of mere mortals.
It would be nice to think that Lucy Turnbull could crawl back underneath whatever unprincipled rock she crawled out from under, and that once again Sydney could exist as a city for all its residents, not just those on six figure incomes.
Professional opportunist Lucy Turnbull can use her time in the Tool Shed to have a good hard look at herself, and consider that her pathetic petulant display is just the sort of mindless ratbaggery that conservatives seem incapable of avoiding.
Our Tool of the Week is more than just her usual out-to-lunch - she's also out of her depth and, with any more brain explosions on her part, it won't be long before she's out of office as well.
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