||Issue No. 295||17 February 2006|
Interview: Court's in Session
Industrial: Whose Choices?
Politics: Peter's Principles
Environment: TINA or Greener?
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
Education: No AWA - No Job
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
Review: Charlie the Serf
The Locker Room
The Black GST
When Gough Whitlam campaigned in the seventies, political campaigning was very different.
Politicians would spend a great deal of time in contact with the public. Ray Martin was still a journalist way back then.
As Gough was a controversial leader, he was often dogged by protesters of various persuasions championing their agenda in the face of the leader of the nation. As much as we may question their sanity, there is no doubting the passion of these zealous practitioners of democracy!
One persistent woman at Blacktown repeatedly asked "But what about Abortion Mister Whitlam? How do you stand on abortion?"
The scene was brought to light when the slowest hobbit in the Shire, Danna Vale suggested that we were about to be over-run by Mohammedans intent on slitting our throats in the night.
This is no idle threat by the eponymously named Vale, who had experience of these things from her days punching a road through the last resting spot of some 19-year-old kid from the Riverina. In between that and handing out medals to her friends, faxing Alan and cutting pensions for people who had defended this nation so that her friends could burn plastic cards at Freedom Furniture, Danna found time to put together her contribution to the debate over the RUforagainst drug.
No doubt Danna agrees with the principle that Ministers should be in control of their portfolios and on top of all the issues.
The various Howard government ministries have produced talent that can only be described as unique. It is to ministerial talent such as herself that Danna Vale is asking us to entrust judgement on whether something is a therapeutic good.
Not for Danna the fingerprints of unaccountable public servants, no. No, that is to be saved for low ranking public servants who have the temerity to suggest that Danna Vale brought a proposal to cabinet that would take food out of the mouths of this nation's veterans.
Danna Vale is not fit to represent a five-cent piece.
Our Tool Of The Week has the temerity to raise the politics of blame after what's been going on further down the Kingsway, using as a primary source the Daily bloody Telegraph for god's sake!
On top of all that, her very assertion that millions of "them" are about to descend on "us" is as intellectually robust as a fish milkshake.
We could always get a blueprint of her brain if we ever wanted to build a moron.
The only refreshing thing in the whole sordid exercise is that it's the first time a Howard minister has acknowledged that there are policy issues that extend beyond the term of the next parliament.
How lucky are we that the big picture is in the hands of those like our Tool Of The Week, Danna Vale.
Oh, and Gough? After getting a good half hour from the woman while he was trying to talk about putting sewerage in across western Sydney, Gough drew himself up, turned to our questioner and said:
"In respect to abortion madam? Well, in your case I'd make it retrospective!"
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