Submitted by gannet on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 19:39
Hurley's not cool anymore kids
Jeez, it's getting plenty of media coverage too.
"Ditching the Akubra worn by his city-slicker predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Morrison wore a cap with the logo of Californian surf wear brand, Hurley – perhaps in a nod to his own south Sydney seat of Cook in Cronulla."
"Morrison brings the beach to drought-stricken Qld. Despite the crippling lack of water, the Prime Minister greeted parched farmers in Quilpie in a surf-brand baseball cap. The prominent Hurley logo got nationally televised coverage thanks to Mr Morrison’s media conference, prompting plenty of quizzical comments on social media. Unlike the Australian Akubra, Hurley is a US-based multinational."
Whats the other hat black and red?
ha ha BTW can't believe this is a story.
no taking in tongues in this church .........
A lot of you guys wear Hurley hats too....Give the guy a chance..He may just be the best and most honest Prime Minister we have ever had...."A good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree bad...By their fruit shall ye know them"...Jesus.
Nasty Party Politics and the Narcissism of Small Differences
A few weeks ago it was hard to imagine that standards in the current government could fall any lower. The national interest was already running last behind self-interest, the clear leader, and a field of vested interests and extreme right prejudices. The fossil fuel lobby was a strong runner while Islamophobia was making up ground almost as quickly as that perennial favourite,Toxic Social Policy.
A look around the coalition benches in House of Reps or, god help us, the Senate made it impossible to believe in the extinction of the dinosaurs. Abbotosaurus, strutting around with its chest puffed out. The Duttoraptor, all teeth and bad breath. Morrisodactyl, flapping around with a lump of coal in his claws. It represented, even then, an absolute low not merely in governance but in rationality. And then ........
Even now it is had to believe the depths to which the Liberal party room has descended. Decency and respect for the opposition disappeared decades ago but that it should so completely disappear within the same party was hardly to be expected even amongst the collection of low life thieves and bandits occupying senior Cabinet positions. An astute psychological observer noticing that perhaps for the first time in our history everyone in a senior position in the Liberal Party was a narcissist may have picked it. They may have realised that with so many crammed together the narcissism of small differences would inevitably tear them apart.
This is the phenomena of hostility increasing with similarity. In this case a bunch of nasties, almost indistinguishable in their love of coal, their near prefectly disguised racism and their discomfort in the presence of anyone other than a privately educated white middle class male, fell out over the competition to be the biggest bastard in the room. The closeness of the competition ensured that outright obvious bastardry would never be enough. The winner would be the most devious, scheming untrustworthy bastard of them all, ScuMo.
You're spot on BB. The federal parliament has become the ultimate den of iniquity and laden with bitter self-interest; it beautifully reflects the abject culture of narcissism, perfidy and greed, that at the macro scale, has permeated our society - now writ large and reflected back at us. Authentic decency, fairness, goodwill and beneficial collective collaboration are nowhere to be found.
It's true of the liberal party, its also true of labor, but unfortunately the alternatives are even worst, either far left or far right.
Of all the liberals i think Scott Morison is up there as the best, he did an amazing job as immigration minister cleaning up the mess of Labor (whom i voted in) id give him a few months to see how he goes before we judge him as prime minister.
It’s funny that the parties keep ditching their leaders due to poor polling and assume the poll results are due to personality deficits .
The reason the country’s leaders poll so poorly is because most people don’t like the direction the nation is headed. Irrespective of who’s in charge .Yet self obsessed politicians and their enabling media continue to believe that leadership change will make a difference and so our country will continue on it’s not quite so slow descent into mediocrity.
Labor/ liberals are two halves of the same coin and that coin is rapidly losing its legitimacy as a viable currency.
It's fucking insulting that these cretins think that a change of window dressing is going to change opinions while overall policies are so clearly not for the public good.
Indo you say the alternatives are worse, that statement is patently unsubstantiated.
The board of Hurley should be concerned youth will not support a brand worn by pasty old pollies and middle aged men who want to be youthful won't either. If I was running Hurley I would be in damage control. Who wants a right wing middle aged Christian wearing your product.
Why is it when the Australian Reactionary Party implode its all of parliament and all politicians, the system that are rotten yet when it was Labor over 5 years ago, it was just the Labor Party on the nose?
I've noted this a lot lately, former Liberal Party voters saying all politicians are rotten, they're not listening and are self-serving and will never vote Liberal again. Some are now describing themselves as nationalist and are now are are calling for power, gas and water companies to be compulsory acquired. WTF, from the politics of the market to that of Stalinist Russia!
So is sarcastic, caustic, negative, profane, partisan whining insult what we need to lift the politicians to our expectations?. While calling for more adult government some critics can't even manage informed respectful argument on specific policy issues but can only manage unloading self indulgent claptrap. Don't blame politicians, blame voters. Voters are responsible for the quality of their policians....because we hire them, ...and if online experts think they can do so much better they should find it easy getting elected themselves.
"Don't blame politicians, blame voters. Voters are responsible for the quality of their policians....because we hire them, ...and if online experts think they can do so much better they should find it easy getting elected themselves."
Come on, voters are often given very little choice from a limited, groomed and highly partisan, back scratching pool within the party machine. The average politician needs guile, a thick skin and a tendency towards Machiavellianism to survive the cesspool - let alone make a mark. Most of us know intelligent, articulate people with good E.Q.'s who would make fine politicians, i.e. constituent representatives, but preferably quietly achieve what they can within their communities and disciplines knowing full well the political circus in Canberra rolls on - aided and abetted by a media more interested in finding flaws, chasing petty gossip and documenting the fallout. Who, in their right mind, wants to be a part of that? Until that dynamic changes, and the stars align to bring a large number of good minds together, those prepared to negotiate across party lines, and give credit where it's due, nothing will change.
So Blob where would you like to start this rational debate on policy? Climate change? Immigration? Indigenous rights? Gender equity? Media policy? Personally I think your assertion that voters "hire" their political representatives deserves some scrutiny.
ScoMo the Bible Basher plays the Union Bashing card for page 1 in his playbook.
Could there be anything more utterly, utterly predictable and soul crushingly boring.
You'd think the cunt would learn when Turdbull took a double dissolution on the issue to the election and got his pants pulled down.
A unionist posts on social media and their is call for new legislation to outlaw a union, banks rip off Australians for decades and he votes 26 times against a royal commission ... he's laying out there for all to see.
Spuddyjack. See yours is what I call intelligent and respectful comment.....and I think it supports what I said. The level of abuse aimed at politicians does stop many from having a go so abuse is, ironically, part of the problem the abusers whine about.
Blind boy. Anywhere you like.
Democracy favours those who show up.
GuySmiley. Tribal bias works against finding fair political solutions. A non partisan would seek the investigation of all abuses whether from unions or business.
Well Blob I show up in quite a few places and I'm more than happy to engage in rational debate ..... when all the parties involved are rational. If you want me to stick to logic on an issue like climate change while politicians like ScuMo ignore all the evidence then nah, sorry I will mock them and call them out for being the hired industry mouthpieces they are. Still it's refreshing to come across someone like you with such optimism about our leaders.
there was a politicised royal commission into unions and it came up with absolutely nothing. meanwhile the banks have stolen 100's of billions of AUD of customers money for decades yet the PM voted against 26 times a royal commission into banking. how on earth does anyone compare the two?
comparing two issues like this or similar issues like giving equal weight to the 5% of scientists that deny climate change to the 95% of scientists that believe in climate change, again, is something only the reactionary right and their supporters tend to do.
Im also an optimist when it comes to politicians.
What made me really understand how we shouldn't just judge the individual too much is how Peter Garrett went in politics.
Although i don't agree with all his views I like Peter and know he would have been doing his best and pushing as hard as he could for the things he believed in, but the reality is he was just another little cog in the machine.
That one person doesn't always have so much control or say, maybe thats not at all a bad thing though.
Will ScoMo ever seriously be able to live down voting down a RC into the banks and now trying a bait and switch to the old standby of union bashing ?
Surely that is not even a dead cat the hoariest old right-winger could vote for.
GuySmiley. You say the Royal Commission into Union Corruption was politicised. Are you saying the commissioner was corrupt?. Are Commissions set up by Labor politicised?. The report found ....'widespread and deep-seated" misconduct by union officials in Australia. Do you deny there is corruption in unions?. I was in favour of a commission into the banks and am happy with how it has proceeded. I am against corruption in banks and in unions. You seem to angry with me for not being, like you, one sided on these issues. I'm also happy that since the reforms of the waterfront we are no longer being extorted billions by a corrupt Union monopoly on the wharves. A despicable Union monopoly that unionists fought desperately to protect at the expense of all other Australians.
The Royal Commission claimed to have uncovered numerous examples of corruption yet, to the best of my knowledge (Wikipedia lol) only one person has been charged and the report has been described as irrelevant. Rather than save billions in corruption it simply lined the pockets of a bunch of lawyers. Are Unions corrupt? Yes, usually just about as corrupt as the industry they work in. In construction bribery and corruption between councils and developers are rife so it is hardly surprising that the Union puts its hand out for a share. The real story with the Unions is the appalling decline in working conditions that has taken place since their powers to protect conditions by strikes and boycotts have been made illegal. Consider the growth of casual work and the 'gig' economy. Australia has a whole underclass of working poor - people who work their arses of and don't earn enough to live the kind of decent life that every worker in my generation (baby boomer) took for granted. So hip hip hooray for the bigendians and their policies, eh Blob?
I thought it was politicised. In fact I figured that was common wisdom - not even a particularly partisan or cynical view. Soon as he got in power Abbott tried to land punches on Labor's union connections, namely Gillard and Shorten, and history shows it failed. It also shows Heydon's involvement was a sham: attending Liberal fundraisers while presiding over an RC.
When Abbott was Minister for Workplace Relations he did the same thing setting in motion the RC into the Building and Construction Industry that had zero prosecutions.
Thank you for confirming that corruption exists in unions as well as banks.
What about the waterfront dispute,...was that about protecting the underpaid or the overpaid?.
Stunet. Let me repeat the unaddressed questions. Do you believe there is corruption in unions, are Labor's Royal commissions politicised and was the waterfront a union blackmail show?. You seem to be in wonderful denial in spite of decades of reports of Union corruption. Where do these the one sided knee jerk responses come from, some sense of the downtrodden working class?. We are the richest people in history and our wealth is based on $1 a day slavery in developing countries.
The waterfront dispute which I think you are referring to did involve some workers who were being paid more than they would have been paid for the same hours and effort in another field. The aim of the government's response though was not about inflated wages it was about destroying more generally workers right to strike, which they have successfully done. If people earning more than their efforts are actually worth concerns you I would suggest you cast you eyes around the big end of town particularly in the direction of company directors many of whom do SFA and are paid multiples of what any wharfie ever made. If that is too much of a strain try looking at your local casino, sorry registered club, and have a look at what their managers and directors are earning and how many of them there are. You want parasites? Why start at the bottom?
Blindboy. So you will be rational if others, in your judgement, meet your standards.....otherwise you are free to be ....less rational?....abusive?. That doesn't seem the best approach in a conservation. I think the climate change debate is full of lies, so I'm naturally sceptical.https://realclimatescience.com/100-of-us-warming-is-due-to-noaa-data-tam...
Yeh I had you picked as a climate change denier Blob but thought I would give you a chance. If you want to discuss climate change please refer to those parts of the IPCC 5th report about which you have concerns. I am happy to discuss the science, which is summarised fairly and accurately there. Sorry but at this stage of the debate I am not going to waste time discussing random blogs. When studying the 5th report you might care to keep in mind that it is out of date and changes, particularly in the Arctic, are happening much more rapidly than expected. Now do you intend to ignore the debate about Unions or just jump to another topic, as is the usual practice of contraversialists when unsble to sustain their position?
ScoMo aka Scott Moronson. The liberals should really rename themselves The Dinosaur party. It was February last year, and the then treasurer was attacking Labor’s calls to phase out coal power in the House of Representatives.
“This is coal -- don’t be afraid, don’t be scared,” Morrison cried, as others laughed, before the lump was passed from hand to hand. The Speaker of the House was less amused, calling him out for breaking the parliamentary rule against using props.
One young scientist is worth 20 politicians any day.
oops, that's awkward blob.
Call me a 'climate change denier' if you need to use inaccurate epithets. I'm actually open minded while being sure the science has been hijacked, to some degree, for political reasons. So I'm a sceptic who also thinks jettisoning coal too soon will do great damage to the economy for no real climate gain. Thanks for giving me a chance though...big of you.
Still, refusing to look at information while demanding I look at your preferred information is a bit weak yeah?.
...and I haven't dodged anything re unions
Being too obscure is awkward
Blob my 'preferred information' is a document representing hundreds of thousands of hours of hard work by the most qualified scientists in the field. Yours looked like just another denialism site in all probability funded by the fossil fuel industry if you follow the money trail to its source. Scepticism is all very well but it needs a bit of focus. What exactly are you sceptical about? Climate science is an enormous area. To be sceptical about the entire area is profoundly anti-intellectual. End of discussion unless you care to pin point some specific concern. And yeh you can whinge about that but FFS you don't seriously expect me to engage with someone who, to this stage, has not shown any understanding of the topic at all other than to post a link .
Bit late to the party here Blob, plenty have already been down your conspiracy rabbit holes.
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