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thankyou Chaser’s War on Everything – Malcolm Turnbull suddenly makes sense!

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I reflexively detest COALition politicians. Petrou Georgiou proved to be an exception, with his principled stand for refugees facing Howard’s Final Pacific Solution. So too Barnaby Joyce, with his momentary flashes of “f@#!! you, I won’t do wotcha tell me.

On his entry to Parliament, Malcolm Turnbull also had a certain genesaykwah (or ‘je ne sais quoi’ if you’re a culture-bogan). That has since disappeared – like so much indigenous art, like so much Tasmanian democracy, like so many slaughtered whales, like so many glaciers, like so much international credibility.

However, it was only this week when watching The Chaser on ABC that the ‘WTF?’ hanging over Turnbull’s head was clearly answered. After being confronted with a Chaser question, he abandoned a Meet The Press withoutyeah. what? we're doing stuff. *pfft* responding. As he left, he thought better of it and turned to face his questioner. After diplomatically complimenting their comedic skills, he explained in the manner of a chastising parent that their bit wouldn’t work with him because he wasn’t going to be their ‘straight man’. Of course in doing so, he was.

And herein lies the real difficulty with Turnbull – no apparent grasp of irony. One would think it essential for a Minister for Environment & Heritage in any Australian Government in 2007 – especially a Liberal one. After all, once the ministers for Natural Resources, Mining, Energy, Forestry and General Profiteering & Sycophancy have agreed on policy positions, surely all that’s really left for the Department of Environment is to sign off on the media release?

Consider the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia – proudly listed in June for National Heritage (because the Howard Government cares!!! – please tell your friends) after thousands of pieces of significant rock art were moved or destroyed (shhh) to make way for a natural gas plant that could easily be built somewhere else (it’s a secret). Oh? You mean you heard more about the Australia Day listing of the un-threatened Harbour Bridge?

How about Climate Change? Everyone here knows we’re a world leader; Malcolm keeps telling us so. For some reason, the world has stopped listening though, with Australia ranked second last of all industrialized countries based on their contribution to combatting Climate Change. Still, we beat America. That makes sense – they couldn’t be where they are without our support.

Or whaling – would it be frustrating for a highly regarded lawyer to write a virtual thesis on why Australia should not use legal action to stop Japanese whaling? Rather than just working out how to use legal action to stop Japanese whaling? My guess is that it would be, but none of my other questions have seemed to reach Malcolm and for some reason I doubt that one would either.

But Tasmanian forests – there’s safe territory for an Environment Minister. Aussies love the bush…. but would prefer that it be all but totally controlled by a private company and turned into pulp following the apparent abandonment of due process, and increasingly replaced with untested genetically modified tax havens?

Shit……A better way to inspire public affection would have just been to take up The Chaser’s offer – naming rights on the next cyclone to hit Australia.

At least the devastation left by ‘Cyclone Malcolm’ wouldn’t be accompanied by press releases lovingly crafted to insult our intelligence.

Written by typingisnotactivism

July 5, 2007 at 3:48 pm

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  1. You bet Malcolm Bligh Turnbull doesn’t understand irony.
    As Minister for Environment and Water Resouces he is acting as John Howard’s ‘glove puppet’ in the push to devastate the NSW Clarence catchment riverine environment and local economy by diverting water to anywhere there might be a vote in 2007.

    Judith M Melville

    July 6, 2007 at 5:29 pm

  2. Great, a hippie website trying to discredit someone who actually has done a wonderful job or our country. This man (Turnbull the legend) is a highly educated individual who knows what is right for our country.

    Noam Chomsky link on this website? What a fucking joke. Nuff said, having a hippie run the country would be disgraceful as we would plunge into the worse recession ever.

    ed says: Thanks for those comments, thrashing_madness@yahoo.com.au. well done, using a bogus URL to submit your post. Remember to throw out the used tissue and check your cargo pants for stains when you’re finished.

    Fuck hippies

    July 8, 2007 at 8:59 pm

  3. I shouldn’t laugh, but it is so funny when someone gets nailed like this.

    Judith M. Melville

    July 13, 2007 at 2:33 pm

  4. Im very confused by the fuck hippies comment.

    Since a hippy is actually a human being, wouldn’t that mean if we had a hippy running the country it would be an improvement?

    Im yet to see any proof that John Howard is in fact human.


    September 5, 2007 at 4:54 pm

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