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Amazing Australian Politicians
Lots of interesting politicians occupy Parliament House in Canberra and other state and local governments in Australia
Not long before he became Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke told this joke to 700 people at a Melbourne dinner function;
The Indian PM Indira Gandhi was looking for a way to divert attention
from the political and economical mess of her government and one
of her staff suggested a national lottery. The idea was accepted,
the lottery was organized and the whole of India bought tickets
in the hope of winning one of the three mystery prizes.
Campbell Newman became Queensland's Premier in March 2013
when the Labor Party lost the elections in a landslide defeat. Daintree
residents celebrated as his party, the LNP, had promised to overturn legislation
from the previous Anna Bligh government that prohibited an electricity
A bit late, but better late than never, the law was overturned, but rather than installing an electricity grid to lift the Daintree community out of energy poverty and cut pollution, the LNP came out with a media release that said that if people wanted a grid they could build it and pay for it!
Daintree residents wanted to know why they could not be treated the same as all other Queenslanders and have an electricity supply at the same cost as the rest of the state but Campbell Newmand told them that Anna Bligh had left no money in the bank for any projects such as an electricity grid.
A bit hard to believe considering Ergon (the electricity supplier in north Queensland) had just posted a $320 million profit in the last year, Campbell Newman visited the troubled Palm Island indigenous community and immediately promised $3 million to start up eco tourism ventures, and awarded himself and fellow politicians a payrise of no less than a whopping 41% (which puts him alongside Barrack Obama and makes Queensland politicians the highest paid of any state in Australia, while around the same time they lodges a legal challenge in the Supreme Court to block a mre 2.2% payrise to public servants!!!!!!
Clive Palmer was born in Victoria on March 26, 1954. He
studied law at the University of Queensland, but dropped out before completing
After dropping out of university, Clive gets his real estate license and managed to make $40 million in property development and then turns his hand to the resources sector.
His political career started when he joined the Queensland division of the National Party of Australia in 1974. He served as the National Party's campaign director during the 1983 state election and as media spokesman during its 1986 election campaign.
In the 1980s he set up various businesses, bought a soccer team, and made more money, according to BRW's estimate he is worth around $2.2 billion.
Although he owns numerous homes, private jets, boats, a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Rolls-Royce, he still wears $23 trousers from Lowes.
In 2010 Clive becomes the world's best boss when he handed out $10 million in gifts to his 800-strong Townsville nickel refinery staff, which also includedf 55 Mercedes-Benz cars and 700 overseas holidays.
He also runs the charitable Palmer Care Foundation, tourism businesses such as hotels and golf courses, plans on building a Titanic replica and the world's biggest dinosaur museum, and was made an Australian national living treasure by the National Trust in 2012.
In 2012 he resigns his life membership of the Liberal National Party after a falling out, and decided to start his own political party; the Palmer United Party, which receives more than five per cent of the national vote in the federal election, and nearly ten percent in Queensland.
Craig Robert Thomson is a New Zealand-born Australian trade
unionist and politician who was elected to the House of Representatives
as member for the Division of Dobell, New South Wales, for the Australian
Labor Party at the 2007 federal election. In April 2012 he announced his
intention to sit on the crossbench as an independent member of parliament
when all the allegations of paying prostitutes with union credit cards
became to embarrassing for his party.
In 2008 auditors for the Health Services Union picked up suspicious credit card transactions which started years of allegations and denials, leading to Craig's arrest in February 2013. He was charged with 154 counts of fraud and released again on bail with strict conditions that he did not contact a list of escort agencies.
NSW MP David Campbell was New South Wales' transport and roads minister until Seven News filmed him using his Government car to visit a gay sex sauna in Sydney.
Passed away in August 2006 but used to be a popular politician who entered parliament in 1960, first as a Liberal but later founded a new political party; the Australian Democrats. He promised to" keep the bastards honest" , took control of the Senate and changed the way politics was done in Australia. In an interview on Andrew Denton's TV show Enough Rope in March 2004 he said he believed George Bush is one of the great liars of all time (what's new?) but also that he had told lies about Vietnam, had Liberal Party members visiting his office where his secretary would show them banned porn movies and he used to have sexual fantasies about the Queen!
Fiona Patten is the leader of the Australian Sex Party and
will stand for the Senate at the next federal election.
This rather unusually named party was officially launched in November 2008 at the Melbourne Sexpo and in August 2009 it obtained approval from the Australian Electoral Commission to be registered as a political party.
The Australian Sex Party says they are a political response to the sexual needs of Australia in the 21st century and will attempt to restore the balance between sexual privacy and sexual publicity that has been severely distorted by morals campaigners and prudish politicians and they are fed up with wowserism in Australian parliaments.
The party is also opposed to the federal government's proposed Internet filter, wants a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in the nation’s religious institutions, a uniform rating for explicit adult material for all states, listing of Viagra on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, health care for sex workers, sexual rights and freedoms of the disabled and elderly in institutions and global approaches to tackling child pornography. More info on the Sex Party's official website.
Queensland Nationals MP Fiona Simpson hung a string of red
bras on the front gates of Queensland Parliament, assisted by some other
women, to protest against amalgamation of councils.
Speaker Mike Reynolds was not impressed and ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms to do something about it.
Ruled Australia in the early 1970s for three years and is
most remembered for getting the Labor Party in power for the first time
in a very long time, ending conscription and bringing the boys home from
Vietnam, erasing the last remains of the White Australia Policy, starting
up national health insurance, spending $1.3 million of taxpayers money
on a painting, replacing 'God Save The Queen' with a new National Anthem,
stuffing up the economy and borrowing lots of money overseas and finally
being dumped by Governor General John Kerr.
(Australia is still connected to the British empire and the Queen's representative the Governor General is officially the most powerful person in Australia, normally they stay in the background, drink champagne at public functions and just quietly absorb lots of tax payers dollars while Aussies don't even know they exist but occasionally they make the news by sacking a Prime Minister or getting involved in a child sex abuse scandal.)
Harold Holt was in office for less than two years from January
1966 to December 1967, when he became the only Australian prime minister
to completely disappear without a trace, while swimming at Cheviot beach
in Portsea near Melbourne, Victoria on 17 December 1967. Theories to explain
this mystery vary from shark attack to heart attack to being kidnapped
or assassinated by CIA scuba divers launched from a U.S. submarine. While
a variety of theories have been expounded about Holt's disappearance,
the Commonwealth Government did not deem a formal inquiry necessary, accepting
the conclusions of the Police report.
Bizarrely enough the Stonnington City Council in Victoria has named their swimming centre after him ( you would think a swimming centre would be named after swimming heroes like Ian Thorpe or Dawn Fraser, not after somebody who went for a swim and drowned.....)
A politician having multiple orgasms during a speech on
the floor of parliament?
Yes, anything is possible in Australia!
In June 2008 Victorian MP Jason Wood, Federal member for
Latrobe, was supposed to be talking about genetically modified organisms
in his maiden speech in Canberra but ended up mixing up his words a bit,
much to the amusement of the crowd, and subsequently the whole country.
His embarrassing slip up was caught on camera and available for your entertainment in this movie;
Jodie Moore was born in Woodridge, Queensland on 11 April
In 2002 she was awarded a Venus Award for Best Adult Actress in the U.S.A. She first ran for a seat in her local state legislator seat of Woodridge in March 2001 where she achieved 5% of the primary vote. She also ran for the federal seat of Ryan and the federal senate in 2004 and was interviewed by Sixty Minutes and other T.V. and Newspapers.
Jodie Moore began her first large scale promotion with the launch of Australia's largest billboard advertisement, unveiled at 11 am Tuesday the 2nd of March, but it was almost immediately pulled down by Main Roads Department.
Over 700 Queenslanders joined "Jodie Moore's Porn Star Party" in just 3 days, giving her way more than the required 500 members to register as a political party with the electoral commission. You could read her policies on jodiemoore.org , which is now no longer on-line, but it is still on her other website jodiemoore.com.
A very enterprising young lady, how many Aussie politicians run an online adult shop or have starred in porn movies like Anal Demolition, Blimey What A Hiney, or Muff To The Max?
Johannes Bjelke-Petersen was born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
in 1911, as the son of a Danish-born Lutheran pastor. He was elected as
the Country Party member for Nanango in 1947 and took another 21 years
to become premier, and was a shrewd and often ruthless politician. He
got voted back in a record seven times and ruled over Queensland from
1968 for a period of 19 years in a time when corruption was rife, but
finally he was forced to step down amid a corruption scandal that led
to police commissioner Terry Lewis and several cabinet ministers being
put away in jail. Joh was charged with perjury but not convicted as the
jury, headed by a Young National Joh supporter, failed to reach a unanimous
He is remembered for many things, amongst them his controversial stand against World Heritage listings, electrification and modernisation of the Queensland rail network, turning Queensland into a strong economy, the building of the Wivenhoe and Burdekin Dams, abolishing death duties, opening Japanese markets for the Bowen coal when many people still had not forgiven Japan for their behaviour in World War 2, appointing the first woman, Yvonne Chapman, to Cabinet, the Gateway Bridge, disregard for civil liberties, staging of the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo 88, and the demolition of the historic Bellevue Hotel in Brisbane. He was knighted in the early 80s and lost the premiership in 1987 after the Fitzgerald inquiry into widespread police and political corruption in Queensland after which his own National Party colleagues voted him out of office. Under his rule thousands of hectares of ancient rainforest in the Daintree was allowed to be subdivided into small lots without proper infrastructure, creating problems and controversy that still run today. He also made an unsuccesful bid to become Prime Minister.
In later years he lived on a farm where buses took people on super-exciting daytours to look around, eat Lady Flo's biscuits and buy pet-rocks made by his grand son. On days that the old Joh was feeling strong enough he came outside and you could even shake his hand! He also filed a compensation claim of no less than $353 million from the Queensland government for damages arising from the Fitzgerald corruption inquiry and his 1991 perjury trial.
July 2004: Joh has just been to hospital and not in the best of health, which led a protestor to stand outside Parliament to urge the government NOT to give Joh a state funeral when he carks it as this should be reserved for people who are of good character and have done lots of good things in life.
24 March 2005: At the grand old age of 94 Joh has passed away, survived by his 84 year old wife Lady Flo Bjelke Petersen.
John Brogden was born on 28 March 1969 and is married to Lucy, he has been State Member for Pittwater since 1996 and was the leader of the Liberal Party in New South Wales and could have become Premier of the state. Until in August 2005 he had a few beers at a party and called Ex-Premier Bob Carr's Malaysian-born wife a mail-order bride and allegedly pinched a female journalist's bottom, his career as party leader then came to an abrupt halt with his resignation a couple of days later and an unsuccesful suicide attempt soon after. He also made a good judge at bikini girl competitions in north Sydney. Has someone got some pics of that to post on this page?
The greatest leader ever (according to Steve Irwin). Entered
Parliament in 1974 and when he was re-elected in 2004 he overtook Bob
Hawke and became the country's second longest serving prime minister,
only Sir Robert Menzies served longer at 18 years.
To beat this John would have had to stay until 2014, but in the 2007 elections he had to move over for opposition leader Kevin Rudd. The defeat was of such proportions that John even lost in his own electorate!
In May 1995 he said; "There's no way that a GST will ever be part of our policy. Never ever. It's dead. It was killed by the voters in the last election. Any suggestion that I left the door open is absolute nonsense. I didn't. I never will. The last election killed the GST. It's not part of our policy and it won't be part of our policy at any time in the future. "
About three years later, under huge oppositon, he pushed the GST through! Despite his claims that it only replaced other now abolished sales taxes there were a lot of things that never had tax on them, like building materials so all new houses were now 10% more expensive which sent the building industry into a crisis which needed a multi-million dollar bail out and also tampons became more expensive which united women from all over the country in protests to no avail. The government spent $100 million in Australia's biggest advertising campaign ever to try and convince the nation of the benefits of GST and how it is going to work.
On 11 September 2001 he found himself two blocks away from the Pentagon when a plane hit it, leading to him becoming very emotional and immediately declaring Australia was behind the U.S. and later sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq despite huge opposition from his constituents. A year later when 182 people, mainly Australians, died in the bombing of the Sari Club in Bali many Australians saw that as the price we paid for going to Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden still warns Australia from time to time that we're on his hitlist. Despite all this bending over backwards to American demands White House officials hardly seem to know his name as in October 2003 some White House documents listed him as John Mayor (an ex-U.K. prime minister). This didn't stop John from throwing a $25000.- barbeque for George W. Bush on a flying visit to Australia a few weeks later, earlier that day several senators, including Bob Brown, were removed by security staff for opening their mouths during George W.Bush's speech on free speech and freedom. Early 2004 his opponent Mark Latham came up with the brilliant idea to cancel the ridiculously generous super-annuation scheme for politicians, this would have got him lots of votes so John took the idea and abolished the super scheme himself, though only several weeks later news broke that salary rises were planned to compensate for this change so really nothing has changed, and they now get their money even earlier as they don't have to wait for retirement. Early 2004 John saw his troop commitment to Iraq rewarded by getting a step closer to a free trade agreement with the U.S.
US film maker Michael Moore on John Howard; what's confusing to me is how can someone like John Howard get in bed with George W. Bush, he at least appears to have half a brain....
John Howard has also inspired others to create websites like Johnhowardlies.com and Defeathoward.com and he inspired Queensland artist Tim Patch (alos known under the nickname Pricasso) to paint a portrait of him. Tim is not your average artist, he uses his penis as a paint brush...
John has resisted calls for a long time to apologize for
the treatment of Aborigines in the past, he agrees that the treatment
was appalling but says he was not there and had no involvement in it so
can not say sorry for this. In 2003 an unsuccesful assassination attempt
was made by an Aboriginal woman who stood near him for some time staring
at him and "pointing the bone" at him, in Aboriginal culture
this means you will soon die, but years later he is still happily strutting
In 2005 it was revealed that in the previous financial year he had spent more than $500 a week on alcohol at his two official residences, The Lodge and Kirribilli House, a total of 27,196 taxpayers dollars for the year! He admitted to enjoying a drink but said most of it goes in to official functions.
This was still small change compared to the maintenance bill of these two houses, from 1996 till 2007 the total came to nearly $20 million, of which $1.2 million was spent just on gardening around the Kirribilli house! Must be some bloody nice gardens....
Other useless trivia; he stand 178 cm. tall, is a Christian, does not like pokies, one of his favourite movies is 'On the waterfront' and a house a couple of doors down from his official Kirribilly residence was suspected of being a nudist bed and breakfast.
According to the 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey some Australians find their politicians sexy, believe it or not but 22 % said they found Treasurer Peter Costello sexy but only 5 per cent said John Howard was sexy.
May 2006: John visited his mate George W.Bush again and George even put on an official state dinner for John, something that had only happened seven times during his presidency, and on Mothersday even popped in to the Aussie embassy where George and John did some gardening together and planted a couple of trees! The following night the US energy minister approached John about storing some nuclear waste in Australia but thank god he said no to this! Rupert Murdoch was also attending some of the partying, and he offered John a bit of advice; retire now! John didn't, not even in July when Treasurer Peter Costello wanted him to move on, claiming that back in 1994 they had struck a deal that John would vacate his position for him so Australia would have Peter Costello as a Prime Minister, but John stringently denied to media that such a deal had ever been discussed. It took a landslide election for John to lose his job to Kevin Rudd, to the extent that John even lost in his own electorate!
John Newman was the first elected Australian politician
to be assassinated in Australia while he was. a member of the New South
Wales state parliament and Member for the seat of Cabramatta.
For many years Paul Newman had waged a campaign against the Asian crime gangs and corruption that had plagued Cabramatta which led to numerous death threats but he did not seek police protection.
During the night of 5 September 1994 he was shot and killed outside his Woods Avenue home.
A local Vietnamese club owner who had run against him as an independent in 1991, was convicted of the killing in 2001.
Julia Gillard became Australia's first female Prime Minister
in July 2010 after Kevin Rudd was spectacularly dumped by his own party,
and in July 2013 history was repeated and Julia was dumped again and Kevin
took over the reigns again.
Soon after being moved in to this position she called for elections which resulted in no clear winner and it took a long time of talking before a government was finally formed with complex arrangements between political parties and independent candidates.
On Australia Day 2012 she made international headlines when protesters from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy marched on a restaurant where she was on an official function, and chaotic scenes followed when the protests turned violent and her security guards raced her to a waiting car, she lost a shoe, fell over and got dragged along, and some very unglamorous photos hit the news. The whole mayhem had been caused by her media adviser tipping protesters off on Tony Abbott's location who was in the restaurant too, but at least Julia's guards were generous enough to also evacuate Tony, not very often that Julia and Tony share the backseat of a car! The media adviser lost his job after this incident.
In July 2011 she introduced
her carbon tax, that she once promised never to introduce, which
wiped $50 billion off the Australian share market in the first two
trading days after the tax was announced.
Julia Gillard was touring the country trying to sell her carbon-tax
in her chauffeur-driven car.
If Julia is so serious about reducing carbon emissions why
does she not do something to install grid power in the Daintree.
For many years consecutive state governments and Mike Berwick have denied residents of the area north of the river from Alexandra Range to Cape Tribulation the basic human right to have electricity connected to their houses and businesses.
While for 17 years their mayor Mike Berwick lived north of the Daintree river connected to mains power most other residents struggled to pay the bills for diesel, generator repairs and replacements, batteries to make their houses livable and their businesses operational.
This situation continues today and while you are reading this masses of generators are roaring guzzling three million litres of fuel per year and pumping tonnes of carbon dioxide into world heritage listed rainforest.
Read more here about the pollution in the Daintree...
Born on 21 September 1957 in Nambour, Queensland, grew up on
a dairy farm in nearby Eumundi, and became the 26th Prime Minister
of Australia on 3 December 2007. The Labor Party had finally realized
that they were never ever going to win any election with the likes
of Kim Beazley or Mark Latham and had chosen Kevin Rudd as their
leader, with spectacular success, Kevin beat his rival John Howard
to the extent that John even lost in his own electorate!
Kevin joined the Australian Labor Party in 1972, at the
age of 15, studied at the Australian National University in Canberra,
and graduated with First Class Honours in Arts (Asian Studies). He majored
in Chinese language and history, became proficient in Mandarin, and acquired
a Chinese alias, Lù Kèwén.
In 1981 he married Thérèse Rein with whom he has three children, and in this year he also joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he served until 1988. He made his first speech to the Australian Parliament in November 1998 and was promoted to the Opposition front bench after the 2001 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In this role, he strongly criticised the Howard government over its support for the United States in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent operations there, while maintaining Labor's position of support for the Australian-American alliance.
In 2007 news popped up that while he was Shadow foreign affairs minister in 2003 he had been spotted in New York strip club 'Scores' in September while he was on a tax payer funded representing Australia at a UN convention, and some reports even claimed that he and Warren Snowdon had to be told by management to keep their hands off the dancers.
Kevin settled this issue with a brilliant Aussie excuse; I don't know, I was too drunk too remember...
Rudd announced he and wife Therese will live in The Lodge, the Prime Minister's official residence in Canberra, and only use Kirribilli House while on official business in Sydney, John Howard had always preferred to live in Sydney, reportedly clocking up a bill of $7 million in private jet rides to Canberrra over the length of his term in office.
On 3 December 2007, Rudd was sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.
Unlike his Labor predecessors, Rudd did not swear allegiance to the Queen of Australia, but promised instead to "well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia and her people."
Contrary to his pre-decessor he did say sorry to the Aboriginal population, although he has already warned that that does not mean huge compensation payouts. He promised tough action on the Japanese whaling in Australian waters but copped criticism when this promise was not followed up with all that much vigour, and he signed the Kyoto agreement on his first day in office. As a Christian he is also opposed to same-sex marriage, though has said he will not block the ACT Government plans to allow same-sex marriages.
In the 2010 Ralph magazine Wanker Of The Year Top 100 Kevin scored
In July 2013 Kevin became Australia's Prime Minister for the second
time when Julia Gillard was sidelined, the Labor Party had come to the
conclusion that with an election approaching they stood a much better
change with Kevin at the helm than Julia.
But it was game over in the September 2013 elections where the Labor Party lost out.
While he was the leader of the opposition he made daily
TV appearances criticizing John Howard and his government. No matter what
John and his colleagues decided, it was wrong and Kim wanted to have it
the opposite way. One day when he was doing his daily routine bagging
Howard's policies a reporter said to him; and what are your policies,
what do you stand for? Kim wavered for a moment, probably thinking to
himself; Jesus, I never thought about that, and then came out with; eh,
better roads, better schools....
Yes, wouldn't we all like to see that, but how do we pay for it?
Some time later he was replaced by Simon Crean who also didn't get very far, so he was replaced with Mark Latham again. But after Mark spectacularly lost the 2004 elections and after that also got pancreatitis the party needed to replace him and would you believe it, for lack of other candidates they re-recycled Kim Beazley again! Kim also got a mention in Mark Lathams's book the Latham Diaries; indecent, dirty dog, stands for nothing and does nothing.
Only recently elected to parliament, Kirsty Marshall was barred from breast feeding her 10-day-old baby in the chamber of Victoria state's parliament Wednesday after officals ruled the child was a "stranger in the house" because the child hadn't been elected to parliament and so was not an individually elected member. The sergeant-at-arms immediately told Marshall her behaviour was unacceptable and escorted both mother and child from the chamber.
Len became minister for the environment in the Northern
Territory in November 2007, despite protests from the politically correct
crowd. He had just spent a year on the back bench for telling a 62 year
old female security guard that he had a very long tongue and could make
her a very happy woman, while he was pissed on taxpayer funded alcohol.
The local newspaper NT News had a field day recycling the old scandal, together with another new minister Matt Bonson who was infamous for punchups and urinating in public.
Sometimes people get caught with their pants down,
but Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was caught with his
In September 2005 Marcus Ehrlich was voted deputy Mayor of the NSW town of Woollahra at the age of only 22!!
Mark Latham was the Federal Member for Werriwa from 1994 to 2005 but suddenly rose to national fame when the Labor Party, realizing they were never going to win an election with Simon Crean and could not possibly re-re-recycle Kim Beazley again, elected him as their leader. John Howard's party had a field day digging up old quotations of Mark Latham which included; " George W.Bush is the most dangerous and incompetent president in living memory" , "John Howard is an arselicker" and the event where he had punched a taxi driver. Before actually starting work he spent a few days going around places like the American Embassy to apologize and assure people we should look at the future and not the past. Seemed to do well right at the start and at one time had a 66% approval rating. He had also been a critic of the Northern Territory railway but when it opened he withdrew his criticism.
In June 2004 Mark Latham, thinking he'd win green votes AND youth votes at the same time, thought it would be a good idea if rockstar / environmentalist Peter Garrett would join his political party, but the rest of the country, including most of his own Labor party, thought it was a really bad idea, especially when it was discovered that Peter had not even voted for the last ten years and was not even a member of the Labor party. In July he acccused the Howard government of employing a 'dirt-unit' orchestrating a pre-election smear campaign when one accusation after the other hit the news headlines; his ex-wife told media how Mark cheated on her with another woman, a man who had come into his office to complain about potplants out the front was punched in the head etc. He copped lots of criticism for sticking to his 'bring the troops home from Iraq by Christmas' promise, also from the US. Managed to insert some more conditions into the Free Trade Agreement that John Howard was trying to negotiate with the US though this held it up and now, just after the 2004 elections, the Americans are trying to re-negotiate things again and the FTA has not passed yet. During an interview he admitted to having smoked dope and, contrary to Bill Clinton, said that he did inhale, though did not want to elaborate on whether he enjoyed it.
Despite all his best efforts to gain popularity he was defeated in a major way in the October 2004 federal elections as most of the nation thought he was way too inexperienced to be put in charge of a country. An advertising campaign by the Liberals who kept on highlighting how a council in Sydney had descended into financial chaos while Mark was mayor there may have had something to do with this. Not too much later he suffered from pancreatitis and quit his job as party leader. The Labor Party now needed a new leader and re-re-recycled Kim Beazley once more. Mark also has a habit of not showing up at court hearings relating to him allegedly attacking photographer Ross Schultz and destroying his $9000.- camera in January 2006. In Mark's defence we must note that the photographer was a nuisance jumping on him as he left a fast food restaurant and invading his privacy.
In 2006 Mark's book 'The Latham Diaries' hit the shops,
in this book he manages to insult just about every senior Labor politician,
from the current party leader Kim Beazley all the way back to Gough Whitlam.
John Howard's party thought this book was the best thing since sliced bread and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Mark Latham is the author of five other books on Australian public policy, including Civilising Global Capital (1998) and From the Suburbs (2003). Some highlights of the Latham Diaries include;
- Richard Butler; has not resigned as Governor of Tasmania but was sacked for getting pissed at the Royal wedding in Denmark.
- Kevin Rudd; treacherous, nasty piece of work, addicted to the media and leaking. A junior minister in government, at best.
- Kim Beazley; indecent, dirty dog, stands for nothing and does nothing.
- Amanda van Stone; junkfood guts.
- Bob McMullan; combover.
- Bob Carr; A grade asshole.
After the book had been published Bob Hawke commented that he had tried very hard to stop the Labor Party from choosing Mark as a leader as he knew it was a disaster waiting to happen.
Ex-New South Wales MP, Aboriginal affairs minister, and Labor frontbencher Milton Orkopoulos was found guilty on 28 sex and drug counts in 2008, he used to offer teenage boys cannabis and then have sex with them when the drugs took effect.
Mike Berwick was part of the crowd of hippies and greenies
that protested in the 1984 Bloomfield Track Blockade at Cape
Tribulation, but when the battle was lost and the other greenies left
the area he stayed on and became editor of local newspaper the Mossman
Gazette, part time barramundi farmer, and Mayor of the Douglas Shire in
1991, and thanks to the lack of competition remained so for an unbelievable
Under his leadership the Douglas Shire Council kept the local newspaper well filled with one controversy and blunder after the other, ratepayers dollars were wasted on studies whose recommendations were rarely followed up, a stream of expensive courtcases, an illegal ferry tax that was ordered to be abolished by the Ombudsman, a ferry debacle, an illegally (half)built $375,000 toilet block that was never finished and a controversial townplan that stopped people from building a house on their own freehold land.
His entire council was on the brink of being sacked several times and was labelled as "dysfunctional" by the State Government Minister, after several Crime and Misconduct inquiries the council's CEO was sacked, and in August 2007 Local Government Minister Andrew Fraser solved the problem of this dysfunctional council by amalgamating the Douglas Shire with Cairns Shire so Mike and the other six councillors can go and look for a new job.
Although the state wide shire amalgamation had mainly been for the purpose of eliminating financially troubled shires this amalgamation was the perfect opportunity for the State Government to once and for all get rid of the dysfunctional council that had wasted so much of their time over the years with one inquiry after the other, even though the Douglas Shire had not shown any financial problems yet. Years later when an accountant did a review of figures in the final year of this council he discovered that they were not in good shape financially.
During an unsuccesul de-amalgamation rally Mike used the argument that council rates were going up for everyone.
Well, as a Daintree resident, I can tell you that my rates in 2010 were 20% lower than back in 1995, so taking into account 15 years of inflation, I probably pay half the rates to Cairns Regional Council than I did to Mike's old Douglas Shire Council ! And I now have a sealed road and bridges so I don't have to risk my life on flooded causeways anymore!
Mike Berwick has managed to make himself very unpopular with a lot of people, two of the main reasons were;
Reason 1 - Mike Berwick's stance on electricity.
One of the issues that has frustrated residents north of the Daintree
river over the years is that Mike Berwick was fiercely against providing
grid electricity to their houses, while there is a cable across
the Daintree river providing mains electricity to Mike Berwick and
If Mike had devoted only a fraction of the time and effort
that he put in to his controversial townplan, in to the installation of
an environmentally friendly mini-grid then residents and business could
get rid of their noisy polluting generators and no more lead acid batteries
would pile up around the place.
While tourists are fed romantic sounding crap that they are visiting the largest renewable energy community in Australia, there is a steady stream of fuel trucks driving up and three million litres of diesel and petrol a year are being burned up by inefficient generators that need regular oil changes and repairs, and hundreds and hundreds of old and used lead-acid batteries are piling up, an environmental disaster in which Mike Berwick has played a major role.
There are many reasons why solar electricity does not work in the Daintree and it has re-defined the definition of renewable energy.
Reason 2 - The townplan - After the 2004
Douglas Shire Council elections all hell broke loose.
Most people with a bit of a brain in this area are busy running succesful tourism businesses and don't have time for politics so thanks to this lack of competition Mike Berwick was re-elected as Mayor of the Douglas Shire once again.
After being re-elected he set off the bomb he had been preparing in secret; a 12 month ban on all building and developments in the area north of his house up to Cape Tribulation, to be followed by a townplan that stopped many people from building on their own freehold land.
An information day was organized at the local school to tell devastated residents exactly how screwed they were, and no less than three police officers were at Mike Berwick's side to protect him from natural justice.
Thanks to his actions the area from north of his house to Cape Tribulation has become the Bermuda Triangle of property investment, property prices have plummeted and sales have stagnated, people that had bought land to build their dreamhome suddenly found themselves with a worthless piece of land that could not be built on.
Other people that had owned land for years or decades were suddenly told that they could either sell their land to council for peanuts, or invest in lawyers to attempt compensation through the courts. Numerous divorces and even some suicides have been blamed on this townplan that won a planning award from Brisbane, but no human rights awards from Amnesty International.
Opinions on Mike Berwick are very divided, some people think
he is a hero for saving the Daintree with his radical townplan, many others
hate him intensely for having restricted people's rights to build on their
own freehold land and to deny them electricity. And to add insult to injury,
all the restrictions Mike brought in did not start north of the Daintree
No, they started north of the Alexandra Range (north of Mike's house so he was never affected).
Daintree residents suffered years of stress until the townplan was sorted out, they are still waiting for electricity grid, and several suicides are blamed on his actions.
Mike used to run a barramundi farm and he has had regular battles with rival barramundi farmer Geff McCloy who runs an award-winning barramundi farm near Wonga beach. He claimed that Mike was using his position in local government to make life difficult for him, Mike responded with various statements that he later had to withdraw when he lost a defamation courtcase in 2008 and he was also ordered to place a big ad in the local newspaper apologising to McCloy and his family.
Cairns Regional Council tried to clean up the mess left
behind by the old Douglas Shire Council.
They have demolished the half built $375000 loo with a view, paid out ex-DSC employees unfairly sacked, bridges have been built across causeways where cars got washed down creeks every wet season, and they have done a study in to how to solve the electricity issue.
But just as they were getting somewhere the Douglas Shire is about to be de-amalgamated again!
Together with band of followers Mike formed Friends Of Douglas
Shire (FODS), which hassled the State Government for years to turn the
clock back and de-amalgamate the Douglas Shire. The people that were happy
to be part of Cairns Shire were not organized or heard so State Govt actually
started believing that the majority of residents wanted to split from
Cairns Council and organized a referendum for people to have their say,
even though the Treasury Department had advised against it when they calculated
that the cost of the exercise would be too much of a burden on the ratepayers
and the Shire was deemed financially unviable.
FODS made many claims which were unmasked on opposition websites Peopleofdouglas.org , happywithcairns.org, and Douglas Ratepayers Group but the referendum on March 9 still resulted in a majority yes vote thanks to large emotional Port Douglas crowds voting yes, the rest of the shire voted a majority no so now the shire is being amalgamated again, at great expense to ratepayers, and against the professional advice of a bus load of financial experts and high profile politicians. A very risky gamble and if no competent councillors can be found and history repeats itself then ratepayers will have to foot the bill of a re-amalgamation long before they would have finished paying off their de-amalgamation.
In 1995 she became the youngest woman to ever enter federal
parliament in Australia, and to lead a political party. And in 2003, after
serving two four year terms with the Democrats, also became the youngest
politician to qualify for a pension since Nationals senator Bill O'Chee.
At the age of 34, she was now eligible for an indexed pension of $51,380
for life, but kept on going strong as Senator for South Australia.
In October 2006, while she was preggo and had to be operated on a complication, she evaluated her situation and decided to retire when the next elections are up, to spend more time at home with husband Ian Smith and son Conrad. This will make her one of Australia's youngest parliamentary pensioners at the age of 37, qualifying for an indexed pension for life of nearly $67,000 a year, boosted by additonal allowances for spending 14 months as leader of the Democrats.
Nigel Scullion was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Nationals in 2007. Not long after that reports hit the media that once while he headed an Australian delegation to a national fisheries conference in St. Petersburg he ended up stripped to his underpants handcuffed to a pole in a sleezy Russian nightclub. When asked about this he made no silly excuses like Kevin Rudd who claimed to be too drunk to remember anything about the New York strip club, he happily admitted that this night had been one of the best nights of his life, and he highly recommended to anyone never to refuse an offer to go drinking with Icelandic whalers and Canadian crab fishermen.
Forget about 22 year old Deputy Mayor Ehrlich above, we have been advised that Nick Adams was voted to be the Deputy Mayor of Ashfield on his 21st birthday!
In the days that he was Prime Minister he managed to seriously piss off Malaysia's Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir by labelling him a "recalcitrant". Despite numerous calls refused to apologize for this resulting to cancellations of billions fo dollars of contracts and trade, even at his retirement in late 2003 Dr. Mahathir was still grumbling about it and according to the Bangkok Post he had been instrumental in many Asian trade conferences to block trade deals with Australia so it will never be possible to calculate how many billions of dollars that one word has cost Australia. This was not the only time he insulted somebody, you can see some of his other insults here... In 1986 he also managed to upset people at home by warning that if they didn't work harder Australia would become a banana-republic and created a recession that he said "we had to have". Before he became Prime Minister and was still a treasurer under Guiness Book of Records beer-drinking record holder Prime Minister Bob Hawke he floated the Aussie dollar that crashed from U$90c to U$57c but he reckons that this saved the country because otherwise "it would have knocked the country int a cocked hat". In 2004 his ex-wife told media how he she had been dumped by him at a dinner party, he thought that dinner at a friend's house was a suitable time and place to announce to his wife that he had decided to break up with her!
Although officially retired from politics he still keeps voicing his opinions through the media from time to time, in March 2010 calling Tony Abbott a nutter and intellectual nobody.
A fish and chips shop owner who rose to fame after being
elected in 1996, founding the political party One Nation in 1997 and expressing
her rather radical views on Asian immigration and Aboriginal welfare which
caused huge embarrassment to Australia in neighbouring Asian countries
ans saw her expelled from the Liberal Party, and her first parliamentary
speech where she warned the country of being swamped by Asians send a
few shock waves around the country and the world.
She later went on a downhill slide when investigations turned up irregularities in the party's dealings like electoral fraud. Pauline and her co-founder David Ettridge were convicted and put in jail where they remained for three months until released after on their third appeal in November 2003 the conviction for electoral fraud was overturned. Ironically enough she had actively campaigned for tougher sentencing before she got what she had asked for. Tony Abbott came under some criticism after her release as he had been the driving force behind the witch hunt raising the money for the legal representation to put her in jail.
She was also the inventor of the phrase "please explain" which found its way into the vocabulary of many Aussies, and she has a musical son named Adam who recorded the song 'Innocence' to raise funds for his mother's legal battles, you can buy it on Pauline's official website www.paulinehanson.org.au
In July 2004 the nation became aware of her sexy 20 year old daughter Lee when she modelled for Ralph men's magazine, dressed in a bikini which had been chosen by Pauline, after several other (smaller) ones had not been approved. Lee scored heaps better than her mother, in a 2004 survey by FHM magazine Pauline was voted the least attractive woman in Australia, followed by Senator Amanda Vanstone.
Although she had said once, when released from jail, that she would have to have "rocks in her head" to ever join politics again she still stood as an independent candidate again during the October 2004 elections. Although she did not get enough votes to re-start a political career she did get more votes by herself than the entire Labour Party.
Mid 2007: Pauline has announced a come-back with Pauline's
United Australia Party, to be shown on the ballot papers as the abbreviation
Pauline. At the age of 53 she is not giving up and plans to re-enter politics,
but with a change of tactic, her main policy of the past of warning the
country of the danger of Asian immigration has now shifted to calling
for a ban on Muslim immigration.
January 2008: Kevin Rudd has promised a review of how political parties get paid for their election campaign costs. At the moment you get paid a $2.10 per vote and this has resulted in Pauline's United Australia Party receiving $213,095.- , way more than what she actually spent on her campaign.
February 2010: Pauline has had enough of Australia and is selling her house and packing her bags to move to the UK.
Some controversy erupted when news hit the media that she would not sell the house to a muslim.
We seriously wonder how long she will last there, she used to be worried about Australia being swamped by migrants, wait till she sees the situation in England!
November 2010: Pauline could have saved herself time and money if she had read the above paragraph and taken my advice, she's back in Oz after a stint in Europe and, you guessed it, she did not like the UK because it was too full of immigrants!
March 2011: The media reports that Pauline is going to enter the elections again (for the seventh time) but they reckon she is doomed from the start.
Peter Garrett was born in Sydney, is a committed Christian,
married with three daughters, studied art and law, headed the Australian
Conservation Foundation for years and was lead singer of Midnight Oil
from 1973 onwards.
Their songs had strong political lyrics condemning uranium and all other sorts of mining and US militairy, and supporting environment and Aboriginal rights.
Peter first attempted to get into Australian politics in 1984 with his Nuclear Disarmament Party but did not manage to get enough votes. In June 2004, when Labor leader Mark Latham was trying to appeal to the younger voters, he was made Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation and the Arts In June 2005.
In December 2006 Kevin Rudd, the newly-elected Labor Party leader, announced that he had given Peter the job of Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment & Heritage and Arts.
Greenies were delighted with Peter Garret, known for his strong views on nuclear and environmental issues, now being responsible for the environment. But much to their surprise and dismay Peter by now had softened and modified many of his previous views, the American base at Pine Gap was now OK with him, and he approved the Bell Bay Pulp Mill in the environmentally sensitive Tamar Valley in Tasmania, a controversial plan to dredge Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, a major gas plant on a West Australian island surrounded by fragile eco systems, and a major expansion of South Australia's Beverley uranium mine, which was heavily criticized by the Australian Conservation Foundation (of which Peter once was president for ten years of his life). Opposition members called it the Greatest Backflip In Australian History and many Midnight Oil fans were also bitterly disappointed.
On the positive side, Peter has also received several awards ranging from the Australian Humanitarian Foundation Award to a Member of the Order of Australia, and although his band Midnight Oil had split up in 2002 he regrouped with them several times for fundraising concerts for the Asian Tsunami and the Victorian bushfire appeal.
But in February 2010 the shit hit the fan with the Home Insulation Fiasco, a massive WOFTAM in which $2.5 billion dollars was spent on dodgy home insulation batts, leading to a spate of house fires and four people killed installing it, Peter got the blame for it all and was demoted.
Here is a selection of Midnight Oil songs where you can hear Peter in action, and a parody by The Chasers:
Queensland Liberal Peter Slipper slipped out of the parliamentary
chamber for a quick visit to the toilet on December 12, 2002 . However,
after finishing his business in there he was unable to open the door to
return to the chamber. He unsuccessfully pushed and pulled the door bit
it would not move! Fortunately he had his mobile phone on him and he rang
fellow Liberal MP Peter Lindsay to organize a rescue party to save him
from his entrapment. Four security guards left Australia's government
in the parliamentary chamber unprotected and vulnerable to terrorist attack
and raced to the toilets to rescue the imprisoned politician. They did
not take long to resolve the situation and calmly slid open the toilet
door. He was in the toilet for the disabled which has a sliding door!
Speaker Neil Andrew said MPs should sharpen their toilet know-how in time
for the Christmas party period.
In 2008 his name appeared again in the media when he was alleged to have made a mobile phonecall from an Aussie navy ship in the Red Sea that gave away their position and the next mission had to be abandoned.
Late 2011 he became the Speaker of Parliament, and in early 2012 re-instated the old tradition of walking in procession through Parliament House, but onlookers were more amused comparing the procession to a bunch of people trying to find their way to the fancy dress party rather than being impressed. Meanwhile police were investigating how he spends nearly $1100 a day of taxpayers money on expenses.
Not much later he was in the news headlines once again, for turning up for a speech at an ANZAC function at an RSL club dressed in jeans.
And to top it off in April 2012 33 year old James Ashby filed sexual harrasment claims against him claiming that Peter had only hired him in his office to pursue a sexual relationship and he wants compensation.
Peter joined the 2013 elections but won very few votes.
Robert Borsak (born 14 August 1953 is a recreational hunter
and shooter and is now an elected MP of the Shooters and Fishers Party.
He was chosen by the Shooters and Fishers Party to fill the New South
Wales Legislative Council vacancy caused by the death of Roy Smith on
30 July 2010.
Robert went to northern Zimbabwe to hunt elephants. On a two-week trip he killed several, including a bull elephant he shot in the head from a distance of six paces.
"My reflexes took over as the rifle fired … he went down, as if in slow motion," writes Mr Borsak in an article entitled Bulls in the Rain posted on the internet. "It was awesome. He did not know what had hit him."
Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, managed to stay in his position for considerable time from 1949 till 1966. Most remembered for introducing conscription, sending lots of young Aussies to Vietnam ( quite a few went in hiding as well to avoid going), keeping Aborigines under the thumb and for keeping Australia white, prosperous and free of evils like communism and Asians. Later became a Sir and wrote several books and has the Menzies Foundation named after him.
Roy Smith was an MP for the NSW Shooters Party and he reckoned that children should start firearms training from age 10 and shooting programs should become part of school curriculums.
Victorian Senator and Federal Communications Minister Stephen
Conroy, the man in charge of Australia's broadcasting standards, was speaking
at the National Press Club in Canberra in December 2011 about Australia
as a place to do business when he dropped the F-bomb.
The debate was being broadcast live on ABC TV just before a children's TV show so he surprised a lot of people when he said; "If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk, but if a tax goes down that's f***ing fantastic, excuse me, that is fantastic.''
Mr Highway was one of seven candidates running for mayor
in the Darwin City Council elections on May 29 2004 and has the idea to
make Darwin the Amsterdam of Australia by legalizing drugs. He says that
once he gets the job of Lord Mayor he will accelerate the Network Against
Prohibition campaign for the re-legalisation of all drugs that would attract
thousands of tourists from all around the globe. Cannabis will be sold
from local cafes and other drugs would be available from licensed sellers.
Stuart Highway was sentenced early October to 8 months jail for his involvement in a Community Smoke-In held at Darwin in October 2002. The Smoke-in had been organised by the drug law-reform group the Network Against Prohibition (NAP), of which Mr Highway is a founding member. NAP formed to oppose the Martin Government’s ‘drug house’ legislation , this allows police to glue a 1.2 metre high fluro green poster on your front door declaring your home a drughouse.
For more info on the 'Free Stuart Highway' campaign and on how you can visit him in Berrimah Prison click here...
Terry Martin started his political career as Mayor of Glenorchy, then in May 2004 became a member of the Australian Labor Party in Tasmania, left the party to continue as an independent member, and next got convicted for creating child pornography and having sex with a 12 year old girl.
Tom Koutsantonis is the South Australian Road Safety Minister but despite this impressive title he has built up a list of more than 30 traffic offences which include speeding, running red lights, using mobile phone while driving etc. He had also lost his licence for three months a few years ago.
Anthony John "Tony" Abbott was born in London
on 4 November 1957 and is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the
Australian House of Representatives and federal leader of the centre-right
Liberal Party of Australia, but very soon to be Australia's 28th Prime
Minister as a result of the September 2013 elections.
After the defeat of the Howard government at the 2007 federal election, he was Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs until he resigned from Malcolm Turnbull's shadow cabinet on 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party support for an Emissions Trading Scheme.
His earlier pursuits in life included boxing, a stint as a journalist, and studies for Catholic Priesthood, but this only earned him the "Mad Monk" title and he moved on to other things. He also had a preggo girlfriend when he was 19 years old, and although he did not keep in touch with either her or the child that was adopted by others, amazingly enough this child was decades later working for the ABC at Parliament House (it's a small world, ain't it? but DNA test revelead that the girlfriend had been rooting around as Tony was found to be not the father.
Tony is against gay marriage (although he has a lesbian sister), abortion and euthanasia, which I personally find a backward train of thought, why should you let people suffer more than animals when they are in pain and going to die anyway?
In 1998, Tony established a trust fund called "Australians for Honest Politics Trust" to help finance civil court cases against the One Nation party and its founders, Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge. Prosecution resulted in Hanson & Ettridge being imprisoned. The conviction against Hanson was ultimately overturned and she was released from jail again.
The Abbott Coalition opposition was defeated at the 2010 federal election by the incumbent Julia Gillard Labor government, who formed a minority government after gaining support of an Australian Greens MP and three independent MPs. Abbott was re-elected unopposed to the party leadership following the election.
Tony worked hard to stop Julia (or Ju-Liar as he calls her) from introducing her carbon tax and has promised to repeal the law when he becomes PM.
Tony did cop some criticism for the type of banners used at the carbon tax protest rally, the banner DITCH THE WITCH with Julia flying on a broom was considered to be not in good taste and Bob Brown did not appreciate the big banner with the text " JULIAR, BOB BROWN'S BITCH". Fair enough, Bob is gay so what would he want a female bitch for?
During the 2013 election campaign he copped some criticism for using the word sex appeal in connection with a female party member. He laughed it off as irrelevant but Kevin Rudd launched into a tirade that sexism has no place in today's world, forgetting that only a few years ago he himself was accused of touching strippers in a New York nightclub to which he replied; I dunno, I was too drunk to remember...
Western Australian Liberal Party politician Troy Buswell resigned as opposition leader in 2008 after sniffing the seat of a female staff member, but continued his career and got in further trouble by snapping another staff member's bra strap when he was drunk, several wrong travel claims and an extra marital affair with Greens MP Adele Carles.
Warren Entsch is currently the Federal Member for Leichhardt
(Queensland north of Cairns) and Chief Opposition Whip.
Warren has spent most of his life living, working and travelling extensively in Far North Queensland, making him fully aware of issues directly affecting Queensland's northern-most residents.
One issue Warren has a strong opinion about is the lack
of electricity grid in the Daintree.
For many years consecutive state governments and Mike Berwick have denied residents of the area north of the river from Alexandra Range to Cape Tribulation the basic human right to have electricity connected to their houses.
While for 17 years their mayor Mike Berwick lived north of the Daintree river connected to mains power most other residents struggled to pay the bills for diesel, generator repairs and replacements, batteries to make their houses livable and their businesses operational. United Nations has defined this type of struggle as Energy Poverty.
This situation continues today and while you are reading this masses of generators are roaring guzzling three million litres of fuel per year and pumping tonnes of carbon dioxide into world heritage listed rainforest.
Read more here about the pollution in the Daintree, and more here about Daintree Hour
While most politicians do not care about them the Daintree residents are lucky to have Warren Entsch on their side, he has been a driving force in solving the issue of energy poverty and pollution, the Queensland GOvernment has now rescinded the Daintree Energy Policy that stopped the grids, and now the way is clear to install an environmentally friendly grid power system, thereby restoring and fulfilling human and civil political rights to residents north of the Daintree River.
Warren's diverse career history has given him a unique insight when representing his constituency in Canberra. He has worked as a railway porter, insurance clerk, real estate salesman, fitter and turner with a mining company, grazier, and crocodile farmer. He served Australia for nine years in the RAAF as an aircraft engine fitter, and has been Chairman of the Cape York Peninsula Advisory Group and the Peninsula Brach of the Cattlemen's Union and was Vice Chairman of the Australian Crocodile Industry Association.
Warren Entsch resigned as the Parliamentary Secretary to devote more time to his electorate prior to his retirement from politics at the 2007 election and to give him more time to spend with number one priority his 12 year-old-son and family.
For more info on Warren Entsch visit his official website.
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