Government of Turnbull's Lefty thing is catching on - Queen's Birthday Honours compiled by, for and of The Left
Monday, 12 June 2017
Gay marriage, climate change, carbon tax spruiking - these are a few of the Order of Australia's new favourite things.
Paul Keating once said, "Change the government, change the country".
After the disastrous crap ideologically driven spending of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years, Tony Abbott was just starting to live up to the mantra - far too slow, far too little, but at least he was heading in the right direction.
That meant reversing the carbon tax, shutting down the climate commission and (according to the plan anyway) nudging the culture of the country back towards revering real things like war service, volunteering, running a tight budget and building infrastructure.
Change the Government, change the country. Out with the conservative old and in with the empty headed egos without a cause.
Now with Turnbull, Bishop and their Lefty mates setting the tone now it's no surprise that the highest honours in the land are being conferred on the biggest wankers.
The 2017 Queen's Birthday honours list is the most progressive in Australian history with the top award going to advocates of climate change, same sex-marriage, philanthropists and the nation's leading actress.
Cate Blanchett was made a companion in the general division of the Order of Australia (AC) in recognition of service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, director of artistic organisations, role model for women and her support for humanitarian and environmental causes.
Ross Garnaut, economist and climate change and long-time adviser to government, was made a companion (AC) in recognition of his economic leadership on energy efficiency and climate change policy and the development of Australia-Asia Pacific relations.
Professor Garnaut, 71, received an AO in 1993 for his role in restructuring the Australian economy as Bob Hawke's senior economic adviser.
"I'm very pleased to be the recipient of an award that also both honours the work of many people and recognises the change that climate and the environment have traversed over the past decade," he said on Sunday.
"As I said when delivering the Climate Change Review in 2008, it takes an old dog for a hard road and this has been a hard road for a lot of people."
Prof Garnaut said he hoped that Australia would take its place in the world in combatting the effects of climate change.
Another AC recipient who has been a forceful proponent of the need for society to confront climate change was ANU and Princeton political philosopher Philip Pettit.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, a high profile advocate of marriage equality, also received the top gong.
Read more at the Canberra Times.
And because too many times is never enough, here's the sort of absolute pointless smart-alek trash poor old Ross Garnaut trotted out in the climate change halcyon days. For this, the judges have given him the nation's highest honour.
And with more on change the government change the country - here's Michael Smith News just after Tony Abbott was sworn in.
Cate Blanchett was seriously worried about women. Seriously. And she was reading The Misogyny Factor by Ann Summers.
Small Mercies. But you know something? News of this calamity will probably be overwhelmed by Mr Abbott's first day.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Cate Blanchett was an important ornament in The Rudd Process. Photographs of Cate were a key deliverable for The Rudd 2020 Summit.
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Cate did pensive.
Cate did cautious.
Cate did open to alternative (but still fashionable) views.
Cate laughed at "funded-by" man's jokes.
But it looks like a brilliant career might now be stalled at the start-line and you already know why. Misogyny. But not building site wolf whistle misogyny - this is more famous misogyny than that. The culprit here is big-misogyny, global-misogyny, the sort of misogyny that Anne Summers gets up every day to root out.
So now, all because of the Global Misogyny Conspiracy, our nation's political processes will be forever deprived of these - and possibly even more - facial expressions.
Sky News reports on the news that has political strategists on each side heading back to their great big whiteboards. Want proof that misogyny is at play here? Sky News's white-anglo, dominant-paradigm men (~80% confidence level that's true) have this story filed under "Showbiz" and not man-topics like politics.
How can a putative political operative hope to be taken seriously when she's pigeon-holed by faceless men who wouldn't know a committed fashionable-cause promoter even if they got sprung perving at her outtakes?
Cate Blanchett's fears for women
Updated: 05:40, Wednesday September 18, 2013
Cate Blanchett has told Sky News she has ruled out going into politics, although she is concerned that a 'wave of conservatism sweeping the globe' is affecting the role of women in society.
The Australian is in London to promote her new film, 'Blue Jasmine', directed by Woody Allen.
He is famous for making muses of his leading ladies but Blanchett, who describes herself as a feminist, believes equality for women has yet to be achieved.
'I'm reading a book by Ann Summers called 'The Misogyny Factor', and I feel that all of the steps forward that we've made ... a lot of those have been rescinded,' she said.
'Conservatism is affecting the way women perceive who they are in the world.'
When asked about the sexism scandal involving Australia's former prime minister Julia Gillard, the actress said: 'Whether you admire her as a politician or not, as a woman and out of respect for the office of the Prime Minister, how she was treated was quite shocking.'