Oz-Election Reader – August 7, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Politics, simulacra, narrative and the election
  • – “Character archetypes frame the manner in which politicians are discussed. Is Kevin Rudd the hero betrayed, or the martyr or the failed and defeated? sI Julia Gillard a bold heroine or a scheming betrayer? Is Tony Abbott the comic relief, the bold challenger or the threatening presence? The manner in which the key players are constructed depends not really on the events, but on the particular narrative that is being created, by the story that is being told.”

  • Begin Rant: Ding dong the filter is DEAD.
  • – “Twitter exploded a few moments ago with news that the Liberal Party will block the proposed internet filter. This now means that every party except Family First and the Labor Party oppose the filter, and there is no way it will pass the Senate.

    To everyone who doubted the power of grassroots action, I’d like to say (with a smile) suck on this.”

  • Meet a woman behind the paranoid public debate about asylum seekers
  • – “She tried to get a passport but couldn’t – her country’s government won’t give passports to women still able to bear children, still young enough to fight in the army. Even if their husband has been killed in battle. Without a passport, she couldn’t get a visa. Of course you could argue that in leaving, she was avoiding the legal requirements of her country. That’s true. So were the people who died trying to scale the Berlin Wall.”

  • A plea for some real political action for children with disabilities
  • – “So many issues haven’t made it on to the election radar. Indigenous health, rural and remote health, preventative health…and the list goes on.”

  • Fuckpoliteness comes out of retirement to say DON’T VOTE ABBOTT!
  • – “Depending on who’s speaking when and on what topic I’ve shouted or shut my mouth. I’ve shouted at my boss because I know I can, I’m not ‘bullying’ anyone when I do that and because the defending the ‘no means no’ stuff was a bridge WAY too far and in that moment I knew that I didn’t care if I lost my job, I wasn’t going to say it was okay to make those remarks. I haven’t shouted at the co-worker in question over the lawsuit stuff, mostly because I’m staggered at her baseless assertions about the woman in question and the ‘piss taking’ lawsuit and I’m concerned that if I really push her and say ‘You don’t give ANYTHING to back up your views, give me something other than YOUR FEELINGS or repeating your assertions and we can talk’ that things will be said that make it impossible to work together – I don’t feel like I can yell at a co-worker the way I can with my boss, so I sit there going ‘Are you fucking KIDDING ME?’.”

  • Did you think their help came without strings attached?
  • – “Of course it’s a disgrace for Anglicare to play politics with the provision of a fundamentally-needed service (what an ugly look for a supposedly humanitarian organisation) – but it’s more of a disgrace that governments have let themselves (and we’ve let them let themselves) become so dependent on these organisations that this kind of threat is in some way persuasive. They’re kind of like loan sharks – they offer to help the government out of a jam, and then threaten to break its kneecaps if it ever stands up to them.”

  • Wishing my head had fallen off
  • – “And that was it, the point where it would have been better if my head had fallen off, because it would have forced me to stop reading.

    Now, I get that people are unhappy with the change of leadership and the way it came about and I can see why you might not like it. I get it, because I have been uncomfortable with the way the ALP organises its affairs for a very great number of years. It’s one of the reasons I am not a member of the ALP.

    What I don’t get – or perhaps what I wish I didn’t get – is why this particular manoeuvre is the one that makes you buy out of the process.”

  • Journalists shine a light on their own obsessions
  • – “None of those issues were addressed by the journalists at the press conference. In fact, Labor’s policy barely got a look-in. Instead, Gillard was bombarded with questions about how the media was managed at today’s meeting with Kevin Rudd, her body language during the meeting with Rudd, and Mark Latham’s presence as a “journalist” for the Nine Network.”

  • Election 2010: Day 22 (or seriously, what’s the point?)
  • – “The press conference was dominated but[sic] the appearance of Mark Latham, who is being paid by Channel 9 to play the role of “journalist” in an upcoming episode of 60 Minutes. Yep Channel 9, which through Laurie Oakes’s exclusives has arguably been the must watch news program of this campaign, decided to flush any vestige of credibility down the nearest toilet and pulled out Latham to cover the campaign. It’s[sic] actual journalists must feel so valued.”

  • Is the filter truly dead?
  • – “Does this mean the battle of the last three years has ended in victory? Can we all pack up and move on? Yes and no – but there’s cause for plenty of optimism.”

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