Since the year is nearly finished, I thought I might put together a list of 5 events that occurred this year that were either funny or controversial, That relates to Australian politics in general so after quite a bit of research this is what I have came up with.
1. Exhibit one: 30/5/12 Is titled, Run Abbott, Run, Run, Run.
This happens to be the lovely moment when the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott makes an attempt to flee the House of Representatives during a vote breaker. Another reason why I think that Australian political debates have turned into a joke but lucky for us we got a free comedy show above all else.
Exhibit 2 : 9/10/12 Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist
I have personally never ever heard of the word ‘misogyny’ in my years of living but Julia Gillard has taught me a word that would never get me kicked of class because it doesn’t sound like ‘sexism’ but means the same. Another bonus is watching a politician squirm in his seat when he realises he’s in trouble.
Exhibit 3: Alan Jones targeting the prime minister.
‘Julia Gillards father died of shame’ said by the none other then Alan Jones.
Alan Jones a radio broadcaster has always not been one to say nice words to the Prime minister, he caused controversy when he addressees some University students and said the following words .
“Last year, Jones said of Ms Gillard: “I’m putting her into a chaff bag and hoisting her into the Tasman Sea.”
“Jones has also claimed her behaviour in imposing the carbon price “borders on the treasonous”, and has agreed with one of his callers regarding Ms Gillard: “Yeah,that’s it. Bring back the guillotine!”(1)
Exhibit 4 : 4/10/12 The infamous text messages that toppled a speaker and became a polemic issue that will forever be in history.
The only Thing I can say about this one is what a disgrace to Australian politics, they should left it private and sorted it out in cosed doors. But neverteless, this is one of the most talked about things in politics this year and I have found out that,” James Ashby will today lodge a fresh sexual harassment claim against former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper with Fair Work Australia – despite a Federal Court judge throwing out his case last week for being an abuse of the court’s process”.
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Picture of Slipper from The Australian.com.au.
Exhibit 5: 5/12/12 Julia Gillard pronounces the ‘end of the world’.
The Prime minister decided to have a try at comedy. I applaud her for showing her critics that she does have a sense of humour, the She says, “she will always fight for us and closes by saying: “good luck to you all”. Oh and “at least this means I won’t have to do Q & A again”.
“When contacted, the Prime Minister’s office said: “What Australian doesn’t mind a laugh from time to time? Anyway, the world’s going to end tomorrow so shouldn’t you be writing about that?”(2) to watch the official video click here.
So this wraps up the list on the most controversial or in some cases, The funniest moments in Australian politics for 2012 .Hope you enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what the next political year to come brings, thats if we do survive.