As you’ve probably heard, Prime Minister Gillard has announced that the next Federal Election will be on the 14th of September, 2013. The announcement was made at the National Press Club in Canberra this afternoon, during her address to the Canberra Press Gallery.
‘We just made the phone call and that was it. We don’t get to make those decisions, we don’t get to make those calls, that’s done by other people. Our role is just to record and get the audio and wait to be told whether it’s OK or not OK.”
”It’s not up to us to make that decision. We just record it and then it goes to the other departments to work out. I don’t know what they then do with it. We just do what we do, which is make those calls.”
Late yesterday my old friend John Murch (aka RadioNotes) from Radio Adelaide gave me a heads up about Nick Cave’s new down-beat track, “Jubilee Street”. Now given the amount of times that I’ve pestered him (and Triple J’s Rosie Beaton) over the years with requests for songs by “Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds”, it’s pretty obvious that John knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation of hearing something from their new “Push The Sky Away” album for long. And as you can see from the album cover below, the sexual innuendo within “Push The Sky Away” is going to be rather high.
Now normally I don’t get involved with online brawls on Twitter, regardless of the topic that’s at hand. That’s predominantly because I think of such arguments as the adult equivalent of primary school “sword-fights” in the boys toilets. While the use of that particular metaphor is rather gross, it is an accurate description of the psychology behind most of the fights that occur on social media and also in real life on a daily basis. Needless to say, I steadfastly refuse to take sides in such brawls as well.
After reflecting upon how quickly the nature of this conversation turned ugly for a while though, from a purely academic standpoint I started to wonder if the current political environment within Canberra is really as toxic as some people make out, or if it only appears that way simply because that’s how we want it to be. That in turn made me wonder if politicians are really as embittered as we think they are, or if the blind ideological battles between some elements of the electorate have turned their images into unrealistic caricatures of what no human being could ever be possibly like.