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Saturday, August 25, 2007

not happy, Peter...

Peter Garrett, Labor Shadow Minister for, among other things, Climate Change and the Environment, was up here in the mountains at a community meeting last night, giving a little pep talk to help get Bob Debus elected...

Well, I had to go, didn't I? I mean, Blue Sky Mine and all that...

So there I was, getting really bored with the endless rhetoric about how we mustn't do anything bad to the economy while trying to protect the planet, an oxymoronic concept if ever there was one, when I got my question in:

"The old Peter Garrett used to have huge problems with uranium mining, but the new Peter Garrett seems to have far less of a problem with it. Peter, could you share with us the epiphany you had which led you make such a shift?"

Well, didn't that get him and Bob excited...

I was told in no uncertain terms that this question had been "dealt with" and that Peter was now a "team player". Peter went on to say something along the lines of "if you want to make a difference you have to get elected" or some such obfuscation...

So, is he saying that you have to sell out on your anti-uranium mining ideals in order to "make a difference"? Is he saying he couldn't have got elected to the senate for the Greens? Is he saying that it's better to bury your integrity than to keep uranium buried, if it means you get to play on "the team"? I'm not sure what he was saying, but I am sure he flared up like I'd pushed a really, really BIG button...

8 Comments:

Blogger phil said...

One in every audience, eh? Well done.

August 25, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Heh! In a hall full of Labor supporters too... :-)

August 25, 2007 4:34 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

Hi
Love your blog and congrats on having a go at Petër Garrett. what ever happened to "It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees?"

Something that should be asked of him wherever he goes...

_Leann

August 27, 2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Thanks, Leann.

What happened to "It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees?"

He's now singing "It's better to be a 'team player' than to stick to your ideals".

Somehow I doubt he's sell a lot of
albums with cop-out crap like that.

He's allowed the Labor party to gut him. Just as they did Kernot...

Lots of "interesting" questions were asked of Peter, and all we got back was very shiny apparatchik spin.

August 27, 2007 8:08 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

A cute aside: I submitted this post as a letter to the editor of our local newspaper and they published it. I've now had 20 letters published in the local rag... Wow...

August 30, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Um, long story Gezz, but am, at this point, guessing that a person has to be a MEMBER of PARLIAMENT to make some sort of difference.
Just guessing, Gezzz.

September 01, 2007 9:17 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Beg to differ, Davo. John Lennon made a difference. Elvis made a difference. Joni Mitchell made a difference. Helen Caldicott made a diffenece. Bob Dylan made a difference. Etc, etc. And I think history will show that Peter Garrett made more of a difference as lead singer of Midnight Oil than he ever will as a Labor lackey. Just like Kernot, he will be buried by Labor. I posit that this was their intent all along. They could not afford to have Garrett pop up as a Greens senator, so they did a Kernot on him... Goodbye, Peter... You blew it...tcuexw

September 02, 2007 12:25 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Beg to differ, Davo. John Lennon made a difference. Elvis made a difference. Joni Mitchell made a difference. Helen Caldicott made a diffenece. Bob Dylan made a difference. Etc, etc. And I think history will show that Peter Garrett made more of a difference as lead singer of Midnight Oil than he ever will as a Labor lackey. Just like Kernot, he will be buried by Labor. I posit that this was their intent all along. They could not afford to have Garrett pop up as a Greens senator, so they did a Kernot on him... Goodbye, Peter... You blew it...

September 02, 2007 12:28 AM  

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