|Misogyny and Politics
||[Nov. 25th, 2007|06:44 pm]
|||||Mukaizake - Pilot||]|
I took great pride in putting the "What Women Want" Party last at numbers 53 and 54 on the senate ticket. I just love analysing women in politics. Take Pru Goward for instance, women's rights advocate, then runs for the conservatives and helps campaign for lower wages for women. Fantastic work. Showing real feminist spirit there!
I also had to laugh at our now ex-prime minister during the week. He came out with this absolute gem, "You can't learn by reading a book. You can't learn by reading a book." Is it any wonder that the rest of the world classes us Ostrelans as idjots? Christ, we've voted this guy in 4 times. We have deserved to be hated internationally.
But thankfully that is now at an end. Our far right wing leader of the "Liberal" party is no more. My American readers, please work that sentence out for me. And an ever so slightly less right wing government is now in power. It's a great day for us Australian lefties. Lol! And a good day for us greenies. Good vote, a lot of new seats, and a destruction of the Democrats. No more preferencing the tories when campaigning for refugee rights. Christ I hate them so much. Fucking females in politics. Single handedly kept Howard in power in 2001. And their destruction as a party is totally justified. The local green senator from WA looks like Chas from the Chaser. Quite funny really.
This is the first election I haven't done any work for the greens since 2001. The last state election kind of put me off, when I was chased around by one of the liberal party campaign organisers with a hammer. That put me off quite a bit. So I gave the liberal how to vote carders a fair amount of lip. Usually I'm a lot more subtle... but got some "body language" happening as well. Lol!
Anyway, it was a fun night at the UnionsWA hq and beyond, and was really good to see so many young people out and about who had clearly been involved. Previously, I had been the only one out adorning election paraphernalia, but it was nice to see an obvious generational shift in force this time.
Personally, it means a lot to me. It means a future in this country for me to continue doing environmental based studies, and gives me a heap of motivation and cause for optimism.
And my mum is now quite likely to score a senior adviser position for the education minister. So I am very happy for her. She is on the other side of the island of psycho, but I guess you have to be there to be that intelligent. So the teachers on my friends list will be quite happy to hear that. Oodles of experience with lobbying against Howard changes as a head of various headmaster groups. Lecturer, academic, teacher, administrator, consultant, she's pretty much done it all when it comes to the education system. And a closet socialist to boot! Lol!
Anyway, I have an exam tomorrow. Only need 30% because I'm sitting on an HD at the moment, but this has given me a lot of motivation, and put me in the perfect mood for it. And in my cram session, I wont forget Howard's words of wisdom, that you can't learn from reading a book.
Anyway, an end to work "choices", a start on environmental action, and an end to middle fingering towards working people... for now.
It's a start.