Tasmania. Yes, it’s real. It’s “rat shit” and it should be merged into a super-state comprising of the island state, Victoria and South Australia.
That’s what former VIC premier Jeff Kennett told an audience of Tassie locals at a debate last night. Read about it on news.com.au. The ABC’s AM program reported that his rat droppings rhetoric and state-abolishing proposal were well-received by the audience.
Probably because Kennett delivered some hardarse common sense about what Van Diemen’s land needs to do to get booming. And also because there are a number of things for Tassie residents to be glum about, on the face of it at least. Like the tumours on the faces of the Tassie devil which are exterminating the island’s mascot.
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It is a good thing Jeff Kennett hasn’t decided to help stamp out smoking.
If so he could have sought a board position with a major tobacco company so he could change the business from within. Alternatively the former Victorian premier could have been working towards world peace by sitting on the board of British Aerospace or Lockheed Martin, helping to sell intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Instead, Jeff Kennett has decided to do his bit to end the nexus between mental illness and gambling by running a casino.
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While Jeff Kennett’s work in helping to found beyondblue, the National Depression Initiative, is to be commended, it’s now apparent he has lost his way and it’s time to resign as Chair.
First there was the unfortunate incident with the homophobic comments about gay and lesbian parents and the mental health of their children. Let me remind you what he so publicly communicated via an opinion piece in The Herald Sun:
“There is no substitute for parents of both genders. Happy heterosexual marriages are the best environment for the mental health of children.”
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TGIF, right? The weekend, of course, plays a huge role in our collective consciousness.
Rebecca Black doesn’t feel any need to get down on Tuesday. Rappers don’t name their Rollerskating Jams ‘Thursdays’.
Yet, recently we’re being lectured by those at the top of society’s payroll that we should start treating weekends just like any other days of the week. Suddenly, it seems like everyone who’s ever looked out a high-rise office window with a scotch in hand is against paying workers more on Saturdays and Sundays.
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When Hawthorn looked like crashing out of the finals, former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett came to the rescue.
Kennett, the Hawks’ president, didn’t flinch when he gave the Hawks players and coach Alastair Clarkson a giant kick up the butt last week. His strong criticism gave the media plenty to fuel in the lead-up to the Hawks’ do-or-die match against Melbourne.
Captain Sam Mitchell defended his Hawks teammates and an “outcoached” Clarkson after their pitiful loss to the Sydney Swans, while former Hawk star Shane Crawford hit out at Kennett.
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Channel Nine’s decision yesterday to cave in to the bullying of the Victorian Government and Beyond Blue is deeply depressing. No doubt the network could see it was in a lose-lose situation.
Even if it were to win in the courts and have the injunction lifted which prevented it from broadcasting a 60 Minutes piece on the suicides of four teenagers in Geelong, it would be forever hostage to the accusation it had blood on its hands if any others from the school were to take the final solution.
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