The ‘Rage’ of the deputies!

There is not a lot I watch on the ABC here in Australia, though I am a big fan of The Gruen Transfer

But I think I am going to have to book in watching this!

For the record, (scroll to the bottom to see choice) I am the biggest fan of Julie Bishops’ choices, a big crowded house fan too!

On Saturday, for the first time ever, three members of Parliament will host the ABC’s revered music video program, rage.

For a 2013 election special, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop and Deputy Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt will take to Aunty’s tatty couch to share their 20 favourite songs with the nation.

Adam Bandt, Anthony Albanese and Julie Bishop on the rage couch. Adam Bandt, Anthony Albanese and Julie Bishop on the rage couch.

Her party may enjoy playing coy when it comes to certain things like policy costings, and judging from Bishop’s favourite ditties by the likes of Beyonce, Whitney Houston and U2, so too does she.

The 57-year-old with the stare as cool as Siberia is a closet sappy idealist according to Curtin University’s Professor of Cultural Studies Jon Stratton.

“There’s a certain romanticism about her choices. I have always thought of Julie Bishop as a hard woman but here we have Crowded House’s song Better Be Home Soon about yearning for a lover.

Barnaby Joyce tickles Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese after a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House.Barnaby Joyce tickles Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese after a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House. Photo: Andrew Meares

“It’s the same with Whitney Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You. Although in Whitney’s case, it is the woman that is leaving and the strength of that song is found also in Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). There’s an overwhelming sense here of women having to make decisions and move on with their lives.

Mr Albanese’s playlist, featuring The Smiths, The Pixies, Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, is an homage to vintage alternative rock with a smattering of political undertones.

The inclusion of Midnight Oil’s Lucky Country is sure to raise a few eyebrows, given that Peter Garratt has now essentially left the ALP band.

Greens deputy leader and member for Melbourne Adam Bandt.Greens deputy leader and member for Melbourne Adam Bandt. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

“We’re all working on an easy way / Even when the debts are gone,” the former Federal MP sang in the early 80s anthem, which is an ode to being trapped by the working day and wanting a better life.

Albo’s despair and hope are the two themes which stand out in his playlist according to Professor Stratton.

“Anthony Albanese’s songs are very much about male anguish. The Go Between’s Lee Remick is about impossible love – of one being in love with a film star.

Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop.Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop.

“Wide Open Road by The Triffids is the classic male Australian song of despair, with lyrics like, ‘How do you think it feels / Sleeping by yourself / When the one you love/ Is with someone else’,’’ he notes.

While their ideologies may be poles apart, Bishop and Albanese’s playlists both feature tracks by Hunters & Collectors.

Albo is a fan of the underground hit The Slab while Bishop enjoys swaying her arms along to the classic ballad Throw Your Arms Around Me.

“They are very different songs. The Slab is an expression of tortured masculinity. Whether it refers to cunnilingus can be debated, as we need to remember the track’s full title isBetty’s Worry Or The Slab. But it is most definitely a song of male anxiety; just listen to the lyrics, ‘Out here in the street / naked in front of God and everyone’,” Professor Stratton said.

“Julie Bishop’s song is another yearning lover song. What a romantic that woman must be under her hard exterior!”

If things don’t work out politically for Christine Milne’s right-hand-man, Adam Bandt should consider a career in radio programming.

His list of relatively unknown, indie and local tunes has a certain Triple J cool mentality about it.

“Adam has listed one of the great songs about living in Australia, which is The Go Betweens’ Cattle and Cane. He also has R.E.M.’s Fall On Me, which, like so many of their songs, has a certain drama about it,” Professor Stratton said.

R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe claimed the song is about human oppression. It’s also thought to be concerned with acid rain.

“It’s a good song for someone with concerns about workers’ rights and the environment,” Professor Stratton added.

He notes 41-year-old Mr Bandt is a “good time guy who is clearly of the rave generation” with electro rave and “white funk” songs such as The Chemical Brothers Star Guitar andGirlfriend Is Better by Talking Heads.

“O-U-T but no hard feelings / What do you know? / Take you away / We’re being taken for a ride again,” David Byrne, dressed in an ill-fitting gray suit, sang in the 1984 hit.

With lyrics like that Professor Stratton suggests this track may be Bandt’s theme song for the upcoming election.

What to expect from the politician’s rage playlists…

Julie Bishop:

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce

Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters & Collectors

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House

Anthony Albanese:

Lee Remick – The Go Betweens

Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies

The Slab – Hunters & Collectors

Lucky Country – Midnight Oil

Wide Open Road – The Triffids

Adam Bandt:

Fall On Me – R.E.M.

Girlfriend Is Better – Talking Heads

Soon – My Bloody Valentine

Cattle and Cane – The Go Betweens

No Cars Go – Arcade Fire

rage Election 2013 Special, ABC 1, from 10.30am and repeated again at 11.20pm on Saturday, August 31.

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Australia Sucks!

Well here is the scientific proof that Australia does suck! (at more than just the rugby anyway)

The world’s sea levels fell in 2011 and it’s all Australia’s fault.

New US research shows Australia’s dry soil and mountainous coastline soaked up heavy rainfall in 2010 and 2011 and stopped it from flowing back into the ocean.

That effectively halted a long-term trend of rising sea levels which have been caused by higher temperatures and melting ice sheets.

“No other continent has this combination of atmospheric set-up and topography,” scientist John Fasullo, who worked on the study, said in a statement.

“Only in Australia could the atmosphere carry such heavy tropical rains to such a large area, only to have those rains fail to make their way to the ocean.”

The world’s oceans have been rising in recent decades by around three millimetres every year.

This is partly because heat has caused water to expand, and partly because run-off from retreating glaciers and ice sheets has made its way into the oceans.

But for an 18-month period beginning in 2010, the oceans mysteriously dropped by about seven millimetres, more than offsetting the annual rise, the study says.

The US scientists say this was mainly caused by Australia’s uniquely dry soil and land surface.

While some of the water evaporated in the desert sun, much of it sank into the dry, granular soil of the Western Plateau or filled the Lake Eyre basin in the east.

Since 2011, sea levels have been rising at a faster pace of about ten millimetres per year.


Hardly puts an end to the climate change debate but does add to the thoughts that I have always had that there is some sort of balance in world climatic change. (I am not a ‘sceptic’ but I do like to see the science from all sides of the debate).

Penn and Teller show those who ignore science the truth about vaccinating


This is a great way of trying to convince those who ignore science the truth about vaccinations, of course chances are they will ignore this and keep relying on others to lower the incidence rates by vaccinating their kids. Makes me very angry!


My Vote Compass result have a great tool for how you sit in the political spectrum, you don’t actually have to be a voting aussie, just have a strong interest like me. I recommend everyone does it, for interest if nothing else, that includes you Ele and David! Anyway, the direct link is here

My results came in like this

results for votecompassKind of happy with where I sit, though to be honest I don’t like the breakdown, 32% greens is pretty scary for me!

So have a go, 600,000+ people already have!

First election debate tonight!

I am sure like most political tragics I am over excited about tonights debate, but truly I am!

Rudd has proved to be sad and back to his usual tricks, playing the poor me card and pretending to be totally underprepared to pull his team together. His only arguments so far have been to complain he is unprepared and make up financial lies in regards to Tony Abbots’ promises. Time to stop playing the victim and play the Prime Minister for a few more months I think.

I received this today from the Liberal party

xxx, get involved.

Tonight, Tony Abbott will take to the stage in the Leaders’ debate. Let’s show our support and get involved.

This is how you can get involved:

This is your debate, so join in, take to social media, ask questions, share your thoughts and please post your support for Tony.

Over the last two weeks our social communities were almost twice as engaged as Labor.

In the last few days there has been a 70,000+ growth in Facebook likes from all across Australia for Tony Abbott’s page.

The Liberal Party Facebook page was the first Australian political party to reach 100,000 likes and our YouTube video ‘New Hope’ has received over 200,000 views.

Well done to all!

Brian Loughnane
Federal Director
Liberal Party of Australia

I do not think I am breaching anything by displaying this, so please join me in supporting Tony and the team, I have no doubt Rudd will be callous, spiteful and underhanded tonight, we need to support the liberal party all we can.


You can watch the debate on ABC or 7mate, for kiwis there is a live-stream here though I am not sure if you can get it in NZ


Will post my thoughts after the debate


Time for the Australian Public to choose their leader, Rudd announces date for election

Finally Kevin Rudd, after weeks of playing games, is set to announce Sept 7 as an election date.

Kevin Rudd has just announced Sept 7 as the date for the election of the House of Representatives and half the Senate. After weeks of playing games and electioneering rather than running the country Kevin Rudd has announced a date a week earlier than Julia Gillard had promised earlier in the year.

Finally the Australian people get to choose their leader rather than the faceless men of the labor party

If you are eligible and have not yet enrolled to vote you have seven days and can find out more here

I am excited to see the run up to the elections over the next month, Kevin has been playing rock star and announcing initiatives to the right, it will be interesting to see if more left wing ideas start showing up, also to see what the Liberals come back with as a counter to Kevin’s campaign.


I sit here waiting for the spectacle that is Kevin Rudd to come out and officially announce this, he said he was making a speech at 4pm, 5 mins late already, always a showman?! better be off!