The “disunity is death” party is enjoying a remarkable trajectory in the polls with the latest research confirming that Labor has opened up a 10 point lead over the Coalition on the crucial election-deciding two-party preferred stakes.
Malcolm Turnbull also continues his stellar career and is now deemed more loathsome than his predecessor Tony Abbott, who had his tenure as Prime Minister unceremoniously cut short when he was usurped by Turnbull a little over 12 months ago.
By all accounts, Malcolm has been a resounding success, clinging on to power at the last election by a landslide victory of one seat.
It’s hard to see where he can go from here, what heights remain to be claimed, what far off victories await?
But it would be hard to give Malcolm all the credit for the achievements of this “fine government.”
For one, he has his loyal backbenchers to thank, the likes of Eric “I can’t believe he’s not Hitler” Abetz, George “biscuits” Christensen, Cory Bernardi, and of course loyal stalwart Tony Abbott, without whom, Malcolm simply wouldn’t be the man he isn’t today.
While cynics may find fault in the type of loyalty that only Tony Abbott has to offer, the rest of us can rest in easy in the knowledge that they’re “best friends” according to Chris “the fixer” Pyne.
Apparently, Mr Abbott isn’t vying for another tilt at the top job, despite appearances to the contrary, with Turnbull himself describing his friendship with the former leader as “cordial,” presumably referring to the insipid, artificial liquid kind.
And contrary to popular belief, we’ve apparently “never had it so good,” with housing unaffordability at record levels, record levels of national debt, growing unemployment, and a government that’s too busy waging war with itself to be bothered doing anything about it.
Where did it all go so horribly wrong?
The Republican presidential campaign is in crisis after more shocking sexually explicit recordings emerge of Trump denigrating women.
The latest recordings are from conversations with controversial radio host Howard Stern and feature Trump saying he “couldn’t care less” if he satisfies the women he sleeps with, that “it’s checkout time” once women reach the age of 35 and that he has had group sex with multiple women.
“Haven’t we all?” Trump told Stern in 2008. “Are we babies?”
In other recordings, Trump talks about whether he could have “nailed” Princess Diana, as well as other hypotheticals such as whether he would stay with his wife if she were to become disfigured in a car crash.
“How do the breasts look?” Trump asks.
“Look, I like sex,” he says.
Would he have sex with women who were menstruating? Why yes, he would. Even if it’s sometimes “by mistake.”
Has he had sex with a black woman? “Well, it depends on what your definition of black is,” according to Trump.
The latest revelations follow yesterday’s release of a 2005 video during which he bragged about his ability to “grab a woman by the pussy.”
Trump initially dismissed the recording as “locker room banter,” and later issued a scripted “apology” of sorts which the rapidly descended into a bizarre attack on his opponent rather than a heartfelt sign of contrition.
Despite a number of staunch high profile Republicans now refusing to support Trump in the wake of the recordings, Trump himself refuses to quit.
“THEY CAN’T MAKE ME QUIT”
“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,” Trump told The Gutter Trash.
“No, I’m not quitting. I have tremendous support.”
“DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE OFFENDED WHEN I SAY PUSSY!”
Unsurprisingly, debate is raging in the US with Trump loyalists feverishly attempting to support their leader while at the same time taking umbrage at the use of the term “pussy.”
Brought to you by dinner at the reb household…
Me: “I won’t get all political”
Me: *half a bottle of red later*
*****AN EXCLUSIVE GUTTER TRASH INVESTIGATION*****
- Abbott back in the race for the top job
- Turnbull’s dramatic slump in the latest polls
- Liberal MPs ponder future under Turnbull’s fledgling popularity
It takes a peculiar kind of loyalty to kick a leader in the guts when he’s already down but that’s exactly what former PM Tony Abbott has done during his whirlwind taxpayer-funded tour of the UK and Europe.
Speaking to an audience of diehard conservatives at a Tory Party Conference in Birmingham, Mr Abbott declared that he had what it takes to lead Australia once again.
Previously, Mr Abbott had indicated that he was prepared to live out the rest of his political career on the sidelines, toying with the idea of being revered as some sort of self-proclaimed ‘father figure.’
Bank in April, he told Sky News – ‘the Abbott era has been and I think my role is to be occasionally perhaps an elder statesman, certainly a very vigorous and forthright member for Warringah… to be a standard bearer for liberal conservative values.’
However since then, we have witnessed the marvellous unravelling of his successor Malcolm Turnbull, who is now considered anathema amongst the increasingly vocal conservatives within his own party, and a disappointing failure amongst the electorate at large.
Less than a Third of Voters are Satisfied with Turnbull’s Performance
The Coalition’s primary vote dipped below 40 per cent for the first time under Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership last week, which is lower than where Tony Abbott was when he was dumped as leader a year ago.
It would take a particular kind of stoicism and strength of character to show support for a leader during these trying times and unfortunately, for Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott is not that man.
Make no mistake, Tony Abbott is positioning himself for the top job and is planning to stage a coup. He already has the support of the right-wing conservatives within the party, and it will only take one or two of the moderates who must now be ‘considering their future prospects’ in the increasing likelihood of electoral defeat at the next election to switch allegiances.
The man who said ‘there will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping’ a mere 12 months ago, is now firmly ensconced in the mainstream media here and overseas offering his opinions on everything from the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to Brexit and the European immigration crisis.
These aren’t the musings of someone quietly pondering life on the backbenches.
A Labor insider told The Gutter Trash that he did not expect Mr Turnbull to last more than 18 months as leader, let alone a three-year parliamentary term.
‘You don’t suddenly start going around the country giving speeches on the economy as a backbencher from Warringah.’
‘He’s not walking around giving these speeches, building up these issues, reminding people he’s around, talking about his legacy, for any reason other than this is a guy who’s having another tilt at the leadership.’
A senior Liberal source close to Mr Abbott told us that the former prime minister maintained a “good chance” of returning to the job because he is popular with the party membership compared to Malcolm Turnbull.
The conservatives in the LNP are still reeling from their near death experience at the last election and the resurgence of Pauline Hanson and her ilk aided and abetted by Malcolm Turnbull’s own senate changes.
They will see this as a clear sign that their time has emerged again and the Turnbull experiment has failed.
The following article is by Alex McKinnon and first appeared at SBS…
If you have trouble understanding why British Colonial Co is offensive, remember the response when a tragic moment of white history was commodified.
Much like a cold sore, Australia’s long-running tendency to treat other people’s cultures like bin liners is acting up again.
Yesterday the internet cottoned on to the existence of British Colonial Co., a Brisbane bar and restaurant taking the heyday of the British Empire as its thematic cue. Inspired by “the stylish days of the empirical (sic) push into the developing cultures of the world”, on its website British Colonial Co. promises “a refined and modern dining experience with the adventure of east meets west in a plantation style, club setting”.
For those not up on the finer points of Britain’s imperial history, looking back with fondness at the ‘glory’ days of Empire is about on par with having nostalgic pangs for the pre-Civil War South, or sighing wistfully for the bygone times when you could chase Aboriginal people over cliffs or give them food laced with strychnine for fun and get away with it.
Exactly what’s meant by a “plantation style setting” is unclear, but presumably getting a coffee at the bar doesn’t involve press-ganging countless thousands of Sri Lankan, Indian and Burmese people into slavery to grow the beans.
Eating establishments and parties with racially questionable themes have become a domestic genre lately. In February, Melbourne eatery FAT Fried and Tasty came under fire from comedian Aamer Rahman for its murals incorporating racist iconography of black people, including one depicting rap icon Biggie Smalls holding a drumstick of fried chicken.
In 2012, the University of Sydney’s St Paul’s College threw a shindig themed around the British Raj (the Empire’s regime in India that subjugated the local population for almost 100 years), complete with “largely sub-continental wait staff” serving the mostly white, overwhelmingly wealthy crowd of revellers.
Every time one of these controversies raises its head, a counter-argument immediately springs up that goes something like this: no one meant anything malicious or mean-spirited by it, people are too sensitive about what’s clearly just meant to be a bit of harmless fun, and it’s yet another sign that political correctness is devouring our rights to free speech and expression.
People take sides, furiously agree with each other, belittle anyone who says anything different, and quietly seethe until something similar inevitably happens again.
But instead of going round in circles like these debates usually do, it’s worth using this latest debate to try and see things from a different perspective.
Happily, we can do that pretty easily: by looking at times where a tragic piece of white Australian history was commodified, seeing how society at large reacted, and asking ourselves why.
Last year, Woolworths tried to piggyback off the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli with the toweringly misguided ‘Fresh in our Memories’ campaign.
Understandably, people were rather upset at seeing the Woolies logo slapped over photos of dead soldiers, but the usual claims of hyper-sensitivity and political correctness gone mad were nowhere to be heard.
The same thing happened back in 2002, when a proposal to christen the Australian national athletics squad the ‘Diggers’ prompted a public outcry and the idea’s swift booting.
A governmental report released shortly after noted that “the use of the word Diggers in relation to a sports team was not accepted by the Australian community because the use of the word, in association with sport, served to dilute or trivialise the horrendous sacrifice and loss suffered by Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel in the first and second world wars”.
That consideration is largely why terms like ‘ANZAC’ are prohibited by law for commercial use — and yet that ban attracts no criticism as an example of political correctness run amok.
The reasons Australians get so het up about the ANZAC legacy being misused are largely the same reasons people are angry at British Colonial Co., and why things like wearing blackface to a party or climbing Uluru evoke extremely passionate responses — because trivialising suffering for frivolous reasons like making money or having a laugh is a fairly awful thing to do.
The only difference between the former example and the latter ones is that most white Australians don’t have to think about the horrific legacy of racism very much, because we are overwhelmingly beneficiaries of it.
That’s why a bar evoking British colonialism means very different things to different people. For white Australians, it means fancy clothes, funny accents and elegant cocktails.
It’s fairly unlikely that the millions of African, Asian, native American and Middle Eastern people that suffered under British occupation would have such rosy memories of the Empire’s “push into developing cultures” — or that the tens of thousands of Aboriginal and Pacific Islander people who were coerced into unpaid labour in Queensland’s immense sugar cane plantations throughout the 1800s would be overjoyed that a place making light of their enslavement is doing trade in downtown Brisbane.
For their part, British Colonial Co. have released a statement saying they are “upset and saddened by today’s media reports that our brand is causing offence and distress to some members of the community. This certainly was not our intention.”
Good to know. If they’re serious about that, though, they might want to consider a rebrand.
Alex McKinnon is a journalist based in Sydney. Most recently he served as political and opinion editor of pop-culture website Junkee and editor of the Star Observer, Australia’s longest-running LGBTI newspaper.
In what must be an historic move, the Labor party together with the Greens and a number of key independents look set to save Australia from a taxpayer-funded hate campaign orchestrated by the Federal Government targeting its own citizens.
Under the rules governing the proposed plebiscite campaign media outlets would be compelled to carry advertising from both sides of the debate, meaning viewers of taxpayer funded TV and radio channels would be subjected to advertising material promoting discrimination and bigotry.
If you think this sounds far-fetched here are the specific clauses for SBS on the plebiscite ads after it refused to air anti-gay ads during Mardi Gras:
It must be unprecedented for an Australian Government of any vocation to support vilification against its own citizens with taxpayer funds to the tune of $7.5 million being allocated towards a campaign that is solely intended to marginalise and discriminate an already vulnerable minority.
Nevertheless an undeterred Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used his 12 month anniversary in the top job to introduce his controversial plebiscite campaign to an empty chamber in Parliament earlier today.
The fact that no supporters from his own side bothered to show up suggests that this could well be the final litmus test for Turnbull’s leadership.
If, as now widely predicted, the plebiscite will fail to go ahead, it will not only sound the death knell for Turnbull’s authority amongst the electorate, but also within the party he leads.
There are major questions being raised about the fate of Democratic presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton after she collapsed at a Sept 11 commemoration on Sunday morning.
Clinton, who turned 68 earlier this year, has been in declining health since 2012 following an incident in which she suffered blood clot in the brain.
Clinton collapsed on Sunday morning as she abruptly left Ground Zero during the annual Sept 11 memorial ceremony. She was unable to stand on her own as she was swiftly ushered into a black van along West Street in Lower Manhattan.
Aides held both of her arms to keep her from hitting the pavement.
Clinton — who has been dogged by accusations of poor health — appeared to faint shortly before a moment of silence at 9:58 a.m. to commemorate the fall of the South Tower of the former World Trade Center, sources told The Gutter Trash.
The former secretary of state’s knees buckled and she lost a shoe as her security team hustled her away, a witness said.
Earlier, she was the photographed looking pale while surrounded by pols including Mayor de Blasio and US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Clinton was wearing dark sunglasses, and was the only person in the crowd wearing shades during the overcast morning.
A witness at the location told us that she didn’t look well at all – “She unexpectedly left early because of what appeared to be a medical episode.”
“I have a law enforcement source who was there, who was 15 feet away form Hillary Clinton. He said she was standing on a curb with her protective detail waiting for her motorcade.”
“They were surprised to see her because she wasn’t meant to be leaving yet.”
“When it finally rolled up my source said she stumbled off the curb, appeared to faint, lost one of her shoes, which wound up under the van.”
“She started turning blue, as if she was already dead.”
Press reporters weren’t immediately informed about where Clinton was taken, but found out about 15 minutes later that she been taken to her daughter’s nearby apartment where medics were already on standby.
HILARY’S MIRACULOUS RECOVERY?
Moments later, “Clinton” or someone closely resembling her appearance, emerged from her daughter’s apartment smiling and waving at reporters and saying, “I feel great.”
Was she overcome with emotion, given the memories attached to this day? Was she dehydrated, or too hot from standing outside in the September heat for a long period of time? Or could something else more sinister be unfolding?
HILLARY CLINTON HAS BEEN REPLACED BY “A CLONE!”
With thanks to our exclusive sources, we can reveal that Clinton was in fact replaced by a ‘body double’ after the medical emergency and we have the evidence to prove it.
Firstly, why was there already a team of medical experts on hand at Chelsea’s apartment before Hillary Clinton had even taken ill? If this part of some greater plot to replace the US President with a clone?
Secondly, how could Clinton, already suffering from deteriorating health, manage to stage such a remarkable recovery in a matter of minutes? It just doesn’t stack up.
Thirdly, the body double that left Chelsea’s apartment doesn’t even look like Hillary Clinton, but it explains why Hillary was wearing sunglasses at the memorial event – so that the body double could escape detailed scrutiny.
However, it’s clear from photos of “Clinton” leaving the apartment that the body double is several pounds lighter than Clinton and several years younger. Tellingly, Clinton had dark roots showing in her hair at the memorial event but was a pure blonde leaving the apartment.
“IT’S NOT HER!” SAY EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS
Our sources corroborate these eye witness accounts.
Also, all through her 2016 campaign, Clinton has always been surrounded by an entourage. The majority of the entourage that are attached to Clinton are members of the Secret Service. No agents are seen with Clinton as she exits the apartment building. The following picture shows the potential body double without any of her entourage around her. When have you ever seen Hillary Clinton with no one around her?
Conspiracy theorists are stating that there is no need to protect this person because she is a body double. Would the Secret Service allow Clinton to be alone after what happened earlier in the day? Many people say no and that this body double was used to make it difficult for her health issues to be brought up during the remaining weeks of the 2016 campaign.
The use of a body double is a tactic that has been employed many times by world leaders throughout history. The actual term for using a body double like this is called political decoy. Some of the most famous leaders that used a body double include Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden. It is believed that Winston Churchill did not have a body double but a voice double.
Hillary Clinton’s health issues have slowly started to become a focal point in the 2016 election cycle. Many people want her medical records to be released so that the voters can decide for themselves if they believe that Clinton is healthy enough to deal with the stress that the President of the United States faces every day.
HOW MANY HILLARY’S ARE THERE?
How many different Hillary Clintons are there? It has been suggested that over half the US Presidential hopefuls in 2008 were human clones.
Was Hillary Clinton one of these or several of them? How many more of them are there? And how are the voters to discriminate?