50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia by Guy Rundle

By Guy Rundle

There is a necessity at times, to take inventory of the place now we have been and the place we're now, and beauty where all of it went wrong ...

From Rinehart to Bob Brown, Abbott to the Rainbow Serpent ... our once-great land has had its justifiable share of nitwits. Come on a trawl via all of them, with man Rundle (and Dexter Rightwad), at the bin evening Australia needed to have.

Guy Rundle is a author, editor, manufacturer and journalist, inter alia. A common contributor to the Age, Sydney Morning usher in and all media – other than the 70 in keeping with cent owned by way of the Murdochs, at time of writing – he used to be a co-editor of area journal for a few years. at the degree he wrote 4 exhibits for optimum Gillies: membership Republic, Your Dreaming...

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With a middle name of Winston, Protestant churchgoing parents (they attended the local Methodist outfit, just to give the full low-church hit), just about the only thing that bespoke of individuality was his stated tastes for the early music of Bob Dylan, a fact that when announced in the 1990s caused Dylan completists everywhere to earnestly adjust their pacemakers. Never mind, he clarified, amid the uproar – he was never really into the lyrics. He just liked Dylan for the singing. For the singing?

When they saw the resolve of these one-time peaceniks to send to war young Australian men and women who hadn’t had the wisdom to get involved in student politics early, they swung their guns around Singapore-style and assailed the government for not getting out earlier. At every point they were outfenced, outfoxed, outdone. Little wonder that one of their few triumphs was to address the issue of an ageing Australia, and the conditions of those who would never work again. So it has all gone wrong, and much of the blame must lie with Gillard.

But nooooooooo! Instead we had Bob (‘what’s brown and sticky? Bob Brown’ – inner-city kids’ joke, the five-year-old Clytemnestras and Jacks of Brunswick and Petersham love it), who convinced enough of the country that the Greens were responsible stewards and champions of the country, rather than some sort of gullytrap of lefty obsessives, nanny staters and crusties with pretensions. Bob dun that. His centredeness, his humility, his political cunning, his expansive sense of possibility, his reach beyond his own class … the dehumidifier vocals and the jesus lizard demeanour add to rather than subtract from it.

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