Dig up your Che Guevara T-Shirts girls and boys



The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
Che Guevara.
Brilliant, watch the video!
“We’re a few weeks out from the Western Australian Senate election on April 5, a do-over after 1370 votes were lost from the September 7 poll. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was one of the likely losers of the initial botched attempt, narrowly missing out on a seat – and yesterday he stood in front of Parliament under the guise of inviting Prime Minister Tony Abbott to visit his state, and gave the Coalition one of the roundest shellackings you’re likely to be treated to.

Delivered flatly, calmly, just short of menacingly, his speech covers everything from environmental policy to penalty rates; from school funding to broadband; from the Trans-Pacific partnership to the shark cull. It includes so many incredible lines that it’s hard to pick the best one — but it’s probably the bit where he describes the Coalition’s leadership team as “blundering and technically illiterate”; the bit where he describes Abbott’s relationship with mining billionaires and media oligarchs as “awkward, and kind of revolting”; or the bit where he calls the current Government “a thin, greasy layer in the core sample of future political scientists”.

“Your thoughtless cancellation of half a billion dollars of Commonwealth funding for the Perth light-rail project has been noted,” he says at one point. “Your blank cheque for Colin Barnett’s bloody and unnecessary shark cull has been noted. Your attack on Medicare, on schools funding, on tertiary education; noted. The fact that your only proposal for environmental reforms thus far is to leave Minister Greg Hunt playing Solitaire for the next three years while you outsource his responsibilities to the same Premiere who presides over the shark cull? That’s been noted too.”

He goes on to list the false assumptions that the Coalition has made about his state. “If your image of Western Australia is of some caricatured redneck backwater that is enjoying the murderous horror unfolding on Manus Island, you’re reading us wrong. Every time you refer to us as ‘the mining state’, as though the Western third of our ancient continent is just Gina Rinehart’s inheritance to be chopped, benched and blasted, you’re reading us wrong,” he says. “Western Australians are a generous and welcoming lot, but if you arrive and start talking proudly about your attempts to bankrupt the renewable energy sector, or cripple the independence of the ABC and privatise SBS; if you show up waving your homophobia in people’s faces and start boasting about your ever-more insidious attacks on the trade union movement and all working people, you can expect a very different welcome.”

And it finishes as strongly as it starts. “Prime Minister, you are welcome to take your heartless, racist exploitation of people’s fears and ram it as far from Western Australia as your taxpayer-funded travel entitlements can take you,” he says, in a sentence which you can only imagine read very differently in the first draft. “We want our country back. Through chance, misadventure and, somewhere, a couple of boxes of misplaced ballot papers, we’ve been given the opportunity to take it back: just one seat, next April 5, and a whole lot more in 2016.”

“Game on, Prime Minister. See you out West.””

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16 Responses to “Dig up your Che Guevara T-Shirts girls and boys”

  1. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I don’t know about Aussie politics so I must ask that you clarify the pros and the cons. Which party is the good guy and which party is the bad guy. Which party is most like the right wing republican party and which one is most like the more left wing democratic party here in the states. Since I have no idea who to root for I figure I’d best not comment. I might just come across looking like a total fool which is pretty all the time anyhow.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Yvonne,
      Aussie politics are in the doldrums. We have mainly a two party system with minor parties giving preferences to the two leading parties. Both parties are fishing for votes, neither have strong leaders. Apart from two parties we have a Green party. The video and article is about someone of the green party. He is a leading light on the horizon. The green party fights for societal equality and above all our environment. Root for them strongly Yvonne, and don’t stop!
      The liberal party in Australia is somewhat similar to the republican party in the US except here they are permanently fixated on brutalising the country mainly on their stance on boat people and the environment. This liberal government is hell bent on taking us back to the days of raglan sleeved men in souteneur sandals and beehive coiffured women in the ladies parlour. The Liberals, they love cutting trees and praise belching captains of industries including very large bodied mining magnates.
      Your best shot is to root for the Greens and Labor party and piss generously on the Liberals.
      Sorry to be a bit vocal here but what they( liberals) have done under this dreadful Prime minister ‘Tony Abbott’ to this society, dragging it down to a level of psychopathy never seen before needs a good dousing of a community initiated mass piss in.
      It will happen! We have to maintain our rage.

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    • berlioz1935 Says:

      Yvonne, I would like to confuse you a bit more about our 2 1/2 party system.

      Liberals – presently in government. Their name is only there
      to confuse the people. They are not “liberal” at all.
      They are arch conservatives but resemble the the Tea
      Party in the US.

      Labor – yes, that is how they spell it. You would think they are
      socialist, but they are not. In principle they have an liberal
      outlook. They easily cave in to big business and at the
      moment are racing to the bottom of pits where they wrestle
      with the Liberals. The Liberals are the better liars who have
      no conscience what so ever.

      The Greens – they are the only party that has a conscience but their
      policies frighten the punters, as they say here. Indeed,
      if ever they get into government big business would go
      on strike – not investing – till everyone is unemployed
      and they would blame the Greens.

      We, the voters, hate all this and we would rather like to have a barbecue and talk about the cricket.

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  2. Rosie Says:

    Glad you enjoyed Senator Ludlam’s speech – I know I certainly did. Whenever he is on ABC Radio – A.M. or P.M. news shows – he always speaks so well. I see him as a possible future leader of the Greens.

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  3. auntyuta Says:

    What does it mean that there was hardly anyone in the senate when he gave his speech? Is this normal behaviour? I am sure people concerned about the environment and therefore close to the Greens would give this speech attention. But I doubt that the majority of Australians are even becoming aware of it. If mainstream media picks it up, then this is a different matter. We’ll see.

    Liked by 1 person

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It doesn’t matter that there was hardly anyone in the senate’s chamber. It is often like that. His speech has gone viral around the world. That’s the beauty of internet and social media. Don’t worry, his speech has got noticed.


  4. Andrew Says:

    I have posted the speech on FB – one of the best political speeches I’ve heard in a while. Excellent post, Gerard. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Thanks so much for explaining the politics of Australia. So I will agree with the Greenies and the Laborers. These people are more my cup of tea.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Thank you, Mr Berlioz for the more in-depth explanation. I think i get it more. How odd that the liberals are like the repubs or repugnents as I like to call them here. They are a bunch of crazies and controlled by big business and anyone that will help them remain in the senate or congress.

    The tea partiers are quite radical here in the states and I consider them dangerous with their ideas and how they want to take back our country to what is once was. They are not much for women’s rights and are anti anything.

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  7. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Wow, that was absolutely astonishing. If there are people out there with that much clarity and courage, there is some hope. His delivery was so perfectly pitched, too. Thank you for this.


  8. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Reblogged this on Green Writing Room and commented:
    I think this is the most impressive ‘political’ speech I have ever heard.


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