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Climate change scientists get hot (and bothered) over conference entertainment

By Thumper 7 September 2006 41

The SMH is reporting (with photo) that climate change scientists, in Canberra for the 17th Australia New Zealand Climate Change Forum, were disgusted at the forum dinner where a balloon clad ladies entertained the wild boys.

One of these wild men commented that the entertainment was ‘a series of women on stage dressed in almost nothing making jokes about being ridden’

Many stormed out, possibly to Mitchell or Fyshwick, whilst allegedly ‘a woman covered in balloons started prancing around as delirious male scientists popped them with a pin,”

Oh those wild climate change boys. What has happen to our morals…..

UPDATED: AAP, via News, has more on the public fallout of this sorry incident. Professor Mike Hutchinson from the Centre for Resource and Environment Studies at the Australian National University has been named as the man responsible and will be feeling a bit sore and sorry this morning. The reliably weird Rebecca Gale (who thinks teaching burlesque is good psychotherapy) has tried to justify her perforance thusly:

“her balloon dance was only a bit of traditional satirical burlesque “bump, grind and shimmy,” with no nudity.”

I wonder what it was satirising?


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Big Al 8:46 am 12 Sep 06

When SHE left the dinner in a conspicuous way the Branch Head wasn’t expressing Government policy – If there were policy or protocol issues around the entertainment it would have been appropriate to raise them with the organisers in a way that didn’t attract unwarranted attention or criticism of the forum or its Government sponsors – to express horror and disgust at the entertainment on the night, and then tell your fellow SES how hilarious the whole thing was the following day smacks of blatant hypocrisy.

terubo 7:51 am 12 Sep 06

If they had been, SG, Rebecca would be feeling a little bit chilly by now, floating around in the stratosphere.

I-filed 9:52 pm 11 Sep 06

Hey Big Al,
That’s not hypocrisy – that branch head is entitled to state his private opinion back at the office. Out in public he’s obliged to toe the minister/government’s line.
I-filed

Special G 9:54 am 11 Sep 06

If they were weather balloons it would have been entirely appropriate.

schmerica_ 4:54 pm 10 Sep 06

Ew.

seepi 9:58 pm 09 Sep 06

Even the PM has weighed into this one now. Must think he sees an opportunity to side with popular opinion…

vg 8:24 pm 09 Sep 06

What a storm in a rhetorical tea cup. When I don’t enjoy something I walk out. Back of PC effeminazis.

Give me 5 beers and a pin and let the performance begin

I-filed 1:48 pm 09 Sep 06

Alas terubo, it was the old prof’s girth, not mine!

terubo 8:12 am 09 Sep 06

If you lost a bit of weight, I-filed, you’d be able to slip past dirty old men in doorways without getting the finger(s).

Big Al 7:13 am 09 Sep 06

I suspect there’s a degree of professional hypocracy here from the Government – apparently one of AGO guests (rumoured to be the Branch Head for the area that provided sponsorship)who made a point of leaving conspicuously because of the innapropriateness of the burlesque performance later regailed colleages at the AGO on Friday with how hillarious the whole scene was …

I-filed 9:19 pm 08 Sep 06

Ha! Who thinks scientists are prudes, or should be? One of the most eminent old ANU scientists at the do, H****, tried to feel me up at a party the other year. He had strategically placed himself in a doorway for just that purpose.
And isn’t Alexander Downer something of an old hand at the burlesque? Fishnets, anyway…
I-filed

Thumper 2:16 pm 08 Sep 06

I know a number of people in the AGO. I’ll see what I can find out.

Smackbang 2:02 pm 08 Sep 06

> You should ask her, I didn’t say she had to, i said she did. As usual when she opens her mouth it’s to peddle more whore/madonna crap.

You chose the word “justify”. She didn’t say she was “justifying” it.

Big Al 12:19 pm 08 Sep 06

Why all the focus on the Australian Greenhouse Office – after all the Bureau of Rural Sciences at the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry were also sponsors.

$3000 could have been authorised at the Director level without reference to anyone higher up the chain and wouldn’t have bought much more than some badging and maybe a few seat at the now infamous dinner.

johnboy 12:07 pm 08 Sep 06

why should she have to justify her performance?

You should ask her, I didn’t say she had to, i said she did. As usual when she opens her mouth it’s to peddle more whore/madonna crap.

barking toad 11:16 am 08 Sep 06

sadly roland, PC isn’t just limited to loonies

Thumper 11:06 am 08 Sep 06

Correct Smackbang, she was employed to do a job, she did it.

No need to justify it.

Smackbang 11:03 am 08 Sep 06

> The reliably weird Rebecca Gale (who thinks teaching burlesque is good psychotherapy) has tried to justify her perforance thusly…

why should she have to justify her performance? surely if there is any justification needed then it is the organisers who booked this bizarre choice of entertainment who should be providing it, not the person who did the performance…?

johnboy 10:54 am 08 Sep 06

I love how the eros foundation is attacking anyone who didn’t enjoy the performance, how dare people object!

It seems the satire is of “sexual performance” how clever..

although I’m not sure Ms. Gale will appreciate the Eros lads describing her performance as that of a “laconic, tired old show mistress”

Danman 10:48 am 08 Sep 06

Crap i forgot to remove the raw link….. ED?

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