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Epic level turd polishing from Cheerleader moonlighting as a Minister

By johnboy - 6 August 2012 47

Over the last few weeks there’s been little more depressing than an Australian Government Minister cheerleading failure at the Olympics.

But ACT Senator and Minister for Sport Kate Lundy has been moved to put out a media release explaining why her half billion dollar elite sports program is really really good despite not winning the only thing that really counts for that kind of money; Gold Medals.

Australians can take heart in our performance in London. The Aussies ‘Silver Lining’ tells an amazing story of excellence and effort.

Lets start with medals. Despite the absence of multiple gold medals, our overall medal tally late last night was equal 7th with Germany. The gutsy heroism of our Silver and Bronze medallists are remarkable stories in their own right and I congratulate everyone.

Its fair to note an impressive proportion (update, 5) of these were silver to the Brits gold, and world records. Great Britain are having an incredibly successful home games and for that they deserve the heartiest congratulations. It is reminiscent of our Sydney experience and allows us to see our performance in perspective: we are still right up there with the best.

I’m sorry Senator, in what weird alternate universe is coming second to the Poms a great performance for Australians?

I’d be happy with gutsy silvers if the government funding was limited to airfares and expenses to the Olympics and a green and gold tracksuit.

I’d be happy to see the AIS converted to apartments.

But for the money we’re spending can we at least have better than turd polishing? Any fule kno it’s better to roll them in glitter.

What’s Your opinion?


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Epic level turd polishing from Cheerleader moonlighting as a Minister
switch 2:28 pm 06 Aug 12

Kurrajong said :

Worst of all – the Kiwis are ahead of us on the medal tally. Good grief, what has this come to. Expect money to thrown at the AIS and its cohorts like never before.

North Korea is ahead of us. Perhaps we should adopt their attitude to failure.

HenryBG 2:18 pm 06 Aug 12

Postalgeek said :

bundah said :

I can’t help feeling that we became somewhat complacent after all that success in the last three Olympics and simply didn’t work as hard as the poms hence the lack of gold.I’ll be interested to see what the post-mortem reveals.But in the meantime silver is the new gold!

I’m sure the post-mortem wails will include complaints about funding, because of course not nearly enough money has been poured into something as useful and practical as the Olympic games (an event that has been so over-inflated that only the most developed economies could hope or want to host it) and we all know trade is won and lost on medal tallies.

I’d sooner see wifi on buses than see any more money poured into this gold-counting jingoistic junket.

Why has John Coates still got his snout in it?

The AOC positions should be spilled to new blood every 4 years. It’s a cushy enough job without turning it into a lifetime sinecure for dodgy grafters.

Antagonist 1:36 pm 06 Aug 12

Kurrajong said :

Worst of all – the Kiwis are ahead of us on the medal tally. Good grief, what has this come to.

This. Oh, the shame.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:26 pm 06 Aug 12

johnboy said :

she could always get rolled in pre-selection!

True, but with the quality of new candidates, I’d be surprised.

johnboy 1:21 pm 06 Aug 12

she could always get rolled in pre-selection!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:12 pm 06 Aug 12

PantsMan said :

Doesn’t ministerial accountability require that Kate Lundy resign?

Why do people in Canberra continue to vote for her?

Because she is Labor, and this is a Labor town.

PantsMan 12:50 pm 06 Aug 12

Doesn’t ministerial accountability require that Kate Lundy resign?

Why do people in Canberra continue to vote for her?

troll-sniffer 12:01 pm 06 Aug 12

It’s very easy to criticise the lack of gold medals but overall it seems to me that the Aussies have done very well. I agree with the concept that a silver is still avery worthy medal, especially when the results are not only close but the individual performance of our athlete is within their pb range.

Too much emphasis is placed on Gold Gold Gold… but it is symptomatic of the kind of me me me society that Austrlaia has become, so it’s to be expected.

qbngeek 11:50 am 06 Aug 12

The sad thing is that the money provided goes to a few sports and the other sports where we have athletes representing us are left out in the cold. The best example I know of to show this is that the Archery program was completely dismantled, however Taylor Worth managed to defeat the top ranked archer in the world (rankings outside the olympics included as most sports don’t just exist for one event every four years).

On the other hand, how much money has been poured into swimming?

shirty_bear 10:34 am 06 Aug 12

Kurrajong said :

Expect money to thrown at the AIS and its cohorts like never before.

… except for after Montreal … and before Sydney …

It’s like the Olympics of my youth, where we racked up silver and bronze but struggled to crack it for gold. No biggie. I’m led to believe there’s 2 or 3 more golds coming, but that’ll be it.

Postalgeek 10:10 am 06 Aug 12

bundah said :

I can’t help feeling that we became somewhat complacent after all that success in the last three Olympics and simply didn’t work as hard as the poms hence the lack of gold.I’ll be interested to see what the post-mortem reveals.But in the meantime silver is the new gold!

I’m sure the post-mortem wails will include complaints about funding, because of course not nearly enough money has been poured into something as useful and practical as the Olympic games (an event that has been so over-inflated that only the most developed economies could hope or want to host it) and we all know trade is won and lost on medal tallies.

I’d sooner see wifi on buses than see any more money poured into this gold-counting jingoistic junket.

Kurrajong 10:04 am 06 Aug 12

Worst of all – the Kiwis are ahead of us on the medal tally. Good grief, what has this come to. Expect money to thrown at the AIS and its cohorts like never before.

pink little birdie 10:04 am 06 Aug 12

Medals of any colour are good. It means those atheletes are the top 3 in the world. We may not have done as well at swimming as previous but in the other sports we are doing better than ever.
Also Australia has a very small pool of people to choose from.
Australia has done well. 🙂

miz 10:01 am 06 Aug 12

A very nice junket for Ms Lundy, too – I s’pose she felt obliged to make it look as if she is actually working, by issuing a press release.

Sideline – is it just me or is Ch 9’s Olympics coverage totally crap? I only ever want to watch diving and gymnastics (don’t care if Aust or not), but refuse to watch for four hours ‘in case’ of maybe 5 mins of same. Why are we not getting multiple coverage now there are multiple channels?

I still reminisce about the ABC’s excellent coverage of the Munich games when I was about eight, with only one channel!!! I saw not only Shane Gould, but in particular, Olga Korbut doing her thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=461zBWmJHNc&feature=related

bundah 9:40 am 06 Aug 12

I can’t help feeling that we became somewhat complacent after all that success in the last three Olympics and simply didn’t work as hard as the poms hence the lack of gold.I’ll be interested to see what the post-mortem reveals.But in the meantime silver is the new gold!

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