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Liberals and Lefty Scum

By johnboy - 21 February 2009 74

[First filed: February 20, 2009 @ 14:21]

The new Labor back bencher Joy Burch is up in arms that her Liberal colleague Alistair Coe has been distributing stickers at O-week featuring the slogan “Rack off lefty scum”.

She’d like to know if he and his leader Zed Seselja think she’s scum.

    The Leader of the Opposition must come clean on whether he believes Canberrans who voted for Labor (or the Greens) at the last election are “lefty scum” who should “Rack off”, Member for Brindabella, Joy Burch MLA said today.

    Ms Burch said she was shocked to see Liberal MLA Alistair Coe distributing unauthorised Liberal Party stickers reading “Rack off lefty scum” to ANU students at this week’s O-Week celebrations.

    Ms Burch said the slogan was insulting to Canberra voters and showed contempt for the intelligence of the ACT’s student community.

Young men tempted to apply these stickers in a high spirited bout of champagne charlie-ism are advised that most of the women they’ll ever want to sleep with are lefties.

Alistair probably needs to remember that since his election he’s supposed to be a grown-up now.

UPDATED: It’s claim and counter claim with this statement from Alistair and more offensive material from the other side. Here’s what Alistair had to say:

    Alistair Coe MLA, denies categorically that he handed out stickers as claimed by Joy Burch. “I did not hand out anything to anyone. Wherever the stickers came from, they did not come from me.”

    “I am, however, extremely surprised by this attack by Ms Burch, as the stand she attended for the Labor party was handing out promotional items with the headline: “Don’t get F***ed at work.” [below]

    “Clearly, this opportunistic attack by Ms Burch has backfired.

    “I think we should leave the Uni political stunts alone and get on with the job of being MLAs.”

[Image blurred by me to protect delicate sensibilities]

ANOTHER UPDATE: Joy Burch’s office have sent in this additional note:

    “It is disappointing to see Alistair Coe and the Liberals attempting to lie their way out of an embarassing situation.

    “The flyer that Alistair refers to has nothing to do with the Labor Party, nor was it at the Labor stall which I attended.

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Granny 6:41 pm 23 Feb 09

Well, Palin s Lovechild certainly walked off the street with guns blazing. Perhaps they went to your high school, jakez?

*chuckle*

I’m sorry you’ve been shot through the heart and all, but I daresay “it’s just a flesh wound” ….

; )

jakez 5:34 pm 23 Feb 09

Palin s Lovechild said :

Junkett and Jakez have no clue! Probably little tikes at uni on mummy and daddy’s $$$!

ANU is the perfect place for politics and you kiddies grow up a little you will see politics is every and you need to know how to play the game.

Don’t cry its not that bad. Sticks and stones remember….

I have been shot through the heart.

For the record I went to uni on your $$$, not my mum’s.

neanderthalsis said :

It is rather unfortunate that those members of the Liberal Party here in the ACT with the highest visability are christian conservatives rather than your classic libertarian who believes in the freedom of the individual, small government and open markets.

It is rather unfortunate that they don’t really exist.

neanderthalsis 5:21 pm 23 Feb 09

It is rather unfortunate that those members of the Liberal Party here in the ACT with the highest visability are christian conservatives rather than your classic libertarian who believes in the freedom of the individual, small government and open markets.

Clown Killer 5:07 pm 23 Feb 09

ANU is the perfect place for politics and you kiddies grow up a little you will see politics is every and you need to know how to play the game.

… but it would appear, not such a perfect place to learn how to write coherently

Palin s Lovechild 4:15 pm 23 Feb 09

Junkett and Jakez have no clue! Probably little tikes at uni on mummy and daddy’s $$$!

ANU is the perfect place for politics and you kiddies grow up a little you will see politics is every and you need to know how to play the game.

Don’t cry its not that bad. Sticks and stones remember….

unitedwestand 1:22 am 23 Feb 09

Well they certainly have been effective at raising awareness, thank you Alastair!

Just for the record, the Condoms were not endorsed by ACTU but provided by UnionsACT and YOUACT (a young unionist group) to raise young people’s awareness of Unions. This have been re-produced from the your rights at work campaign and I would expect to be seeing a lot more of them around in the coming months, no pun intended.

tom-tom said :

i’m quite sceptical of mr coe’s story here because a.) the f&@$%ed at work thing is ACTU not ALP material and b.)there weren’t many of those things in the first place.

the dont get f%$&ed things were from the your rights at work campaign and were handed out in nightclubs etc (ie places people are less likely to be offended) and they came with a condom (hence why the don’t get effed thing is funny). on the reverse of them they had contact info for unions and had some info about basic work entitlements etc.
my point being they had some useful information and actually addressed an issue, as opposed to the lib one which just insults those who disagree, instead of opening up a debate.

if coe was handing them out well then, thats just a bit sad isn’t it? its one thing for some uni students to make a joke like that but quite another for an elected representative to do it.

jakez 9:04 pm 22 Feb 09

Passy said :

BTW, as someone who manned the Socialist Alternative stall on Market Day at the ANU on Wednesday I’d say there is a more questioning attitude among some students about capitalism, and a greater openness to socialist ideas, or at least to hear and debate socialist explanations of the crisis and other issues.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS YOU! I recognised you from your blog photo. I was going to come over and have a chinwag but it was brutally hot and brutally crowded and I had to get back to work.

Passy said :

And you might even end up having a real political conversation rather than the usual lightweight nonsense that passes for analysis from the Young Liberals and their twins, the ALP.

The Young Liberals and the Australian Liberal’ Students Federation are two different organisations. However I have to say I pretty much agree with you sentiment above. Especially in the ACT.

junkett 10:39 pm 21 Feb 09

Another example of why the ACT should be completely devoid of politics, it’s just not the right place for it.

bd84 7:59 pm 21 Feb 09

who really gives a sht?

waste of breath from the beginning.

poptop 7:58 pm 21 Feb 09

And who can honestly say they haven’t wanted to hurl abuse at Tony Abbott?

Tetranitrate 6:12 pm 21 Feb 09

My own introduction to left wing student politics at ANU was watching from the top of the steps at union court as a whole bunch of trots were screaming “ANTI WOMEN ANTI QUEER, LIBERAL SCUM GET OUT OF HERE” at Tony Abbott down bellow.

Tetranitrate 6:08 pm 21 Feb 09

arescarti42 said :

Passy said :

Arescarti42 says:

“…but i wouldn’t be hesitant in calling any socialist alternative member lefty scum. There were a bunch of shoeless, smelly, bearded men and women at O week preaching the horrors of capitalism in the name of Marxism, which I think the stickers apply to far more than the lovely pretty girl sitting at the ALP desk.”

Ah, so it was me the Liberal Club stickers were aimed at? Oh well, we must be a real threat to the wanna be merchant bankers.

Shoeless, smelly bearded men and women? For those who want to meet us we’ll have a stall on Thursday from around noon in Union Court at the ANU. You can judge the veracity of Arescarti42’s puerile comments then. And you might even end up having a real political conversation rather than the usual lightweight nonsense that passes for analysis from the Young Liberals and their twins, the ALP.

Passy,

I’ll admit that my ad hominem remark about the physical presentation of the Socialist Alternative members present on Wednesday was not particularly gracious. However, from what I observed on Wednesday, the percentage of bearded, shoeless people at the Socialist Alternative stand was MUCH higher than the percentage of bearded, shoeless people in the general population. Not that that means anything really…

I suppose the abuse that Tony Abbott endured during O Week 2006 is what passes as a “real political conversation” over at the Socialist Alternative camp. I’d rather Liberal/ALP lightweight nonsense any day.

Oh yay! an opportunity to post my favorite link:
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/notes/mp3s/silencetony.mp3

arescarti42 4:45 pm 21 Feb 09

Passy said :

Arescarti42 says:

“…but i wouldn’t be hesitant in calling any socialist alternative member lefty scum. There were a bunch of shoeless, smelly, bearded men and women at O week preaching the horrors of capitalism in the name of Marxism, which I think the stickers apply to far more than the lovely pretty girl sitting at the ALP desk.”

Ah, so it was me the Liberal Club stickers were aimed at? Oh well, we must be a real threat to the wanna be merchant bankers.

Shoeless, smelly bearded men and women? For those who want to meet us we’ll have a stall on Thursday from around noon in Union Court at the ANU. You can judge the veracity of Arescarti42’s puerile comments then. And you might even end up having a real political conversation rather than the usual lightweight nonsense that passes for analysis from the Young Liberals and their twins, the ALP.

Passy,

I’ll admit that my ad hominem remark about the physical presentation of the Socialist Alternative members present on Wednesday was not particularly gracious. However, from what I observed on Wednesday, the percentage of bearded, shoeless people at the Socialist Alternative stand was MUCH higher than the percentage of bearded, shoeless people in the general population. Not that that means anything really…

I suppose the abuse that Tony Abbott endured during O Week 2006 is what passes as a “real political conversation” over at the Socialist Alternative camp. I’d rather Liberal/ALP lightweight nonsense any day.

gingermick 3:26 pm 21 Feb 09

Are there any of them left(stickers, not lefty scum)? I wouldn’t mind 50 or so.

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