Elderly youth defended

Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:32 am

With friends like Traceeee Hutchison, Peter Garrett needs no enemies:

This time last week the frenzied scramble to quote decades-old lyrics from the Midnight Oil songbook, as though they were weapons of mass destruction, dominated the machinations of federal politics — and the media. The race was on to expose the views formerly held by the man formerly known as the lead singer of Midnight Oil.

Garrett was barely mentioned during Daily Telegraph story conferences; in fact, his main appearance was in a piece written by himself for the opinion pages. A Google News search for “peter garrett” + “lyrics” turns up only twenty matches. So much for Traceeee’s “frenzied scramble”.

Former friends and current foes joined forces to rattle yet another political skeleton from Garrett’s closet as they universally condemned a man who once dared speak his youthful idealistic mind on what he believed was in the best interest of his country.

Garrett was still “speaking his youthful idealistic mind” (ie, ranting about US bases) well into his 40s.

Everyone, it seemed, was just a little too ready to write him off as a spent political force because, long before our participation in the coalition of the willing put us on the international terror map, Garrett stood up to be counted on his opposition to US bases on Australian soil.

Australians were murdered in Bali (and on September 11) prior to our participation in the coalition of the willing; maybe Hutch is relying on Bryce Courtenay’s timeline. As for Garrett standing up to be counted …

He wasn’t alone then and that particular point of view still resonates with much of the Australian community, as evidenced this week by the greeting parties for US Vice-President Dick Cheney — despite apparent escalations in global conflicts.

That makes no sense. In any case, here’s some global conflict data:

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Back to Traceeee:

But, in keeping with the resolve Garrett embraced when he decided to be more than a bit player in Australian politics, he did his best to sound convincing as he told the nation that his youthful views had evolved with time.

His “youthful views” seem to have evolved in the two years since Garrett entered Parliament. He’s 53 years old.

Reading between the lines it was as though idealism had been officially laid to rest as a folly or a luxury of youthful naivety.

Garrett was in his 30s when he ran for the Senate as an anti-nuke, anti-bases candidate in 1984.

To my way of thinking US Forces give the nod/it’s a set back for our country — actually penned by the Oils’ Jim Moginie — has never been more potent than it is today. That sentiment — and the impact it had on me as a young woman — isn’t weakened by Peter Garrett’s pragmatic resolve to be part of a political process that is all about compromise. Isn’t that what democracy is all about?

We can only ask, along with Andrew Bolt: “Can someone please tell me what Tracee Hutchison is trying to say?”

Aren’t we all better served by having people in our parliaments who have the courage of their convictions than have them filled with people who’ve never taken a stand on anything in their lives?

Now she’s apparently talking about John Howard. The gal’s deeply confused.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/24/2007 at 01:57 AM
    1. Ever caught this jabbering jellyfish on Dig TV (ABC 2)?

      Worth a view to see her perform the seemingly impossible- she makes James Reyne appear intelligent, articulate and coherent.

      I reckon this silly tart will still be wearing a “No War 4 Oil” boobtube with a “US Bases Out!” badge pinned to the front when she’s 70- pity that by then only midgets and kids under 5 will be able to read it by then.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 24 at 02:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. Observing politics from Rosebud Centrelink will do that to you . . .

      Posted by Young and Free on 2007 02 24 at 02:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aren’t we all better served by having people in our parliaments who have the courage of their convictions than have them filled with people who’ve never taken a stand on anything in their lives?

      I don’t know. Aren’t we all better served by having journalists in our newspapers who know what they are talking about?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 02 24 at 02:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. [sarcasm]Thanks for the link to Dig TV, Habib[/sarcasm]

      I downloaded a clip of Traceeee and James Reyne interviewing Ian Rilend. I doubt if three dogs in a dryer could have sounded less “intelligent, articulate and coherent”.

      All three of them would fail an English-language test for major north American or UK universities. Rilend has fried his brain with drugs and has cancer, so he’s clearly a lost cause. Reyne mumbled when he sang and slurs when he talks. Traceeee can’t string together a full sentence. Ever. She’s an ex-groupie reliving her teens; which is appropriate given she sounds like a stoned thirteen year old girl.

      I doubt I’ve ever heard a more pointless interview, conducted by more inept interviewers, with a more boring and mindless guest.

      If I was paying taxes in Australia I’d feel obliged to use force to extract a refund.

      Quote of the interview (at 22:53): Traceee – ”…wondering if i’m wearing underpants, frankly…” Just before a Riland tune that sounds like a thousand other shit pub bands from the 70s. What a fucking joke.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 02 24 at 03:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hah! You are all illiterate clods!

      Obviously, none of you helots understands the magnificent native language of the the Leftards. It is known as Leftardish and is unique – and it also explains why Leftards speaking English sound like they have not got a clue about… well, anything really.

      You see, their native language (in which TracEEEeeeeee is accounted a genius of loquacious and beautiful prose) is formed from patterns in their drool.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 02 24 at 03:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t know much about Traceeee Hutchison but this piece seems to have been written with about three minutes research and filling in the rest with stuff she thinks might be correct. How do people such as this get jobs as a newspaper columnists? columnists/commentators should at least have two of the following attributes:
      1. Great writing skills;
      2. Intelligence;
      3. Special knowledge of the field in which they have chosen to comment;
      4. Experience from which to draw valid conclusions;
      5. Clever wit.

      It’s an appalling state of affairs when they have none.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 24 at 04:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think she’s trying to say that she thinks Garrett is a lying hypocrite.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2007 02 24 at 05:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Interesting piece about “Rosebud Centrelink”. I have my doubts about the story. Yes, the line can “snake out the door” at busy periods, such as just after the doors open, but it’s usually a lot quieter and certainly not a patch on the DSS’s heyday under Keating, in the early nineties. And “Sickness Benefit” hasn’t been called that since the early nineties. And Unemployment Benefit was renamed “Newstart” before the current Govt took the reins in 1996. Traceeeeee’s apparently as clueless on the working class dole, as she is on the middle class dole (working for the ABC).

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 02 24 at 05:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aren’t we all better served by having people in our parliaments who have the courage of their convictions than have them filled with people who’ve never taken a stand on anything in their lives?

      This is technically, in grammar, known as a ramshackle.

      The greatest ramshackle in English is of course remains Dorothea Heman’s

      The boy stood on the burning deck / Whence all but he had fled.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 02 24 at 08:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. The boy stood on the burning deck,
      his pocket full of crackers;
      a flame shot up his trouser leg,
      and blew off both his knackers.

      The boy stood on the burning deck,
      picking his nose like mad;
      he rolled it into little balls,
      and flicked them at his dad.

      I always thought Reyne had a mouthful of marbles whenever he sang; I’m not usually a fan of covers, but I can reccomend the version of “Reckless” by Mr Floppy. (Their “Wuthering Heights” pisses all over Kate Bush from a great height as well).

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 24 at 09:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. “Aren’t we all better served by having people in our parliaments who have the courage of their convictions than have them filled with people who’ve never taken a stand on anything in their lives?”

      The unibomber had the courage of his convictions…

      Posted by blogagog on 2007 02 24 at 09:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. She should stop drinking Midnight Oil and stick to Kool-Aid.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 02 24 at 09:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #5 Mark, you and I both have an unfair advantage on the others when it comes to understanding Leftardish. Being in Canberra we are both immersed in it whether we like it or not.
      Don’t know about you, but the number of times I have had to remind my staff that it is a breach of the APS Code of Conduct to engage in open discussions on policy in Leftardish, and worse actually using leftardish in policy frameworks (especially where I work) and then trying to slip it by the executive and Minister.
      Between the leftards and the climate clones at work, I wish they’d be given a posting to the middle east, north africa or China.

      Posted by CanberraNeoCon on 2007 02 24 at 09:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Methinks Garrett once had his ass kicked upside his head by some base denizen.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2007 02 24 at 10:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. That graph is stunning. The collapse of the Soviet Union seems to have been the greatest single event in bringing peace to the world.

      Funny, that.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 02 24 at 10:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. So young. So idealistic. Just like David Hicks.
      /halfwit

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 24 at 11:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Funny, that.

      Yes, isn’t it?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 24 at 11:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. You see, their native language (in which TracEEEeeeeee is accounted a genius of loquacious and beautiful prose) is formed from patterns in their drool.

      Ah, the ancient and inscrutable Uggh!ham runes…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 02 24 at 01:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 Rob Crawford

      That graph is stunning. The collapse of the Soviet Union seems to have been the greatest single event in bringing peace to the world.

      Funny, that.

      Indeed. Especially since, according to Leftard Logic™, it should be going in the opposite direction: allegedly, it is “unchecked American power” since the fall of the Soviet Union that has led to a massive increase in regional and global conflict . . .

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 02 24 at 02:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 Rob, you beat me to it.  Seems the “peace at all costs” radical egalitarian Left has a lot more to answer for than “just” the hundred million of their own they killed.  I wonder who we see about that?

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2007 02 24 at 05:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. The other amazing thing about the graph is the almost linear increase after the little dip when WW-II finished.

      Posted by duncanm on 2007 02 24 at 05:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Does Traceeeee know just how juveline and naive she is?

      Perhaps not.  Otherwise she wouldn’t continue to expose her ignorance in the way that she does.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 02 24 at 06:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is Traceee the new Margo?  How long before she quits The Age to start her new full-time professional blog?  How long before she’s living in a cardboard box behind Collingwood TAFE?

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 02 24 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Traceeee is pretty much the only one among Tim’s regular targets that I’d love to have as a regular commenter here. Phil Adams or Leunig or that guy from Media Watch (McEvoy or so?) would get boring inside of five comments, but unedited Traceeee would have the potential for limitless hilarity.

      Posted by PW on 2007 02 24 at 08:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Jesus wept.  This person gets paid to write like that?  Hasn’t anyone noticed the almost complete lack of a properly working synaptic network?  I mean, the evidence is right out there for all to see!  I know a guy who does research in neurology who would love to get his wires plugged into her.

      I can see that she isn’t able to talk properly; can she walk, eat, and dress herself, or does she require live-in care?

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 02 25 at 04:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. I can see that she isn’t able to talk properly; can she walk, eat, and dress herself, or does she require live-in care?

      cost me half a glass of red wine, that one

      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 02 25 at 05:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Being one who has to write or supply the firepower for Government media/question time rebuttals to freaks from the AGE, SMH and sometimes the Australian, not to mention the ABC and the idiot labor opposition and the Greens, I look forward the halfwits like traceeeee taking the journalistic lead in these papers – It makes my job SOOOO much easier, other from when my staff say “WTF? the opposition said this? where’s the catch?”

      Posted by CanberraNeoCon on 2007 02 25 at 06:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. The collapse of the Soviet Union seems to have been the greatest single event in bringing peace to the world.

      One event in a larger trend, anyway. 😉

      Posted by goy on 2007 02 25 at 08:01 PM • permalink

 

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