Gulf bridged

The content on this webpage contains paid/affiliate links. When you click on any of our affiliate link, we/I may get a small compensation at no cost to you. See our affiliate disclosure for more info

Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 11:41 am

In his list of reasons to vote for Kevin Rudd, Robert Manne includes:

If Rudd is elected, the gulf between the government and the country’s creative artists will be bridged.

No more dissent! Government and artists united as one! Everybody kissing and painting the big giant heroic portraits!

Our nation’s artists will be pleased to know they’re seen as so compliant. Meanwhile, Jules Crittenden takes a look at an inventor, artist, engineer and student.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/23/2007 at 07:39 PM
    1. Did Manne put that down as a ‘for’ or as an ‘against’?

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 09 23 at 07:43 PM • permalink


    1. Oh God, Tim, not the picture of Peter Garrett again! Here. Here’s my bank account info, I’ll hook it up directly to Paypal. All I ask is that you leave me enough to live on. But for the love of God, not that again.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 09 23 at 08:04 PM • permalink


    1. Now I know why people call him “Saint Bob”!

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 09 23 at 08:07 PM • permalink


    1. Will the gulf between the ‘creative artists’ and the people whose taxes fund their subsidies be bridged?

      Posted by Ross on 2007 09 23 at 08:07 PM • permalink


    1. How about the crazy idea of say 5 years Federal time?

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 23 at 08:10 PM • permalink


    1. In that ridiculous list, Manne left out the part about how the public fountains will flow with Grange Hermitage if Kevni is elected.  And roast chickens will run around, begging to be eaten.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2007 09 23 at 08:12 PM • permalink


    1. It sounds like a case of BLUDGERS OF THE WORLD UNITE.I wonder if Kevvi will offer a special subsidy for impoverished Pole Dancers.

      Posted by Lew on 2007 09 23 at 08:19 PM • permalink


    1. Peter Garrett? I thought that was Lurch after a long bender.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 09 23 at 08:20 PM • permalink


    1. I’m with Dr. Alice!  Please spare my eyes.  Don’t do that again.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 23 at 08:21 PM • permalink


    1. So, how long it will be before the arts community graces each elecorate with statue of Rudd to stand on the street corner and every school child will be issued with a copy with Midnight Oil’s Beds Are Burning for the English curriculum and made to study Rudd’s My Space page as an example of multimedia?


      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 09 23 at 09:03 PM • permalink


    1. Grants and funding preferences will be to the leftist artiste’s.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 23 at 09:04 PM • permalink


    1. Purple Penis Puppet People for Rudd.  Just great.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 09 23 at 09:07 PM • permalink


    1. We read a real artist has died. Frank Hyde MBE, OAM – the voice of rugby league for more than three decades – has died.

      He had a top 10 hit with Danny Boy in the 1970s, but he will be best remembered for his colourful calls of the Sydney rugby league premiership. Hyde had been ill since suffering a stroke earlier this year, he was 91.

      Another era ends.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2007 09 23 at 09:09 PM • permalink


    1. I can hear the chants already as painters, puppeteers, practitioners of non-sexist mime and buskers protest en masse upon Canberra:

      ” Artists united will never be defeated, Artists united will never be defeated”

      Posted by Nic on 2007 09 23 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. This says it all really.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 09 23 at 10:01 PM • permalink



    1. Tim, do you have any idea how many lawsuits you’re going to have to settle for emotional distress and causing blindness if you keep linking to that picture of Garrett?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 09 23 at 10:25 PM • permalink


    1. Nic.

      Correct me if Im mistaken but wasnt that the opening night audience for Little fish?

      Heres an example of the value for money a “Rudd” grant might be worth.

      A “Keating”

      This article from Marr is a doozy One of the problems in Australia is that we have no death duties to avoid…

      Go to page 13 to see the amazing diversity of shows in Australia around the last few years.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 23 at 10:43 PM • permalink


    1. Do “Our nation’s artists” actually understand that they’ve received more funding and grants under the present Coalition Government than at any time in the past?

      Interesting that that point is rarely mention by Our Media, Our ABC and Our Robert Manne and ilk.

      Why would that be, I wonder?

      Posted by ann j on 2007 09 23 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. #19 Mole. Is it true that Keting’s rather fond of a certain Pianist?

      Posted by Nic on 2007 09 23 at 10:48 PM • permalink


    1. This was interesting (from Mole’s link)

      On ABC TV’s Insiders, Barrie Cassidy asked the Treasurer if he were
      annoyed by the thinly disguised portrait of him in the play. He was.
      “What else can they say about you: mass killer, serial adulterer? You
      know, in some sections of the theatre anyone who votes Liberal is just
      considered fair game.” So what could the arts industry could look forward
      to while he was treasurer or prime minister, Cassidy asked. The contender
      replied: “I will always make a good subject for their plays, Barry. I would
      only ask they be a little more accurate in the future.” We need to know,
      this is a man who took Two Brothers literally, personally and politically

      Hmmm, so the left criticise someone who is being portrayed as a murderer and an adulterer for taking it too litrally? What was it they were saying about the Bush ‘Mandela’ speech the other day?

      Marr is a turd. I’d love to see him paid out in spades.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 09 23 at 10:53 PM • permalink


    1. #19 They like to bite the hand that feeds them an awful lot, don’t they?

      It’s a wonder they haven’t got indigestion yet.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 09 23 at 10:53 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, shoot! That picture of Garrett reminds me: Plan 9 From Outer Space was on today, and I forgot to record it. Bummer . . .

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 23 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. #19

      Normally we could all stand up and sing the folowing:

      “Here they come to save the day, Media Watch is on the way!”

      This however appears to be a simple case of misapprehension and as such does not fall under the mighty power of their internet capability.


      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 09 23 at 11:28 PM • permalink


    1. #21 – Nic, I saw “Two Brothers” at the STC a few years ago.

      Laughed my head off.  The stereotyping of a right wing politician was just hilarious.  I think I laughed longer and louder than anyone else in the audience.  It was so stupid, it was side splitting.

      Although I often found myself laughing alone…

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 09 23 at 11:44 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmm. I agree with Manne’s point that there are real differences between Rudd and Howard, and most of his list is spot on.  We just differ in our conclusions…

      Posted by Big Jim on 2007 09 23 at 11:53 PM • permalink


    1. I’m OK with all of this.

      But only if this bloke’s runnin’ it.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 09 24 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. OK I’ve bridged – can i get my grant now please, or do I have to wait until they’re elected

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 09 24 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. Looks like Manne and his crowd are already positioning themselves for copious amounts of Rudd dick-licking.

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2007 09 24 at 04:45 AM • permalink


    1. When Helen Clark became Secretary General of the NZ Supreme Soviet…err. I mean PM, one of the first things she did was introduce a special dole for artists.  Suddenly we had artists cropping up everywhere.  One of my mates had a kid who was a no hoper druggy.  He even got it.  Maybe your Aussie artists will be likewise treated if Rudd becomes PM.

      Posted by brian_smaller on 2007 09 24 at 05:57 AM • permalink


    1. #29
      That portrait of Garrett is prolly Marr’s great erection election hope?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 24 at 07:23 AM • permalink


    1. So from now on will they be Speaking Power to Power? Or just Speaking Truth to Themselves?

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 09 24 at 12:45 PM • permalink


  1. Just going to start my new work called “inventor, artist, engineer and student” whereby I stalk and threaten someone and capture their fear.

    Can anyone suggest a suitable candidate to be the centre-piece of the work?

    Posted by Rob Read on 2007 09 24 at 05:27 PM • permalink