Like sands through the freaking hour glass, so the Illawarra Labor party continues to rip itself a new one.
First a little background.
Back in 2010, former union president Stephen Jones was parachuted into the seat of Throsby to replace the departing former ACTU president Jeannie George (who had been parachuted in to the seat in 2001). All of this parachuting was as a result of a deal between the left and right factions of the Labor party, which gave the right access to certain seats in exchange for the left to have control over Throsby.
Joe Hockey seems to have taken issue with a recent Delimiter article that pointed out that Joe might not be an expert on telecommunications network design.
So Joe has responded
First off, nice to see a politician actually engaging with his critics, so for that, kudos Joe.
However that's about where the loving stops.
So the Coalition government in New South Wales passed their "It's not really about Clover at all" legislation through the upper house last night. This legislation will make it verbotten for State Members of Parliament to hold both the office of MP and the office of Local Government Councillor at the same time.
You know, there are times when I'm thiiiss close to really considering the Australian Greens as the party that could fill the void on the centre-left left by the Labor party, but then I see stuff like the 3rd Annual Green Oration and I go back to wondering whether we'll ever fill that niche again.
The Oration itself is an annual event setup by Bob Brown with the following focus:
Look, I understand that for a lot of people, Wikileaks and Julian Assange are very important. Wikileaks has opened up a number of different cans of worms, and is an expression of openness taken to the extreme (all communications should be open, etc, etc). Assange himself is the personification of the wikileaks ideals.
Thought I would put something up for the end of the week.
Over at angrybeanie.com I've put up a quick look at the Independent Media Inquiry report and their brilliant idea to start counting page hits to determine whether your site counts as real media or not. 41 hits a day is the magical number by the way.
So two things happened today.
The first was a near riot that necessitated the evacuation of the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader from an awards ceremony meant to highlight the work of emergency workers.
The second was WIN Television blowing it again.
If you haven't caught up on the events today then I heres a brief timeline I've put together from various sources:
The Illawarra Mercury ran an article on the weekend entitled "IT tipped to boom in Illawarra", the basic premise being that as manufacturing winds down, Information Technology and Communications are tagged to grow and fill the gap.
Excellent, I personally think that Wollongong and the Illawarra makes a perfect spot to setup an IT shop if you want to be close to sydney without the costs of being based in Sydney.