lo and behold, when one of the speakers asked all the freemasons to stand up, they did. And by god, there were alot of them. Bear in mind, we were in St Mary's in Parnell which seats a shitload of people. And I would say about 40 men stood up.
Maybe shitload is the proper collective noun for masons.
Like a sounder of swine, or a culture of bacteria.
Industries with low wage jobs
There are plenty of possible additions to that brave new bullshit list, the workforces of which would dwarf the film industry. Like the burgeoning aged care industry. So, a modest proposal - let's convert our rest homes into primary production facilities. We'll catch up with Australia in no time, while supplying the world with dog tucker. That oughta gladden your miserable little heart eh Brendon.
maybe that's council housing?
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think any local government agencies have ever been providers of housing for families with kids, that's always been the province of Housing NZ in its various incarnations.
Whether or not Shipley's 'market rentals' were designed to benefit the real estate industry, they certainly had that effect. Many small enclaves of state housing in higher income areas no longer exist today after the tenants who couldn't afford the inflated rents were driven out. 'State units', with two flats in a building and substantial garden areas, were usually demolished to make way for development. Council housing provided something of a safety net for the often elderly tenants.
Sheet. I forgot to add Maaate every second word. Mate.
Unless you're sliming your through the byzantine labyrinth of the ALP right, or attempting to grease your way onside with Singo, that sort of thing's no longer all the go. Now that Big Kerry's karked it, and poor old Richo probably couldn't get a pork if he paid for it, the mating seasons pretty much over.
Oz maybe, though no-one actually says that. Not even on Straya Day.
I sort of understand how she came to that conclusion. If one were using a conspiracy theorist lens, you could see how the MEAA stirs things up, and PJ takes advantage of it somewhat.
There's been a bit of that kind of speculation here already, though without much in the way of supporting evidence. Over in the Dancing with Dingoes thread you've described your lady Mum as "somewhat of a linguistically oriented snob". Perhaps her opinion's based not on something that PJ may have said, but the way that he said it.
Next it'll be 'Me dad's in the cemo' (cemetery). All class.
Heh. I've actually heard that, tho in jest. 'He was a garbo and a commo, now he's in the cemo.'
BTW, there's no truth in the rumour that Bryan Brown was given to improvising his own dialogue, à la Nick Cave. In the scene where they nailed his hands to the shed in A Town Like Alice he did not say "Ah fair suck of the sauce bottle".
Ross: ah, memories! Your Australian is very good. But you don't have my stop; Chatswood.
Yes he did, Shitswid.
There was a nice piece on State Rail Strine in the SMH a few years back. The bit I recall was "Stank lear. Disclosin." (Stand clear, doors closing).
Much as getting into, out of, and around Hagley Park today did sound like a complete fracking nightmare, I did briefly consider it.
Perhaps Mayor Bob's "urban visionary" mate Hendo will attempt a repeat of this kind of stunt.
About Australian union involvement: There seems to be an assumption in NZ that union officials are essentially committed to the broader aims of social justice. In Australia that certainly isn't the case. For example, Joe_de_Bruyn, National Secretary of Australia's largest union, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), and a Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), is a social conservative who has long used his entrenched position to oppose gay rights, abortion reform, and affirmative action for women.
Once described by Gough Whitlam as "a Dutchman who hates dykes", De Bruyn actively seeks to advance a social agenda within the Australian Labor Party that seems radically opposed to the interests of the majority of the 230,000 "shoppies" that his union represents.
I don't know anything about Simon Whipp's background or wider social vision. What's evident though is that Australian unions are able to pursue self-serving agendas that in no way represent their wider membership. It seems remarkable that our local media have so far shown little interest in providing any background about how a foreign union, with a strong affiliation to a foreign political party, has managed to gain such a disruptive and unrepresentative foothold in NZ.