It’s been a busy week of election campaigning with fake tradies, arts cuts and grannies with guts.
The Liberals launched a new attack ad against the Labor party on Sunday night, claiming that Labor was out to make war with banks, businesses and yes, even the humble tradie. It didn’t take long for the ad to be mocked on social media, spawning memes the hashtag #FakeTradie which was trending on Sunday and Monday. It additionally prompted the construction union, the CFMEU, to post a reply video.
Most of the criticism came down to the wooden acting of the advertisement’s “tradie” star, and how, if he were a real tradie, he wouldn’t be drinking from a ceramic mug on a work site, wearing a bracelet and watch, or be so clean and untanned.
In their defence, the Liberal party said that the man was a real tradie, which goes some way in explaining wooden acting.
Headspace has no space
The CEO of Headspace is leaving the youth mental health service in protest, after the Turnbull government has refused to continue direct funding. CEO Chris Tanti says that this will effectively shut down the much needed youth mental health service.
Headspace, which is now in its tenth year of operation, would instead be financially managed by 31 Primary Health Networks (PHN). This means that Headspace would no longer exist as a singular, consistent youth mental health service, but as 31 services that will vary in quality of care depending on how much funding their PHN provides them.
In Australia, one in four people aged between 16-24 will experience a mental health issue, with 75 per cent of all mental health issues developing before 25 year old.
A group of women (mostly in their sixties), in conjunction with political activist group GetUp!, have come forward as the culprits responsible for altering Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral posters. During last weekend’s rain, the women attached secondary posters to the prime minister’s election posters in his seat of Wentworth. The posters now show Turnbull crossing his fingers and saying “trust me on climate change”, implying that a liberal government will do nothing to aid the current climate crisis. The women said they engaged in the political activism after feeling fed up with the lack of action on climate change.
“We’ve got to make sure we get much better commitments [on climate change] than this government is prepared to give at the moment”
Malcolm Turnbull has previously expressed strong views towards taking action on climate change, claiming that the Liberal party’s ‘direct action’ policy is insufficient. However, in the wake of becoming Prime Minister last September, Turnbull seems to have suffered a bout of political amnesia and forgotten all about his strong stance on tackling climate change.
Bill and Malcolm take Facebook
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