Those readers who know Australia will know that politics in Oz is not for the feint hearted. Debate let us say is extremely “robust.” In fact, political debate is as harsh as the climate at Ayres Rock (above).
Those who know Oz will know that Australians do not call a spade, “…..an agricultural and/or horticultural implement for the use thereof.….” Any “Pommie Bastard” (and if you can’t handle being called that – don’t go there) attempting to pretence will get very short shrift!
Thus it comes as no surprise to us who know Oz to hear that Australia’s new Prime Minister has described the pseudo science of climate change as “……absolute crap…..” Two months before the election he described carbon trading as “……a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one…..”
You just do not get this at Westminster!
The BBC has reported that Mr Abbott intends to get rid of the Labor Party’s Carbon Tax – which as all British Gazette readers will know as a giant fraud. The abolition of this is not a foregone conclusion however as although Mr Abbott has a majority in the House of Representatives, he lacks a majority in the Senate and the Labor Party is determined to keep the tax.
Those readers not familiar with Oz may ask this question: Why does the Australian Labor Party use the American English spelling, when Australia uses British English spelling.
Well thereby hangs a curious tale:
It is due to a certain King O’Malley
Mr O’Malley was a member in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1896 to 1899, and the Australian House of Representatives from 1901 to 1917. Mr O’Malley was also Minister for Home Affairs in the second and third Fisher Labor ministry.
Mr O’Malley as his surname suggests was of Irish extraction. He was also a US Citizen. He was not quite certain on his own birthday, all he knew was that it was either 3rd or 4th July 1854, but as a good American he chose to celebrate it on the 4th July.
Mr. O’Malley claimed to have been born at a place called Stanford Farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec in Canada.
This was important for he was actually born at his parents’ farm in Valley Falls, Kansas in the United States.
Thus he was ineligible to sit in Australian parliaments, since he was never naturalised as a British Subject.
“King” was not his baptismal name. Nobody since 20th December 1953 (when Mr O’Malley died) knows what his actual name was. Mr. O’Malley of course was not going to reveal such as his deception would then have been able to be discovered.
It is due to Mr O’Malley that the spelling of “Labor” is in the American style. He suggested that “Labor” was a more “modern” spelling than “Labour”. Always wanting to appear “modern” and “forward looking” as well as “progressive” – Australia’s Labor politicians have preserved the American spelling ever since!
Doubtless they will seek to preserve the Carbon Tax which is as fraudulent as Mr O’Malley’s nomination papers!