Tips and rumours

Jun 23, 2014

Tips and rumours

Tasmania, the black sheep of Australia? ... staff dissent at Opera Australia ... Qld Labor lives on ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Tasmanian Liberals are no sheep. When this flyer -- apparently from the Liberals -- appeared in Hobart letterboxes last week, some locals were outraged by the racist overtones. Others thought it must be a parody.

We thought the flyer seemed odd -- the slogan on the bottom left is the official Liberal slogan, but the one on the bottom right ("our land -- our future") is not. We asked the Tasmanian Liberal party if it had come from them and they said no. We have a few theories on the source of the flyer -- they've been seen around the University of Tasmania campus, so could they be from an enterprising student activist group? Some redditors noticed the image takes its inspiration from a flyer created by the Swiss People's Party -- a right-wing populist party that used the image to promote a policy to deport foreigners who commit crimes in 2007.

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3 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. SusieQ

    ‘And if you think a woman can’t be a pollie with a young child, look at Penny Wong’ – you might want to have a think about that statement – would you venture the same comment if the article was about Kevin Rudd’s son, or any other bloke for that matter? Tsk tsk!

  2. grubbidok

    The fact that a racist hoax poster seems so credible is testament to the level of dog-whistling to which the LNP have descended and which is now seen as their ‘new normal’

  3. Mark Duffett

    Since when does ‘not sharing views with the vast majority of employees’ justify wanting and getting someone ‘gone’?

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