June 23, 2003


Ex-soldier and holder of the Military Cross Major-General Michael Jeffery has been appointed Governor-General. Silent Running predicts the headlines:

Feminist Academics decry choice of male as GG

Former SAS Commander choice shows 'Australia becoming a militarised police state' says Greens Senator Brown

New GG's Vietnam service under the microscope

New GG's conduct in controversial military operation under scrutiny

GG's 'Nam tour - did he shoot people?

Pressure mounts on controversial Vietnam veteran apointee

New GG linked to deaths of "many" Vietnamese

What did the GG do in 'Nam? Questions go unanswered

GG denies taking drugs

GG denies shooting civillians

GG denials "proof of something to hide" says whoever is leader of the Democrats this week

New GG murdered my grandad says Hanoi resident

Mounting concern on possible war crimes by new GG

Could Belgium extradite new GG to face charges?

New GG's war crime links a slap in the face to Asian economic partners says Keating

Mounting pressure on GG to step down over alleged links with controversial ... um ... stuff

Pig-headed neo-conservative PM refuses to heed nation's call

New GG steps down, cites "national outbreak of lunacy" as reason

Posted by Tim Blair at June 23, 2003 02:04 PM | TrackBack

You forgot "new G-G enthusiastic supporter of military action in Iraq." True.

Posted by: adam at June 23, 2003 02:09 PM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 23, 2003 02:11 PM

I certainly hope those headlines ring true. It will just go to show Howard picked the right man!

Posted by: Gilly at June 23, 2003 02:28 PM

How about:

Rose Hancock confesses: New GG was my lover and helped murder Lang

Posted by: Rob at June 23, 2003 02:37 PM


New GG denies he took part in My Lai Massacre

Posted by: Fred at June 23, 2003 02:43 PM


New GG denies he took part in My Lai Massacre, but praises US Army initiative against gooks

Posted by: Fred at June 23, 2003 02:44 PM

It's already started.
See http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6636087%255E1702,00.html

Posted by: Alan E Brain at June 23, 2003 02:49 PM

The first point is already there - suitability for a post is determined by genetalia, apparently.

Professor Winterton said it was a s hame Mr Howard did not find a woman for the job.

A spokeswoman for the Women's Electoral Lobby said it was greatly disappointed a woman had not been appointed as governor-general and that the Prime Minister must be "as blind as a bat" if he could not find any suitable female candidates.


Posted by: Dan at June 23, 2003 02:51 PM

Check out today's Fin Review and The Australian - it's already started. HowardHaters Tony Walker and Mike Steketee are so disappointed by Howard's boring appointment.
Apparently Howard has missed a golden opportunity for some good old fashioned tokenism in favour of someone who doesn't see the role as a soapbox for an unelected figurehead to preach to the unenlightened rabble who pay his salary.
Howard really is such a disappointment to progressives!

Posted by: Jim at June 23, 2003 02:54 PM

I am hanging out for the response from the Australian Commies and the kiddies commie club at Resistance. No doubt it will be along the lines of -

"New GG further proof of Howard's Fascism"

"New GG further proof of Howard's Sexism"

"New GG further proof of Howard's ____ism" (insert ism of choice)

"Howard utter failure to appoint transgender lesbian aboriginal albino whale as GG, a setback to reconcilliation and education/health/public housing/abortion funding"

Posted by: Todd at June 23, 2003 02:57 PM

How about this in the Straits Times:

Appointment of Vietnam vet condemned by Dr Mahathir as example of Aussie militarism and racism likely to provoke another Bali bombing

Posted by: Fred at June 23, 2003 03:42 PM

You poor, oppressed bastards, suffering under the yoke of the evil liberal media. How the Australian right is suffering!

My bleeding heat goes out to you all...

Posted by: mark at June 23, 2003 04:28 PM

Wouldn't be surprised if the twiny communards aren't already in group therapy sessions, bawling their little spleens out,and uttering naughty words in one sustained chanted rant against Howard, rightwing bastards, the armed forces and so on down the litany of woes.

This cheers one up ever so much.
Had crossed the fingers Major-Gen.Jeffries would be the new G.G. And, lo, it worked.


Posted by: d at June 23, 2003 04:33 PM

Isn't time for your nap mark

Posted by: Gary at June 23, 2003 04:57 PM

Coffee, bacon and napalm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by: Murray at June 23, 2003 05:19 PM

Gary LOL. :D

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 23, 2003 06:24 PM

Actually Mark is kind of on target here. We really should not complain. We are getting what we want pretty with the exception of value for our ABC dollar.

I have witnesed some wonderful things: Brian Burke being stripped of his AC and being sent to prison. Turfing of the Taliban, turfing of Sadam. The Wall coming down, Jeff Kennett re-inventing Victoria, Pixies live, Carmen Lawrence being clubbed to death while saving a whale in Gage Roads... OK I imagined the last one.

All in all the righties have had a pretty good last 15 years.

Posted by: James Hamilton at June 23, 2003 07:47 PM

Eva Cox says GG should'nt have one

seriously, I know a half aboriginal currently studying islamic studies at ANU in touch with her masculine side would have been the meedjas choice, though they forget the Queen is also a woman, but shes a tory and that doesn't count.

Posted by: nic at June 24, 2003 12:23 AM

...and nic forgot the Queen only got the gig because she doesn't have a brother.

Posted by: Robert at June 24, 2003 10:50 AM

LOL Gary

Posted by: Dan at June 25, 2003 01:31 AM