Why I Never Wore a “F*ck Julia Gillard” T-shirt
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Why I Never Wore a “F*ck Julia Gillard” T-shirt

Why I Never Wore a “F*ck Julia Gillard” T-shirt

Since the Liberal Party’s landslide victory at the polls in 2013, led by an exemplary and uniquely successful model of conservative values in Tony Abbott, Sydney University, from the edges of Bosch to Peter Nichols has been infested with students wearing uniform black t-shirts preaching: “F@#K Tony Abbott”.

This has not only been the catch cry of the politically negligent, but also the politically aspirant. A scary thought for any supporter of democracy. Now, I’m not one to think that any laws, bylaws or regulations should be enacted on campus to end people utilising their freedom of speech. That’s something much more apt for supporters of Soviet-style policies of the politically late, Nicola Roxon But, in the same breath I would not wear a shirt that told the leader of our Commonwealth, and by association all mainstream Australians, to “bleep off.”

Wearing a shirt such as this that decries a recently, democratically elected Prime Minister degrades our system of governance by disrespecting the will of a majority of people (and in this case a huge majority).
The question still remains as to why this minority, masquerading as proletariat, under the banner of the ninety-nine-per-cent, choose to so fly in the face of our democratic values.

It’s clearly not because of what Tony Abbott has done. Nor is it his conservative values which so irk them.
Rather, what “F@#K Tony Abbott” shirt-wearers truly hate is what Tony Abbott’s success means. A majority of Australians at this time disagree with the Left. The Prime Minister’s success represents the will of real battlers.
To the Extreme Left, democracy is great when everyone agrees with them.

I never wore an expletive shirt decrying Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd, because even when the will of the people was in question, the dignity of Australian democracy was not. When misandrist attacks, Labor’s internal decay and irresponsible legislation came to define the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government I never once resorted to calls for the Prime Minister to “bleep off.”

As much as I disliked Ms Gillard’s leadership all my criticism was tempered by a respect for the voters who voted Labor, the wishes of the parliament and the role that the Prime Minister has as head of government. Fundamental disrespect for the head is the same to the whole. University students should remember that respect for our parliamentary democracy is key to its existence. Every time someone wears a “F@#K Tony Abbott” slogan they disrespect every freedom-loving Australian.

One Comment

  • Andy says:

    Who is to say that a profane shirt undermines democracy when inflammatory political minorities are exercising their right to free speech? The democratic arena is for persons of different political creeds and colours to compete in a spirit of individuality and passion. You paradoxically equate suppressing a more provocative and unsavoury form of political expression to a more freer and open democracy.

    Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott or any other prime minister, take on the top job in assuming the risk of oppositional voices within society using, sometimes, unflattering language. A mandate to rule does not obligate any populace restraining from criticising the government, whether rational or irrational.

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