Workplace vendettas and feuds are basically baked into the idea of having a job. In any large enough group of people forced to share the same space for 40 hours a week to do something that they despise but are forced to do because it puts food on the table, interpersonal differences will bubble up to the surface frequently to become petty, passive-aggressive email arguments and vicious exchanges of breakroom gossip. It happens. While this might be a trivial footnote in the day-to-day life of a low-level Farts Clerk at the Farts Factory (a real job), it is exhausting to see this play out in parliament.
Ostensibly paid around $200,000 a year to collectively run the country, most of the visible output of parliament is a bunch wealthy weirdos trading the sorts of insults that only private school kids would find funny. While the devastating effects of climate change are rapidly making themselves to obvious to ignore, our elected officials are doing this:
Liberal senator Ian Macdonald is wearing a giant Stop Adani “earring” in the Senate.
Background: he complained about Larissa Water’s Stop Adani earrings last week and the president told him he could wearing earrings into the chamber if he wanted. pic.twitter.com/cSAmnZ2FvS
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) December 3, 2018
As BuzzFeed reporter Alice Workman says, this ridiculous stunt from Liberal senator Ian Macdonald was in response to Greens senator Larissa Waters last week wearing substantially smaller earrings in protest of the contentious Adani-backed Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.
Greens senator Larissa Waters proudly showing off the earrings Liberal senator Ian Macdonald wanted her to remove while in the chamber
????@NickHaggarty for @politicsabc #auspol pic.twitter.com/KzAbrxwtKd
— Brett Worthington (@BWorthington_) November 29, 2018
Macdonald, who is rumoured to love coal so much that he sucks on lumps of it like they were gobstoppers (that was a rumour that I made up, just then), has pulled similar nonsense before, wearing high-vis gear gifted to him by the Minerals Council of Australia in the chamber in 2014.
— Mikearoo (@mpbowers) July 17, 2014
You’d think at a time when unseasonal weather is fuelling catastrophic bushfires in your state, you’d try to be a bit less visible in how much of a stooge you are for the coal lobby, but I guess that’s not true for either Macdonald or his colleague, resources minister Matt Canavan.
It has been a tough couple of days in CQ with the bushfires. Great news today though with Adani announcing they plan to start work before Christmas! Adani has been a little Aussie battler. So many have written it off but they just keep chugging along!
— Matthew Canavan (@mattjcan) November 29, 2018
Jesus Christ.Image: Twitter / Alice Workman