By BULLSH!T TEAM
Five minutes, five stories. Bullsh!t gives you the skinny on what’s gone down over the last seven days.
1) TENSIONS MOUNT IN EGYPT
More trouble for Egypt, with the death toll rising past 1,000 people since June of this year, as trouble continues to brew. Islamic protestors have holed up inside a Cairo mosque, after clashes on the day left 80 dead. Supporters of ex-leader Mohamed Morsi (who was ousted in a coup d’état on 3rd July 2013) have vowed to hold daily demonstrations, causing panic in fear of more violence in the coming days as the deaths of close to 600 supporters of Morsi are felt by the nation. Close to 600 people were killed after police broke up two camps set up by loyalists to the ex-President on Wednesday.
On Saturday in Sydney, hundreds of peaceful protestors stood outside the Egyptian consulate to highlight the violence currently going on in Egypt. Most of the protestors wished a return to the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood Government.
2) MALCOLM FRASER DENOUNCES LNP ASYLUM SEEKER STANCE
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has spoken out against the Coalition’s policy on asylum seekers, claiming the opposition’s inhumanity has “no limits.” Speaking to The Guardian Australia, the once-Liberal Party leader noted that his former party’s approach is “inhumanity demonstrated against some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”
Fraser’s criticisms didn’t end with the Coalition, also taking aim at Labor over its handling of asylum seekers. “Neither of them deserves to win. Neither of them deserves to govern,” said Fraser, who also mentioned that such policies are in breach of the United Nations’ humanitarian and refugee conventions.
To combat some of the sexist remarks recently made about female politicians, CLEO Magazine has unveiled its list of sexy and un-sexy politicians and gives us girls (and some boys) the deets on who to vote for in this year’s election – decided by which pollie is the hottest.
Of course, even the sexiest politician loses his appeal if his policies suck. This reverse-sexism is clearly not the way to go if you want feminism to be taken seriously as well as want the country run properly. “Being included in a list like that you’ve got to accept as a compliment, and I am very flattered,” comments Malcolm Turnbull who scored 3rd place on the list. CLEO called him “the Eastern Suburbs dream boat”.
4) RUDD, ABBOTT FAIL TO ATTRACT YOUNG VOTERS
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s chances for an election win are looking even slimmer after the Australian Electoral Commission released data showing 17 per cent of Australians aged 18-24 are not enrolled to vote. With young voters being a cornerstone of Labor’s chance at re-election and enrolments having closed last Monday, Rudd is looking far less likely to remain the nation’s leader come September.
But when it comes to unpopularity among youth, it’s business as usual for Tony Abbott. The Opposition Leader was grilled last Thursday by US pop singer Katy Perry, who blasted his avoidance of gay marriage as an election issue. Awkwardly, Abbott asked that Perry’s hit ‘Hot N Cold’ become his anthem, saying he fell in love with the song immediately after he first heard it… in 2011. Considering it was released in 2008, Abbott’s trend of being behind the times is intact.
5) EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Some good news for Sydney-based theme park enthusiasts. Mt. Druitt property developer Ammar Khan this week announced plans for a $150 million revival of Wonderland, a theme park cherished by children all around Sydney that closed its doors nearly a decade in 2004. He states that “it’s time to bring back the fun in our lives, and provide a vibrant place where people can enjoy themselves again.
If the plan comes to fruition, Sydneysiders will soon find themselves spoiled for choice in the theme park department, with a Western-Sydney based Wet’N’Wild tipped to open its doors this Summer.