and the winner is…

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

William Richard “Bill” Shorten, born 12 May 1967 in Melbourne, where his father was a waterside worker and union official. His mother was a lawyer and university academic. He was educated at Xavier College and Monash University, where he graduated in arts and law. During his time at Monash, Shorten was a founding member of Young Labor Network, a right wing Labor youth caucus. He also holds an from the Melbourne Business School.

Shorten began working in the labour movement while still a student, working part-time for federal Labor Minister Gareth Evans and later Neil Pope, a minister in the Labor state government of John Cain. After graduating he worked for 18 months as a lawyer for the firm of Maurice Blackburn Cashman, a firm which generates a large portion of its income representing trade unions.

In 1994, Shorten began his union career as a trainee organiser under the Australian Council of Trade Union ‘s Organising Works program at the Australian Workers Union, before being elected Victorian State Secretary in 1998. Before taking this post, Shorten had decided to enter Victorian state politics, and was elected unopposed as the Labor candidate for the state seat of Melton for the 1999 state election, but gave this up to pursue his career with the union. Shorten was responsible for reforming the union’s structure and halting the long-term decline in its membership.

Shorten was elected as the AWU’s National Secretary in 2001, and was re-elected in 2005. He resigned as Victorian State Secretary of the AWU in August 2006. …

And so on and so on. You can read the sadly predictable rest on Wikipedia, this time even more sycophantic to the Left than normally.

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Oops, I posted this too early. Please ignore it. I must have caught that contagious shortencurly disease. His mother-in-law Quentin Bryce would be pleased.

In the meantime, Kevin “I-shall-return” Rudd promises to the woman scorned that he would be faithful from now on:


Kevin might not return, but I will try. Australian politics can make an old man sick, you know. Poor fellow, my country.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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12 Responses to and the winner is…

  1. nova prarie says:

    Any truth in the rumors that wife left Shorten because he made yet another secretary pregnant?

  2. Antisthenes says:

    Nothing as yet, nova prarie. Our media will inform us in a due course, I guess, in two years time.

  3. Puglisi says:

    This could turn out to be very prescient. Nothing to wish for, though.

  4. level field says:

    Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep it up!

  5. Treeline says:

    It’s an awesome post. Whe will we be rid of them?

  6. A.Reviere says:

    God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  7. Sergi Filomenov says:

    I hope he and the whole gang goes to a jail soon.

  8. Chomdin says:

    So dishonest! He’ll get far.

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  10. Gamion says:

    You got it !

  11. Brenda says:

    I love you.

  12. Elisa Nilis says:

    A very undeserving winer. Still, I love all the points you’ve made.

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