Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kirner the AC

Photo by Justin McManus of The Age.

Ex Premier Joan Kirner has received our country's highest award, Companion of the Order of Australia. While she wasn't the country's first female Premier, she was Victoria's only female Premier, unfortunately at the helm of a sinking ship as the rats deserted.

She conducted herself with dignity while in office and kept her hands out of the honey jar.

While she is now quite unwell, she still fights for the less privileged  in our society.

In  my opinion many of these awards are undeserved, often being given to people who are just doing the job they are being paid to do. In Mrs Kirner's case, for her years of unpaid good works makes the award well deserved.

21 comments:

  1. The media at the time were unkind to her by calling her Miss Piggy and giving her hard time about the polka-dot dresses and shirts she wore :-).

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  2. She's a good stick, our Joan. I think of her and I think polka dots, care of the unkind press, and typical as it applied to a woman. Joan certainly deserves recognition for all her work.

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  3. Yes, it's well deserved.

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  4. Yet Windsmoke, she never ever wore a polka dot dress. The cartoonists invented it.

    Elisabeth, she really is one of those honourable people. There aren't too many in politics. The overt and not so overt sexism was appalling, worse than what Gillard has suffered.

    Glad you agree FC. I'd be surprised if you didn't.

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  5. I didn't know she was unwell. Good on her for getting this award, much deserved.

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  6. Fen, blind in one eye and severe osteoporosis. Broke five ribs a couple of years ago.

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  7. Thanks for this, Andrew as I too didn't know that she was so unwell.

    I was living in SA at the time so my knowledge of JK was pretty limited to the nastiness of the press which is sad in itself.

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  8. I was shocked to hear the other day that, with legislation shenanigans, JC doesn't get a cent in superannuantion.
    She is a good stick and apparently still works damn hard.

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  9. Kath, she may not have had such a hard time if she was not part of what the public, excited by the media, viewed as a government well past its use by date. It was a decent while ago now, and I hope we have moved on a bit, as from what I recall from back then, she was given a very hard time.

    Jayne, JK you mean. Yes, I saw that too and I was also surprised. She would have gotten back what she contributed, plus the performance of the fund, interest if you like. I gather exceptions were made in the past for pollies who were close to their time to collect full super, but not for her. I detest Kennett.

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  10. Well there's 'Joan Kirner Drive' and 'Joan Kirner Neighbourhood House' over here and I was kinda thinking 'Joan Kirner Westgate Bridge' might be next but her true legacy is rotten poker machines.

    Honest John Cain wouldn't permit poker machines into Victoria, Joan Kirner did, and look at the misery. Large companies fleece millions of dollars from the poorest people in this state.

    Labor Party. Oh yes.

    Good photo of her, the old witch.

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  11. So it's not urban legend Andrew, there really is such a thing as an honest politician!!

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  12. Interesting. In NSW we only seem to know Joan Kirner for the sinking ship leadership.

    I was a bit astounded at the number of ex-Politicians who received the highest honour this time around.

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  13. Apparently so Grace.

    Victor, it is somewhat sad that her time is perceived as such. There was nothing she could with the government sailing directly towards the iceberg. Far too many politicians receive honours.

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  14. RH, Kirner readily owns up to her mistake with pokies.

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  15. How do you call it a mistake, she knew exactly what pokies do to the people she supposedly stands up for. Heroin is a mistake too.
    I passed her on the footpath in Douglas Parade once and she gave me the evil eye, knew exactly what I was thinking.

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  16. She kept her hands out of the honey jar? I'm impressed. And no huge pollie superannuation for her either? I hope she has some kind of super fund though.

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  17. RH, she may have. I certainly did not know how insidious they were until I saw the effect.

    River, I am sure she is ok financially. Her husband was a head master, or whatever they call them now and she would have received a good salary.

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  18. She's got a house in millionaire's row: Thompson Street.

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  19. I am not familiar with Williamstown streets so I will take your word for it. A former Premier living in a posh street? Who would have thunk that?

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  20. I do like Mrs Kirner. She does have good humour. I remember her rockin' it on a TV show once, guitar in hand, and a leather jacket on :) I wish her well.

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  21. Cazzie, I remember that and it was very funny. Can't imagine Ted doing it.

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