I cannot remember really nasty people in politics until the conservative Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett was elected in the early 1990s. He was elected for a second term, much to my surprise, but chucked out at the next election. (I forget about Joh Bjelke Petersen.... actually, there have been a few more)
There are some really nasty people in Federal politics now, such as backbencher Tony Abbott and Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, who brought such trouble to our Federal Liberal Party and caused paralysis of our country for nearly a week when he challenged our former Prime Minister and kind of won, seeing the end of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, even if not becoming PM himself.
But let me go back to the former Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Jeff Kennett. There is a small gallery space and a half price ticket (for shows and tourist attractions) outlet at Melbourne Town Hall. I always call in to see what the gallery has on show when the exhibits are changed. We were passing by and we saw an exhibition about public protests in Melbourne. I can't remember now, perhaps a pro union protest in the city, but we once took a very young Hippie Niece to a protest march in the city.
R remembers back to the 70s when he was a tram conductor and the monster Vietnam moratorium marches. The city just closed down in lock up, for cars, trams and buses. I think the tram staff deserted their trams and joined the crowd.
In the early 1990s we lived in Glen Iris and along with many of our fellow residents, we walked to Burwood train station to travel to the city and march in protest against Premier Jeff Kennett's legislative programme. There was a great sense of comradery on the train into town. March we did, along with 100,000 other people.
Back to the Town Hall gallery exhibition. I took a few photos.
Felicity is Jeff Kennett's wife. I thought this was pretty clever.
Even the young people in his own party protested against his actions.
He also imposed an extra annual tax on all residents per home for a few years. Our public transport still suffers the effects of actions some twenty years later.
Among other dastardly deeds, he brought the Australian Formula One Grand Prix to Melbourne, and we have suffered ever since. It eats up tens of millions of dollars in subsidies and almost unbelievably, runs around an inner city park. Kennett took away homeowners' civil rights for any damage the construction of the race track might cause to their homes.