ASIO Headquarters

Kevin Rudd has officially opened the new ASIO headquarters, named the Ben Chifley Building (who was Prime Minister when ASIO was established).

No doubt a plaque had been prepared with Julia Gillard’s name for this event. Now Rudd’s name will be immortalised on Canberra’s second largest building (after Parliament House).

This shows how a little leadership challenge can affect posterity. Look at Old Parliament House and there is a tablet with Stanley Bruce’s name. On Parliament House it is Bob Hawke.

Bad luck Julia.

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29 Responses to ASIO Headquarters

  1. Samuel J

    My thoughts exactly Abu.

  2. johno

    Bad luck Julia.

    I can not feel any sympathy for that woman, even if it is Krudd that is up staging her.

    Slightly off topic. Having been reminded of how bad Krudd was, has he regained his title of Australia’s worst PM, or does the Liar retain that title?

  3. Samuel J

    Although you probably need a TS clearance to see the plaque

  4. Token

    Gillard has her name on plenty of pieces of metal on school halls across Australia.

  5. johninoxley

    Kokodo Kev Kardboard Kutout is a better P.M. How’s that for spin.

  6. Lucie

    Kind of fitting in a way, I guess – given all the extra ‘business’ King Kevin the Kaotic etc etc may have given ASIO with his open borders policy of the past six years.

  7. Jack Spratt

    Although you probably need a TS clearance to see the plaque

    This insistence on documentation has an old world charm to it.
    Quaint it is, just ask the people smugglers.

  8. I wonder what will ever become of the 20 year (new) ASIO building sitting vacant at Russell Offices now that the new building has been commissioned, King Kevvie might offer it to the People Smugglers as their new headquarters, has a terrific view of King Kevvie’s Palace across the lake

  9. Up The Workers!

    Melbourne’s “Werribee Sewage Treatment Works” is in Juliar’s seat of Lalor.

    Juliar could always get her name put on a plaque to hang there (but only if SHE pays for it herself).

    Personally, I couldn’t think of a more deeply symbolic edifice to stand as a memorial for her “government” and all it represented.

  10. Remember that whole OPRAH COMING TO AUSTRALIA farrago? Remember when that thing was a Thing? (Yeah, sorry to raise bad memories) I reflected to myself at the time that it was almost undoubtedly part of Kev’s re-election strategy – have the announcement made, mid-election campaign, that She was going to Descend on Great Steel Wings into our wide brown land to bless it with her magic and by re-elected on a wave of national fervour. Well, that whole re-election plan went out the window didn’t it.

  11. Toiling Mass

    Should read a plague with Julia’s name on it.

  12. Luke

    Really pissess me off when politicians do this. It should be a banned practise and all existing plaques removed. Using other people’s money to glorify themselves.

    There is one in Brisbane of the then Mayor (Sally-Anne A) re-opening the Storey Bridge. I kid you not…’Re-opening’. Had nothing to do with the building of the bridge so she made up some ceremony to get her name on a plaque 50 years after the fact.

  13. Ant

    Ever notice how “posterity” looks a lot like “posterior”?

    I recall an incident from the FIFA World Cup shared between Sth Korea and Japan where the semi-final between SK and Italy was hugely influenced by some woeful refereeing. The Italians got shafted and were sent packing.

    Back in Italy, shortly thereafter, they happened to open a toilet block in some Italian town and, in true Italian fashion, they named it after that referee.

    You see, having a building named after you can be a double edged sword. In Psychopath’s case, the ASIO plaque will most likely generate a snicker from all who read the name “Rudd” and remember.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    The ill-fated Julian dynasty.

    Bad luck again, Jules.

  15. I recall a piece of wit that went something like:

    “Who builds a church to God and not to fame
    Will never mark the marble with his name.”

    It is much the same principle. It is why buildings should always be opened by politically harmless people like state Governors and Governors-General.

  16. Megan

    Having been reminded of how bad Krudd was, has he regained his title of Australia’s worst PM, or does the Liar retain that title?

    IMHO, the Lying Slapper streeted him in the incompetence stakes. And while I could not stand the droning delivery and painful obfuscation of her lawyer speak delivery and constantly muted radios and televisions when she appeared, Emperor Rimmer the Despicable 2.0 inspires an even worse reaction involving OFF buttons and language that should not be uttered by a lady.

    After recent reflection I think that, despite all the inside talk of her (invisible to me) charm and warmth, the Jools I saw was at least genuine. I knew she was an ambitious liar, she knew she was an ambitious liar, most of the electorate knew she was an ambitious liar, who had got to a position of power through manipulation and using whatever limited skills she could pull out of her knickers.

    Rimmer, on the other hand, is nothing but a narcissistic, crawling, fake. As the Coodabeens famously said…NRF (No Redeeming Features).

    Depending how long he strings us all along, might end up being a dead heat.

  17. Bob

    Megan,

    Please stop beating about the bush and tell us what you really think of Rudd and Gillard.

  18. Legacy!

    THIS PLAQUE
    COMMEMORATES THE
    GOVERNOR-GENERALSHIP
    OF PETER SLIPPER
    OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED
    BY THE RIGHT HON. PM
    JULIA GILLARD

    THIS PLAQUE
    IS ERECTED TO MEMORIALISE
    THE FIRST PRIME MINISTERSHIP
    OF KEVIN RUDD
    (RIGHT HON DIGNIFIED ETC)
    WHICH WAS ENDED
    WITH ALL DUE HONOUR
    AND CEREMONY
    BY JULIA GILLARD
    (SEE AFOREMENTIONED ETC)

    THIS PLAQUE
    COMMEMORATES
    THOUGH WOULD REALLY
    RATHER FORGET
    ALL THAT SHIT
    CRAIG THOMPSON DID
    JEEZE HE WAS SHONKY
    IT STANDS AS A
    LASTING MONUMENT
    TO THE ACHIEVEMENTS
    OF THE GOVERNMENT
    OF THE RIGHT HON
    JULIA GILLARD, PM

  19. papachango

    Gillard has her name on plenty of pieces of metal on school halls across Australia.

    Indeed – she’s probably thgot her name on the most plaques of any PM – utterly disgraceful

  20. Up The Workers!

    Yet another stunning milestone in Labor’s middle-eastern “Voter Recruitment Campaign”.

    ANOTHER 60 potential Labor voters drowned, to add to the 1,300 (or more?) that they had previously drowned!

    We all know that for decades at Federal, State and Local elections in this country, dead people have miraculously voted “early and often” for the corrupt, union-imposed Labor candidate, but maybe somebody needs to tell the knuckle-dragging, low-browed geniuses at Party headquarters, that their dead people cannot vote if they die BEFORE they get their names on to the Electoral Roll.

    Labor are so dumb, they cannot even be crooked competently.

    Australian Electoral Commission data on the A.E.C. website shows that at every election, Labor electorates have the highest percentage of informal votes cast in the nation (of the 30 Federal electorates with the highest Informal vote counts in the nation at the 2010 election, 24 returned Labor candidates. The electorates with the LOWEST informal vote counts in the nation, ALL returned Liberal candidates).

    The obvious statistical message to be drawn from these figures is that STUPID people vote Labor, and intelligent people vote Liberal. A further message is that although you would have to be stupid to vote Labor in the first place, many of its voters are just TOO chronically stupid to even be capable of managing to competently do that.

    LABOR – The world’s ONLY political party so dumb that it has been mis-spelling its’ own name for 100 years!

    LABOR – It has no room for “U”!

  21. Pedro the Ignorant

    Tim T (10.27) wins the Internet for today!

    🙂

  22. Infidel Tiger

    Gillard must have a shitload of school dunnies with her name on them.

  23. harrys on the boat

    Probably IT, but “Julia Gillard is a C*nt”, scrawled with a compass, probably isn’t the recognition she was after.

  24. Cam

    What a farce. KRudd opened an unfinished building. ASIO won’t be moving in for months, the only people working there are the builders and constructions crews. I guess if the opening ceremony was held when the project was complete Abbott’s name would be on the plaque.

  25. JimmyS

    Kevin doesn’t need the accolades or the glory, he’s a Kokoda Trail survivor.
    Not only that, he’s sorry we misunderstood him when he said it.

  26. stackja

    AUSTRALIA’S COLD WAR:
    Australia’s Kim Philby? The case of Dr John Burton
    by Angus Chapple
    News Weekly, April 30, 2011
    Angus Chapple, a former intelligence analyst with many years’ experience in counter-intelligence, examines the mysterious career of Labor leader Dr H.V. Evatt’s foreign affairs adviser, the late Dr John Wear Burton (1915-2010).
    Burton was for many years under the control of a foreign intelligence service.
    The informed consensus was that he was most likely recruited in the USSR, and had the distinction of working for Soviet military intelligence (the GRU), which meant that he would have been briefed and debriefed abroad.
    Highly valued GRU strategic agents, such as Burton, are rarely if ever exposed.
    Most disturbingly, the full extent of his treasonable activities may never be made public.

    D. M. Horner, Inside the War Cabinet
    168 INSIDE THE WAR CABINET
    In October and November 1944 evidence was starting to mount from Allied radio intercept organisations that information in the Australian Military Forces Weekly Intelligence Review which had a wide distribution, was reaching Tokyo.

    David Horner, Breaking the Codes
    Herbert V. Evatt and his staff saw the reports that later reached Japan.

    How many Diggers died because of this?

  27. KRudd opened an unfinished building. ASIO won’t be moving in for months

    Abbott should announce that it is riddled with foreign surveillance devices and must be bulldozed & destroyed.

  28. stackja

    Abbott should announce that it is riddled with foreign surveillance devices and must be bulldozed & destroyed.

    Gone for a Burton is a euphemistic phrase meaning to die.

    229 Deschamps to Burton
    Cablegram 59 MOSCOW, 20 March 1947, 5.45 p.m.
    TOP SECRET
    o be deciphered only under instructions from the Secretary.
    PERSONAL for Burton.
    Reference your Top Secret memorandum P1 46/11/7/5 of 29th
    November, 1946.
    Search by expert has revealed a microphone behind the skirting
    board in the Minister’s office and there is reason to suspect the
    existence of others and the possibility that the whole of the
    legation may be wired. The search is continuing and nothing is
    being disturbed until the installation has been located, when,
    with your approval, it is proposed to remove the whole apparatus.
    Your instructions are urgently awaited. Please treat the matter
    with the greatest reserve as other establishments here are also
    affected and we are in consequence not altogether free agents. The
    utmost secrecy is being maintained here. [1]

    1 Burton himself drafted a reply in his own hand on his copy of
    the cable. It read: ‘Your 59.By all means remove apparatus. Utmost
    security must be maintained but you should immediately communicate
    warn personally Heads of Missions of NZ, UK and USA. We are
    meanwhile considering how protest should be made. Assume NZ Head
    of Mission is aware of discovery’. He subsequently crossed out
    that part of the second sentence from ‘but’ to ‘USA’.

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