EFFIE BATEMAN | Lifestyle | Contact
In some news that has both divided Greens followers and given Sky News journalist Paul Murray a raging erection to the point of priapism, Greens leader Adam Bandt has refused to have the Australia flag behind him at a press conference.
Bandt explained the move, saying, “For many Australians, this flag represents dispossession and the lingering pains of colonisation,” he said.
He is also calling for a new flag.
A contentious issue, while some have supported Bandt for raising the issues with the current design, others have blasted this stunt as stoking a fire and being counterproductive to fostering an inclusive Australia – because instead of encouraging people to come on board with a vision, pissing them off only reinforces their views and creates more division.
Some have called it an immature and shortsighted decision by a leader of a party that has been previously written off as being ‘too radical’ and has since reimaged itself into somewhat more of a centrist option.
Nonetheless, Bandt has doubled down with his assertion that the Aussie flag has got to go, but has had to discreetly sort out a little problem of his own – removing the slightly faded southern cross tattoo he got blackout drunk on his mate’s 18th birthday.
Also known as a ‘bogan tattoo,’ the southern cross tattoo has become somewhat of a controversial symbol, after images of the 2005 Cronulla Riots were broadcast around Australia and many of the perpetrators were seen sporting the constellation.
Knowing he would no doubt be rebranded a hypocrite should anyone spot him going for a shirtless jog, Bandt was seen popping into his local laser clinic (not a chain of course, but independently owned) and was fortunate enough to have it removed in just three sessions.
For a stubborn star located just above his third nipple, Bandt has instead had it covered up with a large marijuana leaf.
More to come.