People Around The Country Are Wondering How Clive Palmer Managed To Slide Into Their DMs After Receiving Unsolicited Texts

If you received a text you didn't want from Clive, you're not alone.

People around Australia have taken to social media to complain after many received unsolicited texts from the man himself, Clive Palmer. Or, more specifically, Clive Palmer’s political party.

Throughout the day, people of voting age across the country have received text messages from Clive and the United Australia Party.

Some of the texts are location-dependent, mentioning fast trains for Melbourne and Sydney, or taxation in Tasmania.

Others are more generic, with messages about blackouts wrecking lives.

Many of the messages included his new favourite catchphrase, ‘Make Australia Great’, which you may have been lucky enough to see on billboards around your city recently.

This is all part of Clive’s attempt at reviving his political career after it fizzled out in 2016, but I’m not sure texting people who didn’t ask to receive correspondence from you or your party is the way to generate support.

Unfortunately, it’s completely legal. As the ABC explains, political parties and their contractors are exempt from privacy laws, which means they can use the personal information of Australians without getting permission.

The Law Reform Commission recommended the exemption be removed ten years ago, but that never happened, so here we are.

Another unfortunate thing is that being on the Do Not Call register won’t help. According to an Australian Communications and Media Authority spokesperson that the ABC spoke to, non-commercial texts were generally allowed under the Do Not Call Register Act and the Spam Act.

Good old Clive, sabotaging his own political comeback before it’s even really begun. Who could ask for anything more?

Bob Hawke Is Calling Last Drinks, Says He Won’t Make It To The Next Election

He reckons Labor will win it, though.

According to the Courier MailBob Hawke has revealed that his health has been terrible, and feels he’s “had his time”.

When asked what his plans for the new year were, he told News Corp: “I’ve had my time, just stick around for a little while.”

He went on to add: “I’ve sung my last song, or last verse of Waltzing Matilda”, which is just about the most Bob Hawke way of saying “I’m 89 and not long for this world” that I’ve ever heard.

Speaking to reporters at Woodford Folk Festival, he told them he thought this would be his last. Fair cop, tbh. Still going to festivals at 89 is impressive; I gave up on them at 21. But we already knew that Bob parties way harder than I do.

He reckons Labor will do well in Queensland at the next federal election, and that Bill Shorten will do well. I’m not sure I have as much faith in Bill as Bob does, but I won’t rain on an old man’s parade.

Hawke was taken to hospital earlier this year for a case of “the wobbles”. He turned 89 on the 9th of December.

Following In Trump and Putin's Footsteps, Scott Morrison Just Recognised Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Is Morrison just trying to get Trump to like him?

Over a year ago, Donald Trump caused a stir when he announced that the USA now recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Proving that he is his own man and not just a blind follower, Scott Morrison has just announced that Australia now also recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Morrison made the announcement earlier this afternoon in a speech at the Sydney Institute, a privately-funded ‘current affairs forum’.

In his speech, Morrison said:

“Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel.”

He went on to explain the government’s new position:

“Furthermore, recognising our commitment to a two-state solution, the Australian Government has also resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem.”

In a break from doing whatever Trump does, Australia will not be moving the embassy that’s currently in Tel Aviv. Instead, Morrison will delay moving the embassy to West Jerusalem until after a two-state solution is in place.

The US opened its Jerusalem embassy in May, but Australia will only be establishing a trade and defence office in West Jerusalem. Currently, the USA and Guatemala are the only countries with embassies in Jerusalem.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network told the ABC that they believe this announcement will “damage the peace process”.

APAN’s president Bishop George Browning said:

“It serves no Australian interest, will weaken our trade and security relations with regional partners, and may irreparably injure our international reputation by aligning Australia with the Trump and Netanyahu governments against an overwhelming international consensus regarding the status of Jerusalem.”

Since the announcement was made on the Sabbath, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry isn’t able to formally respond, but did direct the ABC to a statement from October in which it stated it had long called for Australia to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The announcement is bound to upset our neighbours in Indonesia, who warned in October that it will adjust its policies if Australia moves its embassy in Israel. Several Middle Eastern and North African nations also criticised the plans when Morrison first announced them.

The Guardian reported in October that ASIO warned the government that the change might “provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank”. That warning didn’t deter Morrison from making today’s announcement, however.

ABC reporter Sophie McNeill pointed out that Morrison’s decision to recognise only West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel effectively endorses the division of Jerusalem:

Russia recognised West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in April of last year, while Trump didn’t differentiate between West and East Jerusalem.

In short, it probably wasn’t necessary for a country as irrelevant as Australia to wade into this debate, but if Morrison is trying to prove to Trump that he’s a better ally than Turnbull was, I suppose this is one way of doing that. Morrison would do well to remember that he’s meant to act in the interests of the Australian people, and not foreign leaders, though.


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