It's Playschool, good morning children

Australia
December 1, 2008 8:35am CST
I don't know whether other countries do this, but we have a government sponsored TV station (independent but funded by the Government, with no advertising) which usually has pretty fair standard programs and high quality current affairs shows. But it also has, as part of its charter, a duty to televise parliamentary proceedings. But since nobody is even slightly interested in this, they put it to air at 12.30 am. They might as well put it on at 9.00 in the morning as a replacement for Playschool, or Humphrey Bear, or the Muppets, because the way politicians carry on in parliament is so slapstick and childish I'm sure pre-school children would just adore it. Are politicians in other countries as childish, school-boyish and immature as ours appear to be? Lash
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• United States
1 Dec 08
Yep they sure are here. Our Congress has been behaving like small children fighting on a playground for years now. Maybe they could put it on in the morning as a "this is how you DO NOT behave show" to our children. Heck my children behave better than most political officials.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
I cannot believe that they actually want their childish behaviour televised so we can see what fools they behave like. The name calling and trying to shout down any one who says things they do not want to hear. It is just so pathetic. I am surprised they do not throw things at each other. lol
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Dec 08
There was resistance in Parliament to televising proceedings but they lost and we won! Now we can have free daily entertainment beamed into the comfort of our own homes. Mostly this involves grown adults, all of whom are paid three times the average wage, some many times more, men and women, behaving in a way that when I was at school would have got us a class detention and in some cases a letter home to our parents. The really strange thing is, that we are allowed to put an X in a box every four years to vote for one of these clowns. Apparently, they represent our interests. So, I can tell you that my interests clearly involve: waving order papers; heckling anyone that opens their mouth; Jumping up and down in frustration; storming out upset; trying to catch the eye of the Speaker and failing (because he's too busy having MPs arrested); talking out any bill that I don't like the look of. That will do for now. I've got to go and listen to the "Father of the House". Must be time for my afternoon nap!
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• Australia
3 Dec 08
What gets me about them is that the prefects, including the House Prefects and the Head Prefect, are no better than the worst scholarship lout in the school. Lash
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Dec 08
Many thanks for the BR Grandpa_Lash. I just thought. Televising of Parliament makes day time TV seem grown up!
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Ah, God bless the ABC Lash! Funnily enough, this is one aspect of Australiana that I hhave never pined for. lol. Have you ever seen footage of some of the massive fights the Taiwanese politicians seem to get themsleves into every now and then? Now THAT'S entertainment! Slapping with shoes, jugs of water being thrown, moderators with gavels leaping across crowds to take a completely untimely swipe at somebody or another..... It's like the Three Stooges meets UFC!
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• Australia
3 Dec 08
Well, that's the second Taiwan reference, I must have a look, although I have to say that other than Jerry Lewis, I have never hated a comedy act more than the Three Stooges. Oh, I lie. I had blocked him out. Benny Hill. Lash
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
1 Dec 08
It used to be that we looked up to and respected our government officials but that time is long gone. Much of it is their own doing, with their illegal activities and sorted affairs making the news daily.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
That was before they televised proceedings and we got to see how silly and childish they could be, calling each other silly names and acting like a bunch of children in kindergarten.
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@luvandpower (2049)
• United States
1 Dec 08
hmm...well in america they are like little boys who just entered a candy store, give them money and they will go and do whatever you ask.
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• Australia
1 Dec 08
Ah yes, but that's also the same everywhere, it's probably one of the reasons the buggers go into politics, so they can play with lots of monopoly money. If they actually had any talent, they'd go into big business and screw the world up that way instead. Lash
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Dec 08
We don't have a government channel per se', but we do have C-span, which is run by the cable companies in cooperation with congress. It broadcasts the senate and house of represenatives when in session as well as some political talk, news and commentary. We don't see alot of the dramatics in congress like I've noticed in the Brittish and Canadian parliment sessions (I've never seen Australin parliment in action), and we don't come to blows like they do in Taiwan, but the stupidity is non-the-less apparent in just the things they say. I will note however after the last session ended, with out a vote on off shore drilling being brought, a bunch from the republican party stayed on in protest, it was near panemonium, but that was an extremely rare occurence.
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@jend80 (2068)
1 Dec 08
sounds like Prime Minister's Question Time where people take turns to either try and score points by trying to catch the pm out with their questions, make themselves look good by totally sucking up, and booing etc when they're trying to answer.
• Australia
1 Dec 08
Oh yes, isn't Question Time a scream? Our broadcasts show the House one day and the Senate the next, both in Question Time. But we also broadcast parliament on ABC radio, and that can be even worse. Lash
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