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GETTING OLD: 60-year-old Christine Milne calls 59-year-old Martin Ferguson an “old-stager”

christinemilneSlagging people off for being too old for public service is mostly an impertinence best left to those who turned it into an art-form: the Baby Boomer generation. They’ve mostly been notoriously tough to move on from positions of power themselves. There’s no better example of that than the oldies dominated Greensparty that has the oldest political party leadership and yet constantly refers to “old parties.” Yesterday, their leader Christine Milne even slagged off retiring Labor legend Martin Ferguson as an “old stager.” Would it be impolite to point out her age?

Greensparty leader Christine Milne is older than retiring Labor MP Martin Ferguson and despite lots of goodwill for the long-time unionist turned highly effective and respected Resources minister who yesterday said he’d be retiring from Parliament, she felt free to slag him rather harshly and very ungraciously today:

“Frankly, I think it’s good the old-stagers of the fossil-fuel era, like Martin Ferguson, are gone,” she told Sky News on Thursday.

Nasty Christine’s intervention was a real buzz-kill given the emotional send-off Ferguson received, including from normally pugilistic Tony Abbott, who in his polite and gracious enthusiasm has argued Labor needs more MPs like traditional Labor life-long unionist and second-generation MP Martin Ferguson and no more unionist careerists like Paul Howes, whose life’s work and pro-jobs, moderate Labor values seem rather similar to Ferguson’s.

As it happens, the retiring former Minister Ferguson was born on December 12th, 1953, making him fifty-nine years young.

While Greensparty boss Milne, fond of referring to the “old parties” despite being older than the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, was born May 14th, 1953, meaning she just turned sixty. She apparently plans to stay for two more elections before handing over to ex-merchant banker and Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, whose recent stalker-level enthusiasm for a “private session” with supermodel Jennifer Hawkins was seen by some concerned Greensparty officials as providing evidence of possible heterosexuality.

Whatever the age of their parliamentary leaders, the Greensparty’s story is really getting old. They can’t even do ageism without being dishonest about it.


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  1. I think M’arn would be proud to come from the ‘fossil-fuel era’ than be an actual fossil like Milne. Where does this leave comrade Rhiannon of 1951 vintage?

    Posted by JEG | May 30, 2013, 16:04
  2. Ha! The Greens Party and its supporters are the whitest and most affluent and most unrepresntative political organisation in the country.

    Posted by Piv | May 30, 2013, 16:19
  3. Every time I see her it reminds me of an old slack that sucks on a few Lemons for Breakfast and upset she did not get any.

    Posted by anobody | May 30, 2013, 16:23
  4. Ferguson sounds like someone who has suffered a very bad stroke. He sold his soul to big business along with the rest of the ALP. Good riddance to the scum that he is.

    Posted by Pim | May 30, 2013, 17:26
  5. Milne could play King Kong, she’s got that look.

    Posted by Eddie Everywhere | May 30, 2013, 19:12
  6. That woos Daniel Andrews has the handbag brigade attacking me. Why o why is not phil Boofa Davis in the green room to defend me?

    Posted by Denis The lad | May 30, 2013, 19:16
  7. Ferguson sounds like he has a touch of the ‘Yooralla Smile’ and always had. He has been a useless MP and a pompous old windbag to boot. He was ‘right up’ the backdoor of big business enjoying their wine and food as he sold out the true believers. Pity he does not piss off immediately as his achievements could be written on a postage stamp.

    Posted by anon | May 30, 2013, 19:17
  8. Once again the Eco-wackjobs demonstrate a total lack of self awareness.
    Every time she opens her mouth I get that feeling that she is talking at us and not to us.

    Posted by Scott | May 30, 2013, 19:55
  9. Looks like Christine Milne has had a botched face transplant.

    Posted by Dr Nick Riveria | May 30, 2013, 22:06
  10. Piv, they are co-religionistas, co-ancients and co-BoBos with GetUp.

    Does that bunch of poonjabbers, poodle fakers, carpetcrunchers, knob jockeys, tontine chewers, pseuds and ‘stressed out’ bureaucrats still exist?

    Posted by JakartaJaap | May 30, 2013, 22:43
  11. Is botox vegan? I will pay for the treatments.

    Posted by Anono | May 30, 2013, 23:37
  12. Feeney makes Eddy look like an angel

    Posted by thanks chris | May 31, 2013, 0:05
  13. Kimbery for batman

    Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2013, 0:08
  14. D.f, why now bring back K.J as well

    Posted by thanks chris | May 31, 2013, 0:09
  15. Dave Fee-ney, no. Lets have John .S

    Posted by thanks chris | May 31, 2013, 0:14
  16. JakartaJaap, spot on.

    Posted by Piv | May 31, 2013, 9:12
  17. Has milne gone for a face lift or some other face lift procedure lately for the election? The face looks a lot less like craddle mountain these days? As for her bitchy comments about MF, reflects more on her nasty self than anyone. Come on 14/9!!!!!

    Posted by kfr | May 31, 2013, 9:52
  18. what does she say about her colleague Lee Brown?

    Posted by the Insider | May 31, 2013, 14:10
  19. Good article Andrew. Had never taken much notice of Milne as she has an irritating voice, much like Pauline Hanson

    Posted by Angela | May 31, 2013, 15:12
  20. our glorious female left wing PM is at it again!

    Posted by emily | May 31, 2013, 15:37
  21. You are right Geoff Shaw Judges are paid too much

    Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2013, 0:56
  22. I believe in Bob -H-

    Posted by Freddy | June 1, 2013, 0:58
  23. Costello hates Turnbull. That we know.But Malcolm made $100m from banking and Cossie’s shop went bankrupt. Gotta laugh at Costello’s puss in the Fin Review speaking at some investment conference. Are they kidding???

    Posted by Allowable deductions | June 1, 2013, 11:14
  24. Costello needs a job after his business went under. Please help if you can Vexians.

    Posted by Anon | June 1, 2013, 11:25
  25. Well all the Howard people boycotted his dinner. The faceless and the nameless went apart from compulsory attendees like Abbott etc. Sad and sick but he shat on all in office now they shit on him.

    Posted by Hooray Henry | June 1, 2013, 11:31
  26. Perhaps Turnbull could give him tips on how to operate an investment bank?

    Posted by Freddy | June 1, 2013, 11:37
  27. I will give Pete a job. He can staple food receipts together for me. Surely he can do that?

    Posted by Big Clive | June 1, 2013, 11:46
  28. She is still a foxy babe that doesn’t use moisturiser. Now, where and how some other prominent pollie figures use the stuff…

    Posted by Sorry What? | June 1, 2013, 19:28
  29. i will not be lectures about misogny by this women!!

    Posted by emily | June 2, 2013, 18:06
  30. You must be kidding: Ferguson was the MEMBER for Batman? I’ve lived here for over 10 years and he did fuck all for Batman so GOOD RIDDANCE MARTIN. Let’s hope the ALP has enough sense not to parachute another load of SHIT into the electorate (too much to hope, I guess)

    Posted by wothers | June 2, 2013, 21:32
  31. Please Sydney TV and Radio reporters Batman Electorate in inner north Melbourne is pronounced Batm’n not Bat Man – Robins little pal. Its like Fisherm’n and Clergym’n. These English words are clipper when pronounced.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 2, 2013, 21:40
  32. Martin Ferguson was a pretty good government minister I thought

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 2, 2013, 21:50
  33. I am shocked by the women-hating language indulged in on this website. Wake up to yourselves and focus on ideas, policies and not on the gender of the speaker! I happen to think Christine Milne has more going for her than most politicians in Australia.

    Posted by Robal | June 3, 2013, 21:25
  34. Martin Ferguson was a very good lobbyist for the mining barons of this country…..who continue to send 83% of their profits to overseas shareholders. A decent mining tax would have seen more Australians receiving better education, health and infrastructure.
    His departure from federal politics is a welcome event in my book!

    Posted by Robal | June 3, 2013, 21:27
  35. Again only one freddy

    Posted by Freddy | June 3, 2013, 23:51
  36. The idiot son of his father. A leg up from day one. Disowned by his Union. I wonder what mining company he turns up working for. Please take your idiot brother Laurie the log with you.

    Posted by Reggie | June 4, 2013, 12:14
  37. I’m in deep shit

    Posted by Laurie | June 4, 2013, 15:09
  38. Why no story on the Batman preselection? It is getting ugly, Vexnews and curious as to why nothing said

    Posted by comrade | June 5, 2013, 11:12
  39. Milne has done Santamaria deal with Abbott. Green contract with Gillard invalidated upon elevation of Rudd to PM allowing Greens to support no confidence motion in last sitting week. Milne running out front calling election for Abbott and saying she will stand against IR changes to cement on Labor voters..especially females. Rudd and Abbott often sharing same hotel. Rudd ultimate betrayer of Labor Party.

    Posted by John McTernan | June 9, 2013, 23:28
  40. Duh! ‘Old stager’ is an idiomatic term that should not give rise to the purile comments above about the relative ages of Milne, Ferguson & other’s dob above. It means ‘a person with experience; old hand’.

    Posted by Casablanca | June 12, 2013, 17:52