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JOB OPENING: Senior Immigration Armpit Sniffer
The Liberal Party of Australia are a leading provider of homophobic, bigotry and hypocritical services specialising in the management of immigrant bashing in Australia, and currently have opportunities in our Citizenship & Immigration division for registered armpit sniffers with 3 + years solid experience to join our busy and friendly team anywhere in Australia.
Reporting to the soon to be Immigration Minister, Ms Teresa Gambaro, you will be primarily responsible for undertaking corporate immigration work associated with the Australian body odour legislation working with deodorant organisations in sniffing all migrants and migrants-to-be across Australia. Responsibilities include:
• Preparing, collating and lodging (including smelling where relevant) visa applications and supporting documentation with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and other immigration authorities in and outside Australia
• Migrant sniffing and monitoring of all migrant candidates of all size with immigration authorities until the matter is finalised
• Liaising with deodorant companies, visa applicants and government authorities including DIAC and other immigration authorities in and outside Australia
• Managing a high volume of visa smells in/outbound
• Providing advice and assistance to migrants with respect to deodorant options, eligibility prospects and merits of applications including matters associated with body odours as well as DIAC compliance and monitoring requirements
• Managing client and/or visa applicant expectations and tailoring advice to specific stench of the migrants
• Participating in bathing and deodorant applications to new and existing migrants
• Acting in accordance with the Sniffing Code of Conduct as administered by the Migration Sniffers Registration Authority (MSRA) in Australia and office and risk management practices and procedures
SKILLS: The successful applicant will be a registered migration agent with a minimum 3 years corporate sniffing experience and technical knowledge with respect to the current Australian sniffing law and policy. You must be a team player and self-starter with initiative and drive. You will have strong nasal skills, Australian body odour and time management/organisational skills with an ability to demonstrate a high attention to detail sniffing; must have the ability to work within a team and independently to tight armpits and manage conflicting smells and odour expectations with poise and professionalism.
CONTACT: If you believe you have what it takes to excel in this position, please forward your resume to Tonny Abbott, Recruitment Officer, via the APPLY NOW function. Applications close 31st January 2012.
Gambaro was born in Brisbane, Queensland. She was educated at New Farm’s Holy Spirit School, the All Hallows’ School in Brisbane, and later at the Queensland University of Technology. She was a sales manager, account manager, marketing manager, marketing consultant and tutor in marketing at the Queensland University of Technology before entering politics.
She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in July 2004, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in January 2006. In 2007 she was appointed Assistant Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
In September 2010 she was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.
Gambaro made news in January 2012 by suggesting that immigrants are not integrating into Australian culture well enough. She believes that their wearing deodorant is “teaching what are norms in Australia”.
taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Teresa_Gambaro&oldid=470566761 11/01/12
‘We not give up until they respect us.” – Baiada Chicken worker
A couple of nights ago I went down to the picket at the Baiada chicken factory in Laverton. Around 40 to 50 people were camped out at the factory, maintaining the strike that has shut the plant down since last Wednesday. The conditions at this factory are horrific. Last year, a young Indian worker, Sarel Singh, was decapitated as he cleaned a high-speed meat processor. His co-workers were made to clean up his remains. After that, they were forced to work overtime to make up for the time that was ‘lost’ cleaning up Sarel’s body, as if he was just another animal carcass. The machine was switched back on within a couple of hours of his death.
The majority of the workers at the factory are from migrant and refugee backgrounds, mostly African and Southeast Asian. They were camped out in makeshift tents and marquees – some with their young children - with a fire in a barrel to keep them warm. Their stories are heart breaking. Almost half of the workers are paid as contractors, through dodgy labour-hire firms, or simply cash in hand for ridiculously long shifts with no overtime pay. They are subject to constant bullying and harassment, especially in relation to union participation.
The Baiada family’s wealth was estimated at $495 million June 2011. Their total revenue in the last financial year was over a billion dollars. It controls a dominant share of the Australian poultry industry after buying out its major competitor. This is an empire built on the backs of poor men and women who are exploited in sweatshop slaughterhouses so that we can enjoy our dinners. Baiada supplies, amongst others, Coles, Aldi, Nandos, KFC, Steggles and Lilydale, which claims to be ‘free-range.’ It also supplies live chickens to Madina Halal Meats who are the major halal meat supplier in Victoria.
The workers began an indefinite strike on Wednesday, 9 November, for better conditions, a 5 per cent pay rise a year for the next three years, better health and safety conditions and job security. Early last Thursday, a security guard rammed the workers with his car, breaking a worker’s arm. He had been instructed to do so by Baiada management. Baiada has also managed to get a court injunction against the union organising on site.
The workers at the picket need all the help they can get. Non-perishable food, blankets - anything to make the long hours on the picket line more bearable. By striking, they have forfeited what little wages they had, so they need some cash too. Many have home loans and families to feed. They also just want to see people – anyone – from the community to come and say hi and let them know that there are people who believe in their right to a working life with dignity. Status Update [from RISE facebook page]
how is Queen Eliz queen then? wasn’t she the first born daughter? confused
it’s a long story and I can’t remember/understand it all but it boils down to: no dudes left. edward VIII abdicated and left the line of sucession, his little bro (george VI) became king, george didn’t have any sons, just liz and maggie. so there you go. IF YOU WATCHED THE KING’S SPEECH YOU WOULD KNOW THIS
jenniferanne replied to your quote: FIRST-BORN daughters will succeed to the throne…
is aus trying to leave the commonwealth? canada probably never will. no one cares enough! and those that do are usually libertarians from alberta. many are actually proud to be part of a symbolic monarchy. (the sense of history, and all that.)
well, you don’t necessarily have to leave the commonwealth if you’re a republic, and it seems nobody really wants to leave the commonwealth. mostly people do vaguely want a republic but it’s a pretty dead issue. there was a referendum on it about ten years ago but it was framed by the right-wing mostly-monarchist government of the day as a choice between a) a really specific, super unpopular republican model and b) no republic, so the referendum failed. the monarchy is actually becoming slightly more popular, presumably because of the royal wedding and the ebbing away of memories of republican campaigning.
the whole republic campaign was super nationalist and gross. I kind of think that in the current political climate, or any foreseeable near future political climate, any attempt to establish a republic would bolster white nationalism. like, the closest republicans typically get to an anti-imperial argument is that white Australians of Irish ancestry might be cranky about Australia’s continued fealty to England. yeah, sure, we often are, but you have a whole Commonwealth’s worth of people fucked over by British imperialism, many of whom now live in Australia, and that’s the best you can do? latch onto the Irish as the go-to white face of oppressed peoples again? mother of God. either way, it just seems like reshuffling the deckchairs on the oppressive hierarchical colonial nation-state…ship…thing. the metaphor got away from me there but just assume the usual anarchy ra-ra
the front page of The Age today has a picture of the naked torso of a brown-skinned person covered in methodical, presumably self-inflicted, minor wounds. it’s really shocking. it’s attached to this article: The sixth suicide in just over a year within detention centres raises more questions about the treatment of asylum seekers. the sixth suicide was this guy. this Tamil guy was accepted as a refugee — which is notoriously difficult — but was still in detention two years later because his security clearance hadn’t come through. maybe. he might have been cleared and was just caught up in red tape, it’s not clear. he was refused permission to leave the centre for a little while for Diwali celebrations, and concerned friends were refused permission to speak with him on the phone, for no explained reason. he died shortly afterwards.
I don’t really have anything to say except that this is happening. and that detention centres seem to be designed as psychological death traps.
My new drawing series, We Don’t Need Another Hero, features people of colour as outlaws of their post-apocalypse, drawn as if posters for fictional movies.
As an artist of colour, my racialised existence has inherently informed my work, but this new series explicitly investigates racial politics. I’ve sought out peers from various sociocultural and racial backgrounds to propose characters, costumes, and fictional surrounds to represent themselves as survivors of their armageddon. The post-apocalyptic genre seems a relevant forum to discuss Indigenous and people of colour immigrant experiences living in settler colonial realities.
Subjects include contemporary Indigenous artist Tony Albert in “Yesterday When The War Began’, Samoan circus and burlesque performer Fez Faanana in “Attack of the Under Water Woman”, Indigenous activist Robbie Thorpe in “Armageddon Out of Here”, Papua New Guinean performance artist Pandie Panther in “Uritai Headhunter: Warrior of Paradise”, Colombian hip hop emcee Ben Beracasa aka Clandestine Voice in “When the South Rises” and Indigenous historian and activist Gary Foley in “Creature from the Black Platoon”.
Gallerysmith will host We Don’t Need Another Hero from 13th October 2011. Opening event on Friday 21st October 6-8pm, to be opened by Gary Foley and featuring performance by the Ladies of Colour Agency and tunes by DJ Pandie Panther.
Some preview pics..
Pandie Panther “Uritai Headhunter: Warrior of Paradise”
felt-tips on paper, 127 x 97cm, 2011
Third World Terrorist in “When the South Rises”
felt-tips on paper, 127 x 97cm, 2011
(portrait subject Ben Beracasa aka Clandestine Voice)
“Creature from the Black Platoon” starring Gary Foley
felt-tips on paper, 97 x 127cm, 2011
Tony Albert stars in “Yesterday When the War Began”
felt-tips on paper, 127 x 97cm, 2011
Robbie Thorpe as Djuran Bunjileenee “Armageddon Outta Here”
felt-tips on paper, 127 x 97cm, 2011
photography by the lovely John Brash @ fotograffiti