Those solar powered, champagne sipping, latte drinkers: @Qldaah #qldpol

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has labeled people who took advantage of the Bligh Government’s solar rebate scheme as “champagne sippers” and being part of the “latte set”. In another “blame Labor” session of question time in the Queensland parliament, Nicholls turned on solar households labeling the scheme “middle class welfare”. In response to an interjection by Premier Campbell Newman, Nicholls blamed Labor for the cost of the feed-in tariff component. “So those people who were doing it toughest and who did not have the money to be able to put solar panels on were paying for the middle class welfare that Labor was putting out there for the champagne sippers […]

Latte-sipping city slicker @VanBadham gives thanks for rural independents and sees a new dawn for values in politics

By Van Badham  August 27, 2013 The tactical employment of demeaning stereotypes has always been popular in the Australian political discourse.  Just lump together some universally loathed behaviours – like vanity, self-indulgence or entitlement – dress them as communities you’re trying to discredit, and parade them like carnival villains. “Union thugs”, anybody? “Feminazis”?  “People smugglers”? “Asylum seekers”? Conforming to the stereotype of the inner-city Melbourne lefty is exhausting. For a start, my latte bills are enormous. My carpets are always in crisis because sipping chardonnay is messy business – especially when one is multi-tasking with basket-weaving; raffia everywhere. Stereotypes are most useful when employed between communities that are not likely to […]