By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
A huge congratulations for the returned Victorian Premier is in order but given the magnitude of his win and the devastation caused across the aisle, it's safe to say Dan will have done plenty of celebrating in his own right since seeing off a weak challenge from Matthew Guy and the Liberals.
Most experts predicted the Labor government would be returned at last Saturday's election, but few could have predicted the sizeable swing back to the party over the course of the day and the safe Liberal seats which turned their backs on tradition and elected left-wing candidates.
The win will also sit as a resounding success for the Trades Union movement. The Unions have been slowly but surely rebuilding power and strength over the last few years and they are once again a genuine force to be reckoned with under the stewardship of Sally McManus.
It was a bad week for...
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll just leave this here.
A sad loss...
While I'd never be accused of agreeing with many of the man's policies or his politics in general, the death of George Bush Snr comes as sad news during a turbulent time in the United States.
Under the Trump administration, now more than ever, it's important for people to remember that the presidency is supposed to held by a dignified statesman capable of showing strength, resolve, leadership and compassion.
Donald Trump is not the new normal and it's incredibly important that we do not let what he has lowered the presidency down to become what we expect as a standard moving forward.
A bitter divorce...
For those who've been paying attention, things aren't all roses down in Melbourne, or more specifically at Melbourne City where a showdown between the club and star striker Bruno Fornaroli appears to have carved out a damaging rift.
Manager Warren Joyce appears to be public enemy number one amongst the fans who have clearly and largely sided behind their Uruguayan frontman and if the tension isn't dissolved quickly, the league's richest club could fail to deliver on the biggest stages once again.
Frustratingly, it's still unclear why Fornaroli has been dumped from the first team. What is crystal clear is that tensions are simmering and the issue could reach a head very quickly.
Sorry, not sorry Gavin...
Credit where credit is due, sometimes even the Australian government gets it right and it appears they may have given reports that right-wing provocateur and complete dickhead (pardon my French!) Gavin McInnes has been denied a visa to enter the country.
McInnes, the found of the far-right hate group 'Proud Boys' has long been considered one of many alt-right personalities attempting to carve out a little slice of d-list celebrity at the expense of logic, reason and decency and the suggestion that he'd failed the character test comes as little surprise and a nice little reminder that even in this Donald Trump-lite world Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton are trying to build, hate speech can sometimes still be censored.