Category: Media

Unfinished business

Posted by – 16 July, 2014

John Howard and his government did a great deal of good, but they let an incredible amount of unfinished business. It is reassuring that many current members of the Coalition are ready to finish what should have been started years ago.

An incoming Liberal senator has set out a radical libertarian program in his maiden speech, calling for the GST rate to rise to 15 per cent, federal health and education departments to be abolished and for the immediate sell-off of youth radio station Triple J, with the rest of the ABC to also be privatised if it fails to address perceived left-wing bias.

Apart from raising the GST, I agree with everything said. I’d look to build a community view that the ABC should be privatised. It is reassuring though that the ABC has been asked to make cuts and sack at least 80 people as part of the cancellation of the Australia Network.

Amusing

Posted by – 21 June, 2014

Turnbull vs Bolt

Posted by – 2 June, 2014

Good summation of the Turnbull vs Bolt issue. In essence, Turnbull is a light weight who is failing as the Communications Minister (just as he failed as the Opposition leader and leader of the 1999 ‘yes’ case) and is not a team player. The NBN is still a financial disaster, the ABC continues to be a bastion of LabGreen dogma and free speech is still under attack. Turnbull intends to do nothing to address those Communications issues. It is a record of failure. As a note, Abbott is basically dismantling Turnbull’s Howard era water reforms. Turnbull has nothing much to show for his time in politics.

Obviously the ABC and the Canberra press gallery are on the side of Turnbull, which tells you all you need to know about Turnbull’s loyalties.

This is a distraction from the main issue: Turnbull is a hopeless Communications Minister.

Turnbull can’t help himself

Posted by – 30 January, 2014

The ABC is on the rack. The public outrage over their coverage of the boat people issue is surprising in its extent and marks a turning point in the public mind on the role of the ABC in public life. Certainly the ABC’s initial claims that Navy personnel had tortured illegal immigrants on boats, claims that turned out to be utter rubbish, has highlighted the partisan nature of the public broadcaster. This claim also goes along with the work the ABC did in promoting Snowden leaks about DSD spying on the Indonesians. It was therefore reassuring that Abbott has picked up on this mood, and basically denounced ABC’s coverage of recent issues. But like clock work Turnbull has rushed to the defence of the ABC.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC’s editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s attack on the national broadcaster, which he says ”instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s”.

Mr Turnbull defended the Prime Minister’s right to critique the ABC but, in comments that could be interpreted as resistance to Mr Abbott, he said the ABC was rightly accountable to its board of directors, not politicians.

The ABC might be independent of the present government, but it is not independent of the LabGreen big government agenda as highlighted by Cory Bernardi on many occasions. In any case, Turnbull has been a non-performer since coming to power so I don’t think he carries the weight in the party room like he used to.

UPDATE

Wonder if there was any pressure put on Turnbull to announce the review into ABC and SBS operations?

“The study will focus on the costs of inputs – that is the ‘back of house’ day-to-day operational and financial operations, structures and processes applied to delivering ABC and SBS programs, products and services.

It is not a study of the quality of the national broadcaster’s programs, products and services, or the responsibilities set out in their charters but of the efficiency of the delivery of those services to the Australian public.”

The Department of Communications will conduct the study….

Treason = Mark Scott

Posted by – 20 November, 2013

treason (n.)
early 13c., from Anglo-French treson, from Old French traison (11c.; Modern French trahison), from Latin traditionem (nominative traditio) “a handing over, delivery, surrender” (see tradition). Old French form influenced by the verb trair “betray.” In old English law, high treason is violation by a subject of his allegiance to his sovereign or to the state; distinguished from petit treason, treason against a subject, such as murder of a master by his servant.

Alan Jones hits rock bottom – looks to Richard Dennis for advice

Posted by – 21 August, 2013

Alan Jones has looked to leftist think tank the Australian Institute to take on his enemies in the mining and gas industry. His go to man from the Australia Institute is former Bob Brown adviser Richard Dennis.

Interview here. This is a summary:

First up AJ uses Dennis to try and discredit claims that some how the mining and gas industry is not important to jobs growth in Australia. There are 27,000 jobs directly related to CSG in QLD alone, most of which are in reginonal Australia.

Secondly, claims that the Feds should take greater control  over mining and gas operations away from the States.

Thirdly, claims the mining and gas industry needs a ‘social licence’  - whatever that is – to conduct operations.

Fourthly, somehow CSG uses techniques that are new and untested and the laws ‘did not foresee’ gas wells. (It has been around in Australia and the USA for decades – over 1 million fracked wells in the US alone).

Fifth, the Feds should lockup large sections of land to stop development – sounds like de facto national parks.

Six, set up another government environmental agency – claims that CSG makes people sick (completely unsubstantiated)

Seventh, recommends another national policy governing wealth creation.

Eight, falsely claims that the public do not know what fracking chemicals are used in CSG.

Nine, falsely claims CSG and coal chemicals are flushed into rivers generally -doing that is completely illegal!

Ten, the Feds, States and regulators need to stop the mining and gas industry altogether. (This is crazy stuff).

Eleven, claims that water has no guaranteed protection – once again completely false.

Let’s be clear: No other conservative journalist or commentator wants to touch Dennis or the opponents of the CSG industry. AJ is out there by himself, cavorting with leftist green radicals in some campaign to undermine wealth creation and energy security.

The best interview of an ALP PM

Posted by – 28 July, 2013

Andrew Bolt has conducted probably the best interview ever of an ALP PM. The questions were pointed, went to the heart of the matters facing Australia, while giving Rudd little room to spin. I dare say it was ‘fair and balanced’. Something that has been sorely missing from the ABC for years. As short as the interview was, I don’t think Rudd will be doing anymore conservative media anytime soon.

Another Abbott Labo(u)r lite moment – Bolt nails it

Posted by – 22 May, 2013

With Abbott’s lurch to the left, where is the political alternative for conservative voters?

Mr Abbott was dismissive in Brisbane this morning of the push from the Victorian party branch, which will this weekend vote on a motion encouraging the federal Coalition to conduct an “operational review” of the ABC and SBS and consider the feasibility of full or partial privatisation.

Asked whether he was feeling pressure from the Victorians, Mr Abbott said: “The short answer is no”.

“Everyone understands that in the Coalition, it’s the parliamentary party which sets the policy and we have no policy to go down that path, we have no intention of going down that path, and we won’t go down that path,” he said.

So apparently Abbott is now a-okay with the ABC and SBS. Privatising the SBS, at least, would be an easy policy decision to make because hardly anyone watches the channel(s) and those that do are unlikely to ever vote for the Coalition. It would save the Federal budget $200 million annually and generate about the same amount in capital sales. So what’s stopping Abbott?!?

I think the evidence is building: the rank and file of the Liberal Party are at odds with the career politicians who sit on the Liberal front bench. Similar, although not as pronounced, in the way the Cameroons in the UK despise their own Conservative Party. Think of any number of issues from wind farms, to the Green Army, to Abbott’s PPL policy, and the Liberal Party rank and file get no say what so ever.

One thing that is clear, the Liberal rank and file are closer to Liberal Party principles than the Liberal front bench.

UPDATE

Bolt has picked up on Abbott’s swing to the left:

…for all his rhetoric, Abbott is campaigning as Labor-lite – without the stuff-ups.

Radio discussion here.

Timely given Ford’ announcement to end production in Australia. So what’s Abbott’s response? Cut the cost of doing business by abolishing renewable energy mandates, lowering corporate taxes and improving workplace flexibility? No, Abbott’s response is more industry subsidies, just like the ALP.

Cory Bernardi

Posted by – 14 April, 2013

One for the shame file:

Articles published by Fairfax Media on January 27 and 28 contained allegations that Senator Cory Bernardi had failed to properly declare pecuniary and other interests in his statement of registrable interests.

They alleged that Senator Bernardi had breached his disclosure obligations by not declaring his role as international delegate of the American Legislative Exchange Council or payments received from the Heartland Institute for travel and accommodation.

Fairfax Media accepts that its reporting of those matters was factually inaccurate in a number of respects and that the allegations regarding Senator Bernardi were unfounded.

We retract those allegations and apologise to Senator Bernardi for the distress and damage caused by the articles.

Wonder what happened to the reporter.

Kermit Gosnell

Posted by – 13 April, 2013

This is story from the US about infanticide and all that entails is without doubt the most horrific story in the developed world right now, but apart from Fox News and a few online websites the US  media for the most part won’t cover it.

For this isn’t solely a story about babies having their heads severed, though it is that. It is also a story about a place where, according to the grand jury, women were sent to give birth into toilets; where a doctor casually spread gonorrhea and chlamydiae to unsuspecting women through the reuse of cheap, disposable instruments; an office where a 15-year-old administered anesthesia; an office where former workers admit to playing games when giving patients powerful narcotics; an office where white women were attended to by a doctor and black women were pawned off on clueless untrained staffers. Any single one of those things would itself make for a blockbuster news story. Is it even conceivable that an optometrist who attended to his white patients in a clean office while an intern took care of the black patients in a filthy room wouldn’t make national headlines?

But it isn’t even solely a story of a rogue clinic that’s awful in all sorts of sensational ways either. Multiple local and state agencies are implicated in an oversight failure that is epic in proportions! If I were a city editor for any Philadelphia newspaper the grand jury report would suggest a dozen major investigative projects I could undertake if I had the staff to support them. And I probably wouldn’t have the staff. But there is so much fodder for additional reporting.

There is, finally, the fact that abortion, one of the most hotly contested, polarizing debates in the country, is at the center of this case. It arguably informs the abortion debate in any number of ways, and has numerous plausible implications for abortion policy, including the oversight and regulation of clinics, the appropriateness of late-term abortions, the penalties for failing to report abuses, the statute of limitations for killings like those with which Gosnell is charged, whether staff should be legally culpable for the bad behavior of doctors under whom they work…

There’s just no end to it.

Don’t think for one moment this could never happen in Australia.