Mood: not sure
Topic: aust govt
Picture: colourful shop front in Illawara Rd Marrickville, opposite the now renovated Woolworth's supermarket.
Crikey.com.au is in recess until Jan 7th or so.
Much of the ABC AM/World Today radio current affairs show are winding down for the year.
The number of 'trivial' stories about outer space, holidays, science etc that are always there but never usually get a run are padding out the mass media.
Yet 'Ruddbot' is churning along with a visit to Iraq after COAG. It's fair to imagine there are many decisions and deals being cut in the mass media shade of the Christmas New Year period, just less scrutiny. Indeed the fabled story of Premier Paul Lennon deciding with Gunn's CEO to proceed with a massive pulp mill in an exclusive restuarant in Hobart suggests the social scene is where the deals are done by the business and govt class.
Not least the power privatisation agenda of the ALP Right in NSW. Intuitively we sense the federal ALP Govt are in on the deal making. Which puts the Rudd Govt directly in conflict with the union movement inspired by the heady morale boost of removal of the Howard Govt.
Some important questions of governing for who are in play.
Meanwhile Clive Hamilton says he is standing down from the CEO position of the Australia Institute to write books. Which probably means he is about to start work for PM Ruddbot (?) having previously been head of research for the Resource Assessment Commission (director Justice Donald Stewart previously National Crime Authority) under PM Hawke early 90ies.