Topic: aust govt
Author’s general introductory note
This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies in Big Politics and Big Media. Perhaps the greatest utility is the headline synthesis above of the 3 or 4 shows followed in this session.
For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.
Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.
1. Adam Spencer profile in Sunday glossy reminds of ALP$10K or something pay for mere (duchessing?) mc work at a homeless conference or similar and then probing Richo getting $25K a month for developers. Mmm. The State of ALP indeed.
2. Profile of bubble head 42 year old talker Bill Shorten in Fairfax this weekend indicative of maybe Rudd people doing a Howard on all the ambitious wannabe leadership rivals. Or perhaps big media nurturing up trouble for the ALP via known egotists.
3. We got a feeling after shaky St Kilda start and sure enough Cats won yesterday in AFL grand final. Not sufficiently mentally fit was our impression despite all their muscles but to their credit both teams were outstanding for endeavour and honest effort and strong skills generally. One of the best finals we’ve ever seen. Where were the federal politicians edging up to the sport festival? Seem to be missing though PM Rudd is shown watching by satellite.
10 Meet the Press: 8- 8-30 am
Lead in PM Rudd sledging greed of financial system leading to GFC. Press round up re ‘waste’ of $82M stimulus overseas.
Guess is Wayne Swan who goes onto front foot about reciprocal welfare with other countries. Attacks Opposition for recession courting.
Grab of Keating in ABC World Today earlier this week re Westpac takeover of St George indirect criticism of Swan as treasurer. Says no regrets but uncertain with it. Jumps to 4 pillars certitude still. Humour out take is Keating love in with Clinton and Rudd on same interview.
Panel is J Irvine economics writer Fairfax, S Lewis News Corp tabloids. Both target ETS and timelines, Swan plays credibility card and national interest. Show moves to Ken Henry objectivity as public servant?
Exec salaries – Dixon ex Qantas $11M payout. Legislation targeting all sectors, G20 pursuing finance sector. Humour out take is Zanetti cartoon sledging Clinton love in with Rudd.
Footage of Rudd re G20 forum promoted in UN. Guest is Fullilove Lowy academic gun for hire. Argues Oz are joiners by instinct so worth angling for seat on Security Council, Irvine pursues cost of $35M worth it? Says half of a helicopter. Good q Irvine about ego trip or not.
Lewis flippant question but more serious point (and he loves pointing) about bigger international profile. Talks up interest in Iranian nuclear ambitions. Obama is a multilateralist suggests more reason to step up and get involved.
Riley Diary 7, from 8.40am
Ex Washington journo, does rap on blue language PM Rudd big head link to low rent Rodney Rude after Clinton praise. Parallel to Oakes which overtakes for being longer.
9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.44 am
Chainsaw McFarlane as shadow climate change minister newly inserted after Robb stands down. Dwells on Bradfield pre-selection. Pushes line Greens are extreme [coming from King Coal hypocrite] and gets to Sarkozy carbon tax on countries that don’t co-operate. Gets to Robb standing down and getting treatment.
McFarlane adjusts position admitting human effect on climate change being ‘part of that’. Says he believed it a long time ‘as a farmer’.
Insiders 2: 9- 10am
Lead in with hip package about climate with Rudd [preposterous] postures at UN in New York and Turnbull ‘in the dark’ in the UK. Cross to Lisa Miller.
Panel dwells on Bradfield pre-selection. Grab of Fraser winner, grey man from central casting.
Press round up – army widow front pager, Downer creepy visitor. Panel is RN abc Fran Kelly, Meglo News Corp broadsheet, Blair News corp tabloid (actually funny today?).
Grab of Rudd spruiking G20 with guest of Joe Hockey as shadow treasurer. Says it’s spin at Rudd’s best. Not created by Rudd, existed before he was PM. Trawls left of centre influences in G20. Spriuks talent of Libs in pre-selections.
Vox pop re our point on media backgrounders pollies not in country.
Strong chat about ETS and newspoll support for action, letter stunts and Wong not a great negotiator like Gareth Evans. Grab of Keating re early elections, Fran says not an early election believer.
Strong chat on Ken Henry positioned by Turnbull pros and cons.
Blair is funny about Turnbull mystery visitor to UK conservative leader Cameron.
Pollie pay rates.
Inside Business with Alan Kohler