Mood: not sure
Topic: aust govt
NSW Treasuer, for now, Michael Costa.
Author’s general introductory note (skip this bit if you know this regular weekly column):
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.
Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208
“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”
Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.
For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.
Refer penultimate post. Also Future of Journalism conference.
9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am
Features prefaced, news roundup relegates public energy. Good feature on bulk retailer Cosco, bigger version of Aldi but also like what Campbells were but this one open to the public.
Story about hot street cars ‘their side of the story’.
Coulthard feature on Dr Reeves – grim, looking more and more like a sociopath in professional garb. Scary. Deaths of patients. Escalating crime investigation.
Adbreak is expensive spin advert by NSW govt promoting this website waterislife.nsw.gov.au which is a PR rerun of the 2002-3 electioneering agenda “It’s a living thing” fronted by Christine Anu to run effective interference on damning critique of Carr failings on the environmental promises made and broken. A premier who had run out of puff on sustainability.
Laurie Oakes interview with Robert Ray retiring building on Saturday telegraph column interesting 6 years as taxi driver, great life education, looks like he’s in grieving a little, but truth is he’s been out of the top level of power for maybe 4 years now:
Factional daleks speech – must expand it’s pool of talent. Numbers man is needed but must have wide range of talent still. Leaving national executive, left 8 years, called back 6 times. Leaving to such as Arbib. Re NSW public power assets. Synchronisation of party and membership and parliamentary party. Very difficult issue. Politics is not all bliss. Centralised distribution not generation is his view. Won’t damage Rudd, doubt wreck NSW govt. Would’ve 40 – 50 years ago. Does the national executive have power to over rule state conference. Can over rule but only if contradicts national platform. Both points of view have strongly been argued. A Govt can’t completely ignore its party. Compare various Prime Ministers. Great in different ways. Rudd cabinet similar in Hawke re consensus on many things. Keating invective as treasurer done without malice. 5th columnist approach in late 1991. Not so inspired by Keating. Main enemy was inside. Hawke could have won.
Why support Rudd over Beazley. Not certain but more likely. Missing generations never get to serve scared him. Beazley 1996 took on the job thinking he would never be PM. Politics is partly cyclical. Same for Brendan Nelson.
Regarding Rudd - Be aware of problem of hubris, don’t talk about natural party of govt. Get out of currency. Always be available. Not indulge in generational jealousy.
10 Meet the Press: 8- 8-30 am
Press round up Iemma leaves conference with Costa shouting at delegates who vote against him. Sounding hysterical. [lead story SMH also very damaging, displaying strong investigative journalism parallel with Future of Journalism conference].
Mal Turnbull is the talent – 700 to 100 – huge margin, why call it on. He is a broken premier. In office to 2011. Rudd backed Iemma “very strongly” as much a rejection of Rudd. Work in progress for a long time. Politics is art of persuasion – got to think again. Turnbull leaving to OFarrell leave to his judgement. As a matter of principle generality these businesses owned by the private sector. As a citizen and shareholder looks like a distressed seller. Kennett sold at the top of the market. Selling at the bottom of the market.
Chat about baby bonus debate re middle upper class welfare. Etc. Federal budget 9 days away.
Out take first adbreak is Troy Buswell re stock standard ALP emotional violence attack about character. How senior ALP minister exposed as involved with Bourke Inc is not higher in the news is a mystery to this writer as tacky as Buswell admit to have acted.
Panel – Jennifer Hewitt Australian News Ltd, Glenn Milne ditto. Grab from Tony Abbott. Cult of St Kevin. Lucky not leader, Turnbull glinty smile says yes, due loyalty on parade for Nelson. By election in Gippsland. Prefers to not be a “commentator”. “We should hold that seat”.
Internal grassroots democracy in Lib Party etc. ‘Empower’ is very important. About leader maybe not. Healthy debate.
Economy, inflation is a problem over 4%. Agrees. Good question by JH but also looking sharp and relaxed in answer.
JH asks “Good news politician” now?
Carr fronts MTP 10 as well on the pretext of books segment and no one speaks about that.
It's all about public energy assets. Carr gobbles up the attention in his relevance deprivation syndrome - the man who said the internet was irrelevant to politics no less in 2005-6. Carr urges Iemma drive it through - like cannon fodder for Big Business which is Carr's meal ticket and loyalty to Macquarie Bank on $500K per year.
His advice is totally unsafe. Carr laps up commentary role on Premier Iemma's policy issues. Carr conceds Obama huge fundraising on net, in other words Carr got it WRONG. Alot of talk about donations as per excellent donations story front SMH yesterday (how investigative journalism is done).
Carr talks about forcing police royal commission - really John Hatton (Independent) leveraging Carr's desperate ambition but he didn't really want to do it. Claims education and health capital works programme. Also claiming vindication - on carbon trading scheme.
Not one question about books. How bogus Carr is.
Riley Diary 7, 8.35 am
Looks like on holidays again, or different time slot? Usually at 8.35 am.
Insiders 2: 9- 10am
Casssidy leads in with federal budget when the big news surely is the rebuke to Iemma on privatization. Seems curious lead in. Valid though regarding budget in 9 days. Compare MTP lead in.
Sunday papers – re federal budget Meglo Herald Sun, Sunday Age. 5 minutes in and no mention of public power $15B issue. [this is very poor editorial focus]. Ripp off of Obama marketing song re Rudd.
Bolt on unions “dictating” to govt. “Just insane”, that’s the take out for the public says Misha. Wrong.
Emma Griffiths abc tv back from Russia, Iemma left the building, and Costa. Mussolini style flurry, shouted and jeered. More about clash of egos. His ego’s versus everyone else. Iemma crushed in the middle. Morning after, night before. Waiting to hear how Iemma will respond. Damage, opponents in party, and outside the party will exploit. Classic lose lose situation.
Wayne Swan federal budget. No question lead in about NSW power. General discussion on national issues.
Morris Iemma situation, Labor caucus will meet later this week. Iemma should be admired, not finally resolved for a few days. Entirely for the NSW caucus and their leader.
Paul Kelly blah. Meglo struggling to find narrative in this budget. Bolt duly skeptical too.
Discuss Liberal leadership re Nelson sucking up the pain. Press keen for change. Bolt not keen on Turnbull, as not ready.’ Refer to Rudd in Time 100.
Costa footage going like a vaudeville mad man at the microphone, which is “ugly” given he is treasurer and meant to be an authority figure. Totally unsuited to the job. Meglo says the vote 7-1 was about who is unfit to govern. [Cassidy is quite clearly pro privatization of the public’s energy assets. ]
Winnie the Pooh images at campaign headquarters for libs last federal election.
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