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Sunday, 11 February 2007
Sunday political talkies: Climate change threat locks in under PM Howard
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: election Oz 2007

 Picture: Image from post apocalyptic Planet of the Apes movie http://www.movieprop.com/tvandmovie/PlanetoftheApes/planetoftheapes.htm and refer to Footnote 1 below


Posted 8.47 am.


Author’s 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. ]


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.


10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am




Quality 2nd string network, good show, lower audience than 9 or 7, both low for Sundays anyway.


Rudd looking a bit more lean, working hard perhaps.

Host Paul Bongiorno, a real veteran and moderate. Canvasses Sunday press which has gone vaudeville it seems incapable of coping with the existential angst of climate change, except for one paper The Sunday Times re ‘100 year storms’.


Guest Opposition Leader Rudd. Ad breaks suitably Jet Star Kath and Kim voice pitching to “love birds”.


PB gets first question on aged $1.5 billion from Howard war chest. Easy echo of the policy and insightful contextuals ‘less than $2.2 billion previous years. Rudd stumbles “bunch of mad greenies want to destroy the planet” probably because he knows the coal industry’s days are numbered.


Glenn Milne, on panel looks studious with glasses and healthier too, hopefully on the wagon. Happy relaxed smile even. Is the disappearance of Christian Kerr from Crikey.com.au connected to this? GM redemption for his violent tantrum at Walkleys?


Michelle Grattan is the sober anchor to the panel but Glenn gets first question on economics. Looking spruced up female version of George Smiley character at Canberra Press Gallery.


Gratten goes to Rudd’s experience and he answers with 25 years  in govt and business and is convincing. Spruiks Chinese expertise re climate change reforms which is very sound.


Milne goes to education. Wise praise of teachers difficult job by Rudd.


(A rollicking traverse on the core election questions: aged, economics, experience, education, next security.)


David Hicks advert runs in the break, as does rubbery figures of The Australian just prior.


On Iraq, ratting by leaving? Rudd: Defend embassy, other security assistance to the Iraqi, consult with USA, alliance not mean comply with everything. $2B cost to our budget, worse than Vietnam.


Grattan notes polls agree, how soon, 6 months? Ans: Depends.

GM: Numbers out? Ans: Enough to protect diplomats 100 or 200.


Iraq fate if all leave [subtext worse bloodbath?] UK and USA have to decide for themselves. Declines Obama 08 March deadline for US troups out in Presidential campaign speech running today. Rudd: Rotation is usually 6 months, if elected in Nov 07.


GM: Hicks at Gitmo prison 5 years? Rudd: Knows for a fact in USA won’t get a fair trial. Gutsy.


Industrial Relations timelines: missed the answer refer website for transcript.


All look satisfied with the subject and their role in the grilling. It was ‘prime ministerial’.


7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am


Humourous, quite edgy as usual.


Picks animal capers theme (as did SAM website re choccy monkey pollies image) on climate change etc re Costello quacking, Garrett fillip re call for earnest action, O’Connor outgoing opposition minister on mechanical bull, but mos cutting perhaps was Malcolm Turnbull suggestion of eyeing off an ALP plunging neckline with a sex/six blooper.


(Is this a deliberate echo of the lurid Sunday Telegraph front pager today about a movie star having sex in a jet airline? The world is going to hell and they run a front pager like that. Tragic Big Media.)


Revealing reference to "presidential" Rudd in the debrief to the visuals by Riley with hosts.


Web page here but no transcript usually: http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend


[Posted second segment about 10.15 am with refinements up to 10.35am]



2 Insiders (abc) 9-10 am,  http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/ 


‘He’s been here before claims Howard in 2001 and 2004. But now Coalition is in the late 30’s in the polls, on the trend unlike the year before 2004 election. [Refer footnote 1.]


Guest is Julia Gillard, deputy Alp leader.Quite the carrot top. Ex litigation lawyer and smart advocate. Admiration for Rudd’s work history (straight out of the West Wing praise for the leader?).


Panel (below) looks at PM Howard gaff in Parliament on climate change, David Hicks and other things.


Everyman segement. Boat crew young professionals.


Panel: Lenor Taylor Aust Financial Review moderate (Fairfax) Andrew Bolt, clever, far right, Herald Sun (news Ltd) Mal Farr, clever centre right Sydney Daily Telegraph (news Ltd)  Paul Kelly soliliquy The Australian (news ltd)


Too many News Ltd. Need a community media rep like Crikey.com.au?


Kelly says Brown and Flannery apostles (faith based smear) on climate change will do alot of damage to Australian society and economy.  Kelly woefully anti science, anti evidence, and projecting his own religious economic prism onto science based ecology.


APEC meeting October (?) 2007. Election timing before or after?


Influence of morning television for Rudd and Hockey’s career.



9 Sunday 9-10.30am  http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/


Running family fertility surrogacy story as feature first 15 minutes at least.


Interview with PM Howard with Laurie Oakes looking the same in both cases, Howard well slept after tough week. Reveals the high election stakes Howard on Sunday tv already.


Talk on aged care package of $1.5B. Expensive way to buy onto tv?


Howard pushing economic difference with Rudd. Rudd voted against tax reform. Wrong to say “cigarette paper” between us. Real Old Australia comment theren.


Iraq war? Simplistic answers stay or go. ‘Barak Obama agrees with Labor’ best chance for Shia and Sunni to get together is if USA promise to leave in March 2008.


Adbreak and PM is back. Extended interview is huge free advertising from James Packer network 9.


PM pushes ‘clean coal’, which is phoney, and nuclear power with far better choices around. Lambasts Greens on ending king coal just as he rejected their drought/water summit … then held one. That is he has no credibility.


Talks about water deal for Murray Darling.



* Footnote 1:


SAM believes no one has ‘been here before’ on climate change given the dangerous sea rise threat from climate change according to latest best scientific advice (the doctor’s advice referred to by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth), and notice terrifying Katrina Images here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59Fo959fgC4 of urban inundation


On Friday this writer sent this email to Miranda Devine's publicly advertised email address and she appears to have responded in kind in today’s Sydney SunHerald :


To: devinemiranda@hotmail.com

Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 10:06 AM

Subject: you are in this story


This has gone to the NSW political community.

Tom McLoughlin, solicitor in NSW, principal ecology action sydney


PS: You are a climate change sceptic aren't you?




Friday, 9 February 2007 Miranda Devine airbrushes bushfire arson motive at Goonoo, backs redneck attack on scientists, public servants Mood: down Topic: election nsw 2007



Here is Devine’s article:


Be alert for climate-change alarmists Malcolm Turnbull's and Peter Garrett's face-off highlights the difference in responses to climate change, writes Miranda Devine. ]


She seems to be quite ignorant of the reality of urban inundation and the latest credible science.


Ch10 Videohitz by coincidence has a song just after 10 am with spaceship dodging asteroids, diving into a glowing planet as bright as the sun, reaches ground and the remnants of life are there including Big Ben.


It’s the Earth post climate change and burned off atmosphere, much like Planet of the Apes film with Charlton Heston encountering the Statue of Liberty half buried in sand:



 A good tune with a good message: Politicians like Howard are f*cked when it comes to best scientific advice on climate change. Reveals the popular culture sensitivities even in hit tunes.

Posted by editor at 8:44 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 12 February 2007 7:44 AM EADT

Sunday, 11 February 2007 - 1:13 PM EADT

Name: "Christian Kerr"
Home Page: http://www.crikey.com.au

Unlike the people who visit this page, Crikey's editors aren't into re-education camps. They believe in freedom of thought and speech - and I've been on leave.

Monday, 12 February 2007 - 8:08 AM EADT

Name: sydalternativemedia
Home Page: http://sydneyalternativemedia.com

Hi Christian, we missed your axiomatic presence as per this query on Melbourne Indymedia given the cut and thrust of the first week of federal parliament back at work:

 O Christian, where for art thou? blogger greenie 2007-02-08 3:36 PM
A certain crikey.com.au hard man right thinking libertarian green baiter is missing from the federal parliamentary press gallery discourse.

At http://melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2007/02/139060.php

I did consider since you were busy in January 07 that it was quite possibly leave. And I respect you taking that leave rather than having your life run by the 'chocolate monkey' pollies melting under global warming (pictured at the link). Your interest to our post is welcome. It's running at about 200 hits a day.

I decline your suggestion I promote re education 'camp's (being an escapee of the Victorian DLP it hardly follows) and say if you could support ecological sustainability some one of your ability could make a great difference to save us. And I refer to the picture added to the main post when I say this. Left or Right, Green or Brown, it's a new global reality, not just a movie.

It's not so different to saving your health, saving the diversity of media via Crikey.com.au, nex step saving our planet? Yes I do agree it is your choice. See you in the trenches.

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