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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Sunday political talkies: ALP families reach for their better selves in Rein company sell off
Mood:  chatty
Topic: election Oz 2007



Author’s general introductory note (skip this 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.





Media backgrounder:



ALP know how important this election is and are reaching for their better selves.



Front pages all about Therese Rein IR history, issue management. Said the right words – going to do the right thing for the country and for husband aspiring PM Kevin Rudd. As such any victory for ALP will always be in part due to her avoiding future conflicts of interest. Ita Buttrose on ACA or TT (?) she is the perfect capitalist wife for an ALP leader. Fascinating backgrounder from Amanda Gomes as then BRW journo that her dad was a paraplegic war veteran thus she specialized in work placements for so called intractable cases: Reported in Crikey.com.au It'll take more than a chat to sway Ms Rein Friday, 25 May 2007

Another subtext about all this is Treasurer Costello's wife Tanya was a high flyer with ANZ bank on a "6 figure wage" and refused to acknowledge any conflict of interest, when obviously there was a real perception of potential conflict if not actuality:  Why won't pollies or regulators move on the bank cartel? Tuesday, 28 February 2006 [Is that repeat entry on their database or new story at Wednesday, 1 March 2006?]

 Is this one mentioning Tanya Costello? Was there any legal duress on Crikey to delete the story? Do a search on crikey.com.au and you can't find the original story about Tanya Costello at ANZ. Mmmm Banks gouging millions on penalty fees -- but is it legal? Thursday, 22 February 2007. And not just Costello: Forget-Santo-what-about-the-PMs-conflict. Excellent work by crikey there and Mayne in particular.

And notice this from Kim Beazley at a doorstop 3rd August 2006:


"JOURNALIST: Tanya Costello, apparently, has been given a top job at the ANZ bank by friends of the Costello family. Do you think it’s appropriate?

BEAZLEY: I’ve been in politics for a very long time and the families of politicians bear tremendous burdens. I make life extremely difficult for my kids and my spouse as time goes by so I am always very, very cautious to make judgments. But we’ll take a look that. We’ll take a look at the circumstances but we’d want to know a fair bit more about the circumstances before we rushed to judgement."


Our other impressions: The whole affair will bolster Rudd’s standing with business no end. There will be niggling issues of whether it’s a confession of guilt. Kerry Obrien/Glen Milne target the 45c tradeoff for award conditions per hour is the hammer blow causing the sell down. The old story how rich people get rich. Syd Sunday Teleg muck rakes with 64 year old ‘sergeant major’ type, and 23 year old whiner. Pretty thin stuff. Also that she is decisive when the time comes, and does listen. Still involved in international business side of things.



That’s why her apology is warranted Kev so let her just make it, for being too good a business woman, a metaphor for our society being too good at profit and thus destroying our ecological limits ….that the ALP is doing better on in terms of rhetoric at least as per PG below.



Which brings us to evil blairt aka Tim Blair – virtually accusing anyone concerned about weather as ignoring terrorism as an issue. It’s a “child’s view” of history to quote Paul Kelly on the 1967 referendum in the news everywhere today. One other evil child being Anita Quigley’s pouting petulance about carbon tax on airtravel. Quite logical – just shows how she can’t even get market measures in her own paradigm. To evidence the point notice who the so called  terrorist deniers are – Ian Thorpe doing a Foxtel promo in the same Telegraph sister Sunday paper. The whole ALP who support the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. Tony Blair who is as loud in Iraq as Climate Change.



It’s all “Freudian displacement” says Blairt. To realize how child like he is – consider we revere NASA for sending the first man to the moon. And Dr James Hansen the world leading expert warning us of 5m sea rise potential in 90 years is from …. NASA. As Al Gore says, listen to the doctor or die denying a problem.



That’s what I call a bad case of denial.



The last two weeks have been full of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership promoted by Bush-Howard hawks, with diverse variants of the expanded sector including missile defence which leads to escalated weaponry of Iran, China, NKorea, which leads to nuclear weapons deterrent on Australian, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea soil. Great revenue for the nuclear industry at the expense of an apocalyptic nuclear weapons exchange.



The end of the world, no less.



As to sorry day one cannot go past this movie Australian Atomic Confessions made with funding from the NSW Film and Television office by our Friend Greg Young and others in 2005 how Blacks were effectively murdered to do nuke weapons tests in the 1950ies in Australia under the Australian Government of Robert Menzies Liberal Party. [Declaration - we donated Greg Young's airfaire to a film festival screening in Taiwan in 2006 partially re imbursed by the festival organisers.]


Similarly we noticed the so called diplomacy by Rio Tinto this last week to get at Jabiluka uranium after repudiation across the board in 1998. But what they maybe don't realise is they can't bring Yvonne Margarula's dead brother back to life killed in a mining town by ultra violence.


White vices in a miniing culture and Aboriginal society don't mix very well is the point. [Declaration legal adviser to protester camp in 1998.]



10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am



Deborah Rice looking as gorgeous and smart as usual.



 Peter Garrett – lead singer follows the lyrics written elsewhere by someone else. Ipsos McKay polls of 1000, 45% undecided who best on Climate Change (CC), with 35 leading 20 ALP v Coalition. 24%, 25% v important or important.



Sounding like an Opposition v Coalition on CC but more importantly v Greens.



Footage of Tuckey about late leadership changes. Panel of Steve Lewis Australian deep conservative, but presses quite effectively on lack of target with alp by 2020. Garrett negative carping on Coalition re tests of carbon trading.



Alison Carabine (r) of 2UE on panel too. 30% increase.




Garrett sledges Howard for twisting words around (!). The irony.

Garrett looking sleepy and a bit fraught. Dancing on his seat and rapid fire. Not so reassuring style really.



Topic goes heavily on whaling, PG doesn’t step back from tackling Japan more intensely. “Not aggressive, but firm.”



LC – celebrities – more show than substance? Quite an insightful dig at PG himself. Lacking substance as per the polls.



Rubbery figures does Howard lovers leap stale lover, Rudd playing Spanish guitar. Repulsive Howard then jumps onto fake platform, to advert of NCIS – looking for a mass murderer – Iraq anyone?


That disturbing advert implying a rape horror of fast mail. Like the 2 minute noodle advert. Real cringeworthy theme.




2nd guest Tom Calma on health and Aboriginal policy inequality. HREOC – Not one single item to improve inequality of life opportunities. Steve Lewis asks a bit frustrated.





Transcript in due course www.ten.com.au/meetthepress



7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary  - Come on 7 time to start streaming this on your website???!!!!



Good segueway for new compere Costello running running running ….Like her.



Very amusing Costello Rocky museum steps.



Therese Rein affair. Human and honest line by Rudd, and good point about modern working women but stuffed the language re stay at homes being appendages, which is exactly how women were treated  for ages.


Q and A – Andrew with MR.

Sunday 9


Q and A with Laurie Oaks missed the start of it – to avoid disgruntled employees in future.


Feature on toxic air.


Oaks with Deputy PM Mark Vaile. Significant conflict of interest for Therese Rein if husband Rudd became PM. Wealth based on govt policy of job creation. Big sacrifice.






Insiders 2


Mal Brough is the talent on 40 year anniversary of referendum on Aboriginal policy, in a reaction perhaps to the marginalization of South Africa in the UN etc.


Panel – Fran Kelly radio national, Brian Toohey A Fin Review, Piers Akerman Murdoch press Sydney


Paul Kelly soliloquy – big decision for Rein, did the right thing, re apparent conflict of interest. Showcase their own relationship.



Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/


Posted by editor at 11:06 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 27 May 2007 12:43 PM NZT

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