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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Sunday political talkies 'fundamentally' untrustworthy federal government? Politics of a higher purpose? Voter jury still out.
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: human rights

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:

-          Costello chief of staff in serious hit and run. Whoa, that’s heavy.

-          Failed Errorism attacks in Britain will travel politically will feed into atmospherics of APEC with protesters the least of issues: Bus prisons pictured in recent SMH.

-          Attack as usual by $2 Tim Blair in Sydney Telegraph yesterday sounding in existential doubt

-         Radio National Saturday slot with Jacqui Katona was a zinger. She should be our Governor General if you ask me, wow talk about articulate Black woman, feisty independent, smart.

-         character issues for NSW Govt kicks on re Ab welfare failings front SMH Saturday.


10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am

Hints in Sunday press of Howard Iraq exist policy? One wonders.


Mal Brough – Stephanie Peatling SMH, Mark Kenny Adelaide Advertiser


Child welfare detail 11,000 kids in NT remote areas, many thousands not attending school. Shortage of resourcing. Good probing questions in from both on panel re detail.


Workman like fairly mild interview.


USA ambassador ….. “fundamental” (twice), there is that word again, blather on climate change with credibility gap like a huge millstone as he drowns in words. But one thing resonates – grandstanding at APEC on this. Sounds shaky on ‘staying the course in Iraq.




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




7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary  -

Teaser has protesters showing the PM overboard – very amusing image.

Light piece on Bennelong fete, electioneering. Dwells on “when it comes too” verbal artifice of Rudd speechmaking, but nothing turns on it – it’s the 15 sec electronic media grab which only runs …. Once. That’s the cross tv journos at pressers should bear.

Polls on Tuesday. Rudd lacking

Criminal convictions of 2 Herald Sun journalists Harvey and McManus – underspending on veteran entitlements by $1/2 billion.  Self described rant against conviction for just doing their job. Reflects “very poorly on our democracy”. [I can feel a Big media traverse coming on this week.]

Andrew OKeefe “didn’t work at Nuremberg but works here” throw away line. Ouchy. Referring to Public Servants must just follow orders as per Mike Cartlon view of Shergold chief of staff to PM “just follow orders”. Couldn’t agree more with the OKeefe Carlton view of morality in modern govt – fuck that.




Sunday 9

Cross to Glasgow news update on terrorism attack.


Sue Gordon former magistrate 18 years. Very top down views. Knows the players. Wants to attack alcohol abuse. Presents like a battle axe with a good heart.


[Hints at the humbugging issue – if selective with quarantining then stable functioning families will be humbugged for money for drugs from relatives. Stay tuned for a report coming up in the major foreign press.]


US Iraq militarized society feature story. Long long story shows Sunday is having to lean a lot on easy content?


Laurie Oakes interview with Tony Abbott health minister –  parlt recalled maybe by late July but complexity delays too.


22K indigenous kids in NT to be health tested. Oakes drilling into the detail. Compulsory or not?


Varies with conditionality like immunization. What level of compulsion?


Oakes says :sliding around on this” in the question and sounds like it.


Mal Brough said compulsory on the announcement. Skating around, says Laurie.


PM compulsory at Sydney Institute. Telling porkies. Abbott claims some grace on this for the difficulty of the situation.


Oakes drills in – in the week since AMA constitutes assault.


How much cost? Tens of millions PM talking through his hat says Oaks. Abbott again asks for grace – work in policy progress. Have to address this “terrible situation”. Will pay as the bills fall due.


Why not acted earlier. Says Herron as Ab minister in 1996 was active on this.


Reference to Duffy column. Abbott read it, and his biographer. Cynicism is not the right response here.


[Abbott had cut through here – A higher purpose. I feel a big big election funding package in gestation – on both sides.]


73% voted yes state premiers


DNA test story of HMAS Sydney.


NSW Workplace safety tv advert paid for by NSW Govt. Politics of a higher purpose.


[go the little buffalo in the footage, solidarity bro]






Insiders 2


Opposition spokes Jenny Macklin on Aboriginal child welfare, strong rhetoric of unity, sidesteps ALP premiers critique, call for unity. Culture jams PM message with “will it make children safer”


Juxtapose persuasive Rex Wild QC and Noel Pearson similarly persuasive but quite different positions re NT at least.


English as a second language. 200 extra teachers.


Land issues. Why? Govt fudging.


Jim Middlton for Paul Kelly back from Iraq – late and heavy handed on Ab welfare but playing well for Howard. Problem in the detail unwinding. [Jim got a bitchy sledge from crikey.com that I don’t share – he seems very objective to me.]


Everyperson segment has cultural workers multiracial reflecting the various responses.


Tony Abbott footage: Style and emphasis – police in, social work out. More law and order.


Panel jumps into the land grab issue. Footage of PM – not the aim, can see a lot of double talk from Howard. Poisoning the initiative – just like the poisoned water holes of yesteryear?


Barry Cassidy leads double standards segment which is very very impressive. Tip our hat. Underage consensual sex by 16 and 14 year old versus miners immorality – highly differential. Religious orders footage of PM – highly differential.


[even so no excuse for action either]


Mal Farr argues my point about revenue cycle. Karen argues both revenue and electoral.


Karen does a stirling job hanging onto the land rights agenda in the face of huge emotional violence.


Emerging consensus we all share blame for this misery.


Talking pictures segment mostly about Ab welfare issues.


Talk of August election  possible. Footage of Howard very gingerly holding a baby. Rudd similarly folksy local radio.


Warren Mundine loose language. Criminal convictions of Harvy and McManus. Vic Govt pardon?


Humours Blair  footage [but as with all genuinely funny people this often a technique to mask genuinely flawed personality traits – read Iraq failure.]



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

Posted by editor at 12:02 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007 10:05 AM NZT

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