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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Sunday tv talkies: 'cost of fuel was 70c litre @ 4% income, now $1.70 @ only 3%' !?
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt



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 and/or video feeds go to web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Media backgrounders

- full page grog adverts march on with an increase noticed in the Fairfax press, in the face of federal govt moves to get a grip on the legal drug pushers. The collection of press adverts from start of June just gets fatter.


- Deal between Indonesian and Australian Govt to transfer unwell unhappy Schapelle Corby, one wonders.


- local Cooks River Valley Times seems to have been taken over by the ALP as a cookie cutter suburban weekly freebie with pictures of ALP politicians leavened with a few other rivals dominating. What a shame a genuine indy paper has gone the way of most others. Wondered why their editor wouldn’t touch corrupt management at Addison Rd Community Centre with General Manager job still not advertised to the public November to May and probably still not in June (to be confirmed).




9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am


Many things said in jest are true – feature on despair.com marketing exercise. Very amusing. Joke Says it attacks the motivational industry. But the underlying message to moi is that the 20C growth political economy is WRONG on so many levels and most people know it in their bones.  Ellen likes it “just because you’re necessary doesn’t mean you’re important” cue picture of a cog in a machine. Reminds of Prince Charles railing against rampant ambitions of the proles.


- tax tip from Ross G – sign the form!


- Quite longish report on Dick Pratt big legal stoush over criminal charges for price fixing about false evidence. Quite personal profiles of Pratt and ACCC Graeme Samuel.


- Ch9 ACA have the ‘key’ witness to the Iguana restaurant club argument. Stat dec’s said to have been drafted with help of Belinda Neal – again totally equivocal. What matters is if she asked them to lie at all. A stat dec is an essay so for clarity and relevance one needs to confine and focus – these are indeed political skills that Neal would have a view on. Certainly she has a potential conflict of interest over what goes into the stat dec IF she did something wrong and wanted it covered up. It’s not just coaching, but also rather  did she exercise undue influence or criminality in the content? It’s all equivocal until the interview runs and how true that is. Also the staffer has been paid and so she has a conflict of interest to justify the money she has been paid with something sensational. Money for evidence? It’s a real worry too.


- A Whale of a Time, June 22, 2008

Sunday takes you to the Chile's Gulf of Corcovada, meeting place of the biggest creatures on the planet - the Blue whale.

Scientists studying the recovery of Blue Whales in the South Pacific more than a decade ago were disappointed to spot only a few during their long voyage.

Then, a couple of the scientists decided to take a sight-seeing cruise through the Gulf of Corcovada and were surprised to see 60 Blue whales in just four hours.

Now there's a campaign to preserve this sanctuary for the ocean giants, under pressure from development projects such as intensive salmon farming.


Feature about sexualizing of children. Quite solid story, a lot of visual evidence in context, Australia Institute with ex exec director Clive Hamilton withstood legal threats. Same reporter p87 full pager Sunday Telegraph today.


[reminds last week of the Suare (spelling) FM picked up from north or south coast here in Marrickville joking about Milly Cyrus only 15 year old, how she’s dating a 23 year old, and middle aged leering male announcer egg beating this comparing her to naughty Britney Spears etc, and then playing Bryan Adams “Heaven”. Get it 23 and 15 year old. It didn’t sound right.]


Intro for Senator Stott Despoja, lots of footage. NS looks emotional “a little heartbroken”, a person of still some youth and ideals, now a mature parent, crushed by history. Ellen says its dead parrot territory (a worry for Sunday to take this line with its own shaky status in evolved 9, less Laurie Oakes these days).


Ellen takes issue about her own ambition as divisive. Talks about difficult work life balance. Cut off by Insiders.


[she opposed regressive GST, she walked against Work Choices with pram – I know because I invited her into the throng while she stood there weighing up whether to join in the peoples push in late 2006. “Come on Senator, good see you here supporting the people” or something like that.  She said her other half [pr flack Smith, husband] would not be very pleased! Good stuff Stott.










10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Julie Bishop, as a deputy Opposition leader. Neal issue is bad behaviour, and 2nd what cover up.  JB sews innuendo about Kevin Rudd involved in her management of the controversy.


Not calling for sack yet.


Great advert for clean emissions Isuzu diesel trucks with white handkerchief.


Panel is Hewitt, Farr both News Corp.


Petrol prices – 5c coalition policy. Sledges Rudd on ‘[blowtorch on OPEC’ comment.


Bishop tries to quote markets at ALP’s Ferguson about bulk buyer not getting a discount in pitch to OPEC. Actually that’s often how markets work. Cut price or go elsewhere or change purchase of energy equation.


Costello as leader if stays? Any team would be glad to have him leader or other role.


Show runs into spectacular Blue Whale story from Chile – wow, wow, wow. A childhood dream comes true.


After 2nd adbreak – Lynn Alison. Historic footage merge with other parties? Negotiating with Climate Change Coalition. Sledge’s the Greens.


Lyn Allison at deathknell of the Australian Democrats – says votes went up after the GST and they did what they promised to make it fair. Seems in denial of the backlash for regressive tax even if it made the social services budget more secure. Rich got richer is the political issue with their tax lawyers.


Gazumped by Natasha Stot on ch9 anyway.


Meet The Press - Watch Political Video Online - Channel TEN.


Riley Diary 7, 8.35 am

Missed due to clash with Clive Hamilton interview on exploitation of children on 9.


Q & A with Riles over Ferguson at OPEC downward pressure. Sledging articulation challenged Martin.


Explorations to sensitive areas, speculators in oil.


Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Jim Middleton in the chair for Barry.


Annabel Crabb, Meglo and Andrew Bolt discussing papers especially Belinda Neal. Much sense from AC. New hairstyle, looking good for tv I reckon. “Parable about NSW politics” powermongering and aggression is the implication. Rings true.


Nats leader Warren Truss. Gippsland election.


Everyperson segment 3 older guys in woodchop sport, agrees with my take out the guy in the advert is “not a regular axeman” [probably for use of Canadian axe head, reminds of no.2 in ANU O week wood chop competition, all that rockclimbing training].


July 4th Ross Garnaut – petrol prices will rise  big time says Chris Uhlmann, Govt must  play the long game, not the short game on fuel watch. Meglo says Chris is right. Rattled Rudd but electorate more rational on this than the pollies realize, captured by 24 hour news cycle. Bolt disagrees that the pollies are better at analyzing what the punters worry about. Meglo disagrees as per the headline above. [The truth we think is in the middle somewhere no one knows. Between short and long term. Also between elastic and inelastic demand – less elastic the bigger the political problem.]


Talking pictures – good value. Especially Keating sledges over pallor



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

Posted by editor at 12:06 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 23 June 2008 9:51 AM NZT

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