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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Sunday Political talkies: Enjoy the view, it's free in a Global Financial Crisis!
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt



Author’s general introductory 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.


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




Media backgrounders


Nice column by Annabel Crabb again this weekend re political nouse trumps legal tactics.



Fairfax implicated in special mini metro treatment.


SAM pushes it's serial on damage to Blue Mtns World Heritage area.


SunHerald Sydney today has big GFC story with no byline on page 3 today.


SAM piece on 4 Corners kicks off a Libs v Nats frame? Echoes or parallel with SAM in Canberra Gallery coverage. Big Bill Heffernan turns up on MTP 10 below, aka "Ghost who walks"





10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Press roundup reference to Sydney Sun Herald re $320 billion IMF bailout BUT the story has no byline or even news service reference like Reuters or AAP. WTF?


Nice quote Mal Turnbull re PM Rudd “control freak”. Nice quote Rudd v Turnbull support indy regulators like Ken Henry and RBA governor Stevens.


Out take is Nats NSW leader Stoner shooting reference from media conference platform. The Momentum on that ‘gaffe’ or ‘joke’ is growing. It could destroy Stoner not per se but through the replaying. [He later said “Get over it” which might play well to redneck Nat voters, rusted on but surely will send a chill to the rest of the polity.]


Tanner is the talent – drones on with safe boring hands, which is what you want in a GFC.


First adbreak – newish Teachers Fed advert with www.forourfuture.org.au website (tbc).


Excellent talent on panel with Michelle Grattan – starts with R question “recession”. Tanner drones on with safe hands. Then shelves the wooden, and goes real conversation.


Debate around Ego Turnbull Opposition v PollyAnna Govt.


Mark Kenny Adelaide Advertiser (solid, News Corp).  Serious questions, serious thought. Hard question about remainder of surplus. Not a real $22B as growth projections. MG picks up on this.


Q. If you are wrong on projections – Won’t project, Q. that implies you can go in deficit given past surpluses?


Tanner says very difficult to get clear picture.


2nd guest is Big Bill Heffernan – preface take is Heff and Boswell going at eachother. Runs his thesis on Wran removal of preferential voting (don’t really get this, ignorant on my part).


Tries gravitas re climate change, global food task, possibly 1.6B people being displaced. Real possibility 0 allocation after the $10B spend on improvements. With modern telecommunications and transport nowhere is quarantined.


Q. from MG re gene IP on breast cancer is a real problem, choke public policy and initiative. Challenged in Europe and lost the case. Ban patenting of human genes. [Agree].


Tooralie purchase. Serious blue says BH, buy it “sight unseen”, two independent valuations says Mark Kenny.


$350 per megalitre pricing there … run out of time.


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




Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am


Essay on the ties of PM and Opposition leader. [On reflection looks to us like penis metaphors, used to think ties were to cover the buttons or keep a cold breeze out from the shirt gaps!]. Red for Turnbull colour of … love, anger, war? Blue for Rudd colour of … authority, power, Liberal Party?





9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am


Missed most of the start of this, clashing with Riley Diary. Federal Minister for Immigration, Senator Chris Evans.


Under pressure to cut immigration by 25% as per Opposition Sharman Stone.


Caught on pointy end of capital punishment policy issue. Alan Jones Sydney 2GB has broken cover to oppose the death penalty in relation to the Bali bombers. Recognition that it leads to no clemency for Australians overseas, as well as degrading ourselves as a country to the level of those killers.


Got in trouble with PR junkie PM Rudd double talk on death penalty to avoid right wing shock jocks calling for blood after murder of 200+ tourists in Bali. Nasty grim tragedy.








Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Preface footage, great footage of spiky emasculated pollies talking but powerless regarding GFC.


Confirmation of Minister Wong staying out of Libs v Nats after 4 Corners [as per


Panel is Annabell Crabb (Fairfax), David Marr (Fairfax) and Andrew Bolt. All suitably feisty and in form and a little spiky. Special note of lovely AC changed hair style, dressed casual all the better to admire her brain.


Craig Emerson as Small Bus minister is the talent – droning on safe boring hands, like Tanner, bit less wooden at the start out.


Very competent and democratic values on display. With energy, and steady voice. Takes moral high ground on political opportunism. Asked a simple question can Australia avoid recession. Strategic error in his answer perhaps – goes into lengthy detail. Should has said one word … Yes. Then taken the follow up question on the detail. Longer the answer the more nervous he may sound … in effect, no intention. Don’t over egg the pudding Craig.


Everyperson section a vote of confidence in the Govt from the heartland Labor demographic, blokes in a family.


Panel mulls, Paul Kelly soliliquises (!).


Strong theme the whole morning re Turnbull going personal attack on Ken Henry. Turnbull was ahead of the curve on this issue re financial markets etc, made a lot of progress. PK says Rudd most aggressive he’s been since elected this week. Reckons he knows got dent Turnbull’s economic credentials. Rudd going to G20 next month.


Bolt gets a tactical advantage over Marr in the repartee. Getting personal. Bolt is about right there is a problem either RBA should have advised and didn’t about unlimited guarantee, or did so advise originally and the govt has hid that. Seems they didn’t and 5 days later the RBA and govt took action to refine the deposits guarantee.


AC gets and acknowledge’s Bolt’s probative points not least because of her excellent last column.


Acknowledged Barnaby Joyce “best question of the day”. Following the same cadence as Ken Henry “How … long ….would ….it ….take?” to do modeling of $10 billion half surplus splurge to maintain confidence? [Notice Ken Henry was “ W…..R….O…N….G….exclamation mark” BJ 5 – KH 6, wins on the finishing line! Good Rumpole tv that.]




Great talking pictures segment with “Mark Gordon?” as First Dog on the Moon cartoonist. Picks up same cartoon as MTP 10 above re Super Kev – but forget to mention the muscly headed Kev is indeed a scrawny wannabe in legs and arms and lacks cred. Which is the devilish Moir subtest. Beware PM!


Chats about US. AC watches Costello, head down after attack on Ken Henry’s personal integrity by Mal Turnbull as current leader.


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





Inside Business – 2 at 10am


Boffin talks about bank deposit guarantees, Perpetual, AXA, old very low gearing, conservatively managed, compared to Banks very highly geared. Profound affect on your industry says Alan Kohler.


Consequences flow on. Underlines impact unstated by Federal Govt. Really welcome Treasurer Swan statement last Friday.


Honest broker Nicholas Gruen of Lateral Economics – there is a run on the ‘banks’ but meaning the mortgage brokers not at the heart of payments system but still an $80 billion segment of the domestic financial market. Very carefully spoken, damage to shadow banking system. Thinks Govt should thinking more about guaranteeing and buying assets. Good value talent this guy, Ross Gittins likes him too.



Posted by editor at 11:10 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 27 October 2008 12:29 PM NZT

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