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Sunday, 30 November 2008
Sunday political talkies: COAG learns to love the deficit b*mb
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

* 27,000 children die of poverty today (and every other day) according to Princeton Professor of ethics Peter Singer, and 194 people mostly rich westerners, some of them Australian citizens, are murdered in Mumbai by fanatics this last week.

* Turnbull in trouble with the big banks front of AFR last Tuesday suggests Turnbull probably was right about his criticism to implement only a $100K limit - to keep the mortgage backed investment funds liquid. Gillard made hay with the headline in federal parliament - regardless of merits?

* Hartcher reckons it's bad policy not bad capitalist system leading to GFC with followup GEC. But he ignores several things in his smh feature column - millions of US citizens needed public housing regardless so this was done via the capitalist method. It ignores the Afro Americans were carrying the army load of Iraq so that's domestic politics to support the subprime loans. It ignores the cut in social services again resultant of Iraq war cost as per Joseph Stiglitz. In other words Hartcher is trite and not really addressing geo political economy applying to the USA. In other words Hartcher is not the last word.

* More likely last word this evening on web and digital abc2 Fora Naomi Klein and Joseph Stiglitz Sunday at about 6 pm. Important viewing as per Democracy Now post here on SAM Nov 19th.

* Mike Smith in The Oz missed the Mumbai terror by 3 minutes. Amazing record of survival in his high flying banking career.

* Federal Bill IR demise of Work Choices surprising lack of controversy in the last week.

* Dogs are howling for Julie Bishop to stand down from shadow treasurer job, as per Van Onselen article in Sydney Sunday Telegaph

[to be continued]

10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am

Deputy PM Gillard on big health COAG deal federal and state, job generator some 130K new jobs, over 4 years?. Trails economic responsibility in GFC, claims 75K jobs in economic security package of previous weeks. Rhetoric of Premier Barnett WA agrees with a deficit approach where responsible [tag team with The headline is a $15B deal. Turnbull deficit sledge footage, 6 years last time.

JG is highly groomed looks like Tilda Swinton in a Clooney movie - the villain.

Panel Annabel Crabb smh (took haircare freebie from Gillard's defacto wrote it up yesterday to defend his honourary health ambassador role - bad decision AC), Mark Kenny Adelaide Advertiser gets first Q.

Q. on workchoices, exceeded mandate from MK?  Boilerplate.

AC question is hardline, no concessions re double cost promised at the election. [Feeds into Turnbull narrative of long deficit.] Follow up equally brutal almost suggest AC has got the blowback on her friendly column yesterday for Mr Gillard.

Footage of stakeholder group on abc childcare sledging banks as arbiters of 380 centres uncertainty. Receiver to announce more this week.

Kenny asks question regarding partner health role. PB followed up surprised? Says not, also that good for her to be thinking of men's health issues - that resonates a bit positioning her partner as special access for men generally. But it's replete with spin. Is a case for parallel with Rein as spouse of PM honourary roles. Trouble is the question of merit of the choice comparative to high profile celebrities, health experts etc.

2nd guest is Premier Bligh - pushes "architecture" buzz word. It's a Qld re election of ALP policy given Beatty/Dr Death scandal. AC asks whether NSW got the lion share for fiscal incompetence. Bligh left defending NSW. Confidence in process, national approach. MK - political threat resolved?  Help a lot.

PB election? Sept 2009 expected to go full term. [Maybe]

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


Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am

Brown ponchos good bad ugly (dwelling on W Bush), does evangelical choir and star wars wardrobe comparison. Cute footage of local visits, donations "viva Kevin Rude"

Sarah Hanson Young image fairly flattering, sprinkler alarm on Rudd presser, funny deficit admission with lightning symbol in question time MPI speech.

Q&A about big COAG agreement [worth some $15B over 5 years]



9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am

Treasurer Swan on 5 year COAG agreement. Sounding quite calm, less shouting rhetoric.

$10.4 billion strategy, more on infrastructure, some announcements prior to Christmas.

Traverse deficit discussion, rhetoric about Colin Barnett as Premier of WA [seen as career long fiscal conservative?].

Swan is earning his grey hair after bedding down COAG yesterday. Looking and sounding like a monkey off his back this morning. Turning into a fireside chat with LO, mild mannered relaxed, no drama Obama approach is successful.

Optimistic living here in Australia, is depressing seeing the problems overseas, crisis has moved onto the developing world. Optimistic about China still, India suffered security and GFC at same time has consequences.

Tax reform possible in future?



Insiders 2: 9- 10am

Footage of premiers on COAG cooperative federalism of $15B health education over 5 years. Benchmarking for performance incentives. Round up by Paul Kelly for The Australian.

Foreign Minister on Mumbai political murders of rich westerners. Footage of there and Thailand airport protests.

Panel - Brian Toohey (AFR), Dennis Atkin News Corp/Courier Mail/Brisbane, Piers Akerman News Corp/Daily Telegraph/Sydney.

Akerman draws link between Kashmir and David Hicks. Kerry Ann Walsh - Sydney Fairfax SunHerald.

Talent is Andrew Robb, shadow minister. "Mountains of cash out there, no liquidity, all locked up". Says irresponsible to have a deficit in various ways. May not have cut through even if true. Robb asked about Julie Bishop which is cute given he is heir apparent for her treasurer job. Says hands full with job he's got.

Everyperson at Bondi Icebergs 3 crusties generally satisfied with the government.

KAW re "word games" [instituted by The Australian, shameless hypocrisy of journalists with their headlines playing ...."word games"]

Toohey ramps up critique of middle class welfare for self funded superannuants, $1,400 each next week. Akerman wails at "lack of management" re computer and NBN rollout.

Footage of Turnbull attack re ‘ALP deficit lasts for 6 years'.

KAK notes IR demise of Work Choices surprising lack of controversy in the last week.

KAK plea to reform question time in lower house. Toohey calls for fair go for Wayne Swan as treasurer.

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

Inside Business - 2 at 10am

Conroy as Telecommunications minister talks a good game on NBN. Says the open competitive process has been vindicated. Telstra is being treated as a bid. Conroy says it's an arms length process and he hasn't seen the 6 bigs. McGauchie agrees it should be considered by the expert panel.

Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/

Posted by editor at 11:00 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 1 December 2008 1:08 PM EADT

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