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Sunday, 29 March 2009
Sunday political talkies: Chinese Govt duchessing of Oz Govt as per defector Chen Yonglin caution, as per local ALP power games?
Mood:  not sure
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.




Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  



 Media backgrounders 



Preface – been off the coal face latter this week doing farmhouse work at Cattai. Not a comprehensive list probably




* Anna Bligh ALP Qld premier famous win, potentially on the back of scandalous treatment by News Corp of conservative rival to Liberal-National Party of Pauline Hanson, who inspired previously 5 or 10 One Nation MPs who split the Coalition 7 years ago in Qld state politics.



 * Arbib takes a break from Sunday Telegraph gig today after Qld election result stuff up. 


* Echoes of Petrov scandal mongering political strategy over the “affair” the ALP is having with China, at the expense ‘of Australian wealth’. On the other hand the lack of transparency in business dealings with dictator China is very worrying. Sunday Telegraph even quotes Green MP Lee Rhiannon over covert funding. Linda Simlamis fills for Arbib above on the same funding topic. 


* Rudd as PM is cute talking down to Joel Fitzgibbon on Chinese contacts and declarations given no.5 propaganda chief secretive visit to Australia recently. 


* Oz Minerals Chinese takeover blocked on national security grounds – Akerman calls it throwing bone to dog of public concern. [PA would know all about dog whistling too.] 


*  Moral panic over bikie organized crime is a handy distraction from the GFC. Not illogical either because the increased poverty meaning competition is tougher for territory all round, as market forces take their course in recreational drug use too. 


* Earthhour is a cute communication stunt that does help to spread a visible important message – significant reductions in carbon emissions from switch off conservation, also visible vote for deeper action.  


* Another crime against fashion by Therese Rein but hey she’s pitching which is better than stewing. 


  * Lisa Carty reveals a flint heart not caring less if the bikies kill each other off. But also care for the public with a shocking backgrounder of a death by menacing.  



10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Lead in footage of Obama face time with Rudd. G20 news with Paul Bongiorno in London. Bill th stand in compere is very workman like and tackling the media savvy pollies like Tony Abbott. Good stuff.


Talent is Tony Abbott – issue of Defence Minister, puts it as “sloppy” minister. [Not very compelling argument, appearances, nuisance value]. Says it’s all about lack of disclosure.


Strong line – can’t spend your way out of a recession. Not a single major project re infrascture gone ahead after a year or more of new regime.


Panel is Glenn Milne/News Corp, and Fran Kelly/ABC RN.


Job Network ‘scandal’ – 600K clients of job network large proportion job networks will be closing down, tender for a boom not a recession. Says very very big mistake. [Seems to referring to Salvos and Mission Australia being repudiated, and running emotional scaremonging.]


Turnbull figures go down comparative to Rudd. 2nd out take is Rudd cartoons in USA. Lots of Microsoft adverts.




Prof Clive Williams on security boffin. Lock step with USA in Afghanistan, alliance relationship why we are there. China has “a very large effort” intelligence effort but not illegal, here in Australia, Prof quoting Chen YongLin whistleblower. Politicians should “be wary”. “Any travel paid for by a third party is a worry”.


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



Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am


Wild looking guy recognizes Rudd in Washington as Aussie PM.


Very funny Rudd on “core” message, feeding the media chooks [which side of the microphone is the bigger joke?!].


Nice inside journalism moment about the “cool photo” inside the Oval office for Riles which indeed is “the juice” [but only part thereof champ].


West Wing theme comes through as Riles Let’s Bartlett be Bartlett [refer the wikipedia episodes first season.]


Q&A dig at Riles re Kevin747, his jet actually 737. Getting to the core of it – ha ha from Michael O’Keefe stand in.






9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am 


8.42 start handshake with Riley Diary good scheduling in the national interest. Mick Kelty, the running man,  as Federal Police Commissioner -  LO refers to “panic” this week.  


Softly spoken rough diamond looks image works in PR terms. Sounding very calm and competent. Will he come up trumps under pressure? Jargon Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs [OMC]. [refer David Rowe cartoon today – quite brilliant again of lawyer in the sidecar]. 


Wharves infiltration? Crime on the wharves matter of focus. Overseas visas allies being blocked? Only within the law. Also chair of national crime commission. About 1,500 intelligence reports lodged in the last 12 months. [necessary but way insufficient answer?] Machine guns at airport? Security committees and agencies also.


  Machine guns would be an over reaction. “staffing optimal under the review” but subject to another review. 35% shortage in airports staff nationally. “Only as good as the intelligence you receive”.  






Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Uhlmann smiles at Fitzgibbon controversy. Front pager Sunday Telegraph is shown differently


Panel is Crabb/Fairfax, Meglogenis/News Corp centrist, Bolt/News Corp Right.


Ms Liu Chinese millionaire big donor to politics/ALP, Howard and Rudd connected and with Chinese Govt senior figures. Bolt argues symbolic influence of China.


Gillard spin re lapse, denies character or deliberate, recollection poor. [We wonder about hard drinking beer swilling memory cells at the highest level, catches up with the best and worst every time, refer Latham Diary].


Preface re Tony Abbott on Meet The Press 10 earlier today.


Barry Cassidy goes hard in this interview. No soft touches here. Raises character, why is he still in his job, Rudd spoke to Belinda Neal while OS but not JF this time? Gillard answer sounds good she is dealing with it but spending her political capitals.


Can’t recall meeting Ms Liu but possible in all the functions. Ex pats reporting back to Chinese Govt on any matters. Gillard stone walls about this. [Goes to the heart of the denial as per Chen Yonglin defector report – Senator Bob Brown had to work hard to get his asylum.]


Biggest source of paying students, super power in our region. Opportunism by Opposition. Why give JF a suit and return it? Gillard plays dumb with a cute response. Was he having an affair with her, thus compromised even further as a politician.


Talent is Paul Barrett ‘grey beard’ (not literally) former secretary defence [fell out with Howard Govt via google?] knows a lot about. Great choice of source.


The World Today Archive - Defence Secretary and Government in court



6 August 1999


Says delegated authority of all staff via Secretary and issues go to him re their minister – Defence Secretary refer to PM and ASIO.  Not concede DSC be involved. Chief of Defence Force not really involved ??? missed this point.


Goes on to pay system re IT efficiency, and these computer systems cost


Every Person segment is ABC group in caffeine driven Left Right ‘youf think tank’ in Melbourne refugees from Xavier College perhaps (?) all about young views about “the big issues”.


Bolt refers to Gillard as enforcer, unlike Brian Howe. She is showing she is the next PM says Bolt somewhat mischeviously but also with a Victoria feather in cap.


Bolt refers to influence trading (he would know at News Corp), Crabb arguing where is the evidence versus innuendo, a word she wasn’t able to articulate.


Footage Joe Hockey accused as dog whistling ringing the bell of the red hordes says Albanese.


Panel: Howard just as keen to parade business links to Chinese President at APEC in 2007 when Rudd spoke mandarin there.


LO with Rudd re IMF reform (Keating agenda for ALP aligned business interests?) greater role for China is result. Grab from Jim Lehrer PBS as well re opportunities with China  – keep meetings secret raises real problems says Barry Cassidy.


Bolt says China is different authoritarian regime and strategic competitor.


Meglo says double standards at play. Confusion in discussion symbolic of unusual juncture in politics for the nation.


Talking Pictures good West Wing fodder.


Fallout of Qld election result: Turnbull non committal.


Wind up comments: AC (missed it), Meglo - Greens and ALP combined have polled over 50% since Dec 2006 (??) - Liberal Party should well consider this reality.


Bolt says temperatures plateaued for a decade [ignores particulate pollution of global dimming offsetting global warming but both very dangerous, like car brake and accelerator to the floor … at the same time].  Bolt unintended flattering of success of Earth Hour numbers in force.


BC notes Anna Bligh will likely be president of the ALP during the federal election




Inside Business with Alan Kohler


Considering Chinese taking over Oz Minerals blocked by treasurer Wayne Swan. Chinalco takeover of Rio Tinto is much bigger level.


Ross Garnaut is the talent last half for a feature interview.


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


Posted by editor at 11:27 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 5 April 2009 9:39 AM NZT

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