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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Sunday tv talkies: PM's white coat persona in PR clash with rival wichetty grub Action Man
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt

Pictures: Lifted off Fairfax press 4 March 2010, Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times respectively.


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. Perhaps the greatest utility is the headline synthesis above of the 3 or 4 shows followed in this session.


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.  

- Our image last Sunday of Rudd in doctors gown seems to have scooped the big media by 48 hours. It was a cliché that was always going to happen, and sure enough it did on front page of the Sydney Telegraph and tv pictures. But the green light was obvious first with Ruddster body language leaning into the camera during the interview on Insiders which is why we ran with the image ahead of the rest. Exhibit 1: Tragic life watching wonky political media.



- Keating’s Lend Lease sponsored giant phallus over land at Barangaroo reminds of Keating as overdevelopment consultant to Westfield at Bondi – regional sized facility in sub regional centre sucking life out of family retail elsewhere. This was around 1997 and we were councilor at Waverley in Bondi Beach ward. Keating consultancy was covert, revealed some years later. In 1996-7 a similar Mac Bank – Lend Lease private proposal for heavy rail station in the park at the Beach – raising the prospect of … you guessed it high rise over Lend Lease air space rights … on the water. The locals rejected this potential monster out of hand. In conclusion as we always say with Keating – self interest is always trying – just like his declared consultancy for power privatization with Wylie Lazzard investment bank. So was Keating now or then a covert paid consultant for Lend Lease in 1997 over the Bondi Rail private development proposal.



- Opinion section of SMH on web is now “National Times” so can’t get a line on leading article so easily anymore. Also to compete with Crikey?



- Front of SD Telegraph off their web front page again can’t easily guage their press front page blowtorch. Maybe international web access until we get to the local library like this http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx



- This week SAM noted Frank Ernest Sartor NSW Env Minister talking frogs, to learn the SD Telegraph has a frog logo on their environment blogger rip of SAM here which also uses a frog for years now? Go the Frogs.



- Marginals in Sydney in play over redgums and other forest  like Marrickville, Balmain, Strathfield, Coogee and no doubt more.  In this sense big Saturday telegraph story about redgum sawmillers is right about politics but they ignore the science which is all for conservation via Govt Resource Audit Council.



- PM Rudd getting aggressive in echo of rival Abbott over health, or is it his father’s death coming back in his dreams?



- Peter Costello hopelessly wrong about safety of nuclear power in his Fairfax opinion piece in cheap shot at insulation fatalities by comparision. Notice this quote and links from a US public interest study on closure of 8 reactors, as posted by SAM on Crikey comment string late last week:



Infant Deaths And Childhood Cancer Drop Dramatically After Nuclear Plants Close
November 30, 2001, New York, NY”



Dramatic declines in local infant death and childhood cancer rates occurred soon after the closing of eight nuclear power plants, according to a new report announced by New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, Radiation and Public Health Project, and the STAR Foundation. The study documents a 17.4% reduction in infant mortality in the downwind counties within 40 miles two years after reactor closing, compared to a national decline of just 6.4%. Large declines occurred in all eight areas near closed reactors, and remained above national trends for at least six years after closing. The information appears as an article published in the March/April 2002 edition of Archives of Environmental Health.”



With full quotes at


with link to http://www.radiation.org/spotlight/closed.html


- We helped with a charity case in the Supreme Court NSW Equity Division which is still to have a costs hearing. Now we read in this weekend SMH that Justice David Lloyd who found the state govt involved in “land bribes” has retired from the Land and Environment Court – which is big news in itself. We had another charity case smashed by Justice Lloyd on the basis the client was a bankrupt – at the hands of corrupt sandminer and council mates.



Now Lloyd the respected Beak is being blocked it is implied in SMH by politicians in the state Govt to work on in the Supreme Court Equity Division. Interesting because we wrote up case #1 mentioned above (we are named in the title as next friend for the client with mental illness) in the Equity Division and sent it to the media officers for the Supreme Court for the information of the chief judge. As evidence of where the legal system has worked to protect the most vulnerable.



A natural fit for Justice Lloyd surely. The NSW govt could be heading to ICAC over this one a la Tim Moore/Greiner Affair (Moore is a Commissioner at same L&E Court today) if ICAC were not so disempowered. Former chief of ICAC was Justice Cripps – who we understand in private practice made face to face deals with Sam Haddad around 2000 for a sandminer client, when previously Cripps was Chief Judge of the L&E Court 1985-1992, and then appointed boss of ICAC 2004-2009. Wheels within wheels eh in the State of ALP.



The ICAC website doesn’t seem to show Cripps biography anymore. But we grabbed it in a previous SAM post, and notice he is working with another Govt appointment the Sentencing Commission or something. Lloyd must be pondering such favour ….


 THE HON JERROLD CRIPPS QC2004-present - Commissioner, Independent
Commission Against Corruption
2000-present - Member of the Court of Arbitration of
2001-2004 - Acting Judge of the New South Wales
Supreme Court and Court of Appeal
1992-1993 - Judge of the New South Wales Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal
1985-1992 - Chief Judge of the New South Wales Land
and Environment Court
1980-1985 - Judge of the New South Wales Land and
Environment Court
1978-1980 - Judge of the District Court of New South Wales 

10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 

Intro film wrap curriculum, health reform. Dep PM Gillard is guest.


Bonge in the chair.


JG crocodile tears for Belinda Neal lost pre-selection. [Metaphor for crony ALP loss in next NSW state election?] Gillard State Govt’s will go broke paying for health. Q. Politics of referenda, senate vexed. Grab of Abbott compare with insulation competence.


Humour out take more revealing for pollies using children again. Big Media are starting to notice the exploitation.

Panel is chubbies Glenn Milne News Corp, Fran Kelly. Grab of Chris Pyne host of policies not implemented. Tough questions on implementation from Milne, answered quite well with confidence and strong detail but th Humour out take cartoon of giant pill or sopository. Adbreak is work choices reprise “the phrase work choices is dead” credibility attack advert. Tim Baxter health bureaucrat for Kennett and Carr. Implementation is the key. Agrees with Dep PM serious adjustments for costs in state bureaucracy. GST increase?    

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


Riley Diary 7, from 8.40am 

Work safe tear jerker advert PR sponsored by NSW Govt. Manipulative politicking?PM focus apology with John Cleese show. Policy wonk. Abbott referred to as Slugger. Q& A at end Riley says Rudd is back on the policy front.



9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.44 am 

Minister Roxon in black style clothes, too formal methinks. Perhaps for gravitas. Preselection on Neal. Anzac Day. Missed a fair bit of it.





Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Uhlmann in the chair. Pop package PM Rudd focus. Laura Tingle AFR (smart), Brian Toohey, Phil Coorey – all Fairfax.


Dwell on Belinda Neal replacement. Deborah O’Neil has the goods by sound of her.


Joe Hockey as shadow treasurer and guest. Blah blah.  Vox pop as usual. Panel on PM apology and education. Toohey says Rudd is a bad policy maker who thinks he’s good.




Inside Business with Alan Kohler  .


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


Posted by editor at 11:13 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 7 March 2010 11:25 AM EADT

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