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Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Treasurer Costello looking a serious draft choice for PM given constant dismal polls?
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: Peter Costello looking rather prime ministerial in Parliament today and PM Howard suffering relevance deprivation syndrome and pique? And see picture at 2.57pm or so below.

On one level Peter Costello might be accused of lying about what was said back in 2005 to 3 senior journalists about pulling the leadership of John Howard down.

But on a far more serious and real politik level Costello is presenting himself as the one who was going to deliver the Coalition colleagues from the constant dismal polls now. "We can win, he can't" is a very cutting appraisal whether Costello owns the words allegedly made in 2005 or not. They resonate because of the stabilising of the dismal polls.

That it was Costello, but for Howard staying as PM, that was going to save their bacon with his superior economic credentials, in an echo of Paul Keating as ex Treasurer then PM for the ALP in the close tough 1993 election (?).

Picture: PM John Howard leaves his seat just as Peter Costello launches a quite impacting "it takes bravery" speech on economic and policy achievements, scorning the emotional violence implicit in the Opposition ALP attack seeking to generate dissension if not a whole leadership spill. Be careful what they wish for? A rampant Costello turning the polls around in 3 months?

Picture: Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd ascendant in the polls over the Coalition seeks to have the last word on a speech arguing 'arrogant, decaying, selfish, inward looking, energy sapped, losing touch' government. In short the stock standard poison. But what makes it dangerous is not the rhetoric as such but the dismal polls.

In summary both sides argue the other side is presenting a false face, the Opposition alleged lack of economic policy credentials, the Government alleged lack policy integrity/initiative on the most serious issues. Alot of truth in both claims making the power grasping two party system even more broken than most already know it is. Bring on a third Green force at the least.

Looks like a hard grinding election to the wire.

Posted by editor at 4:33 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2007 6:14 PM NZT
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Premature ej*c*lation by the Green Party in marginal Wentworth?
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: election Oz 2007
Curious is the news from the weekend that the Green Party in Wentworth marginal seat in east Sydney  (apparently on the abc radio but I missed it) have already announced their preferences. Here it is via Australian Jewish News too, a very influential cultural demographic there

.....full story follows here .....

Posted by editor at 3:43 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007 9:56 PM NZT
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Sunday political tv talkies: Ruthless Rudd masquerade as Kevin 07 Bond 'the Howard slayer' aka Austin Powers aka Bondi jokster?
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: Will the real Kevin Rudd stand up (assuming such exists), or like John Howard is he a comedy fiction that blows with the sea breeze in any policy direction?

....full story follows here....

Posted by editor at 11:09 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007 9:51 PM NZT
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Turnbull helped Gunns do over Tasmanian Forests: The Australian
Mood:  irritated
Topic: ecology

[Press release]

 Thursday 9 August 2007

Turnbull can seize pulp mill initiative - Brown

In the wake of today's Federal Court decision, Federal Environment
Minister Malcolm Turnbull must demand that Gunns' pulp mill be
redesigned to meet world's best standards, Greens Leader Bob Brown said
"Other pulp mills are closed cycle, exude no chlorine-based carcinogens,
do not pollute the sea, air or land, do not create massive greenhouse
gas problems, do not demand vast amounts of fresh water and do not
destroy old growth forests or rare animal habitats."
"If Turnbull gives the Gunns' proposal the go-ahead it will disgrace his
ministry and signal to all Australians that this government will put
polluting developments ahead of people's rights to clean air, unpolluted
produce and the protection of wild forests," Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown said that Kevin Rudd's recent "I am 100% behind John
Howard" statement on the fate of Tasmania's forests has left open the
option for the government to take a tough environmental stand against
Gunns' destructive mill proposal.
The Greens will increase our campaign to stop the pulp mill, Senator
Brown said.
Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603

Posted by editor at 9:30 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007 9:36 PM NZT
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Mixed quality event on past and future of forest industry at Gleebooks 8th August 07
Mood:  special
Topic: economy

Full story here ....

Posted by editor at 2:00 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007 2:23 PM NZT
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Sunday political talkies: Howard needs his own 'feral proof fence' to keep out News Ltd journos?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: election Oz 2007




Picture: Yesterday Ramsey story in Sydney Morning Herald 4th August 2007 at top, precedes front page torch by News Ltd tabloids in Sydney and Melbourne this morning 5th August 2007 suggesting somewhat feral Big Media, not just the exagerated fear of ferals protesting APEC conference in Sydney in Sept 07 also rippling through election politics at the moment.

Full story here .....

and notice these postscript images verifying the predictive headline of a feral News Ltd media next two days 6th and 7th August 2007. This press is giving the Howard Govt the rounds of the election kitchen ..... a kitchen that is getting intolerably hot for Govt MPs, latest polling stabilising at 44 to 56 against them. Will they hold their nerve and will it matter?




Posted by editor at 11:19 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:14 PM NZT
SAM website page views July 2007
Mood:  energetic
Topic: independent media



June 2007 - 9675

May 2007 - 9, 059

April 2007 - 12,087

March 6,684

February 5,372

January 2800

Comments - Two things happened that might have affected crude number of page views - at the half yearly mark we may have slackened off the edginess or intrinsic interest value of our posts. The holiday effect if you like. We could also put this down to rotten cold - about worst we've had, a lingering little monster (also affecting such as Monica Attard and Juanita Phillips on ABC we notice). On the other hand alot of the pro political community took time out for holidays too so perhaps less audience for this fodder.

Secondly, we fixed our email address to a cut and paste, hopefully bringing down the bot crawlers grabbing it for spam email rackets which might affect page view numbers also? We are also learning to build a better 'newswire' with spill over page for long older dated posts which means we are getting more reader friendly. Even saw a compliment on Sydney IMC - oh my God a miracle.

On the up, the editor is close to 100% fit, ill mother is getting better we hear, 1 year of tea total has the synapses bursting with electrons, so its onwards to God knows where for the SAM news website.

Posted by editor at 10:47 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007 9:23 AM NZT
Friday, 3 August 2007
Contact details for SAM news website here
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: contact us


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Posted by editor at 11:59 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 12 April 2009 11:23 AM NZT
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Greens candidate in Bennelong Lindsay Peters launches his campaign
Mood:  bright
Topic: election Oz 2007



 [press release]

31 July 2007

The Greens and Rod Quantock launch Howard overboard in Bennelong

On Tuesday 31st July, the Ryde-Epping Greens launch their campaign for
the seat of Bennelong with their candidate Lindsay Peters at a dinner
hosted by the high-profile comedian/activist Rod Quantock and the Greens
Senator Kerry Nettle.

In Rod's words "Nobody told me and if they did I didn't hear them and if
I did hear them I wasn't listening. Can I be Prime Minister now?"

Mr Lindsay said "We encourage all socially responsible parties and
community groups to get behind the campaign to throw Howard overboard in
Bennelong in the next election - as a sign that Australians are ready to
redress the shameful legacy the Liberal government has left us - an
immoral war in Iraq, mandatory detention, children overboard lies,
WorkChoices, ignoring the stolen generation, the cruel treatment of
David Hicks, the denial of climate change, the destruction of our
wilderness areas, the neglect of public health and education and the
silencing of dissent.

"We also encourage Australians to restore balance to the Senate by
supporting Kerry Nettle and the other Greens senators so that unfair
legislation like WorkChoices can be undone."

For more information: 
* Lindsay Peters (Bennelong Candidate) on 0418 643 064, or
* Kristian Bolwell (Senator Kerry Nettle)  04116383220

Are You enrolled to Vote?  Have a look here:

Kristian Bolwell
Office of Greens Senator for NSW
Senator Kerry Nettle
T:(02) 96902038
F:(02) 96902041

[Here is the personal profile of Lindsay Peters from an earlier state election candidacy for the seat of Epping within Bennelong Mach 2007 here.]

“I have lived in the Epping area for the past 15 years. About 3 years ago I joined the Greens in the hope that I could make at least a small contribution to a group which was trying to address the major issues of our day including social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, loss of democratic rights, and war.

“Specific incidents that drove me closer to action have included our disgraceful treatment of asylum seekers, our patently unjust war on Iraq, our continuing logging of our wilderness areas, and our reluctance to make any meaningful effort to address our contribution to climate change.

“The last few years has confirmed for me that the Greens are committed to values which I see as deeply spiritual. Furthermore, even though they are passionate about many issues, they do not believe that the ends justify the means, but strive for a democratic, ethical and peaceful process in theirmeetings and campaigns.

Lindsay Peters is the son of a Jewish refugee who escaped to Australia from Nazi Germany in 1938. He was born in 1954, brought up in Wollongong, then studied science at the Uni of NSW, obtaining a BSc, PhD and Dip Ed. After graduation he worked as a software manager in both the private and public sectors. For the last ten years he has been the chief technical officer for a small Australian hi-tech startup.

“During my years at university I was a keen member of a progressive Catholic chaplaincy community which was active in issues such as feminism, peace, social justice, fair trade, indigenous rights, and of course, the environment - the same issues now being championed by the Greens.

Lindsay has four children from a previous marriage, and two from my current marriage. Lindsay’s wife works part time as a GP.

 “Our hope for the coming state election is that the Greens can raise people's awareness of some of these major issues, and as well, to provide a focus for voters who want to try and address these issues with us.”

To contact Lindsay Peters please email: ..... or call 0418 643 064.

Posted by editor at 8:18 PM NZT
Turnbull, Newhouse election bunkers get a surprise once over by SAM news site
Mood:  happy
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: The ugly face of capitalism? Malcolm Turnbull, federal environment minister electorate office in Bronte Rd Bondi Junction taken Monday 31st August 07 by the editor.

We read about the bunker of the ALP candidate for federal seat of Wentworth, Mayor George Newhouse. It's located in the Media Union building in Redfern in Chalmers St actually outside the electorate. We were told a shopfront would be organised in the electorate when the election was called.

We intended to mostly stay away from this contest except for some recycled leaflets. But when Kevin Rudd, Opposition Leader made a love pact with forest killers in Tasmania 7 days earlier we decided that rather than distribute a crate full of Not Happy John leaflets from 2004 in Double Bay or Bellevue Hill, it just seemed irrelevant. If Newhouse was Rudd's proxy in Wentworth, as he is quoted in the Australian Financial Review August colour magazine, then he is not much use to forest lovers like this writer either.

So we dumped them at Mal Turnbull's office so they can shred them. And that's from a writer who was once a candidate pulling 10% in the 1995 state election for the overlapping seat of Vaucluse, then a member of the Green Party.

At least we got to recycle our old printer cartridges just down the road George's bunker, as a copter hovered over the nearby AFP building.


Postscript #1 3rd Aug 07


Looks like a Daily Telegraph campaign here, after article 2 days earlier (above re 'toff Mal Turnbull' of Coalition side of politics, who ironically came from quite difficult poor childhood in fact). Front page with spill to page 7 today 3rd of August 07 complete with picture of young mothers with kids (as per our image near bottom right walking past the toner shop).

Posted by editor at 12:08 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007 10:24 AM NZT

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