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Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Readership stats for Sydney Alternative Media October 2007
Mood:  hungry
Topic: independent media

* measure up to 6th Nov, more like 9,100 hits up to 3rd Nov07 

  • Sept -  8,100 (roughly, no screenshot)
  • August - 8,845
  • July - 7475
  • June - 9675
  • May  - 9, 059
  • April  - 12,087
  • March  - 6,684
  • February - 5,372
  • January 07 -  2800 (3rd Jan - 3rd Feb 07)

Posted by editor at 10:33 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007 10:46 AM EADT
Media backgrounder last 10 days
Mood:  energetic
Topic: big media

In the absence of the usual chunky package of big media background notables in our last Sunday Political Talkies story (due to ragged recovery from trip to the wilds of south west Victoria) we shall start a listing here as we catch up the grist:

- Joe Hildebrand hidden away on the inside last page of the Saturday Tele with this cracking quote in I feel right at home in state of fearing death | The Daily Telegraph attributed to colleague Simon Benson, which is saying something given Benson's big 'in' with this State ALP

"As my exasperated colleague Simon Benson recently put it to a nervous Liberal staffer: "For God's sake, this is a Government whose main policy agenda is killing its citizens - and you blokes can't even land a glove on them in Question Time!"

Trioli on abc 702 before 9 am today implicitly makes the same point over the DOCS minister  over the tragedy of the 7 year old who never got a fair chance in life, dead of starvation. Bad governance, nepotism, cronyism, sinecures, zoo like attitude in Parliament (especially the Upper House), stacked branches, cynical power games, developer donations. It's very ugly governance in this state, and the Coalition are potentially as bad. It's the crap two party duopoly to my mind.

Simon Benson clearly has broken cover from the ALP skirts (like Putin's KGB from the tattered skirts of the Yeltsin/Oligarchs?!), which is surprising given his very big 'in' to the ALP networks, or alternatively is that Benson the cipher via Sussex St strategically helping Kevin07 break down that Howard line on 'ALP Federal/7 State dictatorship' election strategy?

The notion that Kevin will help remove the appalling NSW ALP govt will indeed be popular but just as likely a temporary posture till the election on Nov 24? 

Sincere or not, Benson's logic has great resonance with Barry OFarrell so obviously competent as an Opposition Leader if not his bunch of rat bag/religious nutter shadows, with a few honourable exceptions.

Read Simon's piece today timed late 6th Nov 07and judge for yourself: State ALP gone if Rudd wins



- This cracking tip off to catch John Laws who apparently is in melt down mode after 55 years in the career until the federal election when he resigns. Tune in to hear Laws let rip | The Daily Telegraph

- The laughable PR postures of Bob Carr given his pro woodchipping history (dealt with here on SAM news site last week): Ex premier Bob Carr's push to protect his bush | The Daily Telegraph

Au contraire, the truth is much more like this: 

Bogus Bob Carr's revisionist history on 50% forest destruction on his watch
- Fears over frieght noise in Valley Times Oct 25 07 3, Canterbury City Council is very worried about the new Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre - "the centre will operate around the clock, seven days a week ... 800 container movements per day ....local councils could unite ....this is going to be the worst disaster for the area ....this is the biggest single issue in Canterbury".
And guess who is Shadow minister for infrastructure in the Inner West to deliver the ALP brothers intensification of transport at any health and amenity cost? Anthony Albanese.
Virginia Judge state ALP MP for Strathfield is also getting sledged mercilessly as she should be by one Anthony Poljak of Strathfield in the letters page of the Inner West Courier p36 9/10/07 over the over development intensification, so super tanker container ships can save money while everyone else suffers.
- a surprisingly balanced and sober assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Kyoto protocol as a symbol and a process by Matthew Warren the energy industry spruiker who represents as an environment reporter here Few understand significance of 'symbolic' Kyoto | The Australian back on 29 Oct 07. We find it gratifying because we pick up the symbolism reported here separately just like the Montreal Protocol. Warren notes a learned article in Nature.
- Gittins notes the election season violence to sound economics Politicians' old con - making it affordable - Business - Business ...
The thesis is that demand increases for subsidised supply of whatever widget or service, which puts pressure on supply then a feedback loop to increase demand and therefore price. Sounds right.
- Hans Blix, Hans Blix, Hans Blix on JJJ, Dateline, abc 702 and radio national, winner of the Sydney Peace Prize 2007 which presumably means a nice free trip down under and a pat on the back. He deserves it. He also strongly supports nuclear power (which we don't) but then you want a nukes expert as a weapons inspector. Blix encourages sales of our uranium to the world. Australia recently were blackballed by India at the cost of "billions" of export revenue for imposing USA inspired conditions. Symptomatic of a very fluid dynamic in this area of geo politics (Richard Broinowski Credentials the cost of nuclear sell-out - Opinion - smh.com.au, , and probably a reason to indulge such as Peter Garrett despite all his double talk and carpetbaggery, otherwise the Blix view will win out, rather than the clean renewables vision. Sheridan at The Oz (link is scarce) is suitably pissed off that sales to India are not going ahead so far India sets new talks on nuclear deal - Breaking News - World ...
- Underlining the ruthless nature of our Coalition govt 'values' commitment to trade above all else this ugle story re Burma Sanctions don't work, says investor with Liberal ties - World ...
- Geof Gallup releases the inner lefty here New wave of radicalism | The Australian which won't impress the fiscal conservatives, although he might mean social policy as per Big Mal on some 'token' equal financial rights for gay couples
- unfriendly profile by Steve Lewis of the 'red menace' Julia Gillard in the Daily Telegraph as "Left to own devices", (and similarly in Melb Herald Sun as  "Fighting fire with burning ambition" ) tucked away on page 83 of the Saturday Tele which kicked off the latest phase of attacks on Gillard as too left. She was heard parrotting Rudd as an "economic conservative" with a cute form of words like always supporting 'competition and hard work'.
- Chris Masters classic quote out take on full page feature notable for leaving the ABC but also for the spineless nature of our political professional class, by Erin O'Dwyer p57 Sun Herald Oct 14 07 (offline) called "  'I never had a problem, but there's a problem now'  " presumably a quote of the veteran journo'  "
Masters believes the media must change - slowly, from the grassroots  up - but he wonders whether the politicians have really taken any heed. The same ones who clapped him on the back still "run up to Jone's flat for the endless meetings".
It made me think if they crawl to Alan Jones and they so disrespect him, what do they think of the rest of us?
You can see the answer amongst the antics of the machine men and women of the Upper House of say the NSW Parliament any sitting day of the week, full of themselves at their financial security via parliamentary pension having gotten to the top of that particular greasy pole and with no gravity or sense of public duty, a pathetic club of cynical wankers with few honourable exceptions. A very depressing place.
- AMP 'Investing in sustainability" advert looking to the ethical investment sector , full page Oct 6-7 Australian Weekend Magazine.
- cruel picture of the 'Governor General' Senator John Faulkner on 17/10/07 p7 Australian in story Wily Faulkner eyes Rudd tyros | The Australian
- Funny take on time travel postures this election season by two major parties by Steve Burrell leveraging a Tardis picture Plague of time lords enters Australian politics - Business - Business
- Flattering profile of 'national leader' of the Greens Bob Brown with big pic p7 29 Oct The Australian, in a purple patch for the veteran (also reported here separately) of serious real politik relevance arguably previously denied The Greens and Senator Brown alleging electoral credibility gap. Refer Brown launches bid for balance of power | The Australian, and the pragmatic preference deal between The Greens and the ALP last Saturday corroborates the theme Sat 3rd Nov 07, with the official statement here:

Media Statement - 3rd November 2007

Federal Labor has today confirmed its preference arrangements with the Australian Greens.

Labor will direct preferences to the Greens in the Senate. The Greens will preference the ALP for the House of Representatives ballot in target seats in all States and Territories, except Tasmania.

The ALP will preference One Nation, Citizens Electoral Council and Pauline Hanson last on all ballot papers in seats running candidates from those parties.

Federal Labor campaign spokesperson Penny Wong said, “Federal Labor has made these preference agreements only on the basis that they do not, in any way, influence or change Labor policy."

 - On the same page and perhaps of equal import one of the infamous union twins Kevin Reynolds proves his durability with the targeting of Joe McDonald there in WA with the old mantra that '$ talks and bullsh*t walks' in this story: We gave Rudd $1m: union boss | The Australian Mmm that's compelling PR to the Kevin07 to lay off the contract wedding of union-alp election campaign. We here fell a little sympathy for rough hewn Joe with too many meat pies under his belt - how many funerals of building workers has he been to due to bad safety practices in such a dangerous job? Too many is surely the answer. The financial PR approach reminds us of our favourite poster of Coalition Union money politiks way back Oct 7 2005:

- Gavin Brown as Sydney Uni vice chancellor parades his pro democracy free speech right to know credentials in a curious crouched photo in the Ed Supplement p25, 24 Oct 2007 next to canonised academic John Buchanan in Hockey smear 'attack on freedom' | The Australian.  There's a big story here of some kind but not the obvious - the PM's man Shergold was rumoured as interested in the $600K perch to replace Brown in Crikey.com.au earlier this year. Sydney Uni is in trouble for black listing this news blogger (covering an education rally) and the NSW Ombudsman Office is indeed pursuing it as we have been further contacted. But the Uni is clever with its PR too - they did a friendly pic fac with the student agitators (in The Glebe which refused to publish our letter to the editor about the black list) to deflect our official complaint of oppression of free press by community media. 'Students good, community media bloggers bad' is the tactical line. But its dishonest - the uni holds public events advertised to the public and tax subsidised by the public and the public should be able to do community media on the campus.
- Acoa are all over some mutual backslapping awards of the AbaF - Australia Business Arts Foundation. Refer a supplment Oct 26 p7 of The AustralianSomething to do with ALCOA FROG WATCH. The public need to balance up this almost certain greenwashing with the solid electricity known as aluminium with huge greenhouse implications and the global record of searching the world for unspoilt mountains and rivers to dam for cheap hydro and bugger the locals. this writer helped stop one such US$3 BILLION project in Aysen Chile (refer Patagonia project)

- Kimberley set to become battleground | The Australian - piecemeal LNG developments come under fire.

- Desire and the green cure - Richard Glover - Opinion - smh.com.au


Posted by editor at 9:35 AM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2007 9:27 AM EADT
Monday, 5 November 2007
www.maynereport.com dishes the dirt on Perpetual major shareholding in Gunns Ltd
Mood:  energetic
Topic: corporates


Posted by editor at 5:39 PM EADT
Lucy Macbeth wades into the politics of marriage and divorce in Wentworth
Mood:  sharp
Topic: election Oz 2007

About 6 months ago we wrote one of our prods at Christian Kerr noting that ALP candidate George Newhouse had a very appealing family and spouse ..... at least from memory some 10 years back while a colleague at Waverley Council. We saw the Newhouse family as inevitable pictorial assets in the election platform. Hence the real politik comment to Kerr.

Now the whole world knows not least via front page press coverage that the Newhouses have split up, he was dating rival candidate Ecuyer, and is in a tough contest with Big Mal Turnbull.

So now George is vying for the divorcee vote and Mrs Turnbull seems to know it very well with brutal references to her '30 year relationship' with hubby Mal in a public letter. We think it's likely to be damaging to the Newhouse candidacy - she didn't get to be a Sydney CBD mayor once for nothing. One presumes there are more marrieds in Wentworth than single adult voters once you weed out the 40% annual churn of transient Bondi visitors and non traditional lifestylers.

Which all reminds this writer of the reputed talent of the English to be very rude while formally polite. In the immortal words of Bob Dylan, Lucy Turnbull probably prefers to see Newhouse "paralysed" than keep her out of the Lodge as First Lady. Over to Lady Macbeth here extracted by crikey.com.au last week:



Posted by editor at 4:44 PM EADT
Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007 5:16 PM EADT
Vale Peter Andren MHR, MP for Calare ...'he gave politics a good name'
Mood:  special
Topic: local news


The obligatory baby photo


"This member is not standing for re-election". So reads the parliamentary website the official reason being a re destribution of the seat of Calare, and a plan to shift to the senate.

The other reason is that Peter Andren has died last Saturday of pancreatic cancer very soon after the diagnosis. Here is Greens Leader Bob Brown on the death of his colleague in grassroots politics:


Saturday 3 November 2007

Peter Andren was a political inspiration for Australia, Greens leader
Bob Brown said today.

"He gave politics a good name. He brought it fresh air. In the
conservative electorate of Calare, his vote grew at each election,
though he tackled the Howard government on the Iraq war, the Tampa
crisis, climate change and its approval of logging Tasmania's forests.
He worked hard for Calare and the electorate loved him. His was
political representation at its honest best," Senator Brown said.

"I extend heartfelt sorrow at his death to his partner, Valerie, family,
friends and the people of Calare," Senator Brown said.

Contact: Prue Cameron 0408 473 379

Posted by editor at 3:15 PM EADT
International Buy Nothing Day 24th November 2007
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: ecology



As Port Phillip in Melbourne prepares for a massive dredging and expansion for imports of more junk, and Port Botany is identified for more expansion for import of .... you guessed it ... more junk, Lynda Newnam writes as follows:

START THIS ELECTION DAY BY SAYING NO TO AFFLUENZA:    Saturday 24th November 8-11am Penrhyn Boat Ramp, Penrhyn Road, Port Botany (see photograph below)



for Birdwatching and Photography and Contemplation 27% of Sydney’s ‘trade’ = the export of empty containers.  

The majority of greenhouse pollution is embedded in the goods we buy and transport. A third container terminal, intermodal terminals, tunnels and other $multi-billion infrastructure are being built in Sydney to accommodate the export of empty containers and other ‘trade’ that congests Sydney but some of which would provide opportunities if located elsewhere in NSW.

Further details on BUY NOTHING DAY:  http://www.bnd.dk/english.htm  and/or email chairperson (at) botanybay.info or just turn up with thermos, binos and camera.

For a no nonsense commentary on why we should ’shift to thrift’ read Richard Glover at http://www.smh.com.au/news/richard-glover/desire-and-the-green-cure/2007/10/18/1192300941282.html  Glover says that  ”The really radical response to global warming - the one you won’t find in any of the glossy green magazines - would be to rehabilitate the concept of thrift. The advertisers would hate it, but we could once more celebrate it as a virtue - in just the way it used to be celebrated by generations of Australians.”

Further details on Birdwatching: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/ - This particular day we will also remember Lance Ferris, The Pelican Man, who died 14/10/07.  Under the Ports expansion plan the Pelicans which now grace the area have been identified as birds to be actively discouraged.

Posted by editor at 1:24 PM EADT
Uh oh Sydney research reactor built by 'Dodgy Bros' of Argentina proves to be dodgy in front of world experts
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: nuke threats



[Greens media release] 

Six month reactor shutdown as nuclear delegates arrive in Australia


The admission by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology
Organisation that Australia's only nuclear reactor will remain shutdown
for six months shows the need for a new direction on nuclear power,
Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said today.

The embarrassing revelation comes on the eve of an International Atomic
Energy Agency conference, which starts in Sydney tomorrow and is focused
on research reactors like the Lucas Heights OPAL reactor.

The week long conference, The International Conference on Research
Reactors: Safe Management and Effective Utilization, is being hosted by
Australia and 220 delegates from around the world are expected to

"The government now has egg on its face as the world's nuclear
scientists gather in Australia," Senator Nettle said.

"Just before Australia hosts a major international conference on
research reactors we learn that Sydney's nuclear reactor will be out of
action for at least six months."

"John Howard called this reactor a 'triumph' but just three months after
his government opened the reactor it has broken down and will now be off
line for at least 6 months."

"There is major gap between the rhetoric and reality of nuclear power in
this country. How can John Howard and ANSTO argue for 25 nuclear power
reactors when they can't even run one small research reactor?"

"There is still no clear answer to the cause of the reactor shutdown and
who will foot the bill."

"The admission that the reactor will remain closed also undermines the
claim that it is necessary for nuclear medicine. ANSTO says it is
spending $90,000 a week to provide nuclear medicine while the reactor is
shutdown. The reactor cost $400 million to build so for the cost of
building a reactor Australia could have had 100 years of medical

"The government should cut its losses, keep the reactor closed and focus
on real solutions to climate change like renewable energy and energy

For more information:  Damien Lawson 0419 253 342

Posted by editor at 1:01 PM EADT
Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007 1:07 PM EADT
Sea of Hands 10th anniversary concert in Victoria Park Sydney
Mood:  cool
Topic: indigenous


Posted by editor at 10:59 AM EADT
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Sunday political talkies: Which 'double talking, axe wielder' Johnny come lately carpetbagger* do you prefer?
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: In flight free magazine Sydney to Avalon 30th Oct 07. PM Howard is on Insiders beating up the notion that Garrett (who was always a bolt on to the 100 year old ALP party), is somehow now the engine and steering wheel. Only dupes or the incredulous could be fooled by such self interested rhetoric. Sure Garrett (like all pollies, let alone ex rock star front man) is egotistical but the real test of his postures is whether he could deliver a radical change to the conservative, vandalistic ALP policy platform. And the resounding answer is NO, just as Bob Brown has cautioned the ALP will change PG, not vice versa. Unlike Howard who as leader does indeed deliver eg deception of the voters in 2004 by introducing unprecedented disruption to IR. Deception of voters again in 1996 to bring in the GST. Conclusion: Howard is projecting his own abuse of power onto Garrett. No wonder Howard is beating as much as he can.

 * Carpetbagger


Author’s general introductory note (skip this if you know this regular weekly column):



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.



Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208



“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”





Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.



For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.




Media backgrounder


- We were on the bicycle/aeroplane/hike/train and back for three days and missed the micro detail [or maybe we didn't really] but even in South West Victoria (pictured below) we learned that Peter Garrett made a 'gaffe' as per the headline above, echoing a front pager Sydney Morning Herald leader on Saturday referring to "Labor's double talk/ We'll wield the axe". It's a story actually about Kevin Swan swearing to hang tough on financial management, but in close proximity and aimed at neutralising another front pager about said Peter Garrett including picture in his "sorry" suit on the Olympic stage.




- Another howler in the so called Garrett-gate affair. But not by PG in fact. Rather John Howard as quoted in today's Sunday press:


"You don't joke about what your intentions are in government three weeks out from the election."


Nod head sagely, oh yes such serious matters for serious men.


Unless of course you are Peter Costello and joking about your own leadership profile and 'in govt' intentions four weeks out from an election as running mate for same John Howard?! Was it the Treasurers debate in the Q&A session where Costello was asked why should the Liberal Party hand over leadership to Costello in 18 months if he agrees with everything John Howard does? To which of course Costello smirked and parried with a joke about wondering the same about Rudd being the same as Howard and so why vote for the ALP leader?


Here is the ABC transcript of the jokey exchange:


News Limited's Sue Dunlevy raised the leadership question that hangs ever-present around the Coalition: "In two years time, if the Prime Minister honours his promise to stand aside and allow a leadership change in the Liberal Party, you could be the Prime Minister of this country.

"Could you please tell voters, who are going to the polls in just over three weeks, what the three main differences will be between a Costello government and a Howard government, and if there are no differences, is there any point in a leadership change?"

Mr Costello answered: "Well, it's a question I often think when I listen to Kevin Rudd tell us how there'd be no changes between him and John Howard.

"Sometimes I wonder why Kevin wants to be elected when he wants to be so like John Howard."

But no, he did not answer the question.


But it got a good laugh while cutely avoidingCostello's 'intentions when in the govt/leadership succession'. So is Howard condemning Costello as well as Garrett now for flippant lack of gravitas or even maturity or indeed honesty? I don't think so. More's the pity.


- Warrnambool Standard tries to wake up dozy voters if not candidates in the otherwise safe seat of Wannon held by David Hawker (The Speaker) and also this Sydney based writer's home district.



One voter is in such despair she tries to drive off the Hopkins River boat ramp, and then the breakwater 6 weeks later (last Thursday). She is rescued both times, 2nd time unconscious floating face up frothing from her mouth with local fishers watching on agape. They go back to fishing. 


10 Meet the Press 


Press roundup Pakistan dictatorship with Purves Musharif. McKew looking strong in Bennelong ahead of Howard still.  


Wombat otherwise known as Mark Vaile blathering on as guest with compere Paul Bongiorno. Claims credit for $10 billion road package. 

Sleaze about climate change no big problem (hiding his big mining donation interests for the Nats). First adbreak is Get Up spoof on Govt advertising. Well worn but still effective. 

Out take with Nicholson animation is strong re ‘double talk’ theme with Howard backflips constantly on climate, reconciliation, other? 

Panel is looker Cath Hart from The Australian, and Steven Spencer of 2GB. CH goes for interest rates asap. Spencer on climate with pandering question (?). 

2nd guest is Galaxy pollster sees Howard replaced by same younger Rudd as long as he gets there without looking risky. Notices big contrast general to marginals, says Lindsay and mortgage belt seats gone, but rural regionals different again (which way?).  

Transcript in due course www.ten.com.au/meetthepress  

Myspace web address: www.myspace.com/meetthepeople  


7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary 


-  Very amusing parallel of Howard and Forest Gump. Great soundtrack. One of the best satires this year?  All a bit silly and ragged. Good focus on Abbott stuff ups with sorry music everywhere and ouch comparison with macho Mark Latham ie doesn’t play well at all. Pugilist Abbott pretty much revealed for what he is – a slugger.  





Insiders 2


Howard interview. Gets in a lather about Garrett and some so called boasting by Garrett about changing their platform post election. It’s a path that Howard has ploughed all too well on GST, IR etc but he was leader, not a bolt on like Garrett whose main qualification is singing someone else’s lyrics.


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


Sunday 9    

Round up as above of the week of politics.


Feature on senate minor parties including proto fascist party Liberty and Democry Party (eg gun ownership) and Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party supporting Barnaby Joyce.


Important interview with Kevin Rudd and Laurie Oakes, addresses Garrett postures/double talk/joke as he is driving the ALP and delivering the platform eg the pulp mill.


Q&A with Laurie, Howard looking like "Captain Cranky", Rudd looking more relaxed.


Laurie looking fitter than ever. Well done Old Man.


Garrett destined to junior ministry thinks LO.


Reserve Bank business - interest rates likely to go up.


Feature with Naomi Wolf, about USA down the path of totalitarianism, and subvert early 2009 election. Ten steps dictators always take. Tipping point.






Posted by editor at 5:19 PM EADT
Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007 3:14 PM EADT
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Bogus Bob Carr's revisionist history on 50% forest destruction on his watch
Mood:  sharp
Topic: nsw govt

Saffron Howden of the Daily Telegraph yesterday, with the help of the dizzy folks at The Wilderness Society, and the Fairfax Sydney Magazine give Bob Carr (always the thespian) some great PR profile recently.

Picture: At left Bob Carr whose govt during his watch waved through the James Hardie legal trickery to offshore their assets to avoid asbestos liabilities of $4B or more, next to Nick Griener who is now a company director for Big Tobacco, also in the legalised business of killing people.

But the truth is oh so different from the Great Spinner trying to rehabilitate his public reputation after being forced out as premier after a respectable 10 years anniversary. (This is also the Bob Carr who also said the internet was irrelevant to electioneering in one of those typical hubristic interviews alongside Gore Vidal, which gives you the clue to the skinny mans patchy credibility as opposed to manipulative acting skills.)

Carr created 350 national parks some of them big, some of them postage stamps but he also condemned the other 50% to destruction with 20 year logging resource security when climate change was bearing down on us. Here are some of our eye witness field trips sometimes at personal risk:



We were careful to keep a web record of Carr's real legacy:

Carr alp dodges 1999-2003

Carr dodges 95-99

and in particular this big logging list in over 100 precious forests on his watch 1995-2005:

1. Click here for 'Final update on NSW public forests logged 1996-2003 pre 2003 election' posted on www.sydney.indymedia.org.au on 19th March 2003.

Ex Premier Bob Carr's breach of an election promise to end woodchipping of native forest by 2000 in NSW - not just any promise that actually got him over the line in marginals like Coogee in 1995 - had drastic consequences over the border in Victoria's once grand East Gippsland forests in places like Goolengook which were firebombed after devastating clearfells sent to the Eden chipper Carr promised to close.

Indeed there was such alarm at Carr's failure here is the very same The Wilderness Society election leaflet 2003 condemning the guy they just went on a bushwalk with as reported in the Daily Telegraph above ...



Posted by editor at 11:00 AM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:45 AM NZT

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