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Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Asbestos and the struggle for redemption of spin merchant ex premier Bob Carr?
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: health

Bernie Banton — the public face in the successful battle on behalf of asbestos victims against James Hardie —  with his wife, Karen, and son, Dean, after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma last August.

Picture: Working class hero, Bernie Banton who died recently after a winning battle over many years against corporate criminal James Hardy, flanked by wife Karen and son. What lessons will be learned in terms of  political and corporate governance as a result of the heroic efforts of Mr Banton and others?

Later today we will visit Addison Rd Centre with at least 5, and probably more, buildings with corrugated asbestos roofing.

The community land at 142 Addison Rd Marrickville has been through the hands of the Dept of Defence as a recruitment base in WW2, and Vietnam War, Immigration centre in the 70ies, and diverse cultural centre for the last 30 years.

Only this year 2007 have these signs been going up:



The president of the ARC Board Andrews said at the recent Annual General Meeting that she didn't "want to be alarmist" but they were taking action as required by the legislation.

Such action has been reinforced by the enormous struggle and effort of one Bernie Banton (SMH Slideshow: Bernie Banton in his own words, Video: Tributes flow for Bernie Banton (7.30 Report) ) and his supporters. In our activist career we can truly say we have not seen such a deserving winner of a State Funeral as Banton at Homebush Bay today. The details of the event are here 10.30am. We thought of him many days in our part time gardening work at the ARC this last 4 years finding scraps of asbestos in the landscape a bit too often than is really comfortable.

(We recall the day in 2007 a tenant there at Sidetrack Theatre encouraged us to clean out his hopelessly jammed gutters below one such corrugated rooftop. No thanks.)

We note the big wrap given recently to the ABC's Matt Peacock for urging the activist groups to push Bernie Banton forward as the public face of the campaign against James Hardy.

We noticed in the lead up to this State Funeral that Bob Carr - who we say was forceably retired after his 10 year reign as premier - has an increasing role in the memorial 'Bernie Banton research facility' into asbestos diseases at Concord Hospital.

We feel a jarring disjunction given Carr as Premier, as we understand it, or at least his regime well knew of the legal proceedings that permited cunning asbestos purveyor James Hardie to restructure via an order of the NSW Supreme Court in 2001. The actual court decision is here. We say a regime that well knew but failed to act given it's legendary lack of rigour and triumph of style over substance that the Carr regime became synonmymous with. Sure enough the federal regulator ASIC and Judge Santow accepted the woeful assurances of James Hardy they would fully finance projected compensation claims and the NSW Govt dropped the ball too.


We note this highly suggestive quote by Andrew Ferguson a well known union leader in the NSW construction sector made in November 2004 about the findings of the Jackson Inquiry earlier that year (made in an international conference in Japan) apparently referring to the 1995-2001 period that prefaced the 2001 creation of the so called Medical Research and Compensation Fund (part of the James Hardy asset offshoring strategy):

 "Peter Macdonald (CEO), Greg Baxter (VP Corporate Affairs), and Steve Ashe (VP Public Affairs) implemented a ‘communications strategy’, in relation to the creation of the MRCF, in which the fears of key stakeholders, including the NSW Government, were allayed by misleading statements." [bold added] in  

James Hardie – US Multinational versus Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union of Australia (CFMEU), Australian Trade Union Movement, asbestos victims and Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials and Allied Industry (UITBB) Speech delivered by Andrew Ferguson, NSW State Secretary Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union Global Asbestos Conference Tokyo, Japan November 2004 Special thanks to Australia Legal Firms Slater & Gordon and Taylor & Scott for background material for this presentation. In PDF version, and HTML version here.

Ex federal treasurer Peter Costello seemed to be wise to this reality as we recall him in federal parliament over the official radio broadcasts in recent years targetting the Carr Govt failure to keep a check on James Hardy legal skulduggery. Costello didn't appreciate being drawn into the whole affair in relation to taxation and other corporate regulation. On the other hand Costello and the federal agency ASIC have alot to answer for too for the 2001 debacle in the NSW Supreme Court.

 Picture: Ex premier of NSW Bob Carr now chairman of the Concord Hospital Asbestos research facility opened in 2007. Within weeks of retiring in 2005 Carr joined big capital in the form of Macquarie Bank.

So though the NSW Govt were not a formal party to the Supreme Court proceedings of 2001 before Santow J it defies belief they were not aware of the factual matrix of the slow motion legal disaster unfolding, only rectified in 2007.

By 2004 the NSW Govt under Carr were backpedalling under the ferocious backlash of the assembled unions and civil society broadly based. Whether left or right, green or brown, rich or poor, young or old, we have all been exposed and some of us will die of the toxic stuff. Bernie Banton knew this and told us straight.

Bob Debus as then Attorney General of NSW also knew it and pushed hard for reform of defamation laws which in effect allowed the civil society groups to defame the James Hardie Corporation without fear of SLAPP suits. The national and other state govts fell into line with the law reform: It was James Hardy v Australia. This law reform is another ongoing legacy of Bernie Banton's fight and of those who most actively supported him.

We expect to hear Bob Carr on the mainstream media today. He may or may not mention his own Jackson Inquiry made necessary to sort out the mess of the Supreme Court wave through of the JH offshore corporate restructure farce: The corporate dance intended to shift their assets out of reach of what became a $4 Billion compensation fund for systemic industrial manslaughter. The legal trickey of Allens, the no.1 corporate legal sharks in Sydney, on behalf of their client James Hardy in 2001  had failed.


Images of the State Funeral today following the speech by widow Karen Banton:



We loved you here Bernie Banton, no fear of that.

Posted by editor at 6:48 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2007 8:14 PM EADT
Silly season shaggy reindeer stories kick off with a vengeance
Mood:  silly
Topic: big media


We have been taking careful note of the change from an ever so serious (post) federal election phase with change of govt and leaders all over the place, to now a well earned rest from full on power politik.

A symptom of the wind down seems to be the traditional silly season stories, the more surreal the angle the better (like our image above of the ants that ate the merc from this years Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.)

Silly season seems to have come early this year, along with the subtropical storms that have blown through Sydney, even if PM Rudd doesn't seem to want a holiday by pushing hard as he must at the Bali Climate Change conference (more from Adrian Whitehead of Zero Emissions here.)

Here's our tally:

- Xmas thieves help themselves to 16 tonnes of bacon, ham | The .... A serious theft but that's not why it led the news.

- The transcendental levitation of pilots onto the wing tip of their own plane - no seriusly the first of no doubt many nuggets from your quality ABC World Today show yesterday.

- The World Today obviously couldn't resist with this happy hunting of Rudolph the Reindeer to feed the hungry while taking pot shots in gun happy urban areas, ain't that so lovely and folksy?

- We even feel the Mohammed Teddy Bear story with it's deadly undertones had a degree of opportunistic madness about it, either from opportunistic Islamist street protesters, to barracking for the teacher by outraged western media, to the stupidity of the teacher not so much transgressing a cultural taboo herself but unintentionally aiding a school room of Muslim kids to also transgress that same taboo. No wonder her teaching career in Sudan came to a thudding halt. Imagine a Muslim teacher telling a bunch of Catholic school class that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalen and never actually rose from the dead?  That being said we thank the Christian God blashemy is not a death sentence in Australia. Over reaction all round? You bet.

- Chimps outsmart uni students (ABC Science Online). Say no more.

- Birth date can affect personality - National - smh.com.au, the old nature/nurture one again with a surreal madcap astrology undertone.

We think with this 'admirable' start to the silly season story file we might see a bumper harvest this year. A journalistic balancer to the disastrously low crop of cotton and rice due to failing Murray Darling river system.

And who can blame the Big Meeja for wanting some light relief. It's been a doozy of an 8 week stretch. Not to mention the very real threat of dangerous climate change bearing down on all those coastal mortgage economies. We need our sleep more than ever.


Postscript #1:

- late entry Nunnery doubles as marijuana plantation | The Courier-Mail, and the rivals are fully into the 'spirit' too Holy smoke! Cannabis found in nunnery - Breaking News - World ...

and on the silly season goes, with a vengeance ....

- The World Today - Family's shock after canoeist returns after 5 years, but there is talk about insurance fraud, and hurried trips by the spouse to Central America. Chalk another one up to Big Meeja funny business.

Posted by editor at 5:30 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2007 5:53 PM EADT
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Default judgement in NSW Supreme Court against Chinese Commerce Minister
Mood:  sharp
Topic: human rights



The Falung Gong lobby have sent through this irritant to the 2008 Beijing Olympics PR machine with a local legal twist:

Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 8:41 AM
Subject: Torture case Won Against Chinese Commerce Minister in Supreme Court

I am writting to forward you this recent news: Torture case Won Against Chinese Commerce Minister in NSW Supreme Court.
Please read the news below, and see the Judement Order from the case 11474/06.
It is a significantly victory of human rights and justice.
I send you this as I think you might be interested in this important news.
Also, you may be interested in the current event of Global Human Rights Torch Relay videos:
or search HumanRightsTorch for more information.
(For information of what is Falun Dafa (Falun Gong), please visit
http://falundafa.org, different languages are available for option;
for information of why CCP persecutes Falun Gong, please visit
http://TheEpochtimes.com or http://ninecommentaries.sohnetwork.comm
for "9 comments on CCP")

Thank you. 


On Monday (5/11/07), the Supreme Court of NSW issued a default judgement against Chinese Minister of Commerce,
Mr BO Xilai recognising his failure to provide a defense for the torture case brought against him by
Sydney Falun Gong practitioner and Chinese labour camp survivor, Mr PAN Yu.

This is the first won in a case against Bo Xilai, 58, who had been sued in over ten countries, including the USA,
the UK, Canada, Germany, and Ireland for his role in the persecution Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Bo was served a Statement of Claim in person on 4 September 2007 in Canberra prior to the APEC forum. 

Another two similar cases are in the Supreme Court of NSW and are progressing towards similar judgements against
former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, the 6-10 ´Gestapo-like´ office and its head Chen Shaoji. 

"This is a win not only for all Chinese people and Falun Gong practitioners, but also a potent reminder of the
currently opposing legal sytems between Australia and China, as still to this day, no lawyers in China are allowed
to take on such cases. We are another step closer to the event of the perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong
in China being brought to justice at an international level," said Mr Newton XU, legal assistant for the case.

"As soon as the [40,000 watt electric] baton would make contact [with] me, I would lose control of my bodily functions,
rendering me incontinent. They also applied the electric baton to my face and my head, which made me feel as 
though I wanted to die, but I would just hold on. In the end, they applied the baton to the most sensitive spot on my
inner leg. The pain was indescribable," said Mr PAN in a testimony of his ordeal. 
As Governor of Liaoning Province in 2000, Bo Xilai played a pivotal role in the campaign of eradication directed against
Falun Gong practitioners. The persecution of Falun Gong in Liaoning is severe, with at least 373 known cases of deaths
of Falun Gong practitioners confirmed - the fourth highest of Falun Gong deaths in Chinese provinces. Liaoning also houses
the Longshan Forced Labour Camp and other labour camps where some of the most brutal human rights violations aimed at
Falun Gong have taken place.

Posted by editor at 10:24 AM EADT
T-card farce, new Iron Cove bridge, CBD poor amenity: The problem is not technical
Mood:  irritated
Topic: nsw govt

The transport tragedies in Sydney were inevitable from the time of the M2 motorway in 1994-6 onwards (we were arrested opposing treefelling at Devlin's Ck). We hear about:

Media Release
4 December 2007

Greens urge Premier Iemma to scrap Iron Cove Bridge upgrade

Greens MP and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Premier
Morris Iemma to scrap the $150 million upgrade plan for the Iron Cove
Bridge upgrade and to remove Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal as the key
driver of this project.

“The RTA expansion plan for the Iron Cove Bridge will deliver more
gridlock and air pollution. It should be scrapped,” Ms Rhiannon said.

“Premier Iemma needs to downgrade the role of the RTA to ensure local
and city wide sustainable transport solutions are created.

“The Iron Cove Bridge upgrade is only one part of the RTA’s grand
but dangerous plan that envisages more motorways and tunnels for the
inner west and Port Botany.

“In the era of climate change and peak oil major city road expansion
plans are highly irresponsible.

“Any bridge improvement needs to be integrated with plans to reduce
traffic on Victoria Road and that means better facilities for
pedestrians, bike users and public transport commuters.
“The government’s Iron Cove Bridge expansion plan has already
increased in costs by one third and the complexity of the project
indicates that the final costs could be even greater than the latest
figure of $150 million.

“This money should be put into a light rail service travelling from
the city under Victoria Road to Parramatta. This service would take tens
of thousands of cars off the road and reduce travel time to Parramatta
to 20 minutes,” Ms Rhiannon said.

For more information – Lee Rhiannon - 0427 861 568

We hear about:

NSW Tcard by 2009, contractors vow - Breaking News - Business ...

We hear about

Iemma says city plan uncosted 

We hear about

Port Botany winner an ALP donor - National - Home - brisbanetimes ...

The 'Public-Private-Partnership' revolving door between Big Politics and Big Business for road construction and operator profits has gutted the political and bureaucratic classes in NSW and Australia. There are no government champions or leaders in ethical transport. There are plenty outside of govt but its all flapping gums.

Ex unionists, ex MP's, financiers etc. NRMA fops and spivs. They all rejoice at the intensification of the private car fleet because they are personally enriched, and air pollution for little people be b*ggered. NSW Govt really is as corrupt as this.

The problems of transport congestion and air pollution in Sydney is deeply misconceived as a technical problem. The big parties are playing you dear reader, idealist and apathetic alike, for mugs.

All the motorway expansion M2, Eastern Distributor, M5, M7 etc has the public chasing it's tail over lost city amenity. Those damn Critical Mass cyclists are the only ones with any integrity in this tragedy of public interest.

It's straight out big money politics to destroy the public transport competition for corporate car based revenue dollars. It's as simple as that. Corrupt duopoly major party politics. Keep voting Green Party.

Posted by editor at 9:31 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007 9:59 AM EADT
Koperberg takes an enforced holiday as bushfire season approaches
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: nsw govt

Imre Salusinszky of The Australian is chatting to Trioli on abc 702 radio this morning. It's all about 'Phil' Koperberg Minister for Minister for Climate Change Environment and Water. He's been stood aside over 20 year old allegations of violence. Looks grim for big K:

New enemies knife Koperberg

New enemies knife Koperberg

TWO more people have come forward to accuse tainted Labor star Phil Koperberg of wife-bashing - not his ex-wife and stepdaughter - as Morris Iemma's credibility lies in tatters over the scandal.

(It was curious to hear Imre refer to "trainwrecks" and "house of cards" which sound familiar terms to us from recent articles on other diverse political stories here on SAM. Methinks the old Imre has been slumming it at the down market blog (?). After all who do wonks have to talk to?)

Of interest is Adam Spencer on 702 deferring to Trioli coverage of the issue. He's perceived as too friendly to the ALP by some. Revealing too that Trioli pitches to Imre not Simon Benson (with an arguably friendly story to the big K in the News Ltd Daily Telegraph sister paper to Imre's The Australian yesterday).

Last Sunday we theorised about some of the angles,

- from Coaliition revenge on the Left Sisters over their Ernie awards post federal election loss, Prue Goward MP Opposition spokes on status of women would be up for it, no doubt.

- Or simply to damage K's 'go to' status with the bushfire season approaching being a legendary Bushfire commissioner previously. This has real potential to damage good governance in NSW.

The claims in the press today are that it's in house ALP power games, which is highly consistent also with post federal election quarrantining of brand ALP from scandal, which would backfire on any ALP aligned source pre election. Who really knows?

We still tend to think Koperberg is essentially a good man, while noting good people may conceivably do bad things in their past. Other than that we can't say what is fact in this specific case or in NSW politics very much generally, it's that kind of 'Hunter S Thomson' kind of milieu, surreal and dangerous all at once with the capacity to corrupt .... even the well intentioned observer if not very cautious. This was our take out last Sunday:

- Koperberg gets a big media kicking today in the press as a proxy for Iemma from News Ltd, not least as we head in to the fire season, always the big story from December onwards. K is the ALP's bushfire go to man. Could be an ugly strategy of the state Coalition to pick off K's credibility wings re climate change in causing mega fires as here on Robin Williams Science Show yesterday, so the loggers/National Party can avoid accountability for destroying humid canopies which are fire suppressant across huge areas of old growth this last 40 years of woodchipping in NSW. And coal miners won't mind an emasculated Koperberg either after his 'clean coal' honesty/backflip. This so called "shock" story in fact is a reheating of an alleged domestic violence story from ......1987? Are they going to go back to his high school days too? We are literally talking 20 years ago. For all we know the man might be a closet Budhist by now?

 As serious as domestic violence is there just isn't enough weight or nexus to his current public service to kick this along. Maybe if he was minister for DOCS or Status of Women (never likely), or even Health. [We notice Iemma is sticking by him on abc tv prime time news tonight and he runs some of these lines and that he has declared much of this previously at his pre selection.]


On further reading and reflection there is another real politik angle to this: Selective (?) outrage of the ALP Left sisterhood a la the Ernies, admittedly based on a dinosaur unionist but more recently a misconceived (?) attack on Joe Hockey ex federal Howard Govt minister which greatly annoyed the Shrek (for claimed disrespect to his hard working wife but actually a failure he says to note the irony in his tone.) Is this attack on the Big K a revenge on the Left Sisters for saying nothing about an AVO in their own NSW Cabinet? In any case it is trench warfare emotional violence (or as Christian Kerr would call it "wet work") and a very corrosive acid on the social fabric, not just the Big Parties, especially in the fraught territory of personal morality amongst career politicians. They are hardly known for consistency one week to the next let alone decade to decade.

Posted by editor at 8:58 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007 9:26 AM EADT
Page view statistics for SAM micro news website Nov 2007
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: independent media

Look out Ch9, 7, ABC and major press election wonks. Whoo hoo, we broke the 10K monthly page view barrier.

What it signifies we don't really know either. Perhaps that we take far too much interest in the foibles of Big Party politicians and not enough in our woeful bank balance, let alone appointment with the dentist:


  • October - 9, 100 
  • 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 8:20 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007 8:32 AM EADT
Monday, 3 December 2007
Paul Sheehan's hopelessly ignorant, deceptive analysis of Brown v Garrett
Mood:  sad
Topic: aust govt

Picture: The Green Party were there first in an honest telling of the fall of Bennelong via Andrew Wilkie in the 2004 election and then Lindsay Peters in this letter 2007. And also the 2004 Valder inspired Not Happy John liberal Liberals. The ALP regularly drag their heels behind the Green or similar pioneers - when it's safe and financially comfortable. The ALP triumphalist revisionism is not very impressive or worthy.

Thankyou Paul Sheehan for sticking your ignorant head in the cesspit of ALP compromise of the Australian green movement. Thankyou for giving me this fertile opportunity to demolish the flake that dwells in the heart of Sheehan and similarly aging carpet bagger Peter Garrett.

Here is pudgy pasty faced Sheehan (infamous for his flaky unique water spruiking), doing his worst here attacking the sainted Senator Bob Brown:

Brown is the sell-out, not Garrett

PAUL SHEEHAN | When Peter Garrett emerged as a threat to Bob Brown's power base, he was subjected to a steady stream of claims that he had "sold-out".

Sheehan is one of your rich folks in the Big Media desperate to preserve the closed shop operation between Big Party and Big Media. The proverbial revolving door. Rich man Garrett has signed up for the 'snouts in trough' financial security of that existence and must be defended at all cost.

There is a grain of truth in Sheehan's referencing of a shopping list approach to big politics by the Greens diluting their green raison detre: We did egotistically tell the local Greens in Sydney's eastern suburbs in 2000 they needed this writer's ecological qualifications much more than vice versa. But the laughable idea Brown sold out in comparison to millionaire Garrett is simply toxic rubbish. It completely misconceives the real politik role of pulling the linked groupings on the whole political spectrum toward an ecological basis.

Not for nothing did ALP spinner Bruce Hawker one week out from the last federal election on abc 702 Trioli show say out of all federal politics there is no one more "a straight shooter than Bob Brown". Are you listening Sheehan? Brown has always been the most green in the Green Party firmament when it comes to nature protection to quote Sheehan's own criteria back to him. It's a scurrilous assertion to suggest otherwise and he seems to know it with the double talk weaved into the opinion piece.

On the other hand we do have a modicum of sympathy for the view the Green Party need to work in a proportionate way for the mainstream not only minority interests while noting everyone is some minority or other. This is the grain of truth that Sheehan correctly points to expressed at times here too on SAM, especially as the mainstream get so damn scared for their future, as they ought. The issue of a post Brown (and post Angel) future green leadership is also quite real.

Picture: Aging ALP hacks who need the financial security of a politician's superannuation, with their best years behind them? This picture ran p7, Dec 1 2007 The Australian.

Brown takes court actions against State ALP governments (refer Canberra Times below) for trashing old growth at Wielangta, that Peter Garrett takes hush money to avoid discussion about:

Nor does the Herald have clean hands in the integrity stakes. Sheehan squealed when confronted at a State Library function in 2005 about the pathetic lack of coverage of woodchipping of our native forests in his own newspaper, a landuse in breach of the Bob Carr election promise to end the practice by 2000. The 'journalist' blustered and inflated like a puffer fish but had no answer in front of the audience of the Independent Scholars Association. The green movement has a running joke about the Sydney Morning Herald taboo of the word "woodchipping". (The way the Age late last week ran a big story about the doubling of Port Botany and the SMH airbrushed it.)

And the intellectual corruption of forest destruction reaches deep and spreads very wide.

Garrett used the 1998-9, Visy Pulp Mill approval in Tumut to claim his role in supporting pro industry standard of 'world's best practice' for another mill in Tasmania. But the truth about the Visy project and Garrett's non existent role is alot murkier than that. This writer was a legally recognised party for Friends of the Earth (Sydney, not Melbourne and that's a big difference) to the hearings of the Commission of Inquiry before Kevin Cleland.

The ACF and then president Garrett were not. They didn't play any role in the assessment process of the so called 'world best practice' mill at Tumut. But they ate the canapes and no doubt drank some champagne under the marquee at the opening PR. No role in the untested load on the water catchment. Not the opposition of local landholders. Not the massive expansion to some 40,000 hectares of prime farm land for wood production with no hypothecation to reduced native forest logging on the western slopes. Cleland recommended a major strategic study of such impacts for decades but it's never happened. Hello Carpetbagger Garrett? Do you know anything?

Sure Garrett went to the opening of the Visy pulp mill as did other flake 'leaders' in the green movement having done none of the real environmental impact assessment analysis. Talk about chumps, dupes or both.

Garrett above all always played a dead bat to any pro Carr ALP industrial agenda. 

The Visy project is not nearly as bad the Tamar proposal today but the point is Garrett wouldn't have a clue about that either way. And it is dishonest for him to claim otherwise. Never did the work, made it up as he went along to gain his ALP career leveraging his fast exhausted Midnight Oil music career.

Truth is the rock band personna was finished with the last few dodgy albums a painful audio experience compared to the passion and cut through of the early years. He needed a new gig desperately. The proverbial daughters to educate etc etc.

How desperate only became clear in February 1999 with he refused to attend this event at Sydney Town Hall to avoid any criticism of the the Carr Govt broken election promise on forests by reinforcing the Eden chipper's devastation of South East Australian habitat. That was a big sellout by Carr and Garrett both.

Neither Senator Bob Brown or Peter Garrett are on the poster for the line up for this forum which was specifically designed by moi as a pre election test of green environmental integrity: But those who attended know that Senator Brown did front to challenge ALP vandlalism along with Ian Cohen MP for the Green Party. Garrett made no response whatsoever despite the pleading of his own local ACF group in Sydney (led by such as Noel Plumb and Margaret Barnes). It was left to Don Henry fax late Friday afternoon for ACF which we still have. Not good enough.

Sell out. I do so swear.

But it doesn't just end there. Jabiluka 1998. We wrote up 400 case histories of protesters to oppose the despised uranium mine in the Northern Territory. 1 week in the field at the protest camp legal tent, 2 weeks banging out files at the NT Environment Centre. False arrest by the police prosecutor in the foyer of the Jabiru Court House for getting all but one bail application approved for 106 detainees.

Garrett traipsed in on the shoulders of all the protesters only a month or so earlier, including now current Green Senator Kerry Nettle:

Greens senator sticks to what she believes in - Federal Election ...

The contrast was stark. The theatrical front man, quick with the slick words and love affair with the stage but nowhere to be found when the hard foundation work has to be done for weeks and months. In fact when it comes to the hard background work the guy is more likely to faint like he did in the surf on a hot day.

Give me Senator Bob Brown any day of the last 15 years of our greenie vocation. Garrett is a fizzer as the ALP travesty on forests marches on, as per Canberra Times 2 days ago:

Garrett facing his first forest fire
Rosslyn Beeby

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett faces a tough early test of his new portfolio powers after a Federal Court decision yesterday to allow logging in the Wielangta forest on Tasmania's east coast.
Under federal law, Mr Garrett has the power to intervene to prevent logging of the old growth rainforest.
If he refuses to act, furious opposition is expected from the Greens and peak conservation groups, which would quickly embroil the newly elected Labor Government. Greens preferences delivered about 21 seats for Labor during last Saturday's election.
In Hobart yesterday, the appeal bench of the Federal Court unanimously over-ruled a previous decision by Justice Shane Marshall that logging in the 10,000ha old growth forest was illegal because of its impact on the habitat of endangered wildlife.
After a trial involving scientists and 33 days of hearings, Justice Marshall ruled last year that logging would destroy the habitat of Tasmania's wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot and one of Australia's rarest insects, the Wielangta stag beetle.
The Federal Court win by Australian Greens leader Bob Brown was hailed by environment groups and scientists as a watershed decision upholding the protection of Australia's native forests.
But after yesterday's decision upholding an appeal by Forestry Tasmania, Senator Brown faces more than $25,000 in costs and the prospect of another costly battle if he has legal grounds to lodge an appeal with the High Court.
Senator Brown has written to Mr Garrett asking him to take "urgent action to protect Wielangta and other native forests in Australia." The Federal Court appeal bench upheld the Justice Marshall's previous finding that logging had "a significant and unacceptable impact" on endangered species in the Wielangta forest, but ruled logging was exempt from federal environment protection laws.
Forestry Tasmania and the National Association of Forest Industries welcomed the decision as providing the forestry industry with certainty for future timber supplies.
"This has been an expensive, emotionally draining and time consuming exercise but it has been worth it. There is now no doubt that our forestry operations are legal," Forestry Tasmania's managing director Bob Gordon said.
The court found once a 20-year regional forestry agreement was signed by state and federal governments, the impact of it could continue if both signatories agreed to allow it.
"It's a case of the law intends to protect endangered wildlife but if Canberra and Hobart ignore logging which endangers their existence, they can," Senator Brown said.
In his letter to Mr Garrett, Senator Brown pointed out the minister had the power, under clause 102 of the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, to "insist that the intention of the Regional Forestry Agreement to protect rare and endangered species be upheld".
Senator Brown wrote, "Or else, you may nullify the RFA and bring forestry operations directly under the Act."
Mr Garrett's office did not return calls yesterday.
The two high-profile politicians and environmental activists were friends when Mr Garrett was president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and singer with Midnight Oil.
But when Mr Garrett, as opposition environment spokesman, declared his support for the controversial Tasmanian pulp mill last month, Senator Brown publicly declared their long friendship was over and accused Mr Garrett of abandoning his principles.
The decision to allow logging to proceed in the Wielangta forest could be an embarrassment for the Australian government delegation at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali next week.
One of seven priority mitigation measures listed for discussion is curbing greenhouse emissions from clearing of forests.
"It sends a message of contempt and indifference to critical climate change issues by the government of Australia," Senator Brown said.
About 15,000 politicians, government officials and lobbyists are due to attend the Bali conference.
UN officials have warned the meeting is not expected to result in "big announcements on cuts" to emissions but say deforestation is one area where the meeting might break new ground.
Developing nations will seek to establish incentives and financial support from developed nations to stop cutting down their forests. Australia is the only developed nation among the world's top 20 land-clearing countries, a list that includes Cambodia, Burma, the Sudan, Bolivia and the Philippines.

And then there is this in The Age yesterday:

How to turn $99 million worth of trees into a $17,000 loss.

Peter Weekes
December 2, 2007

THE State Government sold the equivalent of 4745 MCGs of native forests to private timber companies last year for less than it cost the Government to fell the trees and ship them to the buyers.

Despite selling the timber for $99 million, and other revenue of $4 million, VicForests ended in the red with a $17,000 loss once expenses such as haulage were taken out, according to the agency's annual report.

VicForests is the quasi-government body charged with commercialising the state's forests. Most of the timber sold at a loss went into pulp.

"We have got a situation where the three south-eastern state governments are underpricing the forest resources," said Judith Ajani, an economist at the Australian National University who managed Victoria's forest policy in the 1980s. "This will favour those companies exporting native forest-based chip against those who have invested in plantations."

In an emailed response to The Sunday Age, VicForests chief executive David Pollard defended the result: "A loss of $17,000 is because the incurred expenses were greater than the revenue derived."

He added: "We expected to sell more wood during this period but our operations were disrupted because of the 2006-07 Great Divide bushfires." He did not clarify whether greater sales would have led to a proportional increase in haulage and harvest costs.

The timber take this year was 1.59 million cubic metres, down 243,000 cubic metres from the previous year.

In a bid to improve profits, VicForests underwent a shake-up this year, taking on all harvesting and haulage.

The agency sold about two-thirds of the trees, including 100-year-old mountain and alpine ash, for pulp. It charged mills $9.97 a cubic metre, or $8.52 a tonne, plus delivery, Mr Pollard said.

Plantation pulp, largely owned by management investment schemes, on average sells for about $35 a cubic metre, not including delivery, according to a survey of prospectuses. Once the timber is processed, the pulp sells for about $US860 ($A971) a tonne.

Mr Pollard said Victorian native-forest pulp was cheaper than pulp from other states because of the haulage distances and its poorer quality, particularly compared with plantations.

Two of the three big mills that bought the timber $B!=(B Australian Paper, a subsidiary of PaperlinX and Japanese-owned South East Fibre Exports $B!=(B posted a combined profit of $87 million last financial year, according to Australian Securities Exchange and Australian Securities and Investments Commission filings. The privately held Midway did not release its profit.

Ms Ajani said VicForests' result showed that native forest logging could not economically compete against plantations, which now provide about three-quarters of the state's wood.

"Native forest logging businesses Australia-wide have always been problematic commercially," she said "As economically superior plantation resources come in, the capacity for native forest-based operations to be profitable becomes more and more problematic."

She said forest logging $B!=(B which necessitates clear-felling $B!=(B posed many costly problems, including biodiversity issues, that plantations did not face.

"When you grow wood in a plantations regime, you don't have to compromise on ecological factors: you can select your species, you can plant them in rows, you can plant them relatively tightly, you can use fertiliser to make them grow faster, and you can reduce your harvesting and transport costs by putting them close to the mill," she said. "Everything about a plantation regime is cost-attractive for a wood product industry and that's ultimately the problem when you are a wood grower in a native forest $B!=(B you can't provide the volumes and quality of the resource to suit the processing interest of your sawmillers and pulp producers."

Despite the loss, VicForests paid the State Government a dividend of $2 million.

But for at least the second consecutive year, this was paid out of retained earnings. Companies usually pay dividends from current-year profit, as retained earnings from previous years are normally used as "rainy day" funds.

VicForests received a $10 million State Government grant to expand its salvage operation following the Christmas bushfires; but it used only about $868,000. It also received $2.25 million worth of services from government departments.

At a time when there are fears that native forest logging is fuelling climate change, Ms Ajani and the Wilderness Society have accused state and federal governments of subsidising the sector at the expense of the more economically viable plantation sector.

"Many plantation sawmillers have commented on how hard it has been to win market share, largely because of the subsidies that have come from state governments," Ms Ajani said, adding that about two-thirds of timber jobs were in plantations and paper-making.

$B"#(BHOW TO MAKE A LOSSPulp sales 1 million cubic metresSawlog sales 500,000 cubic metresTOTAL 1.59 million cubic metresTotal sales revenue $99 millionTotal revenue $103.36 million Harvesting $34 millionHaulage $34 millionNET LOSS $17,000SOURCE: VICFORESTS 2007

TOTAL EXPENSES $103.34 million


$B"#(BWHO MADE A PROFIT, which owns Australian Paper that operates the Maryvale Mill in Gippsland, posted a profit of $80.1 million last financial year.


South East Fibre Exports, which operates a mill in Eden, posted a profit of $6.8 million.

Midway, which operates a mill in Geelong, is privately held and not required to release its profit.

Posted by editor at 10:07 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007 8:47 AM EADT
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Bangladesh fundraiser this Friday 7 Dec at Minto
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: world


More background here:

Water torture

Whether it's from the heavens above or sanitation below, water is a constant source of danger to the people of Bangladesh, writes Larry Elliott.



Posted by editor at 8:05 PM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 2 December 2007 8:23 PM EADT
Sunday tv political talkies: Here comes dangerous climate change ready or not
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: aust govt


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


- alot of worthy and humbling coverage of Matt Price's death. As the shock dissipates read this last line of Errol Simper's piece Columnist's sharp eye for the absurd and pompous 


"His death at 46 can lead you to dwell on all manner of things, not least that the good die young. And it also makes you wonder a little about possible hazards inherent in the mobile phone, an instrument Price so constantly used."




- Power station plans shelved | The Australian suggesting no coal fired power station for NSW? Hard to believe. Meanwhile in 'a shocking but not surprising' story in Good Weekend Nov 24 when all good munchkins are doing their democratic duty rather than reading, has "Dirty money/In the hunt for new fuel sources, a vast swathe of western Canada is being mined for its precious oil sands ...." There is no hope really. Remember that old Native American Indian saying 'only when the last fish and the last buffalo has been killed will white men realise you can't eat money', or similar. Well that was not just an observation, it was prophesy of inevitability. They were saying white man are incapable of respecting the ecology, and they can only learn this truth by actually going there as a society, by which time of course there is no reversal, no recovery, no way back. The di is cast for western civilisation. All the evidence bears this out.



- With all due respect to Peter Fitzsimmons (today SunHerald p48), Bruce Hawker (last Monday party liners abc 702 Trioli segment) and others in the Big Spin Meeja fully convinced by John Howard's 'dignified' concession speech on election night - let SAM editor put the contrary cynical/realistic view. Any politician who is complicit in the deaths of 500K-1M Iraqi's who can still impress his critics with a Shakespearean performance requires deconstruction. And here it is in two words - machine man. That is to say Howard knows power. Seeks it, exercises it, defends it and respects it. If Australia was prone to military coups he might have shown interest in that route. As it is he knows power had shifted to the ALP by the ballot box and it was over. Dignity was the least of his burdens. He was a supreme realist on that night. AND he knew to revive the beloved Liberals he had to take all the electoral poison into his own symbolic person. By this theatrical abasement he could ironically carve out an appeasing future for himself too across party lines (further reinforced by the friendly images of meeting his own model Mk 2 at Kirribili, ie Kev&Therese. Senior journos are nevertheless gormless and gullible to excuse the morality of the devastation in Iraq by some shallow speechmaking on a thumping loss. How incredulous. It is this same machine power aspect that explains the logical albeit immoral  appeasement of One Nation supporters as a riposte to the legendary ALP ethnic branch stacking under the cover of 'multiculturalism' for two decades. Or nuclear power to wipe out the coal industry unions. Or privatisation of Telstra to wipe out the public sector unions. It's machine politics, not public interest as such. If they coincide it's ... you know .. a coincidence. Sociopaths are like that - charming, logical, endlessly cruel.


- Curious echo of headlines Look right, look left, look right again | Dennis Shanahan Blog ... and Ramsey here Look Left, look Right, look … - Opinion - smh.com.au which sort of echoes our own prose about Rudd being a left/right/green/brown work in progress like a political Bob Dylan, written the morning after the night before 24 Nov 07




- Greens be careful for what they wish for? Greens call for Garrett to step down | NEWS.com.au: Ouch, courtesy Senator Christine Milne who is no slouch, only to get machine fixer Penny Wong out of the CFMEU and NSW forestry minister and lawyer party hack in a new Australian package. A tedious rherotician is our take out so far pre Bali conference.


- Marian Wilkinson, a top mind re Bali Emissions road map a crucial mission - Environment - smh.com.au


- Black politics looks very fluid and fraught. NLC has changed leaders given Brough compromised Galawruy and both exit right. Langton has run to safe harbour at Melbourne University from Cape York Institute. Pearson is left sledging ALP and Martin ex NT First Minister from his govt gazette perch. Undertone of intervention to reverse ALP election victory of 2001 and regain the politics of pro U mining and nuke waste dump, which the federal ALP probably support under such as Martin Ferguson as Energy minister.


Refer Links to black MPs fell apart | The Australian, Fall of the 'legend' as indigenous affairs bites | The Australian, Federal intervention led to paralysis | The Australian, Credit for reforms but legacy clouded | The Australian, Labor eyes expanded NT scheme, 'Stay with intervention' | The Australian,


- Airport politics in Sydney, Daily Telegraph (read Albanese's voicebox?) attacks $4 takeaway coffee price instead of attacking Macquarie Bank massive noise impacts which is too close to the real issue of greedy multinationals he has to appease, and notice big capital here in Albanese hits the ground running | The Australian


- great article on Aral Sea partial recovery in Weekend Australian Dec 1

"The draining of the Aral Sea was one of the 20th century's worst ecological disasters - and a warning for our own Murray-Darling system. Picture: Richard Mills Audio slideshow "

- Federal and state ALP PR spin is that consensus and cooperation is the mantra now as here: Brumby predicts end to feuds with Canberra | The Australian [but self interest and greed of a corrupted ALP party is bound to take its course]. And here too via climate enlightened NSW Unions John Robertson After 11 years of war,we can all share peace | The Australian. [Some of course 'share' more peace than others.] Others are not so forgiving on the Left: Why it’s great to see him go | Phillip Adams Blog | The Australian; On the Right: Labor's innovation pledges amount to a trumped-up industry policy p32 27/11/07 The Australian.


- Democrats get our message about three sides to the triangle of successful political action 1. research 2. media but also crucially 3. grassroots action - the last one withered on the vine in favour of style and spin. Now the vestigial parliamentary party are starting to think more clearly with this - Online activists may hold key to survival | The Australian. It is all too late for them? Time will tell.

- The USA impact of Rudd repudiation of Bush accolyte Howard is being teased out, just as we detected Carl Bernstein here to pick the entrails and take it back with him as an 'effective 13M poll on the Bush foreign policy and socially conservative values' (our line, not Carl's). Refer similarly Stanford man David Kennedy here: Historian compares Rudd to Obama | The Australian


- Perceptive upbeat 'spade work' by John Lyons in the sense of the Ausralian crawling back into the lap of the new ALP govt, via amplification of the emancipation angle for 50% of the electorate via Gillard gender symbolism as deputy PM: Journey to the centre | The Australian


- Koperberg gets a big media kicking today in the press as a proxy for Iemma from News Ltd, not least as we head in to the fire season, always the big story from December onwards. K is the ALP's bushfire go to man. Could be an ugly strategy of the state Coalition to pick off K's credibility wings re climate change in causing mega fires as here on Robin Williams Science Show yesterday, so the loggers/National Party can avoid accountability for destroying humid canopies which are fire suppressant across huge areas of old growth this last 40 years of woodchipping in NSW. And coal miners won't mind an emasculated Koperberg either after his 'clean coal' honesty/backflip. This so called "shock" story in fact is a reheating of an alleged domestic violence story from ......1987? Are they going to go back to his high school days too? We are literally talking 20 years ago. For all we know the man might be a closet Budhist by now?

 As serious as domestic violence is there just isn't enough weight or nexus to his current public service to kick this along. Maybe if he was minister for DOCS or Status of Women (never likely), or even Health. [We notice Iemma is sticking by him on abc tv prime time news tonight and he runs some of these lines and that he has declared much of this previously at his pre selection.]


On further reading and reflection there is another real politik angle to this: Selective (?) outrage of the ALP Left sisterhood a la the Ernies, admittedly based on a dinosaur unionist but more recently a misconceived (?) attack on Joe Hockey ex federal Howard Govt minister which greatly annoyed the Shrek (for claimed disrespect to his hard working wife but actually a failure he says to note the irony in his tone.) Is this attack on the Big K a revenge on the Left Sisters for saying nothing about an AVO in their own NSW Cabinet? In any case it is trench warfare emotional violence (or as Christian Kerr would call it "wet work") and a very corrosive acid on the social fabric, not just the Big Parties, especially in the fraught territory of personal morality amongst career politicians. They are hardly known for consistency one week to the next let alone decade to decade.



- Spooks are advertising for geeks to sign up claims very witty Defrag here: Worrying times as spooks seek geeks through virtual ads in games p38 IT The Australian, Tues Nov 27 2007.


- a colleague asked me about the new federal cabinet

Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 1:00 PM
Subject: the new cabinet - good question

Mmm, good question took me a day or two to think about this one.
Borrowing from the lists/Big Meeja etc, looks like Julia Gillard is way overloaded even for a smart tough cookie like her. The problem may well be over willing to breaking point as per her whole life. She said only Xmas and New Year day off. Sounds like coronary material to me. She looked holiday material on Sunday talkies this morning.
Also Martin Ferguson has energy and resources if memory serves. This is full on pro uranium mining, woodchipping etc. See [x] feedback and my chat in the string at the bottom re Penny Wong history, Faulkner done over in 95-96 as then environment minister etc. Faulkner is back as fixer. That's okay too assuming he really understands how dangerous dangerous climate change really is.
In my area Albanese has Infrastructure so he has the job of betraying his own residents to build a $5B motorway tunnel network - all just snouts in troughs for construction sector pigs (company and union both) and put some greenwashing on it as people die young of lung disease. The ALP is nothing if not brutishly dishonest on the ground.
Who else? Stephen Smith foreign affairs - yeah allright, but Cond Rice apparently has her hooks into him already probably because the 13M vote here is a poll effectively (like one whole USA state) adverse to President Bush/Republicans Nov 08 elections. Rice will want to pick Smith's brains bare to get a bed on this bad election result for the W regime.
Swan as treasurer, will be tough fiscal conservative. The ALP have learned those lesssons of the 80ies and 90ies to keep Big Capital onside.
Garrett demoted as called for by the Greens (Sen Milne). Ouch. He is a carpetbagger so fair enough. Refer above Penny Wong - dry rherotician I call her now on climate and water. Can't see much ecological joy there.
Like Nicola Roxon actually, hope rather than expect she succeeds in tough area of health.
I saw some vision of Bob Debus in the "outer ministry" for Home Affairs (cooks meals?, vaccuums the rug?) in the caucus as Kevin traipsed through kisses here, handshakes there, and Bob Debus who was slated for environment or attorny general at age 64 now, "on a promise" they reckon, left with Home Affairs. They looked past eachother, no contact eye or otherwise. Slowest clapping of Debus you could imagine to fit in with the crowd for the camera, with a 1000 yard stare. Poor bastard.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:16 AM
Subject:  Martin Ferguson is the most frightening

Hi Tom
None of these scare  me half as much as Martin Ferguson, the new Minister for Energy, etc. He is redneck in style and substance. His hatred of greenies drives most of his "thinking" if you can call it that. He is a member of the Ferguson family (one brother is CFMEU secretary, I think+ late father, brothers all ALP pollies) and a strong presence of Greens in his own seat gives him an added impetus to put the boot in where ever possible.
During the election campaign he came to Bega with Mike Kelly. [Y] by chance bumped into them and made a comment about the desirability of closing the Eden chipmill (as you do). "Over my dead body", said MF.
Maybe that should give us added impetus to close the chipmill (not that we need that).

Wong is a redneck out of Kim Yeadon's NSW Forest ministry, pro woodchip, CFMEU operation. Smooth talker and as jaded a rherotician as you will ever find in Big Politics. All style no ecological heart.
People forget too Big John ie Faulkner was done over by Keating and the chippers in 1995-6 when  the former was Environment Minister. People like Wong at state level probably. Keating latter lamented he wished he'd done more on the green stuff - too late d*ckhead.

And here's a chestnut - no chipping industry in Kev's hallowed Qld. But happy to inflict this criminal sector on Tas, NSW, Vic, WA. Pretty inconsistent that. Stephen Biddulph got it right yesterday - it's the ecology stupid.

And add to this, the real Environment Minister is probably Bob Brown in parliament anyway.
Here is the link: 
But notice too how they change headlines around "Garrett loses the planet but keeps the backyard"
The Biddulph article SMH is here:
The party's over and Liberals will soon be history
Regards, Tom McLoughlin, principal ecology action sydney



10 Meet the Press





Press round up, nothing very startling except Koperberg attacked old and tired AVO allegations of 1987 (pre Berlin Wall for God sake), last story in line up, but first on abc radio .





Gillard is the talent – stripped shirt for an increasingly chubby person, suggestive of bib and braces somehow of a fitter and plumber. Perhaps the somewhat strained and tired image. Not very relaxed as you might expect. Looks over worked. Big credibility gap on huge portfolio as per file footage of JulieBishop criticism. Rings true.





Australia settled or invaded. She proves her conservative credentials “I would say it was settled but I can understand why the Indigenous would say it was invaded”.[Totally wrong historical version. A white Australia version of history.]





Out take footage of Howard and Bucket meeting Howard Mk2 and Bucket Mk2 at the Lodge.





Get Up advert with banner against Old Growth Logging (while squibbing any direct lobbying on that issue which is gutless), with underlying message of 'change starts here'. [Stephen Mayne suggests they will now fizzle under ALP hegemony - maybe, maybe not, time will tell.]



Panel: Maria Hawthorne AAP, Malcolm Maiden (? Fairfax?)


She finishes sharp and convincing too, Bongiorno wishes her a restful holiday but she doesn’t get it, 'only Christmas and boxing day' she says. The point is – she needs a holiday and it will cruel her career if she doesn’t take a real break ideally in Alaska or Greenland. Move slow, think fast is a lot more sustainable.




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  -


7 News promo with dramatic climate change images re Bali conference. [wonder how good the conference security will be for obvious reasons]


Leadership of the Libs


Great footage of inside the Lodge, talkies of Buckets and Howards. Nice sound track of ex PM in reversing C*1 car. Bit of talk about ALP first week, posturing as dynamic. [Methinks the country is exhausted, or it could be just this writer.]


Swearing in on Monday.









Insiders 2


Talent is Nelson ex Labor man, now federal Lib leader but on the make politician proving the convergence of both major parties. Footage never voted AMA president at a protester, Liberal in his life, but it was a lie in the heat of the moment because he had in 1987 and 1990. He is hooked on the Howard dishonest culture he prospered under. The Rodent factor. You can’t say that about Turnbull. He might throw a tantrum or be cavalier or confronting but he won’t deliberately lie like that …surely? Is that why Howard hated him?


Sure enough next question about Turnbull telling Nelson to “toughen up”, bossing his boss around but with 41 votes in the caucus in his kit bag. Turnbull sure is impertinent. [a bit like this writer I suppose]


- Nelson runs the line ‘watch this space’ as if promising creative dynamism which does ring true to some degree in terms of his ambitious energy and record of such.


- hard to believe but Nelson is showing some fluid articulate style in patches which maybe got him up the greasy pole. Could have been showing sleep deprivation but a bit of bounce in this exchange.


- hedges alot on sorrow, in some cases shame, not personally responsible. His compassion bone is showing all the same after the Lowitja tickle up on the radio yesterday.


- Cassidy catches him in free flight (which was good) with an amused Rudd me tooism allusion back at Nelson. Nelson doesn't repudiate the idea. Jostling on the middle ground younger generations is the gist.


- Everyperson segment group of matrons at Maroubra or similar. Mostly a rehash of the straight reportage.


- Panel is Karen Middleton SBS, Brian Toohey AFR, Gerard Henderson Fairfax Sydney.


- Paul Kelly soliliquy - Faulkner is the fixer. Depth of this Labor Govt. Determination of Rudd busy on the job. Strong theme. Rudd off to Bali. Rice has rung Stephen Smith being taken into their ranks for visits first 2 months of 08 (and one presumes get a line on damage to Bush presidency of Howard's repudiation, to cherry pick Smith's brain on how to capture Rudd govt in the presidential election of Nov 08?). Costello gone big shock. Lost Howard authority figure.


Panel chat - laugh out loud moment on Islamic Simpson's donkey gibe no disrespect to the great world religion, rather Nelson's failure to know the real history of the WW1 pacifist, trade unionist etc.


Henderson such an obvious pro Coalition spruiker. 'Good' tension with Brian Toohey on such things.


2 minute tribute to Matt Price RIP, a dynamic life, good singing voice too, gaggle of kids, made his mark in this world. Easy to feel upset about the loss of a good hearted wonk.


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





Sunday 9


- no Sunday 9 show.




Posted by editor at 8:43 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 2 December 2007 7:52 PM EADT
Friday, 30 November 2007
Wall to wall anti ecology ALP governments full to the brim with developer sleaze?
Mood:  sharp
Topic: independent media

Picture: It's not just the ex Coalition Govt leadership who are laughable when it comes to ecological credibility. When it comes to the environment under the wall to wall ALP govts it's going to be beggars all for the 'peak' green groups which is merely humiliating, but a slaughter house for the actual environment. That's the age old patronage system of the highly corrupt ALP in Australia, road tested mercilessly in NSW, the foundation stone of corrupt govt. Remember when Iemma was elected earlier in 2007 and in his election speech pronounced his was "a good government". And these guys are living in which universe?


The feeling of dread has begun. Howard steps forward to welcome and shake Kevin's hand at the disused Lodge on the vision last night. Similarly the email arrives from Bega;

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 6:28 PM
Subject: [chipstop] Martin Ferguson energy minister

Hi greenies
Martin Ferguson is the new Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism in the Rudd Government. This is a real worry. He is the politician who hates greenies and wants to burn 5million tonnes of native forest a year and call it "renewable."


Between 2,500 and 3,000 trees from SE NSW and East Gippsland are cut down every working day to supply the Eden chipmill
CHIPSTOP campaign against woodchipping the SE forests, 02-64923134, PO Box 797 Bega NSW 2550 Australia, http://www.chipstop.forests.org.au


Where is the true Opposition in a wall to wall ALP reality, not that we were impressed with those poorly reproduced Coalition scare adverts totally unsuitable for newsprint hardly revealing the brickwork metaphor.

Well the real Opposition is the community media, maybe the Big Media and certainly the Green party from a low base of maybe 10% public support.

Yes sir, the unrestrained ALP is a real worry. They have their Kyoto Treaty figleaf and decimated Garrett 'Environment Minister' Portfolio and not much else:

It's an anti ecology, brown and vandalistic ALP full of sleaze terms like "clean coal" and "bio banking" which means destruction of half not all of the 10% left after 200 years. All PR consultants' dirty work for the Dark Side woven in with expanded uranium mining, land clearing and chipping,

These people are professional liars, who sound good but mean and do great harm.

Take Minister Penny Wong replacing threadbare brand Garrett post election in the Portfolio Water and Climate Change. We recently responded to Simon Benson of the Sydney Daily Telegraph about this:

Here is the Benson link:  http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/simonbenson/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/rudd_dumps_garrett_for_the_sake_of_the_planet/
But notice too how they change headlines around "Garrett loses the planet but keeps the backyard"


#1 of 7

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 6:45 AM
Subject: Benson on Garrett

My comment was:
Sure, sure SB and "there is no doubt" you are THE Tele messenger on the drip from Ruddmeister aka Bonhoffer.
Wong is a redneck out of Kim Yeadon's NSW Forest ministry, pro woodchip, CFMEU operation.
Smooth talker and as jaded a rherotician as you will ever find in Big Politics.
All style no ecological heart.
People forget too Big John ie Faulkner was done over by Keating and the chippers in 1995-6 when  the former was Environment Minister. People like Wong at state level probably. Keating latter lamented he wished he'd done more on the green stuff - too late d*ckhead.
And here's a chestnut - no chipping industry in Kev's hallowed Qld. But happy to inflict this criminal sector on Tas, NSW, Vic, WA. Pretty inconsistent that. Stephen Biddulph got it right yesterday - it's the ecology stupid.
[And add to this, the real Environment Minister is probably Bob Brown in parliament anyway.  The Biddulph article SMH is here: The party's over and Liberals will soon be history with the immortal line "It's the ecology stupid" which we do like being principal of ecology action Australia, non profit, unincorporated etc etc.]
#2 of 7
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 8:40 AM

Are you serious mate? You don't really expect me to post that ridiculous comment do you? Get a grip mate. I might have to report you to the mental health authorities if you keep that up.

Simon Benson   
State Political Editor
The Daily Telegraph
President NSW Press Gallery

#3 of 7
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 9:35 AM
Subject: sure sure SB

On the contrary,
.....whatever your impertinent view of my soundness of mind while working for neurotic madhouse like News Ltd ....
 you are reported elsewhere (was it Sun Herald or Telegraph) as likely to be promoted to a fat wage in the Rudd regime. I saw it so thousands of others did too surely.
Call it rumour but the rumour is out there, and not from the royal 'us'. But of course I like to 'push a falling wall' too, a bit like that poor Indian place in Surry Hills just round the corner from you folks (what a metaphor for the Liberal Govt, fact stranger than fiction):
What about Addison Rd Centre Simon,.....I've lobbied Clennel to same effect.
Yours truly,
Tom McLoughlin, from the real community media!
[And on it goes with the great and good Simon Benson] 
#4 of 7

I would have thought your pretensions to high ethics prevented you from making such assumptions without veryifing the rumours first. But I can save you the trouble. They are not true.  
You have just indulged in the very crime you accuse others of

#5 of 7
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:19 AM
Subject: all the better for the basting? Re: sure sure SB

...are you, .... or have you ever been, ...... a member of, ...... (ha ha).... the ALP .... just look into the light sonny and answer the question!!!!!
it's the Rum Corps now for all of Oz courtesy the likes of Arbib franchised to the nation.
If it was tough under Howard it's going to be downright scary now with well fed and watered ALP trench fighters everywhere.
But I have one advantage - the money makes 'em fat and slow, all  the better for the basting I guess.
Yours truly etc [Tom, SAM editor]
#6 of  7
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: RE: all the better for the basting? Re: sure sure SB

Never Tom..
And that is the second insult you have sent my way today. Let's keep it at that, shall we?
#7 of 7
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 11:13 AM
Subject: here's a third insult ....

well not actually. Ever read Raymond Chandler? The Phillip Marlowe character is tough, real tough. WW2 vet, created the genre of private investigator's etc. I loved those books. Made into movies by Bogart. There is one endearing quality of the character - when ever someone sledges him he just gives twice back.
Remember Simon I don't have much, but you have an awful lot. I've got nothing to lose like Jesus Christ himself, you have way too much all those years slogging it away with fatty Piers and Mal Farr to squeeze past in the corridors.
I'm nothing if not sincere. So are you threatening me with your playful menace?  I know I'm going to regret this but why don't you just do your job like that ... lead that should have been reported years ago.
I have no doubt the Rudd mob offered you a job, or vice versa. By the by in the community media we tend to republish big meeja who slum it amongst us. ....

Posted by editor at 9:37 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 30 November 2007 11:19 AM EADT

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