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Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Fairfax runs public finance experts' withering critique of Costanomic public energy sale plan
Mood:  energetic
Topic: nsw govt

We at SAM have been making meta reportage of the great public energy assets sale debate/media coverage for many weeeks now.

Yesterday we rang the office of sale plan critic John Kaye MP and suggested his staff take another look at the Sydney Morning Herald editorial of last Monday:

24 March 2008 Editorial: Climate heats up for Garnaut

Because it is quite suggestive without being definite that the Grand Old Lady is now on reflection willing to forestall it's (ideological) support for privitisation of the public's energy assets.

Quotes like this one with the bold lifted and amplified

"The Federal Government stepped quickly back from endorsing Professor Garnaut's interim report in February, and it will now be under pressure from NSW at least to cut a special deal for the power industry the state is to privatise. Will Kevin Rudd save the planet or save the NSW budget? Perhaps the release of this latest paper late in the afternoon a day before the Easter holiday hints at his thinking. Does it suggest a desire to bury the report and all the problems it raises? We certainly hope not. "

To ask the question seriously can only have one answer, the planet, if one assumes dangerous climate change really is that. And the Herald is dedicated to addressing climate in it's reportage week in and week out, to their credit.

Then this concluding comment evidencing a serious contemplation of across industry sectors carbon pricing including NSW energy generators such that a sale price will be significantly depressed, and thus not particularly good value:

"Australia will manage climate change somehow. It will be costly, painful and most likely unpopular. With heads in the sand, we will certainly do it badly. Professor Garnaut is suggesting ways we may handle the challenge well. His study deserves the closest attention."

In other words, the Herald appears to be for biting the bullet on hard decisions on climate to best ensure our collective survival. At least we are thus speculating because we wonder if their editorial writer last Monday was already informed by this withering opinion piece in their paper today:

26 March 2008 - Betty Con Walker and Bob Walker: Electricity inquiries show no spark

It's worth reading in full because we think it may well cause carnage amongst any of the remaining supporters of energy privatisation. Notice the credentials of the critics of the sale plan being:

"Betty Con Walker is a former Treasury official and runs Centennial Consultancy. Bob Walker is Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney. They are the authors of Privatisation: Sell Off Or Sell Out? The Australian Experience."

In other words elite public finance experts unshackled from the ALP Govt ball and chain.

Our intuition is that the stars are aligning to cause havoc on the Iemma-Costa regime in NSW ALP Govt - being ALP Conference, significant swathe of ALP MPs, deadbat by Opposition's O'Farrell, conservative icon Nick Greiner sounding equivocal of late, the Herald above, Green Party also.

The Iemma Govt has got whiskers on it now. Veteran Alex Mitchell has written of pretty much the same phenomenon yesterday in the crikey.com.au ezine -

25 March 2008 NSW Cabinet set for bloodbath

Posted by editor at 1:48 PM NZT
Retrospective Sydney 2000 Olympic racket: Bribes, drugs, lies, arrogance
Mood:  irritated
Topic: human rights


Last night we watched the ostensible mercurial, self assurred International Olympic Committee fixer, and Australian citizen, Kevin Gosper weave his fairytale on ABC (Australia) 7.30 Report about the role of the Olympics in global corporate geo politics:

25 March 2008 Gosper rejects calls for Beijing boycott As China steps up security on the streets of Tibet, the International Olympic Committee is rejecting calls for a boycott of the Beijing Games. Ali Moore speaks with the International Olympic Committee executive member, Kevan Gosper.


We say fairytale because here is a more honest description of what happened with the 'green games' from the first bid in 1993 beating by barely 2 votes the rival Beijing bid at the time:

Sydney Harbour dioxin threat post Olympics 2000




Sydney’s dioxin time bomb reflects an
Olympic sized missed opportunity 


Similarly notice our reports here 20th March 2008:

Olympic politics: Passive censorship off the ABC 702 talk back for this 5th estate tyre kicker
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: big media

and here

Olympics IS political: Aussie Peter Norman solidarity with black power salute 1968
Mood:  special
Topic: independent media

While acknowledging Gosper's own patriotic Olympic athletic career as a younger man, frankly he spins a kind face on a global racket, made clear by the dynamic Big Media and alternative media sector coverage for Sydney 2000 of which we have two thick folders of priceless archive: A retrospective is in order because the global and Chinese media can learn a lesson from Australia how to really do free press and democracy and harvest the benefits of that open and frank exchange of information, rather than fester in bogus rhetoric, dishonesty, human rights abuses and corporate greed.

Picture: The Olympics has been about politics for a long time now. Evidence of our tragic participation in the Sydney Olympics 2000, being a reader analyst night shift job (really night shift midnight to 8 am) with Media Monitors where most of these clippings filling 2 large binders derived from.

During this time 1999 - 2001 we worked as a reader analyst for Media Monitors and raised some $4K from that organisation in the Oxfam Trailwalker charity for East Timor with 3 other workmates. Hence the access to national press coverage, copied franticly at the end of every shift midnight to 8am. It was also the year of the Olympic racket taking over Bondi Beach for a multi-million dollar temporary stadium on iconic public beach sands.

Picture: Immensely popular Bondi Beach mid 2000 turned into a construction zone, 'thieves do indeed come to the beach' and not just petty crooks either!

 The temporary wasteful takeover at Bondi was indicative of the depth of arrogance of the IOC and their local AOC chapter for  which Kevin Gosper is spinmeister for corporate sponsors. Is it any wonder they work hand in glove with the arrogant repressive central Chinese dictatorship govt?










Posted by editor at 6:24 AM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 March 2008 8:34 AM NZT
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Tibetan community in Sydney supporting democracy
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: human rights

This Tibetan community shop outlet is at 330 Illawarra Rd Marrickville trading hours 10am to 6pm, telephone 02-9559 3422. Their website is here:


We have learned today that an icon of The Beijing Chinese Govt propaganda, The Giant Panda, is actually a native animal of Tibet and adjacent Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces within China proper but also of Tibetan cultural/ethnic affinity. In fact the national emblem of China is the dragon, but the Giant Panda has been co opted for colonial exploitation like Tibet itself.

Panda at National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Panda at National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Apparently Tibetan budhist culture served as effective custodians of the natural environment before environmentalism had a name, but substantial vandalism of this natural heritage has occured for resource extraction, development and nuclear waste since the Chinese colonial empire invaded in 1959.

Posted by editor at 8:03 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 March 2008 8:39 PM NZT
Monday, 24 March 2008
Civil society disgust at Chinese dictatorship iron fist in Tibet
Mood:  irritated


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walk after a lunch meeting in Dharamsala, India, Friday, March 21, 2008. Pelosi, called on the world community Friday to denounce China in the wake of its crackdown in Tibet, calling the crisis "a challenge to the conscience of the world." (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) 




Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, Secretary            Mobile + 91 (09816021879)
Tenzin Taklha, Joint Secretary                   Mobile + 91 (09816021813)
I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days.  These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance. 
As I have always said, unity and stability under brute force is at best a temporary solution.  It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution. 
I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people.  I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence.

 Dated: March 14, 2008


Meanwhile the global partner to local cyber group Get Up here, called Avaaz also write:

Dear friends,

In just 36 hours, 253,553 of us have supported the Dalai Lama's call for dialogue and human rights in Tibet. This is an incredible response--if each of us can get 4 more of our friends to sign the petition, we'll hit 1 million this week! Just quickly forward the email below to your friends and family with a personal note from you-


Dear friends,

After decades of suffering, the Tibetan people have burst onto the streets in protests and riots. The spotlight of the upcoming Olympic Games is now on China, and Tibetan Nobel peace prize winner the Dalai Lama is calling to end all violence through restraint and dialogue--he urgently needs the world's people to support him.

China's leaders are lashing out publicly at the Dalai Lama--but we're told many Chinese officials believe dialogue is the best hope for stability in Tibet. China's leadership is right now considering a crucial choice between crackdown and dialogue that could determine Tibet's--and China's--future.

We can affect this historic choice--China does care about its international reputation, and we can help them choose the right path. China's President Hu Jintao needs to hear that the 'Made in China' brand and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing will succeed only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention. Click below now to join 250,000 others and sign the petition--and tell absolutely everyone you can right away--our goal is 1 million voices united for Tibet:


China's economy is dependent on 'Made in China' exports that we all buy, and the government is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a celebration of a new and respected China. China is also a sprawling, diverse country with much brutality in its past. And it has good reasons to be concerned about stability -- some of Tibet's rioters killed innocent people. But President Hu must recognize that the greatest danger to Chinese stability and development today comes from hardliners who advocate escalating repression, not from those Tibetans seeking dialogue and reform.

We will deliver our petition directly to Chinese officials in New York, London and Beijing, but it must be a massive number before we deliver the petition. Please forward this email to your address book with a note explaining to your friends why this is important, or use our tell-a-friend tool to email your address book--it will come up after you sign.

The Tibetan people have suffered quietly for decades. It is finally their moment to speak--we must help them be heard.

With hope and respect,

Ricken, Iain, Graziela, Paul, Galit, Pascal, Milena, Ben and the whole Avaaz team

Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:

Crackdown in Tibet, but protests spreading:

Dalai Lama calling for dialogue and restraint, and an end to violence:

Leaders across Europe and Asia starting to back dialogue as the way forward:

Chinese Prime Minister attacks 'Dalai clique', leaves door open for talks:

Other Chinese signals:

Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means 'voice' in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.

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Posted by editor at 5:13 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 March 2008 11:27 AM NZT
Photo of Lake Cowal cyanide gold mine pit wall collapse
Mood:  blue
Topic: ecology

This photo shows the collapsed wall at Barrick's gold mine at Lake Cowal 20 March 2008. Photo: Damian Baker

[Media release]


20 March 2008

Wiradjuri Traditional Owner exposes a massive collapse at Barrick's Cowal Gold Project in Lake Cowal, 45 km north-west of West Wyalong, central western NSW.

After a flight with Friends of the Earth Australia yesterday Neville 'Chappy' Williams stated, " It is hard to bear the pain of the destruction of our sacred site. Barrick has ignored our demands to protect cultural objects and the ecological significance of the lake."


Lake Cowal is an ephemeral lake lying in the Lachlan River plain within the Murray-Darling Basin.

"We are deeply concerned about the mine's impact on local aboriginal and farming communities particularly the mines massive consumption of water", says Natalie Lowrey, National Liaison Officer, Friends of the Earth Australia. "The pit wall collapse also creates a major concern for workers at the mine site."

Up to 100 Wiradjuri and their supporters will be converging at Lake Cowal to voice their opposition to the mine over the Easter weekend.

More info:
Neville 'Chappy' Williams,
Mooka/Kalara Traditional Owner
0447 841 560

Natalie Lowrey,
Friends of the Earth Australia
0421 226 200


Lake Cowal viewed from Wamboyne Mountain, showing lignum beds.

Lake Cowal viewed from Wamboyne Mountain, showing lignum beds.  




We have reported on the Lake Cowal scandal previously here:


6 Jan 2008 Here comes the rain again ..... to a cyanide filled Lake Cowal?

Sunday, 6 January 2008


1998-2008 Lake Cowal scandal in Central NSW,$6M slush fund for select green groups, cyanide leaching for gold, pit as deep as Centrepoint Tower is high. Globally on average 79 tonnes of waste is produced for every ounce of gold. More info and links here

and notice this too:

Friday, 4 January 2008


Posted by editor at 1:19 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008 2:54 PM NZT
Iemma metro spin amplified in SMH due to Pyrmont station proximity?
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: big media

We notice a substantive journalistic aspect of the big big splash last week on the 'public transport friendly' metro announcement. It seems to us that the big metro train line announcement at least initially got alot bigger and friendlier coverage in the Herald before the doubts settled in over contrary transport expert advice and then the joker card trumping all namely double booked water storage tunnel (below).

The front page reportage was leavened with some analysis the same day by the ever sharp (and haughty) Andrew Clennel:

 19 March 08 'Public transport premier' eyes history

But no mention of something even closer to home at Fairfax - namely the first station out of the CBD would service their own staff in the traffic peninsula known as the new Fairfax offices at one Darling Island Pyrmont. Clennel omitted that particular govt service to their door, and likely along time before the greater North West?

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We feel a nostalgia for this sector where the rebirthed City Hub found a home in about 2003, before moving to nearby Ultimo, with chronic congestion on Harris St, and around the Fish Market ramp to Anzac Bridge. Fairfax would have good reason to be grateful.

Indeed it took AC's equivalent over at Sydney Daily Telegraph Joe Hildebrand to spoil the Iemma Govt party with a fairly humble Friday column which took off in the nightly tv news same day virtually cancelling  the PR benefit of the Herald go big front pager:

21 March 08 Iemma's tunnel vision goes to water | The Daily Telegraph

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PREMIER Morris Iemma and Palnning Ministter spruik the tunnel that deputy premier John Watkins earlier promised to use as a water reservoir.

That's a competitive free press. 

Certainly Premier Iemma is Mr Available this last 5 days filling the air waves with wholesome personal schmooze via Emma Griffiths ABC tv news last night kicking the footy in the park, Clennell in the features on Saturday, and anyone else presumably. Similarly Jones on 2GB, and Glover on afternoon Drive show mid week.  Anything is better by way of contra distinction than bleeding out in PR terms after Orkopoulos child predator conviction/Scimone-Gong in ICAC/Costanomics on energy/fatal health system/construction incompetence in Bathurst/bus on the rail line (a one off but oh what a metaphor).

We also notice in the Herald graphic that a station will be in Rozelle which I think we can assume leverages the Sydney University developer stalking (led by Prof Richmond Jeremy!) of the public's Callan Park with the help of new Environment Minister Verity Firth, also on the Senate of the Uni (along with 702 announcer Adam Spencer):

More background here:
Tuesday, 18 December 2007

These images above show the business section for the same dated weekend business sections "Easter Weekend Edition March 21-23, 2008 [page] 35".

But the bottom one (if memory serves) was circulated on Friday 21st, and the top one on Saturday 22nd March 2008. The front sections of both editions were different. The Good Weekend and Spectrum (and presumably advertising sections like Domain and Drive etc we didn't bother to check) were all the same.

We only ask because, though we support the Earth Hour initiative also sponsored by Fairfax publishers of the Herald, it's been a long running question in Sydney about the wasteful nature of the bumper weekend edition. The long weekend duplications just rub salt into the wound.

We notice the Weekend Australian did not publish on Friday 21st or indeed Monday 24th March of this Easter Weekend. At least as best we can tell (via our local corner shop). We think this is a more responsible course, or just one edition for the 4 days.

Posted by editor at 10:44 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008 3:38 PM NZT
Clean air in Sydney on Easter Sunday
Mood:  lazy
Topic: local news






Posted by editor at 10:33 AM NZT
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Sunday talky shows - Assistant Treasurer Bowen reveals ALP virtue & hypocrisy on redneck pandering, and petrol
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: aust govt


Picture: Will the ALP get away with their own sins of commission trawling for the old 5-10% One Nation vote? Front page Fairfax press and website today with caption: Lib charges over leaflet Exclusive: Five men will be charged over the Lindsay leaflet scandal which sent the Liberal Party into crisis. 


Back in Sept- Nov. 2007 the ALP were pandering to redneck voters too in Pat Farmer's seat of Macarthur only next door to Lindsay above, if our research is not mistaken, though not nearly as deliberate or dishonest the fraud leaflet  undertaken while Howard was at the helm allegedly by the ultra right in the Liberals now charged. With the ALP 'whatever it takes' racialised tactics evidenced here, where "planning issues" is coded to take on a whole new meaning?:


Gavin Hillier: Crown Employees Division
Gavin Hillier: Crown Employees Division, current AWU website


12 March 2007 Gavin Hillier, prominent retired logging unionist on Stateline footage as protester no.5?
Mood:  caffeinated

and more background here too on 'absent' MP for Lindsay's neighbouring colonial heartland seat of Macarthur:

Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Author’s general introductory note (skip this bit 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 – this section under construction till later Sunday/Monday


- SunHerald continues to be the K Walsk LCarty show in terms of political commentary


- lead story is Lindsay outrage legal prosecutions damaging to Liberal Party but never forget federal ALP (Rudd in Camden Advertiser edition 23rd Nov 07, Gavin Hillier AWU, ex logger national/nsw union secretary etc, as reported here on SAM too) were also trawling the racist vote in neighbour Pat Farmer MHR seat re Muslim school – so we say bring it all out  for both sides are grubs pandering to white supremacism bereft of moral credibility, winner takes all tactics.


- JF Defense Minister is paying for Latham’s AFR article embarrassing Treasurer Swan, having to find $10B after endorsing $6B super hornets purchase (backflip), entre Sunday 9 story below – been pushing the no case for a while now.


- Christine Keneally MP PR counter ‘dirty man NSW’ stench on Iemma Govt as telegenic MP with some social welfare for aged religious benefit -  not revealing the rumour (via Lawrence Gibbons editor City Hub if memory serves that she is Opus Dei – if true quite a conflict of interest undeclared that. Also raised question is the World Youth Day a giant PR exercise of innocent Yoof to sanitise political state mafia style govt hand in glove with developers?


- similarly Chelsea Clinton wheeled out this weekend press to sanitise the unlovely Clintons as Ms savvy clean skin, which reminds why Obama referred to his own “Ashley” 23 year old white girl campaign vollie in his 35 min tour de force speech without notes. Got to admit the Yankees have an amazing public speaking facility that most others in the world don’t train up near as much – right or wrong, often wrong.


- devastating report on true cost of civilian lives lost up to 1M via violence disruption disease compared to pre invasion mortality rates. What an outrage.


- AOC wheels out Grant Hacket as political commentator on China/Tibet/global human rights record. As if. Talk about cynical big $port business. $33M in sponsors in fact says SunTele p9 today. Been leveraging Lisa Forrest book too one assumes behind the scenes. It’s all big business to them, couldn’t care less about human rights raison detre for China Inc getting the gig in the first place. China flexing muscle by canceling everest access – to pinch adventure sports folks.


- Nancy Pelosi massive slap to Chinese PR machine on tv last night, and to impertinent Grant Hacket.


- Max Walsh on Doogue around 7.35 am yesterday RN 576 abc radio re our share market linked to US while most rest of the economy is decoupled from them. Warning of run on superannuation, not a reality here as yet. Hesta advert and super adverts on commercial tv a lot now.]


- Milne runs a story about MUA seeking pattern bargaining, perhaps the balancer for Bastard Boys experience of Howard first term in office.


- Garnaut ‘green man’ full pager in SMH tension with NSW Govt sell off agenda hitting the rocks.




Sunday 9, 7.30am- 9.30am


- Tim Lester story on Hornets (nest).

- footage of Chinese brutality in Tibet.

- Iraq ‘improvements’ [feeding into McCain electioneering] with Iraqi guy with obvious American accent. But other stuff about rubbish workers central role, won’t help to publicise. PR with child with flower like 60ies flower in gun barrel image. Pretty shallow stuff.

- Ch 9 has dead air moment of 15 sec?

- Ross Greenwood on US market meltdowns [echoes max Walsh/Doogue piece]

- what she we do about Chinese human rights? Bill Crews taking up the


- adbreak with classifications warning, curious timing Free TV Australia. Volunteers Australia advert. Like Ch31 advert choice. Not payers for the network. But important info too so well done Ch9. RSPCA too with John Laws voice over – aint that grand? 9 may be reacting to potty mouth cook bad PR by Gordon Nobody.

- interesting do it yourself adventure tourism.Wild Women lady looks like a champ mid life story. Super mums 4000-8000 steps training nights. Addressing risk averse society. Brigitte Muir is one hell of a straight talker.


- talent is (prof) Hugh White, Lowy Institute with the big money, re $1 billion.


Olympic medals have blood of 1.2M Tibetans. Strong youngish spokesperson. Great footage of strong identity culture.  Strong points about dumping nuke waste, 47% of world popln depend on water from Tibet. Bill Crews on morality, Judas taking the coins to sell goods to China for trade. Terrible, terrible. Film maker Lara Damiani release later this year. Diaspora cultural ‘don’t carry your Olympic medals home with Tibetan blood, leave them there’ repeated by Ellen Fanning as “powerful.


- lead story re super hornets – missed a bit – footage of Minister JF with Aust Defense Assoc Neil James in front row.  JF hangs hat on “secret briefings on capability” which is midly scoffed at by ex air commander. Nick Minchin stodge defending the ex govt.  Agt between Coalition/Govt re flying pig f1-11, says ignored the real status of the jets.  Lib Jensen MP (Defense science background) disagrees with F1-11 cancellation numbers.


- Raptor sought F-22, US not going to release, pipe dream by Nick Minchin. Max Smart advert seems quite appropriate as Ellen says “clear as mud”.


- Laurie Oakes (LO) on petrol pricing with assisant treasurer - great public interest - mostly about regulatory transparency by ACCC  but really at the margins of peak oil trend. Cunning ratty more than mousy.


- on climate change, disjunction issue re price down on petrol, says no contradiction re oligopoly profits. LO accept emissions trading scheme will put petrol up, hedges about this unarguable fact compared to Garnaut on MTP 10. Big change says CB as big as trade liberalisation and deregulation.


- CB line about keeping as low as possible avoiding corporate profit taking is fair enough. [talk about nationalising the sector is fair enough too, though this govt would never, though NRMA  chief is calling it a natural monopoly like water and power, which does resonate].


- CB "ALP said at the time what we thought about demonising one sector of society" .


[Well yes in the seat of Lindsay, but in Pat Farmer's neighbouring seat in Camden that's not what the ALP said at all. They pandered to the racist redneck vote on the subtext of "planning issues" as per this:


23 November 2007 Rudd opposed to Islamic school - Local - General - Camden Advertiser


and notice this guy who looks very much like AWU's Gavin Hillier at Camden pre election, like some southern good ol white boy, as "protester no.5" on NSW stateline recently:


Gavin Hillier, prominent retired logging unionist on Stateline footage as protester no.5?
Mood:  caffeinated

 Hillier in 1995 NSW Govt RACAC panel


- Advert Dalai Lama in Australia June 11-15? 2008.








10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Health funding theme. Footage of Ruddster re fresh ideas. Nelson press club re $20B surplus.


Press roundup leans into Lindsay fake pamphlet. Also leverages Obama speech on reflection. Missed 2nd one. Qld hosp beds. Serial candidates. Publishers in bidding war for Howard (?) biog.


Nicola Roxon Health minister. Proverbial mousy MP, very articulate lawyer type. Recently married apparently, under boring jacket pink top works, discreet lipstick lacks contrast. Cut down welding goggle glasses. Mmm, could be a bit more Amanda Vanstone as undoubtedly solid thinker (despite fat food PR issue pre election) should be cautious about becoming stolid.


Emily Rice 10, Peter Martin Canberra Times.


2nd talent is Prof Ross Garnaut.


Out take is Moir on Rudd squeak on China abuse of human rights.Adventist Church blood bank advert.


G – least cost to the economy as a whole not least cost to producers of energy. PB – already screaming for free permits. G – a lot of claims [rent seekers] legitimate lower income, regions, innovators, new networks, job will be to establish clear priorities. G – no case generators free permits, don’t stack up


[clash with human rights story on 9]


PM – asks charging for permits going to rise prices. G – will anyway raise prices what the market will allow [he is soooo right, and why he is an Aussie JK Galbraith after all, with a major bullshit detector re captains of industry].


PB – price of petrol? G – yes price will go up … missed the rest.





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




Riley Diary 7


- whistle rock song theme. ‘Angry’ Nelson press club speech, deathly imagery. Work Choices anger parliamentary.  Great footage of barney in question time, bit misleading re narrow slice of Parliamentary life. Dead parrot humour is great Monty Python re ALP tree of knowledge,







Insiders 2: 9- 10am


No broadcast for Easter Sunday


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

Posted by editor at 9:43 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008 3:24 PM NZT
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Mystery of the missing greens in the Aldi frozen mixed veg
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: corporates


Mmm. A consumer puzzle.

Easter is a good time to cook. So we took the ColesWorth's special on Vietnamese sourced basa fish. Add soy, sweet chili sauce, can of chopped tomato and frozen mixed veg in the fast cooking electric pan with heavy glass lid.

Should be good. But what happend to the green veg, absent in both bags of mixed veg? Plenty of corn, carrot, cauliflower. Actually we had a third bag from Aldi the other day which was abundant with beans and brocoli so we think they are trying. We can honestly say we have never before seen a bag of mixed veg with absolutely no greens at all. Did NZ run out of them?

It's a mystery.

Posted by editor at 2:37 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2008 4:06 PM NZT
ANZ financing for Gunns Ltd pulp mill exploited by financial rivals?
Mood:  bright
Topic: corporates

We are detecting a concerted attempt by big financial organisations Westpac, HESTA industry super fund, and even Colonial First State Bank to promote their environmental responsibility in contrast to their competitors. We hope and trust it works too.


HESTA for instance in their latest brochure in our mail have signed up to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI), and something called the Investor Group for Climate Change (IGCC) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP 5).

Westpac have a suggestive picture of upstanding Old Growth native forest as part of their full page advert recently 19 March 08 and a reference to www.westpac.com.au/corporateresponsibility

Colonial First State Bank similarly are moving on the Herald sponsored Earth Hour energy reduction exercise to train up business and society generally on “turning off” where possible. As a global education strategy it’s got resonance, and the statistics on reduced energy use seem to bear out the activity despite the initial scepticism.

It’s all good “natural capitalism” financial housekeeping against waste including energy waste, a concept pioneered by secular saint and renewable energy guru Amory Lovins who founded the Rocky Mountains Institute in the USA: There is no waste in nature.

Meanwhile ANZ are being asked to finance the dinosaur environmental vandalism of Gunns Ltd pulp mill to destroy natural forests, with a deal of pollution involved, not least CO2 equivalence from land use change.

 [PDF] ANZ and Gunns

The Wilderness Society - Make the Banks Accountable

It’s a bad look Mr ANZ, very bad, and morally wrong according to recent advice of the Pope on the modern mortal sins.

List of mortal sins gets longer under Vatican overhaul - World ...

Posted by editor at 11:33 AM NZT
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