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Sunday, 15 June 2008
Sunday tv talkies: PM Rudd does good in Japan, News Corp run interference via Neal, Della
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt

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 backgrounders


- secrets of hitman in SunHerald scary.


- missed reading time a lot (doing 160 page affidavit content v Coca Cola bottled water case) of the press and crikey this week, so bound to miss detail and unintended revelations.


- We noted the increasingly feral tone of the Sydney Telegraph, of News Corp, which reads increasingly like the Liberal Party newsletter. But they are tearing strips off the Iemma Govt and for that alone readers will probably cheer out of weary animosity and desire for change. Della is suing for defamation about drinking, but today’s follow up edition is pretty much as willing with 4 staff with stat decs hanging tough as if to say we have our witnesses for the defence in the defamation proceedings.


- Our own view of the Della/Neal story is that it’s a crude demonstration of brute News Corp power of the terror blowtorch for not much gravity. A real bootstraps exercise, Reptiles of News Corp stripe v Spivs of ALP stripe, ramped by public energy assets debate. As John Robertson has said, it’s going to get ugly, but he could never have imagined the snake of big corporate media slithering in this direction. Koperberg confirms he will cross the floor against the sell off too. As Michael Kirby High Court Judge has asked rhetorically of Andrew Denton: Doesn’t the media run the country?

1 he wasn’t drinking as claimed – strike one;

2. It proves nothing he drafted an apology like lawyers do every day as part of defamation mitigation processes, a false issue – strike two;

3. an argument in a hotel involving hostile staff possibly Liberal Party provenance – suspicious – a key to all this is the really obnoxious atrocious impudent snide attitude that some Young Liberals can manifest. One has to have been on a polling booth to really know what some of these uglies are capable of in provocation. Is that the case with one or more of these staff? We do wonder. Like in 1996 making jokes about Murray Matson the Greens candidate having AIDS to all the voters going into the byelection . Even Peter Debnam had to counsel them Later one of them was expelled from the Liberal Party. But it was all a game to these young thugs of emotional violence.

4. As Stateline reveals last Friday the language in the staff stat decs is not natural – suggests police language like shadow police minister Gallacher ex under cover copper might use?

5. So what’s the case really? Neal has a history of temper way less than criminal. Sure address that hardly a ‘federal case’ as they say in the movies. Give up coffee (not so bad we found lately) which both irritates the digestion and causes dehydration without realizing it

6. News Corp looked to after a revenge attack on the ALP over their alcohol advertising dependence – which now has morphed into an attack over dishonest stat decs.

7. It’s not corrupt to swear differing views of witnesses. Indeed the classic movie 12 Angry Men is an allegory about exactly that. Great script and movie with Henry Fonda – check it out. Ironic because the Daily Telegraph ran a story about the same thing a few months ago.


Our suggestion would be stake out the Shakespeare or similar hotels near Holt and take pictures of News Corp staff getting pissed. Because this looks like a revenge on the ALP generally on curbing the alcohol industry which are major full page advertisers. We have recommenced our count of these since early June as per previous counts from May 20. It’s adding up to a lot of retail dollars.


Big storms in US mid west, intensity of climate change?


Alan Jones rumours in press winding back at age 67.


World Youth Day could still be a big impact on Iemma’s credibility. Clover Moore stoush today over failure of Catholic Church to pay $150K bond for 3 month use repair of up to half of Hyde Park.



9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am


Line about Venezeula only 5c a litre for petrol, full tank at $3.


Ellen does story about splittist group in Tibetan Budhism critcising the Dalai Llama. Quite persuasive westernized speaker, head shaven, maybe natural variation in doctrinal views. Talk about yellow and red which looks very suggestive of China for red tactics by the Dalai to keep the flock onside.


Ross Greenword tips re tax and cars


Buy in story about excessively super rich. 1930ies 50% wealth was inherited in US, now new wealth. Author refers to Richistan.Top 10% with $70 trillion more than GDP of Japan etc.


Lifestyle story about an obscure illness. Ellen is suitably skeptical.


Another ‘big’ story about death row pets and banning pet shops like they do in City of Sydney apparently. Clover Moore in the story when I return from Riley Diary.


Macdonalds advert “proud partner” of Beijing Olympics, no doubt like that well known ‘health’ drink Coca Cola?


Ellen does the big interview with Lindsay Tanner, second week Laurie Oakes is MIA, despite weekend Telegraph column. Maybe he’s been pushed finally. Starts latish like 8.48, 10 minute quickie before 9 am.











10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


No show, golf coverage. NSW Teachers advert runs as usual in golf show, not such good match of viewers? Maybe okay. Great supa cheap auto advert, [apparently moving into bicycle market too]



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




Riley Diary 7, 8.35 am


Great footage of Japanese visit by PM, with Riley. Aussie beef bbq invite to PM Jap.


[Notable for no melt down on whales as per out thesis it’s all a sublimation of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuke bombs in WW2 and a call for understanding and sympathy over that mass carnage from that human family, all from Africa after all.]


[Segment reminds of a great 70 minutes film Sanshiro Sugata, first movie 1943 by Akira Kurosawa from local video ezy, watched last night.]


Della Neal controversy. Pattern of unacceptable behaviour. Anger Management Movie

US comic.  [Footage reminds of aggressive questioning via Stateline of Clennell off camera ‘it’s alright to lie to the media but not to you?’aimed at Iemma presser, implying Della and Neal no stat dec, bald denials to the media a political lie?


Acting PM Senator Evans – last ice skater standing principle. Lookalike joke very good re Damo at 7. Not enough ego, they reckon.


OKeefe jokes that if the place was named Iguana Joes it would have blown over already. Fair point I thought.


Bit of impromptu legal commentary by Andrew OKeefe post Diary [having been at Allens previously] but as he possibly knows under the Legal Professions Act 2004 unless he has a current practicising certificate he can’t hold himself out as a lawyer, but he was ambushed on live tv having “a legal mind”, quite innocent. What he said sounded right that a stat dec is on oath and thus [possibly if not an innocent mistake?!] perjury if retracted.






Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Della Neal cramping Rudd on profound inter country diplomacy on nukes and regional cooperation. Trivial overwhelmed the profound says Barry. Led into Iemma’s leadership speculation.


Talent is Foreign Minister Smith.


Press roundup – Sunday Age subsidies in developing countries problem says Martin Ferguson. Not such a good look.


Milne talking about pre mix drinks of ute drivers – quite a look given Milne problems – election advert could be called ‘whingeing Warren’ with his Canadian axe head which I’m not sure a real bush boy would use instead of a regular axe head. And that ute didn’t have many scratches in the tray. But his eyebrows did heroically attempt to meet in the middle.


Stephen Smith – mogodon man really – but safe with it, some chat about $35M for hybrid cars.


Everyperson segment middle aged air club of some kind, chat about $70M state federal subsidy to private car company Toyota. A lot of skepticism. Nearly out of date already, need better, newer stuff [million cars sold a year, what a waste of national wealth.]


Panel – Lenore Taylor argues not innovation, rather current technology. Rudd footage ‘a new business’ claims its innovation. Manufacturing not R&D subsidy. Car he was next to as plug in will not be the plug in here says Brian Toohey.


Lenore Taylor, Milne, Toohey deconstructing the policy in a tough way. May be answers but not coming through from the govt.


Not a lot of money, compare $5 billion assistance. Nelson asks question about where 35M will go, Toyota man hasn’t allocated money. Local Toyota quotes damaging already underway with out subsidy. [all this ignores foreign relations]


Paul Kelly – praises Rudd effort in Japan. BUT calls for reality check. Won’t reduce emissions, no innovation dividend, Rudd govt new form of industry policy by green politics. Great risk – won’t be very effective at all. Great orthodox brilliant politics – running The Australian free market line as the ship of state leaves the News Corp/The Australian dock.


As to Della PK says – Della machine man critical, Iemma looks weak. Says the coverup is the morality tale. Worse than the error. National implications? Epic struggle in NSW trying to privatize electricity opposed by NSW conference, unions, strong against vested interests. Important issue, tied to national electricity market, reforms pushed by the Rudd govt. Better result through COAG, needs NSW working cooperatively.


BC notes pics in Sunday Telegraph – contrary to work choices treat staff with dignity and respect [ignores the Young Lib obnoxious factor as a real potential].


Why the fascination with it asks BC? That’s the media introspection story totally ignoring the News Corp malice of which Taylor, and Milne are egg beaters with their excuses. Milne talks about ‘knows no boundaries’ great after swing at rival Stephen Mayne live on stage. Joke.


Neal – caught with an acid joke against Coalition MP Mirebala, tried to split hairs after being called out on it. Cover up worse than the offence.


Iemma pretext not told about drafting of apology by Della – won’t change regardless of quasi legal issues of police investigation says BC and Cassidy.


Julie Irwin runs the sexism line, as ALP MP. Taylor notes the devaluing of currency if the facts are not there. Prue Goward rejects (footage on sbs insight by the looks).


Nuclear disarmament non proliferation – important agenda agrees Toohey. Serious problem of [dual use], what has stopped nuclear war is [MAD] correctly notes shield agenda of [Star Wars], wrecks the anti ballistic missile treaty of Nixon. Yet Stephen Smith implied earlier this year says Toohey that they will cooperate with US shield agenda. Milne agrees important agenda.


Taylor says lacking detail re co-chairman. General theme says Milne as too shallow. Thought bubble, bumper sticker. A lot of this is naysaying of moribund Big Media who need a clean out for a 21C political economy [e.g. moi!].


Japan relations – footage of Japan visits to Australia as zero. Question of over reach in China? [The concern is mitigated I would say with visit to Hiroshima etc]


Garrett low numbers on whaling issue as hypocritical ‘over promised’. Greg Hunt quotes 10 clear statements  of Rudd re IWC better to Int Court Justice better pre election, but not now. Taylor says no court is wise. But she is wrong. That’s what courts are actually for.


Discussion about national economic tensions.


Talking pictures – Rudd in Japan, hybrid cars,


WYD over $130M expense, Toohey rips into the expense re parks affected etc.


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

Posted by editor at 12:03 PM NZT
Saturday, 14 June 2008
S*x and the Sydney CBD
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: local news




Posted by editor at 2:25 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 14 June 2008 2:38 PM NZT
Views from a Sydney CBD high rise
Mood:  cool
Topic: local news




Posted by editor at 2:00 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 14 June 2008 2:24 PM NZT
80,000 colour leaflets call for protection of Botany Bay wildlife
Mood:  special
Topic: nsw govt



Posted by editor at 1:42 PM NZT
Worker bees return to the hive Marrickville 5.30 pm Fri. 6 June 08
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: local news


Posted by editor at 1:37 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 14 June 2008 1:41 PM NZT
Friday, 13 June 2008
Environmental agitator seeks to join legal action against Coca Cola at Peats Ridge Springs, NSW
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: nsw govt




2. To note the Objector is represented  pro bono by his agent Tom McLoughlin currently an applicant to the NSW Law Society for sole practitioner status.  A resume of the agent is attached to the Ojector’s affidavit filed in the court with this motion.


3. To note the Objector has filed with this notice of motion an affidavit with evidence of distinctive issues to be addressed, policy concerns regarding justice and public interest,  to support this application.


4. To note the Objector relies inter alia on precedents provided to us by the principal of the Environmental Defenders Office namely:



·         Kavia Holdings Pty Ltd v Sydney City Council [2003] NSWLEC 195

·          Pro-Vision Developments Pty Ltd v Ku-Ring-Gai Municipal Council [2003] NSWLEC 226  case

·         Deancliff Developments Pty Ltd v Hornsby Shire Council  [2004] NSWLEC 769

·         Mahogany Ridge Developments Pty Ltd v Port Stephens Council [2004] NSWLEC 555

·         Meriton Apartments Pty Ltd v Fairfield City Council (no.2) [2005] NSWLEC 121



6. That the Objector be heard at a later date on costs of the court appointed expert Anthony Lane (CAE) on the basis that Gosford City Council have previously consented to pay the community’s share of such costs in previous related proceedings on this same development and are likely to do so again. Other considerations will also be submitted including that the court can properly exercise it’s discretion not to award costs in public interest cases.




7. That each party and the Objector/party pay its own costs in relation to this notice of motion.


Tom McLoughlin, agent for the Objector/Neville Diamond.




David Kettle, C/- Yvonne McKay, Coca Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty. Limited, 71 Circular Quay East, Sydney NSW 2000


:Gosford City Council, via P. J. Donnellan & Co, Solicitors 91-99 Mann St GOSFORD NSW 2250 DX 7206 GOSFORD tel. 4324 3988, 4323 1623, by their city agents: Wiltshire Webb 379 Kent St SYDNEY NSW 2000, DX 13027 Syd Market St Tel. 9299 3311


The Objector Neville Diamond’s address for service via his agent:


C/- Tom McLoughlin, Ecology Action Sydney






Dated 13th June 2008


For the affidavit of evidence (but not including the 151 pages of 40 annexures supporting the application) go here


Posted by editor at 11:57 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2008 12:02 PM NZT
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Sunday tv talkies: democratic grind in age of high risk sets in
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt




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 background


- Charming Annabel Crabb smh seems to have a biological clock ticking with her albeit accurate themes of voyeurism by Rudd ‘likes to [fuel] watch’ etc, and then the literary content of orgasmic Nelson and Rudd. Very clever writer.


- Rudd trumps fuel politics with formal exit from Iraq combat role early in week.And maybe SAM here pointing out that Fuelwatch is like highly successful cyber pressure group Get Up, and not so stupid as regards political economy. Also how Nelson can sustain his hypocratic oath we just don't know eg do no harm.

- ex PM #1 and #2 Hawke and Keating who are both likely interested in the yellow cake export agenda along with Martin Ferguson as energy minister, don't want Rudd to get too involved as an anti nuclear type Prime Minister?:

Australia could lead safe path to nuclear, Jonathan Pearlman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
April 10, 2008

Bob Hawke might be back to celebrate saving of the Franklin River in 1983, 25 year anniversary but he got his nickname Yellowcake Bob for a reason. He was advocating an international dump called Pangea for Australia not so long ago too.

7.30 Report - 27/09/2005: Hawke floats a rubbish idea

 - We at SAM urged the federal govt Garrett and PM Rudd to approach the whaling issue between major trading partners as a western diplomatic issue sourced ... to use of nuclear bombs in WW2 on Japan. Yes we know there is no great logic or rationality to on the one hand whaling and on the other nuclear disarmament.

But we see Japanese stubborness as their way of expressing their psychological pain over the western arrogance of nuclear weaponry causing mass mortality compared to mere whales. If so sensitive to animals why not the great suffering of the Japanese people. It's a dysfunctional spiral of emotional violence. So going to the peace shrine at Hiroshima is exactly the right place to start for PM Rudd:

Sunday, 23 December 2007

We already suspected the ALP federally were backing off the anti whaling agenda in favour of trade relations when we read a change of tone in The Australian business friendly press months back though we are having trouble locating the exact article that was the pivot. Certainly the Coalition's Greg Hunt is alive to the ALP go slow in favour of broader trade and security agendas. Here is more on security here from the dusty files:

Security deal a significant step for two aspiring nations ... 16 March 2008

Image:Godzilla collage.jpg


Japan halts humpback whale hunt: US

Wednesday Dec 19 20:09 AEDT


Safe for a while: Japan has apparently halted its humpback whale hunt. (Getty Images)

- Lots of obsessing of Obama/Hillary contest genuinely historic time, and real life versions of great West Wing series (so very educational and quite realistic).

And arguably the reason Hillary was beaten, and also why she was such a strong candidate for just surviving the marriage?:


- Public angst over Rudd overworking tinged with a deal of affection it seems from the electorate not to hurt himself. Cynical tabloids try and poison those friendly cautions - indeed Sydney Daily Telegraph is showing signs of feralness which makes for interesting press and a tone of fear and loathing.



- We speculate Della Bosca and wife are getting the famous ALP ' friendly fire' for opposing outright privatisation - always the emotional violence not the substance of the policy, as per front page Sunday Telegraph. Or maybe it's straight out News Corp unfriendly potentially lethal fire like their Young Labor Animals story early in the week. Most significantly Phil Koperberg is at the table dealing on power privatisation as per SMH Saturday.


John Robertson as chief of Unions NSW made the point months back that this dispute over public energy was going to get ugly: Notice this collage suggesting quite a subtext of parallel public energy privatisation agenda running off the rails in the press over the weekend, with Iemma and Costa's job probably going with it, but in the short term its all about heat on Della to do him over as an opponent, as per Monday press 9 June 2008:



 - How could Hillary Clinton get into the NSW political pond? Well various players are revealing their biases by promoting a spoof YouTube of Della above in the role of Hitler's infamous soliliquy in the quality movie Downfallen (we can't bring ourselves to watch yet). The spoof puts Della in the role of the beaten raging Hitler. Another in answer puts Iemma raging against the ALP party rivals. But both are a takeoff of Hillary put in the Hitler role raging against Obama (as reported in crikey.com.au here 9 May ) for winning the Democrat nomination. In other words the NSW party hacks are just that, ripping off an original joke. The Hillary version seems to have disappeared off the net - now that's power:

Indeed the link was here http://youtube.com/watch?v=B6Lstkiexhc as described here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2014176/posts such that we get this deletion off YouTube, but it was Hillary first long before Della or Iemma:

- As for the Sydney Daily Telegraph here's another front cover for the sexism file, not very credible in a newspaper to put a model in sexy black bra on her back on the front page suggestive of horizontal folk dancing while trying to take the high moral ground on Della Bosca and wife:

- huge coverage of top cop Standen arrested for high level drug importation with Ch9 running a story last night tv news that he had access to all ASIO work against terrorism threats in Australia.


We wonder about his girlfriend moving to ICAC, to avoid scandal in the NSW Crime Commission for dating the most senior guy in the office while married. In particular we remember this about Chief Commissioner Cripps to Cr Gigliotti once for now infamous Wollongong Council. He got quite tetchy about Cr Gig really believing that standover crim Younan really was from ICAC. That is the 'lie' that ICAC was dirty could be so plausible as to pay hundreds and thousands in blackmail. The bare possibility of infiltration by traitors would make CJ Cripps annoyed. Then there was this only a week or so prior in the big press putting a corrupt Joe Scimone in the same office with an ICAC investigator at the



- As if to retrieve the reputation of law enforcement in Australia and get the public focus on the really really bad guys, huge coverage of Australian Federal Police raids/arrests of relatively large number (70) of child porn users and possibly abusers to make those images. Fairly gut wretching social dysfunction, affects all segments of society apparently. One story says these abusers are hard wired from adolescence. Grim stuff. Qld police challenge Keelty as chief of AFP over timing cruelling their own investigations? Talk about in fighting.


9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am


Long weekenditis – missed the first 40 mintues, usually fluffy, Ross’s tax tip, web shows a feature on fuel costs with Virgin airways guy – would have been good – article about down dip in KSA airport patronage is the big news, change in cost of airflight, maybe noise politics.


Novelty story about throat singing, probably very good, missed it (sadly music language of the soul).


Buy in after 8 am rose coloured view of the grunt soldier – compare great movie Jarhead as above for the real thing, or Rampage film about Brown Sub Miami hood for the class role of the war (by George Gittoes, haven't seen but looks a must), a follow up to Soundtrack to War. Especially the road from Baghdad 1991 a cemetery of civilian burnt out cars trying to escape mass murder via Saddam miliarism or USA bombers. Those poor innocent people.


Report by Ellen on story behind the story of Nixon with David Frost with war critic researcher, and play of the media work behind, Jim Reston. Essentially a voyeuristic journey for parasites on power in the 4th estate. Reston does his best to reveal the strings on the choreography. As if a presidential humbling makes up for millions of deaths.


Some resolution with praise of masterly Frost (finally) after some 15 hours of taping to get him. Like Nixon on the couch. Ellen interviews Frost reprising her SBS doco Fine Line (or something like that). Really good feature story.


Ellen does the Oakes segment, who still appears in his column in the Daily Telegraph – this is a real change one thinks. Unless he appears after 9 and I miss them 2 weeks now.

 Fullilove from Lowy Institute from USA has the conch on USA election – (great interview with abc radio current affairs (?) show recently too).


Tuned out a bit on the chat.


Full grab on Greg Hunt stunt takes focus of stupid Jason Wood, and does it well. The man has got real talent. Like him a lot. Panel impressed.









10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am



PM Rudd is talent from 8.10 missed the first 10 minutes.


Caught laboured response to why gone soft on whaling as per Paul Bongiorno in Canberra sit down. Was a signal to the wise in The Australian about 2 or 3 months back we spotted ditching the green agenda for trade imperatives with Japan, mixed messages punters in tabloids versus big business. Sneaky Rudd govt?


Might have been tech issues with the cross but Ruddbot was on display, showing extra slept.


“after the dinner break” hopeless read by an MP, maybe missing his glasses.


Leak on slave driver Rudd in out take.


Rudd on US presidential nominations. Safe bat


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


Riley Diary 7, 8.35 amRiley diary features Jason Wood Liberals with organism/organism stuff up. Get’s a free mitigation card via self deprecating humour. Probably fatal stuff up. Quite possibly drunk when he spoke. The Liberal answer to Mark Latham? Might be the balancer to Young Labor “animals” drinks story in News Corp tabloids early this week.




Insiders 2: 9- 10am

Busy last week missed Garrett beat up in big media on World Env Day. Cassidy leads with that. Essentially the vindication of Green thesis Garrett as green branding on brown ALP.


Footage of skydiving interview of Greg Hunt on solar. Classic opposition stunt work literally. He’s clever and courageous to have a go.


Cross to Hilary concession speech throws her full support behind Barry Obama. Most think not VP.


Footage of Rudd on Rove re Barry Obama. Dennis Atkins Courier. Kerry Anne Walsh reptile from SunHerald Fairfax. Front pager blowtorch on Della Bosca with Akerman waxing lyrical with cooperation of Cassidy. Hopeless lack of contextualizing over electricity privitisation stock standard blowtorch friendly fire as Iemma literally fights for his premiership. True enough that both Neale and Della have many rough edges. As seen by her read of a question in federal parliament.


Cross back to MTP re visit Rudd vision policy for Asia. Longish grab.


Interview with Julie Bishop. Unforgiveable treatment of Japan she says – hypocritical boosting by her of whales issue while saying should promote trade. Also Japanese PM was shaky on the way out first several months.


Nothing to say of great significance given the numbers? Presents as very sharp but also like an SS officer in drag. Extremely ruthless in style, ice maiden, persona. Very ideological out of the Howard ideology of the market, leavened with self interest.


Does get her point in about alcopops as a tax measure not health – see our story about News Corp big business adverts dependence, Coalition doing work of alco drug pushers.


Bishop takes the sisters unity line across party lines. If not illegal here, not apply to aid dollar. That’s impressive about female emancipation.


Domestic violence approach by Plibersek versus Bishop, hopeless lack of challenge by Cassidy. Horrific murder of mother and daughter case in Sydney dumped off Echo point. How did it come to this. Plib is right to dig into this. Cassidy let bishop off, folding to tabloid blowtorch on Plib.


Gets it wrong on McCain “easily” beating field of credible candidates, actually he had some near death experiences along the way. Sidesteps Howardism attack on Barry Obama (the hybrid vigour candidate).


Everyperson segment – art lovers, guy with tremour very articulate, interesting choice of society, middle aged older folks.


Panel discussion to see Kerry mind at work for first time on panel. Very experienced. Atkins ASEAN, East Asian forums. Rudd has a habit announcing of what he wants then goes ahead with the meeting. KAW waffles a bit but confident with it. Appealing presence I would say for tv actually in this setting, chuckling natural.


Paul Kelly soliloquy. Asian vision nay saying issues. Presented in most confusing way. Dick Woolcott only hours before approached to do this. Pictures of Rudd and Rein, both looking their dumpy selves, long shot top of airline steps which doesn’t quite flatter re girth.


World Env Day PM speech on car industry. Extremely contentious idea green car industry. Next generation fuel efficient cars. Dismissive of warnings of Prod Comm warnings. Very powerful signals and Rudd will be fighting for these signals.


Grab from Ruddbot again MTP 10. Consensus Rudd has credibility gap (my words) on overworking of public service. Losing judgement though caffeine, overwork


KAW is doing well at this level, sceptical of Piers, some strong points. Bring her back. She is visual chaos with a brain, reasonable speaking poise and voice, a human  kaleidoscope on tv, good talent. No nerves. Cassidy warms to her contributions.



[here’s the drill, quit all alcohol, and then quit coffee which is the complementary drug of impact, and relax into the work, with wit and grace]


Jason Wood embarrassment gets the run after all. The 3 second theatrical pause (shortened from 7 seconds for tv) to let the hilarity speak for itself, no egg beating. KAW gets the conch and handles deftly with appealing humour. All pretty light hearted, lucky for Jason Wood, 2nd chance material.


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


Posted by editor at 1:25 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 29 December 2008 11:57 AM EADT
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Bus breakdown in Market St Sydney CBD 6 June 08
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: local news

We had three public interest legal cases to assist with yesterday 6 June 2008 in the Sydney CBD - one as tutor to our ecology action volunteer Carol and her solicitor Pam Suttor. Another as agent for one veteran agitator on public interest issues Neville Diamond in the Coca Cola/Gosford Council water bottling case in the Land & Enviroment Court and thirdly searching out the subpoena procedures for a civil liberties case in the local court.

Also firming up the detail and process for application for sole practitioner status to continue providing pro bono legal advice after 2 years part time with little AAT Legal (and sundry other legal experience). All this keeping us off our regular mico news blog work yesterday. The previous day was testing and interview for legal temping work, another next Tuesday with a big law firm who can use our 57 words per minutes in an admin role.

But even with these challenges we felt a big twinge of sympathy for this public bus driver and his  "NOT IN SERVICE". There he was with yellow flashing lights looking disconsolate, and obviously broken down stuck like the proverbial cork in the bottle corner of Market and George St at about 11.30 am. What a metaphor. It's all relative. 


Then this guy just a bit further down in George St. Ouch.



Posted by editor at 1:40 PM NZT
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
ANZ 'district officer' avoids bad Gunns pulp mill PR to manage Opes disaster
Mood:  bright
Topic: corporates

We would like to think ANZ bank declined financing Gunns Ltd disastrous pulp mill that would devastate natural forests in Tasmania. But somehow we think CEO Mike Smith pictured above in Australian Financial Review May colour magazine has responded both to the cost of global debt at the present and the PR problems around Gunns Ltd to best focus on managing litigation over the crash of Opes Prime share trading business:

 3 June 2008 It's $1bn or court, warns Opes litigator | The Australian

Opes Prime's crash, with ANZ as a priority creditor, has burnt alot of wealthy angry powerful people who are getting organised for a real fight. The "district officer" Mike Smith doesn't need Gunns as a PR millstone like this Get Up advert (as good as their word) in the Australian Financial Review yesterday June 3rd 2008:

One last comment about Mike Smith. He's experienced the sovereign risk of the Argentinian currency meltdown in 1999 onward (caused by leader Carlos Menem, with echoes of Paul Lennon?) in dramatic circumstances. It's quite a ripping yarn as per this reportage from The Standard press in Hong Kong:

Tempers flared and ordinary, yet enraged people took their household DIY hammers to the bank doors.

Buenos Aires was on the boil.

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp chief executive Michael Smith remembers 1999 in Argentina, not the least for a bad experience.

I survive, he says, matter-of-factly.

At the time, he was CEO of the largest foreign bank in the country.

Amid the political tension in Buenos Aires, he says he became a target.

It was about seven years ago. I got ambushed on my way home one night and my car got shot at.

Smith had his own driver but he was off for the night, which was fortunate.

[If the driver was there] they would have gone straight for his gun and killed him and I would have left in the car without anywhere to go [and] they would have got me. I used my own car as a weapon and I smashed through them, says Smith.

But he was not unscathed. One bullet pierced through the car door penetrating his thigh.

Two years later, when the masses rallied and vented their anger against the countrys political class and the banking class, he was trapped in an HSBC branch, also in Buenos Aires. A mob waited outside.

But no one was hurt. It was amazing, he says.

Posted by editor at 11:06 PM NZT
Rudd's food poisoning cause for mirth in question time
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: aust govt


Question time was a fairly relaxed affair with the government presenting some poise. In fact we rang Mr Rudd's media staff to note the penultimate posting about News Corp reliance on booze adverts. Indeed Rudd referred to the distillers special interest at one stage. But what caught our eye was this moment, a bit fudged on the webcast, where Rudd can't help chuckling (pardon the pun) at the reference to an oppositin question gibe "We know Julia [Gilliard, Deputy PM] cooked the hotdog". This was a reference to this page 3 story in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and presumably sister tabloids today:

4 June 2008 Rudd's daggy shaggy dog story

: Party pies or porky pies fpr PM Kevin Rudd 1:12pm: KEVIN Rudd's first explanation of rumours he'd had a heart attack was that he'd eaten a "dodgy dagwood dog". That didn't wash. Now it's a party pie.

The mishap has already been linked to the NSW Govt allegedly lax enforcement of the food hygiene laws:

Iemma's food law made Rudd sick
Media Release: 4 June 2008
The Iemma government's food outlet hygiene laws failed to protect Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from buying a 'dodgy Dagwood dog' or a poisonous party pie and becoming ill early last month when visiting Sydney, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said "If Food Minister Ian Macdonald had given this state world-standard 'name and shame' laws, Kevin Rudd would have been able to see the results of the last inspection of the eatery clearly displayed where he purchased the offending item.
"Because the Iemma government rolled over to the restaurant industry when the Food Act was amended in April of this year, the Prime Minister would not have been aware of how often the hot doggery or pie stand had been inspected.
"Under NSW laws, it is possible that the outlet had never been visited by an inspector.
"Even if it had, the results of the inspection would not be publicly available unless there was a penalty notice issued or the outlet was prosecuted.
"Kevin Rudd, along with thousands of other prepared food consumers in NSW each year, spent a very uncomfortable 24 hours because the Iemma government is denying this state the protection of proper 'name and shame' food laws.
"The Prime Minister was forced to play Russian roulette when he purchased his hot dog or party pie.
"Like too many other consumers, he lost and paid the price," Dr Kaye said.

Posted by editor at 5:27 PM NZT

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