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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Sunday political talkies: Non sequitur 'techno fix for climate … caused by technology'.? ALP gang bash Opposition.
Mood:  hug me
Topic: aust govt





Author’s general introductory note


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. Perhaps the greatest utility is the headline synthesis above of the 3 or 4 shows followed in this session.



For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.



Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  



Media backgrounders.


  1. Re Turnbull alleged pitch/recruiting to/by the ALP, Beazley sent this writer (SAM editor) an email to join their youth roundtable – about 1999 or 2000. We refused much to chagrin of FoE national office. Has the sniff of ALP choreography weakly related to reality but as they say perception can be reality.
  2. Garrett quick off the blocks midday Thursday on abc radio re strong role on Barrow Island class A nature reserve, as oil spill revealed earlier that morning. More ALP choreography on the environment after pre empting his decision with a $50B fanfare?
  3. ABC 702 Morning show by Adam Spencer increasingly Sienfeld issues lite. Just as the NSW ALP govt prefer? The contrast with Fran Kelly/Michelle Grattan, and even Saturday Extra is a quite stark, but then a 45 year old wonk here would probably say that.
  4. Annabel Crabb running interference for Julia Gillard, now AC is a parent angling for more secure future work in Govt protecting her drip feed now? What effect did those hair care products have on her brain?
  5. Santos says it’s ALP spin/hyperbole re Gorgon pre eminence [not to mention w*nk] . We saw the same big media gullibility for ALP choreography during the Bob Carr forest protection/destruction decisions claiming “biggest national park decision in the world”. Only it came in behind innumerable bigger decisions across the Americas, and see:



Santos says its gas deal tops $50b Gorgon contract

Cameron EnglandAugust 21, 2009 12:00amSANTOS says its 20-year deal to supply liquefied natural gas from Queensland to Malaysian company Petronas is actually Australia's biggest.Its chief executive, David Knox, yesterday denied the $50 billion Gorgon deal announced earlier this week held that title.

Mr Knox let slip in a conference call that he believed the Petronas deal, signed in June, was the biggest.

"We haven't given a figure," Mr Knox said.

"It's for three million tonnes and it's for 20 years and it's at very strong prices."

"So, if people have got more than three million tonnes for 20 years at very strong prices then they've done a bigger deal, but I don't think anybody has.

"I think they're all smaller, and I'm not sure they've done it.

"It's not a massive competition here, clearly all of these are big deals, so we haven't made a big thing about it, but clearly we've signed one of the largest deals ever."


6. Seems PM story last Friday on East Gippsland cathedral old growth of  800 year old trees is being swamped by more ALP spin, saying lack of endangered fauna means okay to log, and reserve decision of 400ha of forest nearby but not the old tree patch. Same sleazy govt rationale for 1402 area of Coolangubra in the late 90ies. Fact is these massive old trees are an endangered landscape type, not so much species as huge wet size, compared to spindly dry schlerophyll  forest which was left by loggers around Marysville, Kinglake etc. In other words firestorm material compared to spongy wet old growth. The loggers legacy of mega fire after 50 years of mechanization? The last evidence of logger legacy is about to be killed at Brown Mountain like the other 95%?

7. Speaking of bushfire threat after first report of Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, hazard reduction burns are testing the public's nerves lately, the price to pay for the tragedy in Victoria:


8. More post Victorian bushfire misconceived opportunism by the loggers?:



Woodchip mill investigated over 'green power' claims

A woodchip mill on the New South Wales south coast is brushing-off claims that it is promoting a biomass plant as an accredited renewable energy project.

South East Fibre Exports plans to build a five megawatt plant that will generate power by using wood waste from logging operations in native forests.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating leaflets distributed by the company using the words "green power" to promote the project.

Green Power is a government accreditation program for renewable energy sources which do not produce net greenhouse gas emissions.

It does not allow the use of native forest wood waste in biomass generators.

A spokesman for the Eden based company, Vince Phillips, says the reference is not an attempt to appear accredited by the program.

"We're just talking about green power in terms of its application to renewable energy," he said.

"In a global context people consider renewable energy to be very much green power."

But the Greens M-P John Kaye says the company is deliberately misleading people.

"It's an attempt to cloak their power station proposal in green clothes," he said.

The biomass plant proposal is currently with the state's Planning Department.

The ACCC investigation is expected to take one month.


10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 


Intro re 25 yr $50B lng deal with China [smaller than Santos deal with Malaysia?]. Oil spill [shows risk to Barrow Island and role of PGarret to refuse/constrain.]



Grab of shadow Bishop re China relations [preaching to WA miner lobby?]



Headlines in Sydney Fairfax re Turnbull seeking shadow finance job with Beazley opposition. Compere PB notes looks like ALP going in to finish him off?



Talent is M Ferguson Energy minister [doing his best to play Rex Conner only successful]. Sledges Turnbull, talks up environmental responsibility and chummy with PG “Peter”.



First adbreak Kaspersky with Jackie Chan classy web security used for years now. Nurses profile advert.



Grab of Greg Hunt shadow on env.



Panel is Alison Carabine 2gb, Hartcher Fairfax both serious people. Talks up base load for wave and geothermal and storage capacity. Technology will be the solution [on climate].


Hartcher looking thinner, good question on coal guarantees. MF talks about “investment horizon on renewables”. Keen to expand U exports not nuke power.



2nd out take. MF says JV pushed ‘use it or lose it’. Bipartisan approach on Gorgon deal.



Prof Amin Sykle on Afghan election. Noted Karzai regime appeasing fascist patriarchy there. Not help to pull out. Talking with Taliban discussed. Opium barons.


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


Riley Diary 7, from 8.40am (clash with Laurie Oakes segment).


Footage ALP gang bash of Turnbull re “bad judgement”. Tax increases riposte. Terminator movie theme, war music theme. Senate power biffo between Family First and National Party ie Fielding and Joyce.


WA MP’s walkout looked “stupid”. Barry Hass a senior’s moment on camera [and cheap gotcha on Big Media’s part]


Out take talkies about Turnbull “approached” by the ALP, “not surprising”.



9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.44 am 

Advertised start time now, to avoid clash with Riley Diary?


Joyce, sledging ETS, no benefit on climate, consumers farmers, every producer will pay.


Obviously declines shadow Bishop fractious approach to China, as we must defend our own liberty. Says Rudd is a mixed metaphor. “Disaster” sounds pretty lame give relations with new Obama presidency?


Leadership chat.




Insiders 2: 9- 10am


‘Largest biggest deal’ says Cassidy compere and PM Rudd to Parliament. Barry Hass senior’s moment plays into rabble claim against Opposition. Collective dunny break funny line.


Panel is AC with rococo hair style with hair colour?/Fairfax, Mal Farr News corp Sydney, Bolt


Turnbull in press, Bolt notes Nelson and Turnbull shows neglected. Compere PB on 10 MTP ALP “trying to finish him off”.


Sledge of NSW and Rees plan. Grab of Joyce on leadership.


Wayne Truss praises Barnaby Joyce. Sledges ETS, CPRS.  Echoed by dinosaur Paul Kelly at The Australian soliloquy.


Vox pop in fish market somewhere on Turnbull stature.. AC notes Rees in ALP doing a Beatie “I’m angry too at how rubbish I am” which is not what Beatie did, he campaigned against his own tribe which the punters loved.





Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/





Posted by editor at 1:04 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 23 August 2009 1:18 PM NZT
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Sunday political talkies SAM piece postponed re CPRS, ETS fallout
Mood:  rushed
Topic: aust govt

 Under construction

[due to public interest legal case obligations this weekly item has been postponed. The notes are there but sand mine issue in Blue Mtns World Heritage Issue takes precedence] 



Links as follows from the usual template: 

 Author’s general introductory note  


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. 


For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  


Media backgrounders

Draft #3 version 16 August 2009 Chronology Tinda Creek controversy inholding to Blue Mts world heritage area 

1981 – neighbour ND buys Lot 1 adjoining lot 2 future sandmine, “water from creek is like mineral water”


1982-1996  – water stops flowing in Tinda Ck once only 1982, first and only time says ND


1981-1986 – new ‘farm dam’ (1.5 ha/ 3acres) lot 2 becomes illegal sand mine operation (15 ha/ 30 acres) by Poyneed P/L ie Jan Stout and sons owners Lot 2


1985-6  - ND complains to Stout re ‘milkshake’ sediment pollution in creek water supply from lot 2 to lot 1 due to tailings dam walls progressively collapse [this was later marked “agricultural dam” in April 1996 approved plan no.3 of 3]

-         threat made by Jan Stout/Poyneed ‘you shut us down, we will shut you down’

-         campaign of at times ultra violent harassment/property damage commences v ND


1986 – sand mine Lot 2 originally farm dam, gets retrospective approval by HCC, Cr Books bulldozer work


1989 – Poyneed fined $10K in by State Pollution Control Commission (Local Court or LEC) for polluting Tinda Creek with illegal sandmine


1989 – 2004  Birdon Contracting P/L ie Tom Bruce as MD business/partnership with Poyneed/Stout


1986 -1991 – sandmine expands illegally, no HCC approval at any time this period before or after.


1991- 1996 – retrospective DA approval HCC for illegal sandmine over green group, neighbour objections


1995 May – Birdon EIS rejected by DUAP and HCC


1995 Nov – new Birdon EIS but plans are subject to various dept, community objections


1996 April – ultimate plans 1, 2 and 3 dated April 1996 by Port Stephens Design Services for Birdon.


1996 15 July – letter El-Chamy to HCC on details required for erosion/sediment control ‘formal hydrologic/hydraulic design’. Subject of finding by Pain J decision June 2009 on evidence never forwarded by HCC to Birdon therefore not required to comply with letter for what became consent condition 4 in Jan 1997 DA approval.


1996 Sept – ND mortgagee sale Lot 1 to Birdon, subject to option to re buy executed between solicitors


1996 – 2009 – dredge fines in plan 14m-20m depth to avoid pollution fine in 1989, buried much higher


1997 Jan -1999 arguably sandmine has lawful 2 year approval, controversy over lack of regulatory compliance


2000 – 2004 – sandmine operates illegally, gets retrospective HCC s.96 approval in 2004, deemed DA lodged in 1999 or so just not determined by HCC for 5 years.


2003 – ND discovered crown land from 15.24 metres with no crown consent to 1996 DA to bury dredge fines


2003 -2004 -  HCC GM McCully agrees in writing to objectors and ICAC to appoint independent barrister Phil Clay or Mary Walker to review Tinda Ck planning. Never done.


2004 – Poyneed selloff joint interest to Birdon


2004 – 2005 - Birdon get EPA and DIPNR/DWE water licenses for first time.


2005 March 16 – DLWC officer Connors memo that 150 ML quarry water use (125ML if 25 hrs/wk pumping: Bygraves)


2005 – existing area (top elevation, but not depth) available under 1996 DA ‘exhausts’ due to failure to follow depth diagrams in approval stranding 1.3 million tonnes under shallow dredge fines in approved area. Dredge fines should have been buried 14 to 20m deep as per approved plans.


2005 -2009 – quarry operating illegally out of area.


2005 – ND commences litigation over quarry  irregularities, settled by consent in 40430 of 2005 (“2005 Order”) Birdon must implement recommendations of Ecowise/Golder consultants


2005 October – Ecowise Golder report includes (at p7) 6 shallow/deep monitoring well pairs, data loggers, this data essential to water modelling. Never done.


2006 April – Ecowise/Golder report provided to HCC under cover of Birdon letter (not in LEC draft bundle tba)


2006  - s.96 DA lodged by Birdon with attempt by Umwelt to airbrush ‘confusing’ approved plans re dredge fines in wrong place, deceptive diagram of extent of Tinda Ck, and actual approved area.


2006 – new GM at HCC Peter Jackson ex ICAC


2007 May – Chris Jewell respected ind. hydrologist retained by HCC, ND etc attend inspection, report July,


2007 – 3 metre dry bore hole northern side with frog seen at Jewell inspection filled in.


2007 Sept – stakeholders at HCC re Jewell report on Umwelt errors, lack of monitoring bores, currently 37% water loss immediately below quarry in Tinda Ck, 53% loss if 22 ha of water bodies in future.


2008 – new broom in council election – eg Cr Books the earthmover retires.


2008 – DECC refuse to release ecological study to objector ND, not on council file


2008 18 July – solicitor Byrnes for Birdon letter to HCC threatening damages claim of $3M damages to council if this s.96 DA refused due to HCC’s own failure to enforce/manage consent conditions


2008 – Chief Planner Owens review of Tinda Ck in lieu of independent barrister promised to ICAC/objectors


2008 mid year – council demand to Birdon for $48K short payment of s.94 contributions


2008 – council votes 12 – 0 against sandmine despite friendly report by chief planner with narrow grounds of refusal on failure to comply with CC 4, Birdon appeals.


2009 – objectors demand transparency over ‘draft consent conditions’ in litigation process on current retrospective s.96  DA and right of objectors to be heard in the case before any deal is rubber stamped in letter to chief judge of LEC.


2009 June - Pain J decision in LEC that HCC failure to pass on El Chamy’s  15 July 1996 DLWC letter of  requirements for compliance with consent condition 4 (erosion/sediment) “prior to works commencing” effectively means far less compliance was valid. ND never called to give evidence of documents at late 1996 mediation with Tom Bruce/HCC.


2009, June 17 – Lloyd J decision in LEC against Birdon $48K in unpaid s.94 contributions.


2009 June – Umwelt update their EMP – final lake max 10m depth not 14, no sign where dredge fines to go. 6 ha of rehab bordering lake final landform with dredge fines under 30cm crust. No schedule rehab.


2009 August 14 – Umwelt response to issues – dredge fines to be buried 14 to 20 m as per 1996 DA plans, not done for 13 years, attaches March 2009 consent from Lands Dept to apply to council to use their land but no actual commercial licence deal yet. Water modelling at irrelevant locations upstream of quarry or below tributaries. Modelling proceeds contrary to Ecowise/Golder 2005 report requiring bore well data first, and critique of Jewell 2007. Also Umwelt ecological study still secret but in part in appendix shows Tinda Ck “drainage line” for 2 km is badly impacted (re water flow, low signal grade species) in comparison to nearby comparable creeks.


17 August 2009 – Chris Jewell independent hyrdrologist not invited by HCC to the site inspection? Has he been shown the Umwelt EMP June 09, the reply to issues Aug 09 contradicting Jewell water loss findings?




10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am  

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

Riley Diary 7, from 8.40am (clash with Laurie Oakes segment).   http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend   


9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am  



Insiders 2: 9- 10am




Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/





Posted by editor at 2:11 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 18 August 2009 10:25 AM NZT
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Walking, not flying, to Kokoda in 1990
Mood:  sad
Topic: local news

We haven't seen today's press but radio reports brings back both fond and painful memories of one of SAM editor's youthful adventures complete with malaria (Plasmodium vivax)

This is an entry from our biography at the left side link here:

1/1990 – solo trek of Kokoda Track


Picture: Kokoda map we had laminated after solo trek in 1990. 6 days of malaria was a bummer, glad to get home but a great experience. We got lost about 8 km west of here [from memory approach paths to village of Efogi], alot easier than you might think from the deceptive lines above. Rescued by local 'nationals' (the ones not carrying guns).

We had another map, vertical dimensions not plan style as above, but it got too faded over the last many years. We should have got it laminated not just mounted behind glass. After so much angst we promised ourselves to frame it.

Nor did we take a camera prior to our community media lifestyle.

Our main contribution to this unfolding tragedy is to point out you didn't need to fly to Kokoda and head back to Port Moresby to leave PNG: One presumes tour companies prefer this as arrivals into the country must have an "exit ticket from PNG" and Port Moresby is the only practical international airport near the Track about 30 km from the coastal end. The Track itself is about 100km  length roughly from the coastal start to Kokoda over the Owen Stanley ranges. Longer again up and down valleys.

Our plan was different - of course partly due to budget. We planned to walk the Track and then head further north from Kokoda to Lae on the North Coast, and exit by ship or boat via Bougainville. Our "exit ticket" so called was out of Honiara, not PNG at all, capital of Pacific Island state of Solomon Islands via island hopping from PNG.

Only we got malaria half way on our trip after the Kokoda leg up at Lae (north coast PNG) and had to fly by large jet from Lae (international ?) airport to Port Moresby then back to Australia.

On first arrival in PNG and cultural experience for 2 days in the markets and mini buses of  Moresby noting the red juice on the footpath (betel nut) on there on the south coast we took same public transport from this rambling city to a nearby village called Sogeri near the Track. Sogeri  is also close to a national park (home of tree people). It was middle of summer but still deserted. How sad.

We distinctly remember an inflated price demanded by the bus driver presumably because he thought we must be a rich Anglo. But fact is we sold all our spare stuff, books, clothes, to pay for the trip including our old Peugoet 404 sedan, as well as 3 weeks heavy lifting with a removalist firm. We must have raised our voice in protest but keeping in mind the Lonely Planet caution that shouting is a cultural no no in PNG.

The Track was a challenge. We fell on our arse first 10 metres on slick muddy surface which really hurt with a full pack. It was a serious moment. For a minute we believed this would be impossible. We groped around for a walking staff. We took one shaky step. Then two steps. We can do this! Very character building.

At one point on our Track experience we came to a scary river fjord, with single log to cross. We unbuckled in case we fell in to prevent drowning. We grovelled on backside again and continued on. Later we got lost on the track as per the image above. Maybe it was the initial symptoms of malaria? We stumbled into a creek after striking a hugely painful poisonous prickle bush. We howled until the cold water miraculously washed the pain out. On yet another early morning we passed a guy with a double barrel shot gun over his shoulder. There was a night rained in with a shrieking native bird nearby. There was delicious local freeze dried coffee cowboy brew and chewy roasted corn cobbs in the husk.

We ended up in a village off the track which from memory was Efogi (as per regional map name below). There was a plane arriving there at the village same time the villagers came to greet this lone Anglo. They suddenly left me as they changed direction ululating in excitement as the little plane arrived on the grass oval style runway. Supplies! Later they sold me some food and portered me up the highest point Mt Belamy back on the Track. I was proud but just then very grateful for the help and paid them what I could for their support before they turned back at the top.

We have one amusing memory of a missionary surrounded by porters. Mmm.

The people treated me beautifully on the Track while careful to warn me about murderous raskol gangs (at that time at Kokoda, letting me sleep inside away from trouble).

The trip from Kokoda was also very interesting. Not flying. By road transport, like Charlie Boorman perhaps, in the back of a local villager's ute with other locals, to the local Port of Popendetta/Oro Bay. From there by large Lutheran Ferry to Lae. Then as mentioned large jet flight (Air Niugini) back to Moresby - but only after Qantas who claimed to lose my ticket out of Honiara gave me a substitute ticket back home. Perhaps they were worried I would die of malaria on their counter? The only sympathy came from a local PNG worker.

Did my ticket really go missing? Perhaps ASIS had twigged that a wild Canberra law student was tracking over to Bougainville in the middle of a civil war over Rio Tinto's gold and copper mine?

After getting to Lae and following 6 days and 5 nights of no sleep or food from a stomach bug, actually malaria, and then treatment from Lae hospital and I was barely well enough to walk to and from the plane over the tarmac(s) at Lae and Moresby. Sydney never looked so good.


We made this graphic of parliament yesterday and notice the last frame when the news from Kokoda came through - grim reactions all round. Quite moving I thought. God have mercy.







Posted by editor at 9:35 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 16 August 2009 2:02 PM NZT
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Sunday political talkies: Turnbull get's his wish
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: aust govt





Author’s general introductory note  

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. 


For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  


Media backgrounders 

1. Bushfire academic Keith Tolhurst in Sydney Fairfax double page spread way near the end of feature says a new phenomenon needs more analysis – 5 hour long intense burning in one location – shelter becomes the fuel in effect (as per crikey.com.au bushfire writer Frank Campbell (tbc?). Will our concrete pipe on its side and earthen roof do the job … for 5 hours. Will the roof fly off in a fire generated tornado. Mmm.          



2. Telstra price gouging, with interesting response from the ACCC here especially re unconscionable conduct of Telstra. They say not (see bold added below), but we wonder:

From: ecologya
Sent: Thursday, 23 July 2009 3:39 PM
To: Infocentre
Subject: Complaint form submission [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Mr McLoughlin, Thank you for your email of 23 July 2009 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) regarding the $2.20 fee Telstra is now imposing if customers choose to pay in cash. 

The ACCC administers the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA) for the purposes of protecting consumers and encouraging a fair and competitive business environment. 

From the information you have provided in your email it is unlikely that the conduct by Telstra would raise concerns under the TPA. If Telstra choose to increase their fees for services, they are free to do so. The ACCC is not a price setting body for goods and services at either the retail or wholesale levels. It does not have a direct role in regulating or setting prices except in the case of products or services that are declared under Part IIIA of the TPA. Internet service provision has not been declared under Part IIIA of the TPA. In these circumstances Telstra is free to determine its own pricing policies and provided that it does this independently it is unlikely to raise concerns under the TPA. 

Generally speaking, companies are free to set the terms and conditions of their contracts. The issues you raise are very specific matters of a contractual nature. While it is not the role of this office to provide legal advice, I would suggest you put your complaint in writing directly to Telstra in an endeavour to resolve your concerns. Should you still be dissatisfied, you may wish to seek independent legal advice on whether civil action might be appropriate. It is up to an aggrieved party to bring a private action if they believe they have suffered loss or damages as a result of any breach of the terms or conditions of a contract. 

Please note however,  that Telstra have included a clause in their contracts with consumers that provides for changes to rates and charges provided that they give reasonable notice of the changes. Clauses of this nature are sometimes referred to as unilateral variation clauses and are not, of themselves, prohibited by any provision within the TPA.   

That said, this office accepts that unilateral variation clauses can be a factor that the Courts will take into account in determining whether a corporation has engaged in conduct that might be considered to be ‘unconscionable’. In this regard s.51ABof the TPA includes a non-exhaustive list of factors which may be taken into account by the court. It should be noted that unconscionable conduct goes beyond normal harsh dealings and all of the circumstances need to be examined to establish whether a contravention has occurred. The Courts in applying this provision have often stated that simply establishing one of the factors listed in this provision is insufficient to substantiate a claim of unconscionable conduct. In this instance, this office is of the view that Telstra’s reliance on a unilateral variation clause to impose the price increase you complain of would not, of itself, result in the transaction being unconscionable. 

It may be of interest to you that Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) administers a code of conduct for the telecommunications industry entitled “Consumer Contracts Code”. Held within this code is specific mention about unilateral variation clauses and it outlines the obligations of telecommunication providers when applying such clauses. To find out more information about this code you can contact ACMA on 1300 850 115 or by visiting their website at www.acma.gov.au. 

In addition, if you are seeking to exit your contract without penalty, you may wish to raise your concerns with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). The TIO is an independent, non-government scheme which has been set up to assist consumers with speedy dispute resolution with their telecommunication service providers. Consumers should only contact the TIO if they have already attempted to resolve the dispute with the trader involved. The TIO can be contacted on 1800 062 058, or at www.tio.com.au 

I have recorded the details of your complaint in order to determine whether there is a pattern of behaviour by this particular trader or the telecommunications industry which may raise any broader concerns. Thank you for contacting the ACCC. I trust the above information is of assistance. Yours Sincerely,   FraserACCC InfocentrePh: 1300 302 502 

From: ecologya@
Sent: Thursday, 23 July 2009 3:39 PM
To: Infocentre
Subject: Complaint form submission [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Complainant details

Mr Tom McLoughlin
NSW 2756
Age: 45-54
Gender: male

Contact details

Date received: 23rd July 2009

Product provider: Telstra
Product description: mobile, wireless broadband package


I was a commercial litigation lawyer at Baker McKenzie in another life 1990-91. As per my phone message and email to Choice/policy officer Michael Fromme (spelling?) earlier today, Telstra changing their cash payment system adding a fee for EXISTING (therefore no notice) customers [reported on abc Richard Glover radio earlier this week] looks to me like deceptive conduct (breach s.52 Trade Practices Act). How? Because EVEN IF their contracts have fine print to alter these payment systems adding a $2.20 fee for processing casj (I don't know), it's been no fee FOR TIME IMMEMORIAL. It is totally reasonable for people to assume there will ALWAYS be no processing fee for cash. So they should ONLY be allowed to change the payment system for those who enter A NEW contract of service with NOTICE of potential change in payment system and fee. Otherwise the new fee is a deceptive omission to their original contract, and harsh and unconscionable too. For instance I recently took a mobile/wireless internet package, and I like to pay by cash not by the web because I don't trust it's security with account details and want to minimise that exposure as much as possible. If I had known they would change their account payment system with $2.20 fee when I took the contract/s in March 2009 I may well have decided to go with another provider. At least I would have wanted to know their extra fee per month

Additional information

IMPORTANT: This email from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and any attachments to it, contains information that is confidential and may also be the subject of legal, professional or other privilege.  If you are not the intended recipient, you must not review, copy, disseminate, disclose to others or take action in reliance of, any material contained within this email.  If you have received this email in error, please let the ACCC know by reply email to the sender informing them of the mistake and delete all copies from your computer system. For the purposes of the Spam Act 2003, this email is authorised by the ACCC www.accc.gov.au



3. Rachel Kohn religious show radio national this morning has farmers suffering ‘climatic but not climate change’. Go figure.


4. This dude was mentioned last week, while the new female news reader is also a class act. The Barak Obama factor surely applies here:        




10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 


Bonge back in the chair. Press roundup conservative manual Sunday Telegraph says spill on Turnbull on  this Tues  

‘Talent’ is Senator Joyce. Runs debt line, won’t afford to pay interest soon (?). ays Turnbull bad 2 innings but won’t condemn. Employment Terminator Scheme, Extra Tax System. Says Penny Wong at her word won’t change. Calls ETS a “political fascinator” [and appears to be ranting] [no reference to science] 

First break is nurses association advert. Panel John Stanely 2UE, Michelle Grattan Age Fairfax – heavy talent. Tackle Joyce on Nats leadership – confirms in spades but leaves timing up in air. Praises current leader. Calms down when black sheep question comes up. Refuses to bag wild Wilson Tuckey.  

2nd ad break has McDonalds little athletics advert [Sydney Fun Run day, but still not a health food chain]. 

2nd guest is Senator Christine Milne looking sparkly, advert lead in of senator Brown. Refers to science. Need to avoid catastrophic climate change and ALP want to ‘lock in failure’. 25% cut by 2020 offer. Grattan tests re supporters want compromise, Milne quotes poll majority want Senate to toughen it up. Milne broadens our to forests, energy and more. Says vote winner for Greens. Glacier retreat in South America and Himalaya.  Scenario in double dissolution – how vote? Election will be post Copenhagen and make clear tougher measures needed. Better to strengthen now. How respond to skeptics re big changes here little or no effect globally. Refers to coal exports missing transformational economy (looking a little prozac about it too).

Grattan looks intrigued in the out take, perhaps impressed by Milne too? 

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


Riley Diary 7, from 8.40am (clash with Laurie Oakes segment). 

Master Chef Julia Gillard theme. Gist is Gillard is defacto replacement for Rudd and rival. Riley convinced Turnbull will survive, utegate is over in public mind.  http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend   


9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am 

Christopher Pyne shadow manager of business, refers to parlour game of leadership issues. First 5 minutes about leadership. Ouch. Make that 7 minutes. At 7 minutes moves to ETS due for vote this week.


Pyne manfully plays dead bat in favour of Turnbull and it’s pretty grim stuff grinding it out.


Economy based on RBA latest is doing better than most countries. Claims economic spin by ALP.


Compere(s) sound unconvinced in out take.




Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Lead in and package on Turnbull crash out on Godwin Grech false email.


Panel is Middleton sbs, Coorey Fairfax, Milne News corp.


Press round up double dissolution hangs on regulations. Grabs from MTP above. To answer is Penny Wong, price of having a voice globally is legislation at home. [Talks big but comes across as cynical and arrogant as usual about failed green policies to date.]


Wong hangs tough on any discussion with disorganized Coalition awaiting next Tuesday party room meeting.


Attacks Greens on interest of a double dissolution election as political. Assuming high moral ground (as if). Cassidy notes renewable energy tied to ETS should be decoupled. [Brute politics and cynical.]


Take environmental refugees from Pacific? Wong applies mogadon with no decent answer, panders to concerns. [She is like a Chinese panda – all symbolism no action.]


Looking and talking like she is quite cocky and full of herself at Turnbull’s expense.


Vox pop – WA in Perth economy, sledging Coalition, utegate is tedious.


Panel on privileges committee – Milne refers to Gretch evidence of email on 20 Feb, claims it would be on PMO server, but deleted from Treasury. Unless it was sent by Charlton from within Treasury? Or else Grech chose a day that couldn’t be cross checked because of IT crash that day?


Costello lauding over Turnbull on Lateline.


[small interruption here]


Paul Kelly soliloquy – Grech evidence could be a trap for Rudd as well as Turnbull. Leadership is a real issue now. Lists Opposition leaders hitting the wall, Howard, Downer, Costello, Nelson, others.


Panel agrees Joyce appears as Nats leader and no pretense at Coalition unity.


NT ructions, NSW ructions also. Federal redistribution favours ALP in NSW, noted Rudd mild support for Rees recently.


Warren on talking pics great combo – prefer to trek across Antarctica with a backpack of funnel web spiders, than hang with Malcolm.




Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/


Posted by editor at 12:10 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 12 August 2009 9:07 AM NZT
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Sunday political talkies: Sleazy Labor jobs, Abbott rails against Mogadon PM Rudd ‘buying popularity’, W shape swine flu?
Mood:  hug me
Topic: aust govt

Picture: Still from Torn Curtain movie of 1960ies set in ... island city of Copenhagen, showing da man Alfred Hitchcock cameo holding up an infant. Paul Newman plays physicist who sleeps (!) with Julie Andrews (hot!). Backdrop of cold war, compared to now the global warming 'war' over trade and jobs?

  Author’s general introductory note  


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. 


For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  

  Media backgrounders 


  1. Peter Woof (school teacher, Northern Suburbs boy) assaulted by Tony Abbott swinging punch as Sydney Uni Student, for real back in the 1970ies, Glebe Magistrates Court, forced to withdraw charge due to heavy lawyer costs threat. Privilege and aggression all in one incident as the mark of the man, muscular arrogant conservative. Feel free to sue Tony Abbott! Make me rich. 
  2. Sleaze jobs for boys(girls) in the long time ALP state governments echoed by Albanese’s seat of Grayndler with no advertisement of general manager ‘s job at Addison Rd Community Centre for some 2 years. A rolled gold scandal, jobs for the sisters Yvette Andrews co author with Meredith Burgmann. Extensively reported here on SAM over 12 months 2007-2008. 
  3. Biosecurity Australia on Macca Australia All Over hosing down super flu fear, in wake of swine flu in pigs W shape pandemic, in out, in out potentially worse. But source tells us last week quarantine at Sydney Airport has changed recently, collected boxes from airport, took them to Alexandria, then took them back to KSA to be processed. Completely breaching “bio security” one assumes, all authorized and directed by same customs. What a joke. Source was also alarmed as well as time delays. 
  4. Turnbull to respond to elitist gibes with Australian Story tomorrow night. Who knows if it will work.  
  5. SAM’s gluten free diet is going quite well. ColesWorth gluten free choc biscuits are choice, as are berry frozen yoghurt and or Weiss ice cream, Dorito regular corn chips, fetta cheese etc. It’s a hard life.  Energy levels and humour are both on the up. Just as well helping run two pro bono legal matters, one social justice for disabled colleague, another to protect section of Blue Mtns World Heritage Area. The former as next friend as they say in the trade, and latter as legal agent as allowed under by L&E Court Act 1979 for a lawyer without a principal. But can’t help thinking we continue to suffer a restraint of trade given qualification back in 1990 and over 2 years real legal work over the years. Regularly have to reject requests for legal help. 
  6. ALP conference life time membership to “Yellow Cake Bob” Hawke as per collector’s piece 1980ies lapel buttons produced by Friends of the Earth green group. Hawke for last 10 years has been courting an international nuke waste dump for Australia called Pangea. For real. 
  7. Noel Pearson never mentions Howard breach of election promise 1996 for $40M to implement the broadly based consensus of Cape York Land Use Agreement in 1997. This silence was arguably the price of direct Howard/Brough grants to Pearson’s CY Foundation for 5 years??. Very messy indeed, and not so clear where the sleaze ends. Looking as fat as ever too. and such as Noel protege Tania Major on Q &A last week??.True however that the Blackfellas were promised by TWS in Cape York that their ownership would be recognized, from their Land & Rights Indigenous policy of 1993/4 national conference after Mabo (out of Sydney office of TWS and directly supported by this writer at the time – copy around somewhere in due course. Note however this always left open conceivable possibility of campaigning against Black developer owners. The obverse being Yvonne Margarula alliance with TWS, FoE etc say at Jabiluka against U mining there.
  8. Ben Sandilands on crikey.com.au says it's Richmond or the bush for 2nd Sydney airport with Albanese in infrastructure, Faulkner in Defence with RAAF base out there near Richmond and note this back in Dec 2007 just after ALP election:


 10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 

Bonge away, bill in the chair.

Tony Abbott re Battlines book, claims not a job application despite timing of leader Turnbull (very) low in the polls. Grab of Turbull saying did a charity launch ‘clash’ with book launch.

TA says  Footage of celibacy adviser section of book launch speech, first out take.  Panel is Mark Kenny Adeliades News Corp and Toohey AFR/Fairfax. Both fair/good value. Runs local control agenda in health reform.

Toohey tackles finances, response that local funded donations ripped off at present elsewhere, [so clearly about leveraging existing privilege in Liberal local areas]. Toohey tackles financing of superannuants to 70 years – Abbott defends [straight out of West Wing episode Josh Lyman adverts against Republicans working till your 90, but policy is probably valid still re demographics]. Classic people skills (irony) Abbott re ALP conference ALP has no life, with “mogadon” control of PM, “buying popularity with borrowed money”.

Abbott reveals “dubious on climate  change science” but sop to sh*t browns in party in context of agreeing to ETS as can’t win the argument. Out take is Wilcox re PM Rudd cartoon no real action on Health, just cheap talk image true enough. 

Bruce Hawker looking well fed and contented lobbyist is 2nd guest. ALP conference an “elaborate fundraiser” question ouch, BH argues “presenting a united front [so political presentation to offside Coalition]. Argues ALP united on ETS, how many coalition to make an ETS, no one knows, either do they (cheap laugh?). Addresses [not] sleaze of lobbying in the ALP, rests his defence on non existing transparency.   

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





Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am  

ALP protest re Gunns pulp mill, and marine King Neptune etc, then slumber party of the ALP conference, footage of Alan Griffin.  Hawke footage swear over mining Antarctica [to cover his pro nuke, uranium, international waste dump Yellowcake Bob real history. Hawke did help save Franklin River but very mixed bag now.] Direct clash with Laurie Oakes who goes by the wayside by 8.46 am. Not a bad outcome framing united front but boring for the media. http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend   


9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am 

Only from 8.47 am clash with Riley Diary.


Mostly boiler plate but will have to re watch on web if possible.


Swan comments on fake email affair, and declines to answer but implies seen Auditor General report already.




Picture: Was a Labour voter? Image taken by SAM here at Cooks River Festival 2008 in the marginal seat of Marrickville.


Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Riley Diary style disco beat on ALP Conference, lots of grabs offset with Abbott book launch ‘never said an interesting thing in his life’, not under or overestimate PM Rudd.


Utegate fake email in Australian Story.


Uhlmann report natural evolution of Australian Politics re “dull report”. Notes Arbib vapour trail of a policy.  Technical problems: Return segment: “reversed the polarity” ! Argues Rudd is from but not of the ALP. Says Rudd rejects 108 history of the ALP in power only 13 years (or times? Have to check.).


Go to press round up, press reporting Turnbull met Grech. Weak commentary about Turnbulls on Austalian Story.  Anna Bligh in big trouble re perceptions of ALP cronyism.


Gillard is guest with boilerplate. Rolls out division in Coalition and conspicuous display of ‘unity’ at national conference. Talking about conspicuous cronyism in state ALP governments particularly Qld.


Vox pop with laughter club with pollies as the butt, then into serious Q & A, says will extend lives by 2 years, compared to Govt (in)action on national health reforms.


Arbib debacle in front of SkyNews in speak to set piece Rudd announcement re 50K new green jobs. Noted that he is national convenor of the Right of ALP. Bolt argues Rudd is making Arbib the fall guy for a deceitful policy [as per Greens critique where referred to as a cruel deceit in a ‘coal economy’].


Beattie $500K job in USA argues no cronyism in ALP, payment for access, including business disturbed also. Bolt argues unionist control of green energy assets is sleazy.


Noel Pearson on Qld – outside lobby groups installed in bureaucratic apparatus – Adrian on wild rivers previously Wildlife Preservation Society, Chalco mine lobbyists also. [Noel Pearson never mentions Howard breach of election promise 1996 for $40M to implement the broadly based consensus of Cape York Land Use Agreement 1997. This silence arguably is the price of direct Howard grants to Pearson’s CY Foundation and such as Noel protege Tania Major on Q &A last week??. Very messy indeed, and not so clear. Looking as fat as ever too.]


Talking Pics, pushed back to end of the show now. Health theme Rudd no action [as per Clarke & Dawe].  

Humour takeout UK MP David Cameron too many twits make a twat.




  Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Uranium coverage.Rod Atkinson with Scottish accent like Dirt Game exec, but exec for ERA in Darwin for real, intro says ERA tripled its profit to $100M plus first exports to China also, [with no guarantee it will go into their nuke weapons or shift along their supplies for same effect].

Note successful Black Green campaign at Jabiluka against expansion of Ranger at Jabiru, including this writer confidential legal report and protester support in Jabiru court [this bit interrupted by 43 bikers shiny machines, not bikies per se]. Cross refers to massive increase at Olympic Dam by BHP there.


Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/




Posted by editor at 12:01 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 2 August 2009 12:26 PM NZT
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Sunday political talkies: Turnbull shifts Coalition into ethical relevance on dangerous climate change, essayist PM Rudd runs out of $ugar hit
Mood:  rushed
Topic: aust govt




Author’s general introductory note  


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. 


For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  

Media backgrounders 
  1. West Wing episode (cliched?) re run this last week in the USA re legal academic (in that case arrest of Hispanic Justice Roberto Mendoza (recall teacher in Stand and Deliver and see http://westwing.wikia.com/wiki/Roberto_Mendoza to be appointed to US Supreme Court) and alleged white bread copper prejudice, so perhaps Big Media and White House press corp ought to break the script and actually do real journalism/reportage not stereotypes either way;
  2. Coffee coloured (Australian) abc news reader these last 2 weekends is impressive. Good going dude. Got a picture but too lazy to post it just now. Dule Hill from West Wing show will have to do - above. First for national broadcaster (but not first as per SBS).
  3.  Rudd punishing News Corp with (boring?) essay in Fairfax press? Flog them with a feather?
  4.  Complaint by SAM editor to ACCC re Telstra idea to charge cash for processing cash payments - how can this not be a deceptive omission as to contractual terms given custom time immemorial. Surely can only introduce to new customers with due notice.
  5.  As explained in a crikey string re Turnbull critic Wilson Tuckey – the guy has no credibility on resource economics as per his time as Forestry Minister claiming we are better off than in 1788, despite 1992 RAC report showing the exact opposite: 20% forest land cover down to 10%, much less than 1/10 of that is intact original style forest.
  6.  As explained on a crikey string also re Monica Oliphant of International Solar Energy Society that over 50 countries that collectively are 1/3 global emissions are just like Australia around an average <1% or <2% in which case Australia is a crucial indicator of what can be done (or not) given all our advantages.
  7.  Interesting to part hear topic of discussion “selling out” on Friday’s National Interest Radio National.



10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 

Cool glass of milk Deborah Rice in chair. Tanner is humdrum talent feeding mogodon into the economic commentary.

Press roundup, including Turnbull to suffer Bennelong campaign. Reference to Rudd tale of caution [really just admission stimulus was a sugar hit with no guarantee of next meal] 

Grab from CR from Access Ec spending must be reined in, joke really given spent all the surplus – derr. Humour/melodrama out take re deep brown Wilson Tuckey on CPRS/ETS and sledging of Liberal leader Turnbull. Irvine SMH and Farr News Corp both Sydney based.

Hockey with buzzcut. Lip service by Tanner to negotiate with Turnbull, happy to talk, assess departure from voter sentiment. Tanner plays sober declarations to share market card [as per ACF etc complaint to ACCC re deceptive misleading behaviour].

Various chatter … Moves onto protectionism, argues free trade case building muscle of previous decades [but ignores structural foreign exchange surplus by China destroying manufacturing around the world, and making political donations to maintain that corruption of global markets???] 

2nd out take cartoon out take, Nicholson coalition stewing in their juice.  

Unionist Dave …… AMWU (Left) in allaiance with Paul Howes (Right) AWU, alliance over policy ¼ million representation, says 76,000 jobs lost in last 12 months [numbers tbc]. Repeats same number.    

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



Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am  

[NAB schools student TV advert, reminiscent of McDonalds Maths posture.]

Late start after 8.43 am. Missed start, serious levity with Tuckey satirized but also like a semi retired mafia Don. Overall effect is chilling.






 9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am 

ACTU secretary Geof Lawrence, on the jobs mantra. Missed a fair bit, pedestrian style, serious issues lead up to National Conference. Move onto protectionism issue.




Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Lead in on climate change political dynamic. Riley style wrap on climate change with “Wilson” as in Castaway movie humour and ructions in Coalition.


Turnbull is feature interview and powered up in voice and approach [after Shadow Cabinet backing late last week]. Runs line of bio sequestration with emphasis and says Rudd scheme fails on this score [no doubt right]. Says ALP will have a riot in their own party room and unions. Goes into details of methane fugitive emissions [gas that is 21 times more impacting than CO2].


Panel is Lenore Taylor News Corp (centrist), Brian Toohey Fairfax AFR centrist, Meglo News Corp Aust (centrist)


White bread vox pops in Darwin for Hair of the Blog abc ‘sheila’ very astute question too.


Fantastic humour of Jon Stewart on carbon emissions boring messaging.


Various chat,


‘Prof’ Paul Kelly soliloquy is incisive – Rudd design is weak, unloved, arrogant to not negotiate but do have the ascendancy [of public intolerance of inaction].


Toohey points only a tax on emissions that doesn’t affect renewable energy. Discussion of agriculture not included in emissions. Agrees with Turnbull re biosequestration.


Appointment of Robert Hill noted. Toohey goes big and strong on fissile material nuke weapon proliferations from 25% nuclear energy.


Taylor notes PM Rudd free “uncritical” splash full pager in Fairfax, Meglo and Cassidy thinks its payback to News Ltd. Meglo very cool and diplomatic about the ethics of the issue. Toohey argues Fairfax leveraging Monthly articles which did well for that. But agrees it’s uncritical, no journalism.


[Arguably positioning for a journalism subsidy from the Australian Government as Fairfax bleeds?]


Talking Pics – the very acute and cool Somerville, profound globe in parking space disabled spot.


Meglo predicts 20 out of 30 seats in Qld could happen. Wunderlich in SA recruitment stunt. Toohey praises Smith and not Rudd cramping his style.




Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/


Posted by editor at 12:54 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 26 July 2009 1:05 PM NZT
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Redgum forests: Secret RACAC maps don't reflect too well on Carr's record in exhortation to Premier Rees
Mood:  sharp
Topic: nsw govt

We have been following the Redgum conservation campaign for some months now: Here are images from our story:

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Redgum forest decision in Victoria: Time for complementary NSW protection by Minister Ian Macdonald
Topic: nsw govt

Now we look at the record of past forest decisions to get a grasp of what we can expect from the brown ALP in NSW


Picture explanation: What's in a map? This is a secret map the Carr Govt didn't mean to release back in 1999, quite tatttered now after various relocations by the SAM editor. It was obtained from a friendly NSW Resource and Conservation Assessment Council (RACAC) staffer in early 1999 who quickly sought it back but we refused. Viewed with an informed eye it reveals just how hyperbolic Carr's oft boasted 'big national park decisions' actually is.

The final maps publicly released for the Upper, Lower and Eden forest regions don't have this colour detail as above. In the public version they merge the new reserves with the old park reservations to make them look bigger (see for example Upper NE map immediately below). 

Note in the map above carefully the purple/maroon area which shows the actual new national parks by Bob Carr in 1998-9. They are minimal compared to the light green logging areas effectively privatised for 20 years out of public land.

Don't be misled by the dark green areas above. These were parks created by other governments - decades and decades earlier in recognition of the 80 million hectare area of NSW majority cleared and degraded. 

The question has to be asked "Did Carr release more forest for destruction (private logging areas out of public forest) than he saved (new national park)?" The answer must be yes. Current premier Nathan Rees has a very low standard to improve on the record of  Bob Carr in his recent exhortations to save the redgum forests of the Murray Darling River.

Significantly Rees' current chief of staff GraemeWedderburn was also in that role for Bob Carr in 1998-99 and presumably in on the political deceit on the public interest back then.


Simon Santow ran some stories in the ABC radio news yesterday and on flagship World Today as here:

The World Today - Push to save river red gum forests 24/07/2009

The story was spinning off the article about, and opinion piece by, ex NSW premier Bob "akimbo" Carr in the Sydney Morning Herald both front page and opinion piece column:


 and front page here:

A word of advice: Carr tells Rees to save Riverina red gums

And the story is evolving already suggesting an ALP set piece choreography with advance notice to the ALP Govt of the SMH profile pieces:

Rees bows to pressure to stop logging 24 Jul 2009

It's sound politics for the NSW ALP no doubt given Verity Firth MP (ALP) is looking very shaky in her inner west seat of Balmain from so called 'blue' Green Mayor Jamie Parker: A description of Parker by News Corp's Imre Salusinszky, not understanding that Parker (marketing student and promoter of Horny Goatweed in your local ColesWorth supermarket) has always been an adoptee or at the least close ally of 'red Green' Lee Rhiannon MP since his Macquarie University student politician days.

(We well remember meeting Jamie in Rhiannon's parliamentary office foyer years ago and noting a precocious, impertinent, brash and talented individual. We decided to quit the party soon after.)


But News Corp know how to kick the ALP. As the Chinese say, everyone likes to push a falling wall.


Being such an accomplished spruiker Carr's Herald foray almost had this writer forgetting the ex premier's real record on forests in 1998 and 1999. How Carr protected:

'only 1/4 of the scientifically assessed areas deserving protection and under threat' according to Dailan Pugh of North East Forest Alliance (see Pugh's report of his below in late 1998).

Here is a sample of green NGO reactions we collected at the time knowing the historical accuracy and significance in the face of a tax payer funded PR machine:

Pugh was also recently quoted in the Australian Weekend colour magazine profile of current federal Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, then a policy adviser on forests to Carr Govt in NSW. He repeated the lowly 1/4  protection figure of true area demanded by the science in NSW. Wong then bailed out to become a South Australian senator, perhaps also knowing the truth would eventually come out in NSW about the forest fraud?

Indeed Carr has always been a dodgy and unreliable voice on the so callled 'programmatic specificity' of government policy. Not just integrity of forest conservation decisions. Famously he banned web archiving of his government press releases.

With a web archive people soon realise how maps of forests conflate publicly owned native forests into "Native forest and hardwood plantation" as per Upper North East publicly released RFA map (above): In other words conversion of public estate to agri industry corporate profit. All in a days work for the now Macquarie Bank consultant ex premier Bob Carr: He may well be a keen bushwalker but at some point like his political recruit Peter Garrett now minister at federal level he not only sold out the green agenda but started to believe his own bullsh*t too.

This is the first time these secretly obtained maps from the government's own RACAC have been (web) published. Also note RACAC itself is a rip off of the earlier Coaliton/Fahey Govt NRAC - Natural Resource Audit Council  of 1993-4. This gives you the clue of the brown ALP agenda from the beginning.

The secret maps show, particularly via the maroon colour new conservation areas versus light green logging areas, Carr simply foreclosed on any future protections with 20 year logging guarantees. And he has the chutzpah to call that being green. Certainly his strategy harvested green votes via cunning tax payer funded advertising but it wasn't a real green policy outcome, and the maps and credible commentary prove it.

Let the reader judge just how hyperbolic those '300 new national parks I created ... no one could have done more' claims by Bob Carr on radio yesterday 24 July 2009 actually amount to. Such statistical games are only really of any sense taken in context of nationally and statewide only 20% forest landcover in 1788, down to 10% land cover now, with barely 1/10 of that which actually remains intact mature forest critical to wildlife. The highly mechanised logging and agricultural industries have been taken their toll. 

Tragically Carr only manages to parade his 300 national parks by airbrushing from history the far greater area of forest he effectively privatised. That's just another reason why he was embraced by Macquarie Bank as a consultant within months of being forced from office under pressure of devastating polls in 2005.

Ironically now the caravan has moved to west of the Great Divide Carr's and the Sydney Morning Herald's postures on saving redgum forests are indeed valid and important. The two main NGO groups associated - The Wilderness Society and NSW National Parks Association - are quite justified in leveraging the exhortations of Carr as a loyal ALP public figure.

But those of us with longer experience and more probing analysis of green and national politics well understand Carr's posture has more to do with:

  • Carr papering over his own dodgy environmental record, and perhaps desire for redemption at various times;
  • the flurry of attacks this last week on federal brand ALP minister Peter Garrett and his shredded green credentials - recruited by Bob Carr in the first place after green group scathing repudiations of Carr in 1998-99;
  • the electoral bleeding of inner west ALP MP's like Verity Firth, and also to some degree Carmel Tebbutt.

Now this writer has the web publishing capacity much of this pre google material can now by made accessible.

Here is the remainder of the maps available at that time, indicating the relatively minor additions by Carr in maroon colour, the much more extensive dedicated logging areas in light green with repeal of iconic environmental legislation, and below that the scathing reportage of Dailan Pugh in 1998-9, important as Pugh was embraced by the Carr Govt and a green NGO appointee on RACAC itself. Groups with far more democratic base like The Wilderness Society were simply frozen out. Note too how a scathing statement of Carr as "sell out" reference by Pugh below becomes a lesser rhetorical question in lobbying document to the NSW Teachers Federation.










Picture (above): Notably absent from the line up at this icon event was one Peter Garrett because it would involve criticising ALP premier Bob Carr



In conclusion, one can safely assume that the rate of native forest destruction in NSW, including high conservation value forest has not reduced at all since Bob Carr's 'big national parks decision of 1998-99. And the additions to his national parks since - for example 65,000 ha in the 2003 election campaign - do not alter the general position. Increased intensity of logging in State Forests, and on private land, has resulted in the destruction of millions of individual rare and endangered wildlife.  When you deconstruct the spin current premier Nathan Rees could hardly do worse than Premier Bob Carr when it comes to ecologically sustainable logging policies or conservation as in the case of the redgum forests and may God have mercy on them now.

Famously politicians like Bob Carr in 1994 find it easy to be green in Opposition but can't be trusted. Notice similarly with these ALP politicians pre 2007 federal election namely Garrett and Albanese, later in lock step to support a Gunns plan for a massive pulp mill of Old Growth forests in Tasmania.


Nathan Rees though premier of NSW is in effect an ALP politician in Opposition posturing on green policy too, but the implementation will need extreme levels of scrutiny.



Posted by editor at 12:51 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 26 July 2009 12:08 PM NZT
Lin family murder tragedy echoes with other unsolved crimes?
Mood:  sad
Topic: local news

We had cause to respond to a recent abc radio interview with police calling for any points of information 'no matter how trivial' on this horrific family murder in North Epping.

Previously we speculated quietly on a crikey.com.au string regarding street violence on whether there was a racial motive. Next day we rang crimestoppers with a speculation about this relating to an ethnic run business in the Hills district about an hour's drive away, and the unsolved fire disaster at a Glebe Budhist temple inner Sydney in early 2008.

Another variation on that might be a ruthless protection racket perhaps by Triad organised crime (?).

First the Glebe temple here:

Burnt out ... fire has damaged Sydney's oldest Chinese temple.

Burnt out ... fire has damaged Sydney's oldest Chinese temple.
Photo: Andrew Meares

This image from the Sydney Morning Herald was lifted in our piece back in early 2008:

"In particular we were interested in several coincidences: One is this ugly fire attack in neighbouring Glebe of a Chinese Temple which actually is only about 1 km away and only a week before hand, as per Sydney Morning Herald Jan. 31st reportage (we know this Temple too which is a very nice serene place) in

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

We notice today a Budhist ceremony for the dead family in North Epping as reported in the Sydney Daily Telegraph today 25 July 2009. We draw no conclusions from that religous link either way. We just don't know.

Later that day senior police on ABC tv prime time news stated there is no evidence of racial motivations for this horrific murders.

Now we come to this other unsolved crime, self explanatory public poster here at an ethnic business perhaps an hour's drive from North Epping:

and this same location again public notice from 6 months earlier

We understand from general media reports that the NSW police are putting a high level of resources into this horrific case. One hopes and trust they solve it soon.

Posted by editor at 11:53 AM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 25 July 2009 11:59 AM NZT
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Sunday political talkies: Can Rein distract hunters from rock dinosaur Garrett the ALP figleaf?
Mood:  party time!
Topic: aust govt



No horizon - no borderline

Too far away to know or define

Sweet wonderland.

Empty playground - drenched in sorrow

The forest weeps last harvest tomorrow

Sweet wonderland.


Made in Japan

The pleasure boats are leaving

But there's nowhere to go

Into time-on, only minutes left

Hear the whistle blow

Sweet wonderland.


Dream of the future - forget about the past

I'll sell you something - you think it's gonna last

Sweet wonderland

Give away your riches - give away your gold

Ghost nation's soul can never be sold.

Ghost nation by Hunters and Collectors


Author’s general introductory note  

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. 


For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to the programme web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.


Other sources of pollie talkies on Sunday include SkyNews paytv Sunday Agenda, Radio National Monica Attard Sunday Profile show. And of course Sunday night shows SBS Dateline, Sixty Minutes and now Sunday Tonight on 7.  


Picture: The headlines regarding PM's spouse Therese Rein stories are the 'tell' so to speak. Can you spot them? Notice the Peter Garrett song title "power and the passion" in one, and the even more blatant reference to "burn the midnight oil" referring indirectly to Garrett's rock band Midnight Oil. Yet they are stories about Rein are they not? Or rather a banal distraction from the real topic of news being Peter Garrett's hypocrisy on uranium mining which otherwise would dominate. We here at SAM recall hearing on radio of Garrett driving a Peugeot 504 model back in the early 70ies as a surfer dude. At that time a late model European car: A man grows accustomed to a certain standard of living at an early age, even a minister's wage especially with daughters to support.

  Media backgrounders 

* Minister Garrett the rock dinosaur hits the wall over his ALP sellout on green issues revealed by general cartoon coverage more in sadness than anger. And despite such as Annabel Crabb prime Saturday Fairfax acreage trying to portray him as an endangered whale. Au contraire – dinosaur not whale, and indeed predator dinosaur as per 2006 electioneering smear on The Greens in Melbourne. Too easy to the poor guy attack she implies. No, quite painful to attack given he’s effectively rolled back the 1996 consensus of the national green movement that the ALP are bankrupt on the environment - then under Keating - and to invest in an independent Green Party.  

Garrett has in reality been sabotaging the green movement for 13 years and deserves no sympathy for his vanity. And Crabb noticeably omits the reality from her own high paid perch that the millionaire rockstar gets well paid to take ‘the knocks’. And all that access and flattery and ministerial trappings. Front man ego regardless of the facts. And Big Media allies can’t spin that. 

*  It’s not just Garrett’s uranium mining backflip. His own Sydney ACF branch activists through the 1990ies never trusted him on woodchipping of forests here in NSW or Tasmania  etc. People like life long campaigners Noel Plumb, Margaret Barnes, Bruce Dover (RIP) to name only a few. Garrett refused to attend a Big Forest Meeting attended by Senator Bob Brown at Sydney Town Hall along the theme of ‘resurgence’ (crowd of 1,500). What an insult. Fact is Garrett was an apologist for the Carr ALP and nationally over 10 years ago. All this was airbrushed by Garrett’s self serving ngo Mittagong Forums of selective naive green group invites over several years no doubt picking their brains for the harvest by the ALP mates. 

* Laurie Oakes by coincidence in Saturday column refers to the Mal Meninga option of being too honest to work for an anti green ALP. We made a similar "Mal Meninga" comment of a personal heartfelt note below (see Bernard Keane crikey backgrounder): 

* In another ripple/echo effect of blogger SAM to big media or possibly back (?), we ran a 1998 picture of Garrett talking to a man in a dress from scrurrilous NT News . Then we saw superlative David Rowe putting Rudd in dress in his AFR cartoon. Our post was on Wednesday last, here http://www.sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog/index.blog/1926532/confused-minister-garrett-captured-by-nt-news-back-in-1998/ 



Not sure which came first in the cross dressing confusion theme. Both images are as they say "highly disturbing". 

* Garrett was not the only rock star surfing the protest movement in the 1990ies and arguably not the best – see Hunters & Collectors song above transparently about the Eden chipmill 100% Japanese owned for customers in that country for their cartoon book paper industry.

Similarly Sting attended the South East Forest protests (most arrests in Australian history) from famous band The Police in the early 1990ies. We may even have a picture of that too somewhere. 

* As if the underline the insincere ALP choreography on green issues Nathan Rees gets a platform at the (Climate Institute sponsored) Youth Climate summit held at the UTS. CI itself was seed funded by ex ALP premier Bob Carr, with the Youth Summit holding a video link cross to famous Al Gore, who next day in a news conference is chaperoned by Don Henry leader of Australian Conservation Foundation, with ACF the incubator for … Peter Garrett profile build and Mittagong Forums of greenies up to a federal seat and ministerial perch in this ALP Govt. Nice work if you can get it.

Fact is the Green Party, Greenpeace, The Wilderness Society and some grassroots groups (like say Chipstop at Bega) or Botany Bay & Catchment Alliance are the only independent green groups in the south east of the country in the sense that they are unaligned to either major brown party – Liberal-National Coalition or Labor Party in Government.  

* Curiously Crikey.com.au’s Bernard Keane has a story defending Garrett http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/16/leave-peter-garrett-alone but what was most worring was undeclared ex PM Keating ALP staffer Simon Baulderstone on the comment string stridently trying to defend Garrett. Tsk tsk. Fact is Baulderstone worked for Keating 95-96 on environment policy when the green groups abaondoned the ALP over destruction of the best forests in the country. It takes three attempts to expose Baulderstone’s provenance on the string and only then by quoting a crikey 2004 story.

Keane responds that moderation has nothing to do with him and we of course accept him at his word. Why did it take three tries I wonder and who prevented those earlier posts?  Baulderstone replies with supreme chutzpah that so what if he didn't declare his ALP connections at the highest level, including former staffer for Garrett himself.

One only of our comments there re Garrett: 

I’ve been mulling over what’s different between crome dome and myself after all we both went to Ursula College at ANU, though I doubt he’s on a gluten free diet.I’ve thought a bit about this recently: It was 1997 or 98 in the teeth of the first Howard Govt. I still had leverage with the peak green groups in NSW after the close election victory back in 1995. I drafted a statement attacking Howard’s woodchipping policies for the state greens network NEFA, SEFA, all the peak groups including [TWS] TEC, NPA, NSW NCC, FOE, ACF etc. I still have a copy somewhere.

[here it is


It was delivered in front of Howard’s electorate office, when Gunns was not even a glint in Paul Lennon’s eye, with a briefcase of woodchips for the occasion. The assembled media pack was quite big, press, electronic, some tv too. And it struck me in front of that crowd like a blinding light - that the only benefactors of this stunt was the ALP with an equally open slather pro woodchipping policy courtesy of Paul Keating (verus Deferred Forest Areas debacle 1995-96 monstering Minister John Faulkner).

I chucked it right there in front of the Big Media. Cleaned up the woodchips and walked away - the plan was an ostentatious arrest in front of the media throng with senior coppers on hand. No problem arrested many times before. Matthew Moore current FoI editor at Fairfax wrote back then an icily contemptuous comment piece about pity the trees for such ineffectual protest action. But he didn’t understand in his reptilian way that like Mal Meninga I just couldn’t do it - that is effectively be a political sl*t for the ALP.

Too good a memory of Paul Keating killing forests and too many principles.That’s the difference.  


* As if fully aware of Garrett’s credibility gap, as a figleaf for an anti green government as they expand coal mining nationally, the ALP Machine seemingly rolls out Therese Rein choreography as distraction. Trouble is PM Rudd/spouse Rein only have one roll of that spin dice and its expended, and the story isn't very interesting or appealing. Comes across more like her ruthless political husband than not. References to her family culture of a Forgettery are profound given prissy Christians ability to be selective. Like the eye of the needle/camel instruction of Jesus Christ. How to be a Christian and forget you are a multi millionaire. Oh please.

Also reveals Rudd only sleeps 3 or 4 hours a night and has always been like that. Which suggests the guy is a psychological timebomb and no wonder he had heart problems at only mid 30ies. 


* As written several times now recently, the only mitigation in the Garrett green movement sabotage story is that ex PM Howard was very likely to pursue dual use nuke power and weaponry either indirectly via US base say at Christmas Island (after Garcia Del Fuego handback?) or directly (eg report of navy lobby want nuke subs here now).  Also that the ALP were the only likely removal mechanism of Howard. On the other hand if Garrett was a NSW Greens senator today he would have balance of power in place of redneck Steve Fielding of the creationist Assembly of God demographics. 


* Bob Carr opinion piece against writers cultural/copyright protections in News Corp The Australian – with no declaration that he represents big corporate Dymock booksellers. That’s corrupt news presentation and dishonesty (again?) of Carr too not to declare?? 


* Dual broadsheet coverage and glossy mag coverage of millionaire spouse to PM Rudd Therese Rein. Preferred access to Annabel Crabb Fairfax, and Kate Legge News Corporation. She appears as just another ALP gap filler in the 24 hour news cycle. Which itself has been made redundant by the bombing in Jakarta on Friday and blown her (bad pun) off the news cycle anyway. Squandered political capital.  


* Environmental politics has always had a sleazy underbelly in NSW. At one point Ian Cohen MLC (Green Party) said to this writer about 7 years back along the lines of 'What's going on at NCC? [NSW Nature Conservation Council umbrella body for their registered green groups about 140 or so, not Greenpeace and some others though]. I just won't work with them anymore. That's it.'

On another occasion a former Herald journalist mid 90ies said the NCC 'has always been corrupt'.

Our first real wake up call about that body - which to be fair has new personnel and probably values today - was a breakfast meeting with Premier John Fahey and Cabinet colleagues prefacing an announcement weeks later of a measly 113K out of possible 750K endangered wilderness (in context of 80M ha statewide) in 1994. We represented The Wilderness Society. There was NCC leadership at the breakfast too who had not raised a finger on wilderness protection unlike The Wilderness Society, or Keith Muir at Colong Foundation. We had no notice they would be there. Even National Parks Association had done very little. After 3 years on the job I was asking myself who are these people [from NCC]?

During this period it seemed quite simple to campaign against the redneck Lib-Nat Coalition and in effect give defacto support to the Carr ALP Opposition.

However the late 90ies just how sleazy the ALP could be became apparent. The Carr Govt instituted a 400K grant scheme to winnow out the friendlies from the independent minded critics in the green movement. What Milo Dunphy called duchessing. This writer decidedly in the latter critical camp. All our grim policy predictions came true but NCC were happy to take the $50K cheque every 6 months regardless. There just was no political penalty to Carr for bad policy.

In the beginning late 80ies it was all so idealistic and probably quite honest:

Some pressers later on in the 90ies showed Carr claiming in effect Mission Accomplished on forests but this was woefully premature. We were one of the first to predict the failings and insincerity of the ALP as forests were attacked in 1995 and 1996. And the alarm of scolded green groups were heard more generally by 1998 realising how their ship was about to go down - too late, too late (and no wonder Carr didn't want to have his policy decisions recorded and cross referenced on web archives):



As the truth of this period of environmental decade became more apparent the ALP has been in desperate need in NSW of a green champion for Australia's high population centres. Enter Peter Garrett - aging, fading rock star well past his prime. The role of the NCC earlier should have been the warning to the public. The process of duchessing meant all kinds of dirty policy would go forward duly greenwashed or sanitised by some green figleaf type figure or organisation.

As we deconstructed the detail of policy we too came under severe personal and professional attack: Here is a rebuttal of a sleazy complaint from Dr Judy Messer head of the NCC to Friends of the Earth national (a group in itself way too close to the logging union in Melbourne):


Looks bad doesn't it? If you can be bothered taking the time to read the tripe.

Have a look at the rebuttal when we finally got a copy of the covert complaint, with witness backup and by the way the said public servant Rex Bowen 'retired' soon after presumably (?) under pressure from the FoI application we made to expose financial duress by the Carr Govt to manipulate appointees to a committee using grant money to NCC as the leverage. A scandal that has never been properly reported in NSW:



What has all this got to do with Peter Garrett's recently condemned policy backflip?

Only that it's part of a more general paradigm of NSW ALP management of environmental policy applying all kinds of sleazy influence. By contrast remember the Lib-Nat breakfast meeting back in 1994 - they just shafted us without any tricks or dishonesty. We opposed them and beat them at the March 1995 election. That was flower show compared to the smell these days.


10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am 

Lead in is fanatic murders of rich westerners including Australians in Jakarta. [In a country of tens of millions of impoverished, as Hillary Clinton symbolically stays at similar target in Mumbai. Suggestions punishment of voters for SBY re-election, and resultant urban gridlock for big popular soccer game Man United.???] 

Talent is Opp shadow foreign minister Julie Bishop.  

Humour out take Peter Garrett over ‘Fresh Thinking’ slogan ALP national conference “proud” of anti uranium mining principles. [More than that, built his whole careeer and social reach on that via songwriters and band behind him, now joins the enemy. Totally untenable. All the major press as pictured here don’t buy his excuses.] 

Panel is Milne News Corp, Hewitt News Corp. Stern Hu et al scandal. Bishop runs her lines. Bishop looks confident about Govt dithering and lack of top leadership contact to China. Various analyses with Bishop in the groove, enjoying herself and even sparkling. That’s a worry for the Govt. 

Get Up runs anti web censorship advert. It’s very interesting and professional actors and sets. Footage of Rudd travel warning.  Professor Clive Williams. Speculation Nordin Top behind this attack. Marriot twice, last one vehicle this one personal. Top almost caught twice in the last 12 months. “Is that right” Milne asks gormlessly. 

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



Riley Diary 7, from 8.30am


 No show – perhaps due to the gravity of Jakarta murders a flippant package might be inappropriate. Sadly missed. Garrett’s hypocrisy was fertile material.  http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend   


9 Sunday newshour Laurie Oakes interview 8.40 am 

Nicola Roxon Health Minister, somewhat out of sync with the news. Not the right person but LO has to make do. Get’s to emergency attack scenario capacity.  Says well prepared but unpredictable, investing in the system. Gets onto Swine Flu capacity in the system. Elective surgery disrupted badly? Denies this.






Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Panel news round up Fran Kelly, Piers Akerman re business meeting aspect.


Stephen Smith Foreign Minister on Jakarta murders/bombing. Moves on eventually to Stern Hu et al arbitrary detention.


Roller skates vox pop on Garrett hypocrisy. Stay with singing complete backflip says youth versus older guy.


News conference cross re death of Australian soldier in Afghanistan . Panel discusses.


Stern Hu et al re China panel discussion. Fran Kelly nails it – GFC economic disruptions mean China re asserting centralized economic controls and rollbacking western market style checks and balances, “end of story”


‘Prof’ Paul Kelly echoes our analysis (SAM editor contributions on crikey strings) – Hu matter echoes “our future”, “naïve” polity here, “not our values”. China want 40% cut in iron ore prices, assertion of Chinese authority. Good news is separate from bilateral relation, bad news ongoing “saw”. Prof has been reading SAM contributions methinks. And tending to agree with same. Gratifying.


Peter Garrett slick apologia for ALP footage. Panel debates, Akerman says he’s a jerk and in effect dishonest, Kelly says should be in different portfolio and Rudd as PM is a sadist to keep him there, Farr says evolved his beliefs not hypocritical.


Antony Green says Greens Party will get balance of power in a half or double dissolution in the Senate.


Panel predicts election sooner rather than later. Therese Rein articles – read through them, Akerman and Farr says coverage has been banal. Didn’t convey any real life. Kelly very impressive person in her own right.  Too much choreography. Conduct an interview without any stuff ups.


Akerman says its ALP Rudd asset. Agrees lack of sleep is a problem for most psychologists (Alan Jones only 4 it is said).


Talking pictures theme of Peter Garrett. Note also of David Rowe cartoon as per backgrounders above.


Note Get Up censorship of web advert and show it in full. As per Meet The Press adbreak.


Panel says exaggerating given real problem of internet porn especially for children.


Kelly predicts ALP talking to coal industry on CPRS again. Farr not one top rank academic will attack China due to duchessing [except Paul Monk]. Akerman says wehere is the utegate email??? [good question]





Inside Business with Alan Kohler 

Lead in on Stern Hu scandal of arbitrary arrest. Interviews says China shooting selves in foot given economic expansion ramping up imports. Anger over prices.  Risky, damage relationship and prices in agenda to get steel industry under control.


Rio Tinto lead negotiating team now in jail. A lot of confusion, commercial terms and supply and demand, but Govt as political issue and that works against their negotiating position. Economic growth in China at 8% [but ignores rubbery June quarter figures for country of 1 billion in only 2 weeks mid July as per Stephen Long abc chief economic reporter]


Refer http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/

Posted by editor at 12:59 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 19 July 2009 5:58 PM NZT
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Confused Minister Garrett captured by NT 'News' back in 1998
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: aust govt


And while we are being gratuitous some other sledges of environmental opportunist Peter Garrett from our file first from Crikey.com.au and Fairfax Sydney Morning Herald respectively.






Posted by editor at 9:40 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:42 PM NZT

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