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Sunday political talkies 12th August 2007


Sunday, 12 August 2007
Sunday political tv talkies: Ruthless Rudd masquerade as Kevin 07 Bond 'the Howard slayer' aka Austin Powers aka Bondi jokester?

Mood:  d'oh
Topic: election Oz 2007



Picture: Will the real Kevin Rudd stand up (assuming such exists), or like John Howard is he a comedy fiction that blows with the sea breeze in any policy direction?




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



This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.



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



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



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



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




Media backgrounder:


Matt Price in Wkend Australia very good re Bullshit Wednesday of both Rudd and Howard.


Akerman in Sunday Telegraph sledges Brumby appeasing Big Media on Right to Know agenda.


Nasty increase in homophobic violence in Oxford St [proximate to the marginal seat of Wentworth] Sunday Herald p10




10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am


Press roundup – general tenor Howard Govt on the way out. Bennelong [soft] ALP lead for McKew via feral News Ltd press.


Heather Ridout Australian Industry Group – general discussion of conomics and IR. One tough lady, a female version of John Howard in generation and discipline? Fit perfectly in an ALP centre right govt. Apolitical for 136 years so stayed out of business adverts campaign for Work Choices of Howard Govt.


PB compere notes big exaggeration of adverts re economy boost via WC. Ridout concedeso only part. Most of AIG are collective agreements.

PB – its individual and secret is the problem with WC. Says now registered.


To first adbreak – Echo point joke by Howard in Parliament. Joyce joke about Rudd in bed with Howard.


Panel – Hewitt Australian, Farr Daily Telegraph.


Advert of dodgy actor ‘worker’ in fact bad employer stuff up by fed govt. How make IR an economic debate. “Kevin Rudd understands the message, potency of employer argument about common law contracts not as good as AWAs.


2nd ad break outtake Zanetti cartoon on McMansion mortgage repayments.


2nd guest John Edwards HSBC chief economist re same dry economics which actually run the world.


We are not in a boom. Export growth been very disappointing. Expect China growth to continue but said commodity boom behind us. [Talking about price not volume here, and capacity constraint.]


AWA no affect on economy, most unfortunate common law contracts came back backs up Heather Ridout.


Transcript in due course





7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary  -



Riley goes the Bond allusion as we thought when hearing Kevin 07 website with the same colour hair. In fact we got out Casino Royal but he is so not the new Bond its funny. Rudd is more like Bob Carr dandy (only with kids) that is slippery, stands for everything and nothing, only cares about power and totally ruthless. Just like Howard.


Footage  shows nerds in Kevin07 shirts – jumps to farce of yeah baby music of Mike Myers – Austin Powers – who also has an Australian connection here with Russell Gilbert – and its really very funny





Insiders 2


Bob McMullan quote “hell of a way to run a country” riposte by Cassidy Rudd me tooism is a hell of a way to run an Opposition. How true.


Avoids the private bail out of sawmill in Hume contest with project in Bombala (as per NSW Stateline show last night).


Very competent Bob.


Everyperson wine grower small business people.


Footage of Rudd on interest rate rise.


Panel Karen Middleton SBS, David Marr Fairfax, Andrew Bolt News Herald Sun.


Note Howard tricky, wriggle room, laugh in agreement.


Aston byelection in 2004 interest rates big difference if happens says Howard. Bolt says devastating for govt on economics that ALP wouldn’t do worse.


Paul Kelly soliloquy – first time since 1980 interest within 6 months of an election. Very tough week for the govt. …. Footage similar to MTP above about Rudd echo – there is a contradiction but right tactic re safe on the economy. Govt got some good lines up about Echo nomics.


Kelly in Qld looking at council amalgamations – wall to wall labour govts leverage contrast. [Rudd as Bob Carr angle in fact, only with 3 kids, so back under the trap door Carr …..with Mark Latham ha ha.]


“Every one is playing a double game” Bolt agrees with Marr no one really knows what’s going on, and what ALP stands for. Journos pick up my theme in the images above about farce, lifted from Riley on 7. No one really knows what ALP will do if they are elected.


Agree Howard interventions wouldn’t have happened without election pressure. ALP will be very interventionist. Only being done where no Lib govts, will be in future so bad governance.


Quotes Laura Tingle – pulling rabbits out of hat. Transparent to public? Think so.


Bolt says falling into stereotype of trickiness up till now exaggerated claim.


…. NT intervention robust debate, Bolt used to work up there for CLP Reeves.


Kevin Harkins resignation as ALP candidate – talks about alleged inducements but logger leaflet campaign pro Latham the Monday prior in The Australian might really explain his wrecked chances: as here





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Aussie home loans Symonds something about slow big end of town via interest rates hurts the battlers, Greenwood says another tool is needed for big end slow down.


Story about veterans unhappy with Vietnam war era.


Downer with Oakes , missed the start. On Iraq – admits US congress patience very thin now. No public support says LO.


More complex issue. Rudd letter in press today in support of the war.


ALP getting the star recruits re national security. Downer presses “no plan for the future” lacks substance PR creation – this is the Bob Carr effect via Hawker Britian – too good at spin.


LO – at what point look at the leadership – 3 months from election earlier – you tap PM on shoulder? Says settled issue in the Coalition. Howard is enormous electoral plus. In the cycle now always controversy. No one has any intention to tap him on shoulder.


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