Do you want the truth?

I’ve heard enough about Miranda Devine (of The Telegraph) to keep me away from her articles. All the fool me then for wandering into one. Her article Labor can’t handle the truth confirmed all the stories of how pathetic she is. Here is her article in full:

Is there anything this government will not tamper with?

In its mistaken belief that more legislation equals good government we are witnessing one of the most frenetic and interventionist administrations our country has ever endured.

From sport to border protection, energy to mining, hospitals to clunker cars, live cattle exports to fishing trawlers, is there a single human endeavour in which the government leaves well enough alone?

You would think after so many policy disasters it might have the wit to temper its reforming zeal. But this government seems to be in a mad race to stamp its brand over everything, no matter how destructive, just for the satisfaction of saying “Labor was here” – before Labor becomes history.

Now it is our turn. Echoes of Bob Brown could be seen in the vindictive media regulation Communications Minister Stephen Conroy unveiled yesterday.

This bastard child born of revenge and hubris is a threat to free speech and democracy.

Conroy’s illiberal mindset is betrayed by the fact he is determined to ram it through parliament next week. No compromises.

It was Bob Brown, enraged by criticism of Gillard’s climate change policies and deal with the Greens, who first seized on the opportunity that the British phone hacking scandal presented to cow the media at home.

Even though the disgraceful practices of Fleet Street had not occurred in Australian media, as various inquiries proved, the government was happy to follow Brown’s lead.

Who could forget Julia Gillard saying News Limited, publisher of The Daily Telegraph, had “hard questions” to answer over the UK scandal? Or Conroy claiming this paper was “running a campaign on regime change”? Or a Cabinet which reportedly discussed “going to war” with News Limited. Instead of accepting criticism and arguing its case like any government in a healthy democracy, this one uses its power to destroy critics. It seems to think it has the right to dictate news, demand journalists be sacked, and write history in its own image.

The government blames the “Murdoch media” for holding it to account. I would say its anger shows we are doing our jobs properly.

After all, Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald didn’t like media scrutiny of their activities but, without a free press, ICAC would never have launched the investigations which have revealed so much alleged skullduggery in NSW.

There can be little doubt that Conroy’s sole purpose is to bully the Murdoch press into submission, just as he once boasted that he had such “unfettered legal power” over telecommunications executives that he could instruct them to “wear red underpants on your head”.

This is the minister who has no problem with the ABC and Fairfax joining forces to report stories. But the minute News Limited and Channel Ten’s Meet The Press decide to work together he wants to impose legislation to stop it.

Under this government attacks on free speech have combined in a pincer movement. Now Conroy wants to create a new layer of bureaucracy to regulate the media. His powerful Public Interest Media Advocate would be responsible for giving the media a “Heart Foundation Tick” of approval, he said yesterday.

Any media organisation which chooses not to be overseen by the PIMA will pay a heavy price. It will not be exempted from certain sections of the Privacy Act, like organisations which succumb to Conroy’s Heart Foundation tick of approval.

This eminence would be in charge of applying the “public interest test” to media purchases. Or as former competition regulator Graeme Samuel scathingly put it: “Political interest test.”

Conroy has come up with the sort of regulation of the media we would expect to see in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe.

“We have a right to a free press, but … ” he says.

It’s a pretty big but. He talks about “fairness” but one man’s fairness is another man’s bias. He claims the legislation is needed to ensure a “diversity” of voices in the media. But we have never had so much diversity. Anyone with a computer and a blog can set themselves up as a publishing brand in competition with mainstream media.

Why the big hurry, anyway? Why rush this legislation through in what should be an effective caretaker period 185 days before the election.

Because the government is inherently unstable, riven with division, backbiting and remorse. Conroy can’t even guarantee who the Prime Minister will be after next week so he must force his legislation though post-haste.

It’s no way to run a country.

There’s a lot to attack in that article, but I’ll leave that up to you. Instead, I’ll borrow her words “Now it is our turn” and respond with “now it is my turn”.

Do you want the truth? Well here it is:

Your newspaper provides the most manipulative, dishonest, sensationalist, gutless, unfair and unbalanced media in this country. They are lucky to have you on their team to offer pieces of dribble such as your article above.

A search through your previous articles does not reveal much in the way of discussion or dissection of what is important for Australians. You know, minor things such as education, health, employment, lower interest rates, a strong economy, a good welfare system. Your claim that the Murdoch media is doing it’s job properly suggests you live in a parallel universe. If you were doing your job properly then perhaps you might like to ask Tony Abbott some questions instead of talking about the curtains in Julia Gillard’s motel room in Rooty Hill. Who really gives a stuff.

But perhaps your claim that the “Murdoch media is doing it’s job properly” is bipartisan. Doing the job properly, or doing properly what you are asked to do? The latter, I imagine. Peter Wicks has a better idea than you about what doing the Murdoch media’s job properly is. Peter wrote:

Still, this paper (The Telegraph) and News Ltd are part of the corporation that in the UK is embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal. The company that thinks it is OK to hack the mobile phone of a missing murdered schoolgirl and actually delete messages, effectively tampering with evidence and emotionally torturing the girls family.

In Australia News Ltd have desperately tried to distance themselves from the scandal in many a fine display of mock outrage. However there was an Australian link in the phone-hacking scandal that was not often spoken about.

Some of you may remember the hacked conversation that revealed Prince Charles fondness for sanitary products. Prince Charles was reported as telling Camilla Parker Bowles how he wished he was her tampon. Always the romantic apparently….

That story came from a hacked phone call that was allegedly organised by News International staff. So as not to draw attention to themselves, News International reportedly passed the details to News Ltd in Australia who broke the story in New Idea, once that happened News Internationals British press ran the story that apparently “broke in Australia”.

We didn’t read much about that story despite the Australian connection to what was the worlds biggest news story at the time. I know of only a few articles in Fairfax, I guess that’s the beauty of the accused party owning 70% of the news sources in Australia.

It must be so easy to do your job properly when you belong to a media empire that controls 70% of the news sources. And that includes working for a paper, a media owner that are full of shit and writing accordingly.

It’s no way to run a media empire in Australia.

Oh, and here’s another truth. That outfit you’re wearing (below) is ridiculous. It makes you look fat. Was the material formerly hanging as a curtain? :mrgreen:


Photo attributed to http://www.international.mq.edu.au

71 comments on “Do you want the truth?

  1. This goes to show how paid journalists like Miranda Devine
    are moulding their blatently biased stories to fulfill their next pay cheque!!! Have mortgage to pay off, must write what others dictate or will lose said home!!! Corrupt and in fact they are being held at ransom to report what someone who doesn’t even live in this country wants to happen to this country!! It’s sick! Biased comment by local mining and overseas forces are happening and mostly unknown by most poeple in this country who class stories by ACA or Today Tonight as NEWS!!

  2. This is the piece of work that wrote:

    “it is not arsonists who should be hanging from lamp-posts but greenies.”

    Draw your own conclusions.

  3. It’s hard to believe that any one with a rational mind would read the rubbish that comes out of Miranda Devine let alone believe it. She writes lies, distortions, untruths and nastiness and puts them out there with the express purpose of shaping people’s thoughts to throw out our legally elected government. She should be ashamed of herself and her efforts for her criminal employer.

  4. In the meantime Devine you overlook the fact that a very conservative government in the UK is attempting to bring in a a media regulator with powers that make our government’s proposal seem timid in comparison.

  5. In the meantime the right wing media in this country is doing a snow job for the new pope and he’s only been in a day whilst the bash Labor and the government on every front imaginable.

  6. Once again the MSM are trashing the Prime Minister, the government needs to show a bit of guts and bring in truth by media laws.

  7. We need the Canadian media truth laws asap, then for a few days the headlines of the MSM would contain lots of white spaces as they could not handle the truth. That in turn could result in Tablet size newspapers the greens would be happy lots of trees saved.
    Migs I picked up a portion of yesterdays OZ as the OH and I stumbled out of the club this morning just to read the media crap in the flesh so to speak, memo to self must wash hands again. A close bio of the Minister included by BK so relevant that readers know where he is coming from. IF only they took that much effort in their other quests none of this would have been necessary.

  8. The saddest thing is that newlibited is not alone. Fairfax has descended to levels approaching theirs, the only difference is, it doesn’t have a global movie business to support it. It just has the worlds richest woman (not that I am implying that has any bearing on their decline). Take this as an example. The opposition leaks, the journos jump, and miss, again, the relevant news to voters, what is ACTUALLY happening.

    The government was either on the cusp of another spill, or the Coalition was spreading rumours to that effect to distract from very pleasing job creation figures released earlier.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/hockey-loses-grip-on-purse-strings-20130314-2g3in.html

    Of course, the lead on the (9) news last night, was the rumours. And the journos wonder why we don’t listen to them anymore ❓

  9. Needless to say the MSM and this includes Fairfax, are stating that media reform “threatens leadership”..well of course it does, just the same as the Nats’ refusal to agree with Abbott’s Direct Action plan threatened his leadership. But of course it didn’t. Every day we see Two Rules, one for Labor and a far more lenient and benign one for Tony Abbott’s Liberals.

  10. In all forms of business there are penalties for proving “false and misleading” information. Why should this not also apply to the media?

  11. Oh, and here’s another truth. That outfit you’re wearing (below) is ridiculous. It makes you look fat. Was the material formerly hanging as a curtain?
    Really? Did you have stoop so low? While I agree with the article would you have made the same comment about one of the suits? Ridiculous really.

  12. Kirsty, it was satire. It was in response to Devine’s previous articles condemning the PM’s clothes. The curtain remark was in response to Devine’s comment about the PM’s curtains in her Rooty Hill motel. It was not intended to be sexist. It was just giving Devine back some of her own medicine.

    And if you’d like to know, I’m also sick of Abbott wearing blue ties. That also is not sexist.

  13. I don’t like the suit the guy in the left is wearing. And his tie doesn’t go with that shirt.

    Disgraceful. The man has no dress sense.

  14. hate suits anyway.

    Ms Devine’s critique of the govt’s ‘interventionism’ is interesting. I assume she would prefer a society where whoever has the biggest blunt instrument wins – given a govt is outrageous if it tries to guarantee fairness.

    Also interesting of course is the assertion of instability in the govt – though she’s just complained about all the work it’s been doing. That contradiction aside (since unstable govts rarely manage much), I would have thought it was one of the wonders of the modern world just how quiet and determined this government is, considering the shrieking going on all around it.

    The principle is, of course, to make an assertion, which will be believed by readers to blinded by the headlights to look at the facts.

    In the end, though, all of this may just be the angry bellowing of a dying entity: the trash press.

  15. Thanks, Migs. Haven’t read much of Miranda but I’m sure to meet her at a function in Melbourne next month.

    The speaker will be Rupert, all us sycophants will be kneeling at his feet ready to take instructions to bring the Labor Party down in readiness to enslave the working man, woman and child.

    After all…it is an inherent waste of time educating the progeny of peasants when they could be productive on the grand wage of $2 a day. Gingin needs them so we can compete with those coloured people in Africa.

    Will have to feed those peasants too. A daily ration of two Weet Bix, a meat pie, an imported banana and a couple of lamb chops with gruel will be enough to sustain them as too much food would give them the strength to rebel and that would not be good for productivity.

    Yes, looking forward to when our puppet Abbott gets in and changes everything.

    All the suits in the photo look poorly fitting and off the rack…if they want to part of the new paradigm then it is either bespoke or begone!

  16. Kirsty, sometimes it takes an equivalent comment to realise just how appalling commentary is on our MSM. For example, the headline written during Obama’s visit was titled The Audacity of the Grope. Now imagine the same headline written about Tony Abbott.

  17. After we dig up all the remaining fertile land to mine coal there will not be Australian bananas.

    The only productive land will be in Tasmania…clear fell all the old growth forests for pulp and cultivate opium to introduce into the peasants water supply as another measure of control.

  18. From Miranda,

    It’s a pretty big but. He talks about “fairness” but one man’s fairness is another man’s bias. He claims the legislation is needed to ensure a “diversity” of voices in the media. But we have never had so much diversity. Anyone with a computer and a blog can set themselves up as a publishing brand in competition with mainstream media.

    Yes, this is true but in the vast majority blogs are known to be providing opinion whereas the MSM frequently blurs the distinction.

  19. Does one get the feeling that Cardinal Pell did not like the previous Pope. Cannot help putting the boot into him, every time he talks.

    Maybe it will not be long before he is also off side with the new one.

    I believe he believes in science and social justice. Two things that appear to be of no consequences to Pell.

  20. Talk about false and misleading information, how about the crap that went on before Question Time yesterday. The Media were waiting for JG like a pack of mongrels – which they are- because they heard it from a GOOD source that JG was going to pull the plug. This misinformation could only come from one source and that is the LNP. Abbott and Schrek aka Hockey are at each others throats , so to take the heat away from them they again start on the PM. They are certainly a Party of sickoes propped up by people who are trying to be journalists like Devine. As long as her bum points to the ground she will never be a Journalist.

  21. Miglo since Tom of Melbourne and reb aren’t here I feel I need to be the one to say that just because a man in the picture is wearing a suit doesn’t mean it’s okay to pick a fight with his tailor. A tailor is a job! And if there aren’t enough tailors why wouldn’t you use a 457? And then you have a go at the LNP because a man wants a suit that fits! I mean that sort of aggressive attitude is just what the LNP has had to put up with in parliament every day since this illegal govt lied it’s way into power … and endless BS like that. 😉

  22. @troll

    this illegal govt lied it’s way into power

    WTF?!!!
    HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST STUPID ASSERTIONS FROM THE IDIOT TROLLS.
    Is there anyone of the conservatives actually capable of truth, let alone honest analysis?
    Judging from the extremist rubbish asserted by their pets, I think not. 👿

  23. I don’t mean any of that pterosaur. I was just aping a couple of trolls who used to infest this site with specious arguments!
    I think, though, that I’d make a pretty good troll if I ever turned to the dark side. 😉

  24. G’day Miglo.
    I thought this was a more accurate read:
    Is there anything this Miranda Devine and the Daily Telegraph will not tamper with?
    In its mistaken belief that more lies equals good journalism we are witnessing one of the most frenetic and interventionist media campaigns our country has ever endured.
    From sport to border protection, energy to mining, hospitals to clunker cars, live cattle exports to fishing trawlers, is there a single human endeavour in which the Daily Telegraph leaves well enough alone?
    You would think after so many misrepresentations and omissions of fact disasters it might have the wit to temper its blatant bias. But this rag seems to be in a mad race to stamp its brand over everything, no matter how destructive, just for the satisfaction of saying “Daily Telegraph was here” – before newspapers becomes history.
    Now it is our turn. Echoes of a media tycoon could be seen in the vindictive media campaign the Daily Telegraph continued yesterday.
    This bastard child born of revenge and hubris is a threat to free speech and democracy.
    His illiberal mindset is betrayed by the fact he is determined to ram it through the next election. No compromises.
    It was he, enraged by criticism by Gillard’s climate change policies and deal with the coalition, who first seized on the opportunity that the British phone hacking scandal presented to cow the government at home.
    Even though the disgraceful practices of Fleet Street had not occurred in Australian media, as various inquiries overlooked, the Daily Telegraph was happy to follow Abbott’s lead.
    Who could forget the Daily Telegraph saying the Government, publisher of daily policy and facts, had “hard questions” to answer over the Michael Towke scandal? Or Devine claiming this paper was “not running a campaign on regime change”? Or a Board which reportedly discussed “going to war” with the Government. Instead of accepting criticism and arguing its case like any decent newspaper in a healthy democracy, this one uses its power to destroy critics. It seems to think it has the right to dictate news, demand governments be sacked, and write history in its own image.
    The Daily Telegraph blames the “government” for holding it to account. I would say its anger shows they are doing their jobs properly.
    After all, the tycoon and his son didn’t like media scrutiny of their activities but, without other decent press, ICAC would never have launched the investigations which have revealed so much alleged skullduggery in the mainstream media.
    There can be little doubt that Devines sole purpose is to bully the Government into submission, just as she once boasted that she had such “unfettered editorial power” over telecommunications executives that she could instruct them to “wear red underpants on your head”.
    This is the “journalist” who has no problem with the ABC and Fairfax joining forces to report stories. But the minute the Government and independents decide to work together she wants to impose journalistic licence to stop it.
    Under this newspaper attacks on free speech have combined in a pincer movement. Now Devine wants to create a new layer of misinformation to relegate the Government. Her powerful Public Interest Media Inadequacy would be responsible for giving the Government a “Heart Foundation Tick” of approval, she said yesterday.
    Any Government organisation which chooses not to be bullied by the mainstream media will pay a heavy price. It will not be exempted from certain sections of the Decency/Honesty Act, like organisations which succumb to Devine’s Heart Foundation tick of approval.
    Her eminence would be in charge of applying the “monopolistic interest test” to media purchases. Or as former competition regulator Graeme Samuel scathingly put it: “Political favours interest test.”
    Daily Telegraph has come up with the sort of bias in the media we would expect to see in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe.
    “We have a right to a free press, but … ” she says.
    It’s a pretty big but. She talks about “fairness” but one man’s fairness is another man’s bias. She claims the bias is needed to ensure a “convergence” of voices in the media. But we have never had so much self-interest and collusion. Anyone with a computer and a blog can set themselves up as a publishing brand in competition with mainstream media.
    Why the big hurry, anyway? Why rush this campaign through in what should be an effective caretaker period 185 days before the election.
    Because the mainstream media is inherently unstable, riven with greed, backbiting and remorse. Devine can’t even guarantee who the Prime Minister will be after the next election so she must force hermisinformation though post-haste.
    It’s no way to run a country.

  25. Abbott and Bishop on this morning, claiming that the PM is obsessed with protecting her own job.

    The press hysteria and the pack trailing her, seem to have revealed very busy woman, who appears to be focused fully on running the government.

    One can only wonder if the whole mob of them had become obsessed with the dire predictions for the Ides of March.

    Does one get the feeling that the actions of the media is verging on the ridiculous.

  26. Miglo, they do say, that in the make over of Abbott, they have replaced those suits, which were always a couple of sizes to small, wiht ones that fit.

    It appears showing off his attributes is no longer prudent.

  27. The only productive land will be in Tasmania…clear fell all the old growth forests for pulp and cultivate opium to introduce into the peasants water supply as another measure of control.

    scaps, they’ll need it as they turn Tassie into Bangaladesh. 😯

  28. Bilkonero @8.48am, completely agree. Very scary hefty fines should be applicable to proprietor, editor and “journalist” for transgressions ans should be applied retrospectively to 2008.

    Imagine the squealing then. 😯

    Kirsty @9.23am, people in glass houses…… And I think we can add creepy stalker to her other “profession”.

    I’d say the old curtains she’s wearing came from a skip at a demolition site.

    And just for good measure, she should invest in a full length mirror and have a good hard stare at it before she opens her massive raddled gob about the size of other people’s bums, their dress sense and appearance.

    scaper @10.40am, hope Rupert’s shoes are clean. 😀

    And cut those rations back my good man, can’t have the peasants gaining weight.

    As long as her bum points to the ground she will never be a Journalist.

    Or be acquainted with anything remotely resembling the truth, Patricia B.

    Science: Problem or solution, brilliant! Is there any way we could get your comment published in Ltd News as a rebuttal to (un)Devine?

    Does one get the feeling that the actions of the media is verging on the ridiculous

    I’d say they’ve gone way beyond ridiculous Fed up, and are hurtling through surreal.

  29. Jane, there will be strict rationing…after all, they don’t even get to eat cake!

    My post was mostly satire, the invite was the only truth of the matter. Doubt if Miranda or any other opinion writer will be present as media is strictly forbidden at these type of events.

    Besides, no lowly opinion writer can afford to purchase a bespoke toga.

  30. Miglo
    I’d forgotten about the New Idea Connection. Thanks for reminding me.
    You’d have to want to buy the harbour along with the bridge in order to believe there’s no cultural liason between the various national divisions of the Murdoch empire.

  31. More lie and truth stuff.

    “Ruin Looms On Carbon Tax, Warns Bluescope Steel”: Herald Sun, March, 2011.

    Top stock in Australia last 9 months: Bluescope Steel up 106%

  32. Migs and Jane
    I went into ACTtab in Dickson today to put my money where my mouth is. Not a place I frequent unless it was Melb cup day, anyway it was surprisingly empty but for the young man behind the counter.
    A centerbet area cought my eye but it could have been in Swaheli for all the sense it ment to me.
    I approached the counter the attendant was a young asian lad.
    I said I want to put on a bet (old UK instinct) on the election
    His response sounded vague
    Election?
    Yes election, the Federal Election
    His response sounded even more vague
    I said on Julia Gillard to win
    He mentioned the Centerbet display then, as an afterthought said I could do it here at the counter
    He played around with his computer terminal mentioned a seat no name.
    Then he said ALP
    I said yes
    I handed over my $50 then asked what are the odds
    His response 6
    I looked at the printout $300, a nice little erner as “Uncle Arfer”of the Minder series would say”
    It all seemed unreal, he seemed to live in a different world.
    It made me think how switched on are the youth of today if most of us do not read the MSM because it is crap they are even more distant from it all.

    Neither of my grandchildren watch TV, never read a paper. When the election proper campaign commences I hope they all become SWITCHED on because their world is digital, NBN, ipad, iphones some things not invented yet.

    Abbort and his mentor Rupes will try as hard as hell to hold it back and like Canute they will fail, but they could slow it down and that would be disaster for this country. Bugger the cost of the NBN it is in the National Interest and that is what counts.
    Vote Labor and see your country prosper.

  33. Just listened to Abbott give a speech at Sydney Institute. It about having a referendum on mentioning Aborigines in the constitution and they will work on it from day if elected. All full of motherhood statements. I thought that was a Labor policy.

    Come to question time. One reporter asked about why Howard would not say sorry and he was part of that government. Good old Gerald Henderson rushed to the mike saying that this speech was all about the future Abbott government. Gerald was always a liberal spirit.

    Second last question came from a very non biased reporter and in his preamble he said ” when you are elected and hope and pray to God that you are.” The camera did not swivel to show him.

    As to evidence to 457 rorting:

    http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/employers-want-a-cheapie-just-arrived-off-the-boat-aussie-it-workers-told-20130315-2g515.html

  34. Abbotts just trying to ‘ride on the coat tail of the new NT Chief Minister, doing a look at moi and me mate, while trying to make the referendum idea ‘his’….. doing a stunt on such an important issue that has had some (very slow) legs for too long now….. the referendum, when it comes, will most likely include the ‘Bill of Rights’ issue and the recognition of local councils….. next he’ll say that they were his ideas also 🙄

  35. Oh, come on! You people, in your collective hatred can vilify him because of his religion but over the top and some if you believe he is not genuine in his compassion for our brothers and sisters.

    The culture of treating them as political footballs is coming to a close, on the conservative side but maybe when Labor get off their white Australian policy the next generation might also bring this era to an end.

    Sure, vilify Giles as being Abbott’s token black or Tony riding on his coat tails. Just displays your latent racism which seems to be the watermark of leftism.

    You’ve cheered on the class, gender and employer/employee warfare that has riven this nation but how low can you go playing the race card?

    Must be real proud!

  36. Err, scaper, I seem to remember that Tony Abbott and Andrew Bolt were vicious about the selection of Nova Perrez, both claiming that Labor were playing the race card and both voicing their disgust over it.

    It is the likes of them that now appear as complete hypocrites.

  37. Hang on scaper, it’s Abbott who has played the race card and used Labor reforms to Aboriginal policies, especially Abbott’s failed ones when he was minister, to bash Labor.

    It has been the Liberals and their radical right wing commentators who go on about reverse racism whenever Labor does anything to promote the welfare of Aboriginals.

    It has been the Liberals who have been using race for political gain no matter what the cost to those they manipulate, like Morrison’s current dog whistling to get more boats to come before the election, not Labor.

    You can really go over the top in your undying loyal support of Abbott that’s for sure, and this from someone who claims to be non-partisan or ideological.

  38. Scaper, I have criticised Abbott on allowing his religion to influence his decisions and agree with Dr. Mark Bahnisch..

    He’s probably more aware now that “a ‘Captain Catholic’ reputation is supposed to be bad for [his] political prospects”. Despite his allegedly spontaneous outbursts about his daughters’ virginity, homosexuality, and all the rest, he’s sought to downplay his religion, arguing that the questions put to him ought also to be put to Kevin Rudd.

    He suggests he has civic or public reasons for interventions such as his veto on RU486, or his musings as Health Minister over the number of abortions, or the characterisation of some of his initiatives as designed to prevent terminations of pregnancy.

    This is hardly “vilification” but I believe justifiable concern as to the course which an Abbott’s prime ministership might take.

  39. An example of Abbott and the Coalition’s racism is their unwavering and deep support for both Morrison and Bernardi.

    Abbott has refused to criticise or correct any of the comments they have made, and indeed still calls boat people “illegal” though he’s been pulled up on it several times and acknowledged the term is incorrect. That is playing politics with race.

  40. Abbott’s immediate support of Andrew Bolt following Bolt’s conviction for racial vilification says it all – and not just plain old support, but Abbott said that he will toss out the very clause in the Racial Discrimination Act under which the Blot was convicted. It’s on a par with Abbott deciding to write a character reference for a convicted paedophile priest. It shows where his priorities are.

  41. scaper, Liealot’s vociferous support for Dolt wrt Dolt’s racial vilification conviction and his vow to remove racial vilification from the Racial Vilification Act as a result of Dolt’s conviction, and his silence and therefore support of the hateful Fred Phelps like garbage pouring from the grubby Morrison’s gob, says it all.

    The only compassion he has is for himself. Without principles, morals or decency. You can tell by the forked tongue flickering out of his lying gob.

    And he’s sticking his beak into the NT back stabbing to try for some reflected glory.

    The Liars’ rationalisation of the removal of 2 of their first term Premiers/Chief Ministers also speaks volumes. Apparently, they weren’t stabbed in the bag, it was an orderly transfer of power.

    The same actions are only classed as backstabbing if the ALP is involved.

    Mind you, it’s pretty hard to spin the Giles takeover as orderly, when the stabee was out of the country and given no chance to contest the position.

    Ricky @12.39pm, that’s because her site is a fact free zone, due to her, and her barrackers’, extreme allergies to facts and the truth.

  42. Col, thank you for that. Alan Austin’s article is not only enlightening but makes an excellent resource.

    Included is:

    Since Australia changed from the right-wing Howard government to the left-wing Rudd/Gillard regime, Australia’s ranking on the freedom index among the 34 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations has:

    (a) dropped to the bottom of the table
    (b) dropped marginally but still somewhere in the middle
    (c) stayed the same, somewhere in the middle
    (d) risen to the top

    I won’t give away the answers…

  43. Min, Allan Austin’s ‘questions’ are selective, as are all questions. But the answers, generally speaking, aren’t. The problem becomes why the MSM ignores his/these ‘significant’ questions, (and in so doing renders them ‘unimportant) while at the same time engages in trivial pursuit.

  44. Is this the truth. A comment from a Garry Claridge on the John Quiggan Weekend.

    March 17th, 2013 at 10:16 | #1 Reply | Quote
    In this weekend’s AFR, Tony Abbott has an article. In which he states:
    “… should the Coalition win the election. Along with scrapping the carbon tax and the mining tax, stopping the boats and gettiiig the budget back into the black; along with boosting our competitiveness by cutting red tape and slimming the bureaucracy; along with building the infrastructure that a first world economy in the 21st century needs, fostering community-controlled public schools and hospitals and turning a passive welfare system into a more active one, and along with giving our foreign policy a Jakarta rather than a Geneva focus, I want a new engagement with Aboriginal people to be one of the hallmarks of a Coalition government – and this will start from day one.”
    So, can we assume this implies:
    1. Remove Carbon Price
    2. Remove Mining Super Profits Tax
    3. Attack Asylum Seekers
    4. Fiscal Austerity
    5. Corporate Responsibility Compliance reduction
    6. Public Service reduction
    7. “Infrastructure” Building
    8. Community Controlled Public Schools
    9. Community Controlled Public Hospitals
    10. “Active” Welfare System
    11. Jakarta style Foreign Policy
    12. Aboriginal “Engagement”
    In particular, his claims of Fiscal Austerity and Public Service reduction seem very naive as methods for maintaining a deeply prosperous economy (i.e. long-term widespread prosperity and wellbeing). Why is he not able to see alternative and intelligent methods???

    http://johnquiggin.com/2013/03/17/weekend-reflections-193/#comments

  45. The Latham handshake, this must be the most cringeworthy moment in politics. I knew that we were a goner at that very moment. I recall the look on Howard’s face..the look of shock as someone dared to shake his hand with a firm grip.

  46. ME, I hope I’m around for that day, but i’m sure the Liars will be able to rationalise it into a positive.

  47. What happens jane is that the statute of limitations is so far down the track the memory of the time has been distorted or forgotten, those involved or implicit in the wrongdoings old or passed away so it becomes a minor historical nuance.

    Those now who know they lied and deceived to go to war purely for ideological, economic and racist reasons also know by that time it won’t matter and they will still have their tax payer funded largess payouts and pensions, will have written books perpetuation the lies and deceits and will have made their money from that as well.

    They don’t care one iota for the lives and misery they caused through their lies and deceits, they have convinced themselves it was just and will die with that belief even if time then paints them as war criminals and corrupt individuals running a cozen government.

    That’s the shame of it.

  48. ME, ..So much for the illussion known as ‘transparency’ 🙄 as we move forward to the next buzz word….at least the IMF have shown Howard up for what he was….. INEPT….. a man with a short view………a me me, like all Libs…… thats something they can’t hide with a 30yr bull/rule….

  49. These laws will come in and then when the next election is over Abbott will use them to silence all dissenting voices, and he will do it all perfectly legal and approved.

  50. Onthebus, this is where the rhetoric has me somewhat perplexed. That is, IF the media laws give governments the power which the media argues that it will have, then why would a Labor government attempt to introduce these laws? Surely knowing that there is a good chance that Labor will lose the election, why would this government want to hand even more control and influence to the LNP than they already have.

    I have a feeling that the MSM might be telling us untruths…

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