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18 June 2013
Morgan Poll shows bounce for Government after Sattler
Gary Morgan suggested the reason why the poll differed sharply from the Neilsen poll released last night ‒ which showed a 47% – 53% result in favour of the L-NP ‒ was that Neilsen polled before the full impact of the Howard Sattler interview with Julia Gillard and his subsequent sacking was known.
The demeaning of Julia Gillard
on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra, Geraldine Doogue called on some significant minds to tease out the place of at least one woman in Australian culture. Neither Wendy McCarthy nor Don Watson nor Michael Gawenda, could come to a comfortable concurrence about why Australia’s Prime Minister is being so demeaned in Australian public life.
@MsGraceCollier Cleavage fact check
Personally, as a reader and viewer, this exercise has made me question Grace Collier as a genuine political commentator. She’s also not shy of the odd media stunt as in the James Bond style microphone in her bra episode.
Many men find gender debates too threatening to handle
Whether you think Gillard has been a good prime minister or a poor one, the highly sexualised attacks against her person are on the public record for all to see. The avalanche of personal slurs against the prime minister has snowballed so far, overseas media outlets are starting to take note of it.
What is the Gillard v Rudd civil war actually about?
The leadership question has dominated the front pages for months, with the strategic possibilities for each contender studied from every conceivable angle. Yet we hear almost nothing about actual politics. Polls, yes – all analysed to death. But ideas? Not so much.
The Mate Media
by Mr Denmore
it is now blatantly obvious that a large chunk of the electorate - egged on by a overtly sexist media - cannot or will not deal with a woman in power. These mostly old men, trading off their reputation as 'authority' figures,
Sexism and false equivalences
It is the violence and sexualisation of the attacks that is shocking. It is the level of disrespect held towards ‘this woman’ that makes people like Howard Sattler ask – to her face – whether her relationship is a sham. To argue that this level of disrespect does not stem from her gender is an incredibly long bow to draw.
Would you want to be the next Australian Female Prime Minister?
this country’s parliaments and media is chock to the gills with middle aged white men who are threatened by anything that doesn’t reflect back themselves, a sorry lot of unevolved miscreants who only want power, prestige and money, the sole motivation, everything is for sale, including our international standing.
Albo fires up QT with infrastructure smackdown rant
by Andrew Crook
Abbott thusly: “If we’re elected we will form an organisation called Infrastructure Australia.”“WELL THERE’S A THOUGHT, THERE’S AN IDEA” screamed Albo, arms flailing crazily (Infrastructure Australia was established by the Rudd government in 2008).
Tongue of the Day
By Ross Sharp
If you had not managed to keep a minority government going the distance, we would not have had to resent a woman being in power all this time. If you had been decent enough to resign in abject apology for doing so badly in the polls
Do try to keep up, Tony.
Someone needs to point out that;: Infrastructure Australia is a statutory body, established under the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 which came into effect on 9 April 2008
What Happens When Women Aren't In The Frame
It is reasonable to conclude that, even in this social media age, sexism and misogyny in the mainstream media have a potentially significant impact on women as individuals, on society more broadly, on political discourses, and even on gender policy.
Abbott Takes Credit for Sweet F*** All
If elected Abbott is going to ‘create’ Infrastructure Australia! By the information he told the people at the meeting, it sounds exactly like the one Australia already has. Maybe what he will do is repeal the one that is there now, then create the new one which does exactly the same thing that the organisation the ALP govt placed in 2008/2009.
Media spins the Rudd-Gillard merry-go-round
by Kerry Anne Walsh
In the last 10 days, News Limited and Fairfax have carried up to six separate stories of leaked, alleged internal ALP polling or research catastrophic for Gillard. All of it’s been unsourced, and appears to be unverified. It’s a bastard of a game that’s being played, and the media is part of it.
The Convoy of Cleavage. In which the breast strikes back
The last straw (at least up to this morning) came yesterday, when AFR columnist and industrial relations consultant Grace Collier complained on ABC Radio National’s Sunday Extra that Ms Gillard had, offensively, according to Collier, revealed cleavage in the House of Representatives.
A Short Love Letter To Julia Gillard
beyond her many policy achievements, there is perhaps something more visceral about my love for Gillard. As much as I admire her policy successes, she is an inspiration because she’s done what so many of us haven’t had the courage to do. A Prime Minister who, in the face of the most intense personal and political assault, has delivered the most stunning broadside: she hasn’t given up.
Gillard, identity and the limits of political discourse
by Raymond Orr
The legitimacy of gender as personal and political issue in the coming election is less natural. Should misogyny and unbecoming comments be discussed in public or around the kitchen table among friends? Certainly. How about as an issue central to an election?
Three months after journalists were saying Rudd was finished and should resign for the good party, they are now saying that Gillard should hand over to him – for the good of the party. The contortions of political commentators over the last three months should give a clue that a transition from Gillard to Rudd will be no smoother than it has been in journalists’ heads
Gonski under Abbott
the Coalition waved the Gonski bill through the House of Representatives on the voices and without amendment. The common view in the press has been that Gonski is dead in the water because Abbott and Pyne have said that they will repeal it unless all states agree.
The Rupert and Wendi Carve UP
By Monica Attard
It’s a good thing then that Rupert Murdoch and his third wife Wendi Deng (who are calling it quits on their marriage) aren’t asking for privacy. Even if they were, it’s unlikely to have been granted, given that in most high profile marriage bust ups, it’s often a Murdoch lens or phone tap or door-knocking reporter bringing us the
How Abbott can keep carbon price, and slash power bills
by Giles Parkinson
IPART suggests that future rises will be lower than inflation in coming years, and from July 2015, when Australia moves to a floating carbon price linked to international markets, is expects that prices will fall by 6.9 per cent, as a result of significant falls in the price of European carbon permits. That kind of takes the heat out of
In Praise of a True Liberal
The only hope for a solution, in Moylan’s view, was closer engagement with other countries in the region. Turning the boats around – the magical solution proposed by Opposition leader Tony Abbott and his immigration spokesman Scott Morrison – was both cruel and pointless.
Today’s front Pages
Australian Newspaper Front Pages for 18 June 2013
13 June 2013
Why the Menu Matters
The menu is only the latest in a long series of sexist, violent attacks on the Prime Minister. It’s not merely disrespecting the office. It’s not picking out a long nose, or big ears, and highlighting them in a cartoon. These are sustained, specific attacks targeting the Prime Minister as a woman. The description of the offensive dish literally
Small Breasts, Huge Thighs, PM on the Menu
by Tracy Spicer, @TheHoopla
Language like this flourishes in societies where women are valued less than men. Where women are viewed as sex objects, and are victims of violence. Playing the gender card is not a game.
It’s an important, relevant, and timely discussion to have in a country where attitudes like this still exist.
Julia Gillard's 'small breasts' served up on Liberal party dinner menu
by Bridie Jabour
The menu was first posted by a Brisbane chef who claimed he used to work at the unnamed restaurant which hosted the Liberal National Party soiree and a staff member who was catering the dinner had taken a photo of the menu.
Bad taste: Brough’s bill of misogynystic fare
as Prime Minister Gillard has been attacked in the most vile and offensive terms by the lunatic fringe of the Right, talkback radio hosts, Coalition MPs and by News Ltd outlets like The Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
Some Things Never Change
Abbott, as we all have seen, has trouble convincing women that he’s not a misogynist. He’s used his wife, his kids, & even Liberal party MP’s to defend his thumping record on women. Most, if not all, these speeches enter the realm of apologist, distracting people from the “Real Tony” to build a picture of a soft loving person.
This is the Sexist LNP menu everyone is talking about
The dinner was held in March and 20 people attended. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey was reportedly there but has denied any knowledge of the menu. He tweeted: “I don’t recall ever seeing any such menu. It is offensive and inappropriate whenever it was put out and it is now”.
Abortion and federal policy: here are the facts
Voters need to be mindful that there are men in Federal Parliament who, to quote Julia Gillard, would make abortion access their "political plaything". A bill by Senator John Madigan is a salutary reminder that Federal Parliament does have the power to regulate access to abortion,
And Abbott promises an 'adult' federal government if elected on 14 September 2013- -Warning Offensive Menu
Mr. Abbott called that insulting, obscene and sexist description of Australia's Prime Minister the joke that was out of line. His candidate Mal Brough says that no harm was meant.
Mal Brough should be off the menu for the 2013 Election
What can you do? Contact Mal Brough’s office to demand he step down,
A little spotted dick, anyone?
That menu didn’t just insult Julia Gillard, it insulted every female in this country. While I was facing indecision about where to cast my vote, after today I’m DAMN sure I know where I am NOT casting my vote.
Sexist menu was bad private joke, says restaurant owner
The amazing twist comes after Mal Brough had earlier apologised for the menu, while Opposition leader Tony Abbott condemned it. Mr Brough told the ABC earlier that the menu was drawn up by a non-party member who thought it would be "humorous" and "didn't mean any harm by it," but is now "deeply apologetic".
The Three Lies Labor Should Attack
by Ian McAuley
Abbott’s three main planks – “stop the boats”, “record debt” and “big new tax” come within the definition of a lie – not only an outright falsehood, but also “something intended or serving to convey a false impression” as defined in the Macquarie Dictionary. Kevin Rudd has been frank enough to call one of these planks a lie. Gillard, like General Birdwood’s corporal, would do well to take his
Slimming down government. Why Abbott might be bolder than you think
What would Tony Abbott do? As with all potential prime ministers there’s no way to be sure. But thanks to an unusual instance of history repeating we’ve been given an unusually clear idea of what he’ll be told to do.
Are we talking ourselves into recession?
If our institutions and leaders are making the right forecasts and calls, and are in tune with the population, then the trust essential for the development of animal spirits will also prevail. If not, then all of the rhetorical blandishments in the world from those same failing sources will drip like unprofitable ideas off an entrepreneur’s upturned back.
Dumbing Down Of Australia – Murdocracy, Failed Coups, Strippers, and Educating The Wrong Kids and Housewives
by @turnleft2013 @MigloMT
Dumbing down people, keeping them underexposed to facts and truth, paywalls that are tolls-ways to information, copyright laws that criminalise distribution of information, and the persecution of whistleblowers is a great leap backwards into the Dark Ages of Ignorance and Superstition.
Checking the facts
The ABC is also planning fact-checking unit to be launched in August, funded as part of a $10 million top-up for the ABC news division. Unlike other fact-checking units around the world, the ABC intends to integrate the unit output into its broadcasting operations, so short, discrete segments will pop up on TV and radio.
An email to Scott Morrison
turn the boats around where safe to do so”, I have been trying to envisage how this might be done, and have imagined being present at the discovery of one of the many over-loaded boats off Christmas Island.
Towing back the boats: bad policy whatever way you look at it
Doing so will put at risk Indonesia’s continued and crucial cooperation in a great many other bilateral endeavours including those designed to improve the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia.
'Pattern of behaviour' to Liberal sexism: Gillard
Julia Gillard has lashed the Liberal party's record on women, claiming sexism would be 'littered throughout policy documents' under an Abbott government.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/13Az2Pj
Today’s Front Pages
Australian Newspaper Front Pages for 13 June 2013
12 June 2013
Gillard, polls, porkies and popularity
by Letitia McQuade@independentaus
Newspoll only uses landline numbers to do its polling. So what, you may ask… Well it’s not rocket science to figure out that landline numbers contain an area prefix, which would make stacking the polls not too tricky ― not that I would suggest for a moment that anyone would do such a thing deliberately.
I'm the best leader for Labor: Gillard
by trading room
Liberal frontbencher George Brandis said the government was deadlocked and ridden by the most intense hatred imaginable.""It's all very well for (Ms Gillard) to say she's not going anywhere, the problem is the country isn't going anywhere," he said
Labor will be annihilated, but .
Unlike the media, sensible folk can look beyond September 14 and have a vision of what might be in store for us under a Coalition Government. Yes, there are a few ‘buts’.
Australian Press Council set to welcome bloggers
Disney pointed to comments by blogger Tim Dunlop on The Drum that suggested that bloggers could form “a loose association”, and said that this would make it easier for them to join the Australian Press Council
How to make a blogger laugh
you never know when rumours about Kevin Rudd challenging Julia Gillard might pop up. It might be tomorrow, it might be the day after. Whatever journalists write about, that's news, and if they don't write about it then it isn't.
‘Pressure is mounting’
None of this is new, I know, but I hope that there are members of the press writing about the unresolved and unresolveable leadership rubbish in the ALP who maybe follow the AFL. Maybe they bleed Red and Blue, and maybe they feel like the reporting on their coach is ill-informed and unfairly sensationalist.
Life under Emperor Abbott will surely be very different
by MICK McGLONE, Satire
It’s a cert Tony Abbott, now Sir Anthony Abbott, will be Prime Minister and have a massive majority in the House of Representatives, with there being so few Labor representatives that they are forced to sit in the press gallery with their commie mates from the media.
Australia beware: normality beckons
He notes, for example, that from the mid-1980s up to the mid-2000s the amount of saved income fell, but by the mid-2000s things got a bit silly. From 1998 to 2006, as a nation, we spent nearly all we earned and sometimes spent even more.
Is WA in recession- (Slightly wonkish post)
For some states (like WA), omitting exports can matter quite a bit. After last quarter’s National Accounts, I explained why I think that using state final demand figures to diagnose a recession is misguided; Ross Gittins has made the same point.
Why I am in the Australian Labor Party
I am very happy to stand and fight the next election alongside people like Julia Gillard, Greg Combet, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Victorian State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews. Not to mention the members of my local Black Rock branch
The consequences of fear, hate and nastiness
Nasty, negative, nay saying Abbot has become the blue brochure clutching nice Abbott in the dark blue suit, white shirt, blue tie, preaching the blue brochure gospel of what the Liberal Party says it will do in government, if it wins. For the voters, the ones who didn’t switch off many months ago, this should be a WTF? moment. There should be consequences
More Paraprosi Thingy’s, Jesters, Summation, Opiates, Pond Scum & The Rat
there was once one in there who could lay claim to some intellectual nous but unfortunately, what was once someone with some credibility, has just become a Fraudbull selling a Fraudband to a gullible public and trying to look respectable while he tells little fibby things!
Coalition asylum seeker policy: Abbott dismisses Turnbull's doubts on turning back boats
by Emma Griffiths
On last night's Q&A program, Mr Turnbull said it may be unsafe to take boats back to Indonesian territorial waters without the agreement of the Indonesian government. Mr Abbott this morning, he said: "I don't accept the premise of the question.
Statement From Detention Logs
by Paul Farrell
The treatment of asylum seekers provokes seemingly endless rhetoric, hostility and fear, but rarely do the voters see inside of these mysterious facilities. The centres are largely shielded from public scrutiny, and journalists who try to penetrate this culture of secrecy are generally denied access.
Australia - The Happy Country
video by Norman K
Today’s Front Pages
Australian Newspaper Front Pages for 12 June 2013
11 June 2013
Election 2013: A tale told by an idiot
you’re expected to believe that somehow the Coalition – the so-called ‘party of the free market’ – can force power companies to drop their prices, simply by removing the carbon price. You’re also supposed to believe that refugee boats will stop coming – or, if they do come, that there’ll be no ‘convicted Egyptian jihadist terrorists’ roaming free
Whatever happened to the Asylum Seeker debate-
the intervention of the Indonesian Ambassador is extraordinary. First, because it is such a blunt intervention into a sensitive internal political issue. Secondly, because the way it was done has effectively made fools of the Coalition and especially Abbott who keeps implying that he has been in talks with the Indonesian
Murdoch and the Internet
by rossleighbrisbane @MigloMT
people pirating the products of Fox Studios undercuts his profits, and he has a legitimate concern with stopping the illegal reproduction of films and other media for which he owns the copyright. I can see that, and I’m sure that any reasonable government will see that.
Fraudband is an NBN fail, even for punters
In the current political landscape of fear, miss-information, lies and general bullshit (from everyone) why on earth was I thinking an intelligent argument would get through? Arguing over better, strong, faster (queue the 70s Steve Austin) where the #Fraudband was born, against the Terminator NBN (aka the future) is pointless
What the Rudd rumours really tell us
by Rob Burgess
The Canberra press pack is whipping itself into a frenzy at the slightest sniff of Labor’s blood in the water. While that might provide thrills for the daily news cycle – ‘Labor MPs already packing up offices!’, ‘Wounded Ruddite’s happy to slag off government!’, ‘Mark Butler melts down in Senate estimates meeting!’ – it does nothing to advance the voters’ knowledge about policies that will likely change their lives in 2014.
Subtle world of Machiavelli Rudd
The really sad thing about all this is that the only one who seems to have her heart in the right place is Gillard. And she, I must reluctantly concede, is electoral poison. Go figure.
Corroding power of Pyne’s gossip
by Michael Moore
The leadership questions were simply Pyne scuttlebutt. However, they took on a life of their own with radio, television and print media all running the possibility. The social media was also full of speculation on the possibility.
Alternatives to an Election on 14 September
If Kevin Rudd did become Prime Minister, the election date would come down to whether he wanted a quick rush to the polls on 3 August, or wished to spend time re-establishing his authority and sticking to the current election timetables for 14 September.
Australians are waking up to why coal matters - US environmentalist
by Bill McKibben
It’s been made clear to me that Australians are waking up to the important understanding that while the carbon price is very important, it’s even more important that the coal stays in the ground.”“There’s no despondency. People are fired up and ready to go in Australia. I’m glad to see it.”
Not signing up to Gonski amounts to nothing short of abuse
by Jane Caro and Lyndsay Connors
there are those who are trying to frustrate this progress. To gain their own crass political ends, some have tried to bully the O’Farrell government for signing up to the Gonski deal in good faith. Others are using the technical complexities of funding and indexation formulae to hijack public discourse
Multiports may make NBN asbestos repairs unnecessary
Telstra and NBN Co are in talks to change a key piece of equipment for the national broadband network that could reduce the need to replace or fix millions of asbestos-laden underground pits that have plagued the rollout of the $37.4 billion project.
Today’s Front Pages
Australian Newspaper Front Pages for 11 June 2013
10 June 2013
That's the Way It Wasn't
why there is such disenchantment with so muchtraditional 'mainstream media' political and economic reporting. It stems from a refusal or at least a reluctance by the traditional press to at least reflect on the fact that they are part of the apparatus that they report on. And that it is this standpoint that colours their view of the
How have we come to this point in our nation where we would prefer to shrink back into a bigoted, mean, selfish, stop the boats, cancel the Carbon Price, kill the NBN, scrap Gonski’s education funding, boost Gina Rinehart’s fortune, prop up Murdoch’s out of date business model instead of being brave, bold and committed to a better future for our children
Why We Fight…
Hundreds of columns, op-eds and poll commentary pieces have been written, leading the wise old men (and they are mostly men) of the elite political media to predict imminent doom for Gillard… and not one has been correct.According to a tweet reproduced above they’re still at it. This is clearly obsessive behaviour
Ruling in, ruling out
"Gillard-haters"* like Drag0nista and Leigh Sales are clearly upset. They'd be fine if Rudd was undermining Gillard; they'd be fine if Rudd went to ground, and rendered himself politically inert. Both fit the Abbott's-inevitable-Gillard's-doomed Narrative. Because he's done neither, they play word games with him: do you rule out ...
The case for keeping Julia Gillard
by @MacklinRobert, Journalist and author
The Murdoch press, and the miners, have vilified Labor for their own vested interests. Sadly, their campaign has set the tone for other media outlets. But that could only be effective in a political landscape where something fundamental has changed in the communication business.
RESULTS FROM A WORKING GOVERNMENT
list of this governments achievements over the past two and a half years and all with the support of the conservative opposition; despite the fact that it has gone forward to vilify the government and its policies with its 'public voice'.
Gillard, Whitlam and Murdoch
Julia’s decision was reckless for Labor. It has given a virulent opposition and a vicious and uncontrollable media seven whole months in which to hurl slings and arrows of outrageous accusations — some true but most exaggerated beyond all reason.
Newman’s State, Abbott’s nation
Abbott was strangely silent when Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced the State Budget was being hit by revenue write-downs. What happened to his argument that
revenue was doing fine.
A rock and a hard place
Ms Gillard has been through a lot since taking over the parliamentary party, leading the party to a 50/50 election result, putting up with some disgusting politicking from Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, watching the polls go up and down like a yo-yo and pretty much ignoring a hostile news media.
I’m Liberal and I won’t vote for Tony
Where is the Liberal Party’s sense of decency and humanity? Demonising individuals and families who are desperate enough to take to the high seas, whilst quietly ignoring those who enter by other means, getting hung up and confusing religious beliefs on homosexuality with the right to have relationships legally recognised
by Bob Ellis
They did not say though if Labor would win with Rudd as PM, surely an important question. Why did they not ask it? Because they are crooks, that’s why, and there is other evidence for this.
Bring Kevin Back say Australia’s over 60s
At the time of writing this article, “Bring Kevin Back” was the most popular choice of over 60s online.
Independents the answer to political cartels
How many more times do you think you can bear hearing “Stop the Boats” before being driven to commit axe murder on your neighbour? It feels like we’re drowning in party politics: party slogans, party rhetoric, party policy, party doctrine. As political scientist, Dean Jaensch, describes it — it’s all-pervasive:
The Shame of this Nation - the Killing of a PM
Abbott and Asbestos
Telstra tried to fast-track compensation arrangements for its employees exposed to asbestos but was rebuffed by Tony Abbott's own department back in 2001.
With the opposition on Monday leading a parliamentary attack on the government over its alleged lack of urgency in addressing asbestos discovered in Telstra junction pits being handed
Economy yet to make transition to post-boom world
Public sector spending grew 1.1 per cent, but this followed a much bigger fall the previous quarter and with all the pressure on state and federal governments to balance their budgets, we shouldn't expect much help from the public sector. According to the opposition, the Gillard government's been doing far too much to help.
“Julia Gillard Has Guts” But You Already Knew That, Didn’t You-
by Patricia wa
Barry Cassidy has even fronted our national evening news bulletin to give a grave faced report on his own opinion and that of other senior Canberra journalists that she will soon be gone,
By Adele Ferguson
Many of these ministers have made themselves multi-millionaires. They are no more than business magnates who benefit from the tax-free status of corporations that they lead. They are not 'pastors' but business managers who have cashed in on a loophole in the Western governmental tax system."
Australia’s political heartland: hate, fear, prejudice
The great Australian shame is that not only are there votes to be had in hate, fear and prejudice, but that this is the heartland in which our political game is lost and won, writes Jonathan Green.
Multiculturalism and Racism
I felt compelled to write a post after the ABC QandA episode "Racism, Hypocrisy and Hot Air". I felt that the lady who asked why was Islam being taught in Australian schools curriculum
but Christianity wasn't, is that she was feeling "marginalised
Time To End The Lies About Refugees
True refugees wait in desperate, awful, barbaric camps in Pakistan, Iran and throughout Africa, where hundreds of thousands live in absolute misery and destitution – waiting, hoping, after making the long walks through war torn lands, losing everything save the clothes on their backs, they wait, hope for a chance in a new land
Today’s Front Pages
Australian Newspaper Front Pages for 10 June 2013