Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.

My heart is breaking. With the release of the latest Nielsen Poll a dagger has truly been inserted into my heart, not of the RSPT, politically-opportunistic kind which Tony Abbott squawks about, a sentiment of his that actually runs counter to the national interest when you think about it closely enough, but instead the dagger which has also plunged through the heart of the Rudd government this week as a result of those dreadful poll numbers, and which appears to be causing it to bleed to political death before our very eyes. The knives are out and they are being waved around and thrust at the Rudd government with gay abandon, causing them untold damage.The polls are indicating an electoral bloodbath is on the cards if the Rudd government, and Kevin Rudd in particular, don't figure out how to staunch the flow of political blood, and we'll be going to their political funeral if they don't move quickly and decisively to figure out what to do to save themselves from this poll-based attack, and standing in the electorate's estimation that it represents.  They must take pre-emptive action to inoculate themselves from further daggers aimed their way in the future.

So, for what it's worth I'd like to offer them my diagnosis of the problem and my 2c-worth of advice on what the cure should be.

Firstly, the problems as I see them from out here in ConcernedVoterLand.

The nation wants a Prime Minister.

Well, you might say, we've got one, and his name is Kevin Rudd. However, that's not what I mean.

Let me explain it this way. The other afternoon I was listening to the analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks, on the PBS Newshour, about the issues of the week in American politics. They were discussing the leadership style of President Obama with respect to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill crisis. David Brooks said he thought the President was doing OK because his quality of being cool in a crisis was coming to the fore. Mark Shields, who is the Democrat-leaning commentator, begged to differ. He said that not only do the people want a Commander-in-Chief at times like this, but they also want a 'Comforter-in-Chief'.  That is, they want their leader to emote their fears and frustrations, and articulate their impotent rage in this situation, and their hopes and desires in general.  I guess what he was getting at was they want their leader to be the lead actor in the ongoing political play, and to give an Oscar-winning performance.

Which is where Kevin Rudd appears to be falling down. It seems to me that the PM is singularly unable to appropriately emote and empathise convincingly. According to the gist of David Marr's Quarterly Essay, which I heard being discussed on the radio, the emotional trauma that our Prime Minister suffered in his very early life has had the effect of cauterising his ability to display emotion openly and lay himself bare to the public, in public. Hence the bland, a-motional, diplo-babble speaking PM we see before us on a daily basis.  It's a sight that doesn't warm the cockles of people's hearts, to be sure, as the polls are suggesting. It may also help to explain that, even though many people recognise that Tony Abbott has a screw loose, they are still warming to him more than Kevin Rudd. He is able to push a cut-through message in a way that the PM cannot. He has the 'Ordinary Joe' shtick down pat, and he knows how to leverage other anti-Rudd government animus to his advantage. Although, to be fair, I don't think that the PM has developed a black heart of darkness, no matter what David Marr says about his 'inner anger', which I perceive in Tony Abbott.  On the contrary, I think the PM's demeanour is a function of his essential shyness and the carapace that he has had to build up like an exoskeleton to protect him from the slings and arrows of his life's outrageous misfortunes, with which we are all familiar.

Which is by no means to say that the electorate is going to give him a Leave Pass on that basis and allow him to go to the election unreconstructed.  It won't.  And they are letting him know in no uncertain terms, via the polls, that they want change from him, and they want it yesterday.

Luckily, the view is out there still that Tony Abbott is a positively 'creepy' alternative to a lot of people (thanks goes to one of the ABC 'Knit In' attendees for that descriptor). Thus the PM and the party have to tip the balance of public opinion more that way and away from a growing accommodation of a politically punch drunk, politically-opportunistic, political pugilist prepared to grasp at any straw in the wind affecting his political antenna, as his running, jumping, standing still political persona careens like a whirling dervish across the Australian political landscape, all colour and movement, but no substance.

However, all is not yet lost for the PM and his government.  Though, I must add that from what I heard of the interview that Lyndal Curtis did with the PM on AM on Monday morning, Kevin Rudd may find it hard to pivot and change his verbal style. As he was continuing along his merry prolix way (who would have thought that replacing the similarly loquacious Kim Beazley with Mr Rudd would have seen us where we are today as far as the verbal styling of his successor goes?), he was unable to deviate from his message, recited parrot-fashion into the microphone, with no mental flexibility apparent due to an acknowledgement of external realities manifest to him contemporaneously, as a result of how the interview panned out.

Maybe he was unable to acknowledge the external reality of the polls and what they meant for him, personally, because he would have woken up to them after his standard 3-5 hours of sleep that night, and it was taking him a while to get up to speed strategically.  Which is Problem #1 as I see it.  He's not getting enough sleep and it shows with respect to how quickly he is able to react to events and think strategically about them and make plans to remedy problems, not just go on in an automatic fashion, which is the way you behave when you are sleep-deprived.

It is a cardinal rule in our house, you have to get your correct amount of sleep at night, or your performance will suffer the next day. There's no two ways about it. It has been scientifically proven, again and again.  Or, if he can't get more sleep and break the habit of a lifetime, then he must switch off from doing all that his job entails sooner at night than he does at present.  He'll be amazed at the difference it will make to his performance, and his ability to think more clearly and more quickly on his feet, because it's as plain as the nose on his face that he's not doing that at the moment, unlike the nimble weathervane, the 'If You See A Chance, Take It' Man, Tony Abbott.

I know the PM is a thoughtful and considered man, with a heart of gold, who wants the best for each and every Australian. That is a given, and the electorate knows that. That's not the problem.  No, what he needs to do is stop, and smell the coffee (not keep drinking it!), and thoughtfully, and in a considered fashion, take stock of his personal inventory and resolve to change those parts of him that aren't selling well.  For his own good, for the good of the Labor Party, and for the good of the nation.  The polls are saying that the electorate doesn't yet think 'It's Time' for Tony Abbott the cynical populist, and his Conservative Christian Coalition to run the country. They are instead willing the ALP and Kevin Rudd to change tack and lift their game in order to win their affections back.

Maybe this might involve a change of leader, as Michael Pascoe postulated in the SMH think piece he wrote after the Budget: Julia for PM.

However, it's my considered opinion that, while that idea might have its merits, to do such a thing now would be akin to throwing the election baby out with the bathwater when it comes to solving the polling slump that the government are in right now.  Maybe it's an option for further down the track, after the election, and I think it would be contingent on the fact of the PM suffering a huge swing against him in his own electorate of Griffith.  So, let us put that idea to one side for the moment and concentrate instead on other options that might help plug the leaks in the Rudd Ship of State.

Throw open the doors of the Prime Minister's Office to all comers from the government, at least one day per week, or have an 'Open Mic' session whenever Caucus meets, from now until the election.  Be all ears and let your guard down and be open to substantial suggestions about ways to do things better, which can be achieved simply and quickly. (If you've had enough sleep you'll be able to sort the wheat from the chaff easily and quickly...OK, OK, that's the last time I'll mention it)

It's also obvious to me, and others, that the political neophytes, such as Lachlan Harris and Karl Bitar that are running the show now for the PM, just aren't cutting it against the political veterans such as Brian Loughnane, Tony Abbott, Phillip Ruddock and Andrew Robb from the Coalition; worthy as the ALP's aims are, and as unworthy as the Coalition's manufactured persona is. Old political warhorses from a bygone era they may be, but successful campaigners they also are, and their tactics must be dissected, countered, and neutralised more forcefully by the government.  So, swallow your pride Kevin, get on the phone to Labor's Elder Statesmen for advice, pronto! As Andrew Forrest has suggested, maybe you need to get Bob Hawke into the room with you and the Miners to hammer out an 'Accord' over the RSPT. However, most pointedly, get Paul Keating into the bunker with you. He could, I firmly believe, in the same way that John Howard appears to be doing with Tony Abbott, give you sage political advice, and a few memorable one-liners that would take the wind out of the Coalition's sails. What's more, he could teach you how to look like you were demolishing the Opposition with one hand tied behind your back, a look that is always productive electorally, you just have to cast your mind back to the political success that Peter Costello also had with this tactic to see that.

Which leads me to my second to last morsel of advice: Delegate! Delegate! Delegate!

It's not too late to let slip all of  the ALP's dogs of political war, and we all know who they are beyond the 'Kitchen Cabinet', which I pleasantly note has been sidelined in favour of more fulsome consultation with the greater Cabinet.  The ALP has some great campaigners, who are able to rally the electorate, if only given more than half a chance by the PM.  Rabble-rousers like Craig Emerson.  Cut-through communicators like Chris Bowen. Let Peter Garrett and Maxine McKew loose in the media more, they are both consummate media professionals. Simon Crean possesses the warmth that the PM and even the Deputy PM, don't, in a casual, fireside-chatty way.

It's worth a try anyway, as there is one thing I know for certain about John Howard, when the chips were down and he was down in the polls, there was no change to his political personality that was too out of character for him to make, in order to get back on the front foot politically and to the other side of the election successfully. No political horse that he wouldn't change midstream, without seeming to even get his feet wet, in order to freshen his appeal going into an election campaign.  He even adopted the mantle of a politician prepared to do something about Climate Change in order to try to get himself over the line again, even as his political death was nigh and obvious to all and sundry.  The electorate was always prepared to accept it, what's more, because the people believed he was 'a conviction politician', who once he had decided to do something would move political heaven and earth to make it happen, whether he believed in it or not, as his political antenna had picked up that that's what the electorate wanted.

So, at the very least, let's just say that, except for a few well-considered changes at the extremities, Kevin Rudd should stick with the RSPT and see it through to the end of the line, come hell or high political water. Engage better salesmen than him to sell it, which I am also pleased to see happening with the release this week of the RSPT ads, and use the issue to give him and his government some much-needed political momentum, and the courage to call the election and fight for the people's votes, with passion!  He has to remember he is no longer a diplomat, but a politician, so he better start acting like one.  Shrug off the carapace that is shielding shy Kevin from empathetically connecting to the electorate, and give the people some sugar!  As it was 'Sunrise' Kevin that won the 2007 election, not the First Secretary at Australia's Embassy in China.

I mean, that's all Tony Abbott has got.  He 'flicked the switch to vaudeville' the day he was elected Opposition Leader, and look how far it's got him in a very short space of time, paucity of policies and lack of compassion for his fellow human beings that aren't electorally advantageous to his cause.

So, my final word to the PM and Julia can been encapsulated in the song How to dance

'Dance!'   Ask the electorate to come dancing with you again.  I'm sure they'll say yes if you ask them the right way! 

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11/06/2010A beautiful piece. I was only just reflecting that Gerry Harvey want the government (or maybe politicians in general) to be sales people. I would rather politician governed instead of becoming "steve vizard" sprukers with fakari rugs for sale. The government is doing a good job. Its policies are (mostly) middle of the road and not designed to rock the boat too much. Interest rates are back to the RBA's "normal" threshold - jobs and job growth seem to be steady. Social welfare is more conciliatory. Ok the little "L" value and the "leftie" in me could wish for some futher softening, but its still very middle ground. All in all (and compared to every other country in the world) Australia is a great place to live, work & play. Its sad that its going to take a "sales person" to have to point this out to a woefully ignorant electroate who seem satisfied with the half truth (or no truth) that main stream media feed them. I'm surprised that it is swallowed so fully, when you can hear the "have i got a bridge to sell you" every time the words "great big new tax" is uttered. I do think there has been a change in some of the "tone" lately. With opinion polls falling for the goverment, close scrutiny of Tony Abbott (and the coalition in general) have either highlighted the absence of policy or a right/narrow policy that turns people off. The best thing that could have happened was the protest led by Twiggy & Gina. It looked like those dare gallery furniture ads. If this is all that the government need to push through maybe they should remind these miners who builds the roads/rails/ports that make it easy for them to export their product, or how about who rebates back the fuel tax they pay to run their machinery, or how about the generous subsidies and investment allowance that the mining industry benefit from. What about grants towards R&D - the simple answer is us, THE TAXPAYER. I can only hope that more discussion on sites (as great as this) will show the truth for what is it.

janice

11/06/2010A wonderful piece Hillbilly but I'm afraid I don't agree with you. I don't think Kevin needs to change his style one bit - he's the same man we elected back in 2007 and if he tries to remake his image he will do nought but make himself look the fraud his enemies are trying to make voters believe he is. From day one of winning the election, the media have been nitpicking and poking him with verbal spears trying to get a reaction that suits their own petty minds, looking for human failings they can beat up into vote losing scandals. The media have not been scrutinising the government's policies because our PM and his team have been competent economically and their minister's and even backbenchers have been disciplined and hard working. So, in order to discredit the government they have concentrated on destroying a Leader by focussing on personal idiosyncrasies which every human being on this earth possesses in spades. For people to say Kevin Rudd should somehow discard, or disguise, his personality and become someone playing a role is just ridiculous. Actually, in his shoes I would probably give an address to the nation and tell everyone that if people are unhappy about Labor's policies and the government's long term vision for the prosperity of the nation then he will cop it sweet. But, on the other hand, if they want a Prime Minister who looks and talks like Tony Abbott, Bob Hawke or Tom Cruise then it isn't going to happen so like it or lump it. Of course, I'd end up out on my ear so naturally Kevin Rudd probably just vents his spleen in private using language every bloke (and some ladies) use in anger and frustration, but for which his critics would mark him down another ten points. What Kevin Rudd and the government needs is for the silent happies out there in business to get out and publicly support and applaud the achievements of this good and responsible government. As Bushfire Bill has said on many occasions, Australians are frightened of their own shadows so will allow a grubby mob of selfish power crazed hyenas to browbeat them and destroy their country, their lifestyles and their childrens' futures.

NormanK

11/06/2010HS Beautiful, well thought through and from the heart. Job well done. You may, and probably will disagree with me, but let me try to offer this consolation. In my humble opinion (I am not a Twitterite), the government is in exactly the position of its choosing. This is deliberate. Let me try to justify that. We are not weeks away from an election. I suspect it will be months but I am not willing to argue with Antony Green. If we were four weeks from a poll, I would be panicking and fretful but we aren't. Mr Rudd and company (hereinto after referred to as 'he') have embarked on this fight with the big miners with several goals in mind. It is good policy in that it benefits all bar a few. He can show his mettle by holding firm under pressure. When this is resolved, he can point to it and say "I told you I would do it". He will have a great big new chequebook to wave at Premiers and lobby groups etc. This will take a little time to complete but he still has that. He has also painted Tony Abbott into a tight corner. As I've said elsewhere, there is no way that he could have maintained the artificially high personal ratings. I mention again that this is the bloke who gave everybody $900.00. So it is far better to burst the bubble at some distance from an election rather than in the immediate run-up. The starting point of this strategy was the mea culpa interviews of earlier this year. There was nothing in his demeanor to suggest he was looking for forgiveness. Postponing the ETS put $600 million back into the budget - money which has now coincidentally been earmarked for renewable energy projects. Apart from budgetary considerations, it was also better to get that bad news out of the way early because the polls were bound to take a dive. I am willing to give ground on the Ceiling Insulation Scheme - that was a cock-up. Further evidence that the election will come later rather than sooner is that Penny Wong has yet to release her draft paper on water and it is going to be unpopular on both sides of the debate. The Health Reform initiative is yet to be signed-off on by the willing leaders and will need to be a bit better advanced for it to be a useful election tool. More paint for Tony to step over. The main thrust of my argument though is that if they allowed themselves to drift into an election campaign with a clear lead then an awful lot of people would either not vote (because it wasn't necessary - they are going to win anyway) or lodge a protest vote because it won't change the outcome but will make them feel better. People are less likely to contribute to the Party in terms of time and money if it looks like a one-horse race. Everyone right across the board won't work as hard if it looks like a shoe-in. In a sporting fixture, everyone rushes to be called the underdog - same mentality here. What clinched it for me was the "if today's polls are correct, Mr Abbott will be our next Prime Minister" line coming from the government. They have been waiting for this moment. Once the campaign proper begins, they can point to the Opposition as a poor alternative, warn that if we are not careful we will turn back the clock and spruik long and loud about their achievements over the last three years. If I may continue the sporting analogy, they don't want to peak in the quaterfinals. If they go out looking for a few points in the polls now, it will cost them a great deal of energy for little long-term gain. The only people to benefit from that are the back-benchers and some marginal seat holders who will sleep a little better at night. I agree with what you think he needs to do but I question the timing. Once the election is called, all of what you wish for and more will come into action. You will see a different Kevin Rudd and a well-oiled, well-disciplined machine mowing down the likes of my friend Joe itsaverybignumberkerry Hockey and the other oppositionists. There have been a lot of questions asked as to why Labor is not taking advantage of Opposition gaffes and so on. They are just keeping their powder dry. And this doesn't even take into account Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce lobbying in the government's favour. Hold firm HC this is a long long way from over. PS sorry for such a long reply.

Sally

11/06/2010janice Well said and, in my humble opinion, correct. Pseudo-psychological interpretations of Rudd's personality and presentation offer nothing of any substance to readers (I'm not including HS here). With HS I would like to see more forceful language and debate with the populace, but not as anyone other than who he is, ie who we (I think on this site) elected. To be honest, with due respect to HS's great contributions and intelligence, I'm not sure there is a real debate here. Rudd is Rudd. He is not the government. The government is under siege via a MSM attack on Rudd as a person, with the so-called 'gang of four' as minor players in their scenario. I think we should focus more on the impact of that distortion of the truth. And on the distortion itself. Precisely what this site has done to date.

HS

11/06/2010Wow!, lotr&rotl, I am truly humbled by your compliment. You can come back to TPS anytime! Now, to the substance of your erudite comment... Firstly, I love your reference to Steve Vizard and the Flokari Rugs. That man certainly left an impression on a whole generation of Australians. I really loved 'The D Gen', and 'The Steve Vizard Show', when he was on his mettle. I feel as if political satire is being sorely missed at the moment. The Chaser are a bit too bitchy sometimes, but at others they can be hilarious. All we have at the moment, it seems to me, is 3 minutes/week of Clarke and Dawe. Brilliant as they are, it's just not enough lampooning, is it? To the extent that, in my mind, Tony Abbott would be the perfect candidate for lampooning at the moment. Also, the satirists continue that proud Australian tradition of 'Taking the Piss'. I believe that the PM could also benefit from some gentle ribbing, such that he might be able to see, in their satirical reflection, aspects of his personality and political persona, such as I have outlined above, which might benefit from some 'tweaking'. It's also true what you say about the Twiggy & Gina Show in Perth the other day. Just seeing them turn up, Twiggy with his faux attempt to identify with the workers, and Gina, inappropriately turning up in her Paspaley Pearls and Diamonds, to a rally that was supposed to be about how on the verge of poverty she was, about to be impelled into the poorhouse should the RSPT come in. No wonder Twiggy came crawling back to the PM on bended knee the next day in their behind-closed-doors meeting. Why, I even noticed Twiggy's Indigenous Employment Scheme ads back on the telly the next day. Anyway, I guess that's how we'll really be able to tell how the RSPT Tug-Of-War is going, by the tapering off of the Minerals Council ad campaign. I'm not sure about the change in tone of media coverage recently. Barrie Cassidy's diatribe in defence of Andrew Bolt the other day at ABC 'The Drum', was hardly a gign of good and fair journalism. Still, I do believe it's a bit like the Curate's Egg, media coverage has improved recently to be 'good in parts'.

HS

11/06/2010janice, I think you have misunderstood the import of my Kevin Rudd commentary. I KNOW what a decent and kind human being Kevin Rudd is at his core. That he may be a ruthless political operator, is neither here no there to me, as far as my estimation of him goes. He can say, "Ratfuck", till the cows come home, wrt the Chinese and their duplicitous cronies at Copenhagen, I agree! No, what I am hoping to achieve is an analysis of those things that I think are holding him back from being the trult great Australian Prime Minister that I believe he is capable of being. Call it 'Constructive Criticism" if you want. That's why I want Sunrise Kevin back. I think he got lost recently. Other then that, he's fine by me!

HS

11/06/2010I think I better check my spelling a bit more closely. :)

HS

11/06/2010NormanK, Thank you for your reply and please don't be shy about making them longish, it all adds grist to our mill. Firstly, a minor quibble. The Insulation scheme was not a cock-up, IMHO. It was a brilliant scheme whose argument has been poorly prosecuted by the government in the wake of the fiasco brought on by the calamities that befell it, which were largely beyond the government's control, if you look at it dispassionately. They ran away from prosecuting the case for the Insulation scheme, despite the tragedies that occurred, because of those tragedies, and because Tony Abbott's prosecution of the case against it was so successful. I guess they felt it was self-explanatory. Which, of course, was wrong, as people prefer the tabloid headline to the thoughtful analysis any day. Which is also why I suggested the PM let loose the reins of power a little bit, and allow some of the great communicators he has in his team to prosecute the government's case in the media more often. Chris Bowen has a touch of the Keatings about him, to my eyes and ears. Kevin Rudd doesn't, neither does Julia Gillard. She's more of a slice and dice forensically type of politician. I take on board what you say about the election strategy and election timing. I imagine you're right because the PM was silent but deadly last itme when hunting down the Conservatives(I just can't call them Liberals anymore), John Howard. All I'll add is that, I'm never going to play a game of Chess with the PM!

NormanK

11/06/2010HS I think we can agree to disagree on the insulation scheme. I would dearly love to be wrong but in the absence of strong evidence, it certainly looks as though there was insufficient auditing done to keep the shonkies out. That's it. Everything else about it was great. With regard to challenging the PM, marbles maybe and hope he's got bad knees.

HS

11/06/2010Sally, I take your point, forcefully put. maybe you could write that piece about MSM distortions? :) Nevertheless, I wrote my piece because the tumult and the shouting about the PM's personality flaws had reached a crescendo recently, and it was damaging him in the polls, which I don't think anyone could deny. So, heavy of heart, I sat down at the beginning of the week, after the Nielsen poll was released, to put pen to paper in an effort to try and analyse why that had happened, what it was that I thought were the causes of this public disaffection with the PM, what he was doing wrong, IMHO, and what he could do to remedy those political afflictions. Simply tha. Sort of like a political 'Agony Aunt' I guess you could say.

HS

11/06/2010NormanK, Not even marbles! I'm sure at school he would have been the kid that ended up with everyone elses marbles, and marble season would thus come to an abrupt end, because no one would dare buy more marbles and challenge him afresh, as he would have worked out why he lost those games that he did, and done a thorough analysis of all points of your game before you had even got back from Woolies!

Sally

11/06/2010Sorry to be off the topic but, amazingly, I just got my Hewson comment accepted by The Drum. I'll await to see if it is published as I wrote it and after what time lapse. The small number of comments is difficult to reconcile with the readership and topic which to me means serious editorial interference - or ???

NormanK

11/06/2010HS You're right you know. Guess I was hoping age might have taken its toll but with it comes cunning. Cheers

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11/06/2010HS Thank you for your thoughtful piece. Many will agree that Kevin Rudd and his Government have not informed the public well enough about the RSPT. The miners stole a march on them in getting publicity out, and began with a more sophisticated educational programme. In my view Rudd’s present media advisers are not up to the job of creating memorable material for ministers to use, and in the media. A specialist unit staffed with experts at crafting messages and getting them out to the public would make a big difference. Then all ministers who have a good track record in communication should be commissioned to spread the messages. Kevin Rudd is naturally taking much of the up-front role, as he is expected to do, but, as you say, often seems inhibited and unable to let himself go in some situations. Why is this so? He is not devoid of empathy or the ability to connect with people – witness the ease with which he talks to older folk and children in hospital settings. He is not without skill addressing questions in community settings – witness his success with community cabinet meetings. Nor is he inept when addressing questions in QT – some of his most convincing and eloquent performances have been seen there. At National Press Club appearances he performs well and in the Great Health Debate clearly outperformed Tony Abbott. He is capable of soaring oratory that stopped the nation when he made The Apology. He performs well on the international stage where he does the nation proud. Yet when he is facing journalists, particularly on TV and radio, he is guarded, cautious, prone to repeat the lines that his advisors have given him, and unable or unprepared to let himself go. Why? My assessment is that he feels threatened and intimidated by many journalists in the MSM, who everyone can see are out to trap him into a gotcha moment, or corner him with an insistent ‘will you guarantee’ question. They probe incessantly, interrupt, at times rudely if they don’t get the response they want, try to lever answers even when clearly he does not wish to provide them, confront him with past utterances that contradict what he’s saying now, remind him of ‘promises’ he is said not to have kept, throw at him administrative problems that have bedeviled some of the programmes he has initiated, quote at him the rude comments others have made about him, criticize his approach, his plans, his achievements, his vision, his narrative, his motives, and accuse him of political opportunism and cynicism. Is it any surprise that he so often looks apprehensive as these assertive journalists press him relentlessly from the moment he appears. I can hear some of you thinking – well journalists have an entitlement to pressure politicians, and a PM ought to be able to handle that pressure; it certainly would be a great advantage if Rudd could do this comfortably. But we need to ask ourselves too whether the approach of some of our aggressive journalists is appropriate and indeed useful when their prime task should be enabling the public to be informed about what the Government is planning, doing and has done. Too often they convert an information-giving programme into an alpha male gladiatorial contest where they strive energetically to come out the winner, thereby attracting the applause of their colleagues. You would heap scorn upon me if I suggested that these powerful, combative, competitive media celebrities are to blame for Rudd’s apparent reticence – it takes two to tango – Rudd himself contributes to the outcome. Now is this due to what David Marr suggests is deep-seated anger resulting from traumatic childhood experiences? I won’t add to this speculation – I simply don’t know. Frankly, if I had to put up with what the media dishes up to Rudd hour after hour, day after day, worsening steadily as the pecked-chook syndrome exacerbates, I’d give them all the flick, but of course he can’t do that. In offering advice to our PM, we should avoid simplistic suggestions, so I’ll stick to my contention that his media unit needs upgrading, that he and his ministers need to bring to the people fresh, simple and memorable messages about policy issues, even if they are inherently complex, and really insist that interviewers let them voice them without interruption, indeed interrupting their interruptions. I’d like to see a more assertive approach to these tigers of TV and radio journalism such as Kerry O’Brien and Tony Jones, and on Melbourne radio Jon Faine and Neil Mitchell, that shuts them up when Rudd is trying to get a message to US in ‘Concerned Voter Land’. We want to hear from our PM what has been accomplished, what is planned, and how new initiatives will be carried out, and we want to hear this confidently and clearly expressed without interruption from egotistical journalists, whose opinions of are no interest or value to us – they are simply facilitators of the flow of information. They ought to remember that.

Sally

11/06/2010HS I'm not having a go at you, believe me. And I empathise (hate that word but sometimes it's useful) with your sympathy with the PM and his predicament (with which I agree). My problem with the current scenario is that Rudd is being equated with 'the government'. Maybe there is some truth in that scenario - I don't know and am not an insider. I just think we should focus more on 'the government' rather that K Rudd in our attacks/defences. What the MSM is doing is very cleverly steering us to attack/defence of Rudd as though he was 'the government'. There are some really good heads in his front bench. I don't know what is happening there in terms of debate/communication/consensus and I don't believe the media reports on any of that. So, from my point of view, this is all hypothetical and sometimes wishful thinking. But, keep up the attacks and let's keep them as personally neutral as possible - on all fronts. It is possible to be damning and forceful without using one four/five/six letter nasty work (not directed at you HS!). cheers

BH

11/06/2010HS - I agree with lot of what you have written about sharing the pain around a little. The PM has not made all this backflips on his own but he is graciously taking the flack for them. He acted well in the mining talks in WA. He was great in a presser yesterday and needs to do more of that. Definitely needs to delegate to a few of the younger guns as well. Jason Clare, Maxine McKew, Mark Butler. One of the biggest worries for me has been that over the past 2.5 years the Govt. has allowed too much to go through to the keeper. They have barely refuted any of the misrepresentations and outright lies told by the Oppn and the media. It has seemed as tho they couldn't be bothered or that they don't know what is going on. It leaves the impression that the simple lines and messages the Libs give out are true. It's time to refute and correct every statement from now until the election. The Govt. can't put the media more offside than it is now so I say 'go for it'. David Marr seems to be impressed with Tony Abbott's clear, cut through messages even tho he agrees they are a bit shonky. Time for Keating to give the PM some because the PM is pretty good at delivering them. His 'flying pigs' bit was good yesterday.

Rx

11/06/2010May I endorse the appreciation expressed by other commenters for your sensitive, thoughtful piece, Hillbilly. [i]The Political Sword[/i] and its readers are fortunate to have a writer of your calibre serving us. So I have been reading around about election strategies, and (this will be no news to most of us) going negative works. The conservatives are clearly aware of this, and use it in campaign after campaign and even between campaigns. Last election Labor's campaign was mostly positive. But back then Kevin was up against a tired, old, extreme government. I'd like to see Labor go in harder and more negatively this time around. There is so much material to work with: Abbott's flakiness, his political extremism, his being in bed with the cultists of greed and self-interest, his past utterances, his record as Health Minister. Then there is the wholly awful frontbench Abbott hand-picked: surely there's abundant material there to sow seeds of massive doubt in the public's mind. There are, of course, many more election tactics that could be discussed and advised. But it may not be wise to tell the world about them. I've no doubt whatsoever the forces of darkness monitor communication outlets such as [i]TPS[/i] in the hope of gaining some advantage by so doing. If anyone has some real corkers of ideas for Labor to consider, it might be best to email them personally to Kevin and/or the ALP. Keep the forces of darkness IN the dark!

Macca

11/06/2010HS, I sort of agree with you But I think we have to stop wishing the PM is someone who he is not and can never be. There is a lot of talk about selling the message. but what message? Policy will always be debated in the media, but I find it interesting to note that after the rentseekers, bootstrappers and others have had their two bobs worth, and we get a legislative outcome,apart from the CPRS, and we all know the story behind that, the Govt, for the most part gets what it wanted. I don't think the RSPT will be any different. However we still get the furphy that "Rudd didn't sell well enough". So what can the Labor party sell? How about Kevin Rudds strength as a human! This guy has been villified by a corrupt media, for near on three years! He has been insulted by lessor men such as Abbott, Hockey and co. for just as long. The right wing blogs are just horrendous. But there he is everyday doing what Prime Ministers do. Guiding the country through a GFC, planning for a nation both now and fifty years into the future, actually listening to,and acting on, for the most part, the highly qualified and experienced public service. IMO the man is strong, but I do see a gentleness there. Others may see it as a weakness. Perhaps they don't understand how much courage it takes to be a gentle man. If a message has to be sold....Sell that one!

HS

11/06/2010Sally and BH, I think everyone can agree that there are diamonds in the rough in the ALP Federal Caucus that need more exposure and honing in the media. Which is why I suggested that the PM delegate his communication strategy more. I agree that Jason Claire and Mark Butler are very effective. So is Nick Champion from SA, and Gary Gray came across very well when I heard him on the radio the other day talking about the RSPT. He especially should be used because he is a former Woodside executive from WA! BH, do you have the full 'flying pigs' quote? I agree, the PM needs to throw off the reserved demeanor and let loose with a few jokes a bit more often.

Snoozer289

11/06/2010HS. I have to agree with Janice's comments, Kevin Rudd is Kevin Rudd, he hasn't changed and they way he communicates will not change. I have read many times now people saying the PM and the Government are poor communciators and are not getting their message across. I do not fully agree with this, in some cases they could have presented their point differently, but we do not and are not there when the PM or Government present their case in Media conferences, all we get to see or hear is the snippets the MSM want us to see or hear. I think the current debate on the RSPT is a clear example of this, if you listen to the MSM they are promoting the mining industries arguments (No consulting etc) how many times have I heards this today I can't count. Firstly the Government is consulting, during the Henry Tax review (go to Senate Estimates hearings with treasury), before the Henry Tax review was released ans since the Announcement. Why are the MSM promoting the Mining industry line? instead of supporting the Government. (This is where the poor communciation is coming from) the distorted, uninformed slanted communcation from the MSM. Kevin Rudd could say it is white and the MSM will argue it should be Black. Whenever we see Kevin Rudd in QT or debates people do listen because his comments cannot be distirt or mispresented. The Health debate was a perfect example, people were listening.

Lyn

11/06/2010TODAY'S LINKS [i]Morgan: 52-48 to Labor. William Bowe, The Poll Bludger[/i] Labor with a two-party lead of 52-48, down from 52.5-47.5 last week. Labor’s primary vote is down two points to 40 per cent, with the Coalition up 0.5 per cent to 41.5 per cent. The Greens are up 2.5 per cent to 11 per cent http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2010/06/11/morgan-52-48-to-labor/ [i]All aboard Rudd’s pork express, Media Wrap Crikey[/i] Can Rudd convince voters to give some respect to his RSPT? http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/11/all-aboard-rudds-pork-express/

HS

11/06/2010Hey, guess what? Fran Kelly has written a negtaive piece about the Rudd government for 'The Drum': http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/11/2924334.htm?site=thedrum I'm sure she has such an inflated opinion of her importance to the political debate in this country that she believes she can change the direction that the political process takes with her articles and her radio show.

Rx

11/06/2010I never thought I'd see the day that Fran Kelly said or wrote anything negative about Labor .... ... just kidding!

HS

11/06/2010Snoozer289, You do have a point about the selective editing that the MSM engages in wrt the PM and his government. However, I put it back to you that they were probably still trying to do it when Paul Keating was PM, however he could formulate the essence of what he wanted to communicate into such a short, sharp soundbite that the media were unable to edit without making it meaningless. So they had to keep it if they wanted to have any sort of response from him at all in the nightly news. And it was usually witty. Which is why I suggested the PM seek some sage advice from him, and others.

sally

11/06/2010Hi all, Sorry once again to interrupt HS's article but this is important regarding the ABC watch. The Drum published my Hewson comment about 20 mins ago. No editing and no changes. What surprises me is that there have been so few comments posted in the last 24 hours. I really don't believe that others haven't posted. Where are they? What happened to their posts? Who edited them out? And why? This has been a very painful excercise on a notebook. I won't do it again!

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11/06/2010LUN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx

NormanK

11/06/2010AA May I humbly redirect you to my earlier post as I think it speaks to many of the "why" questions you have. As usual, I am prepared to be shown to be wrong but may I pose a highly pertinent question with regard to the polls on the RSPT, Mr Rudd and the government in general. What earthly difference do the polls make at this juncture and what can be gained by expending energy chasing them now rather than waiting for the only poll that matters? It might make us feel a bit better but that's all. Watch for a huge burst of what you are calling for, once the election is called.

Snoozer289

11/06/2010HS, Thankyou for your response, I am a huge Keating fan (I still believe the best PM this country ever had), and I agree he had a flair and ability to cut through, it was just him and it was his public (maybe private} personnelity . Unfortunately, I do not believe Kevin can do that, his public personnelity just does allow it. Whether because he is overly conscious of the way the media may or can marnipulate them or it is just his diplomatic way I do not know. I do not disgree Kevin needs to cut through and I am of the firm belief that when it comes to the crunch people will see him and the Government as the right people to take us through furture challenges, but more importantly set this country up for the future. Despite what the current media may want to protray I believe history will see that a lot of the reforms and changes that this government is and will bring introduce set Australia one of the strongest economically, innovative and imagiatative countries in the world. People will always struggle with change and you do a leader who can communicate those changes to encourage the populist along, how Kevin does this I don't know. But I think he is the right person to do this. You are who you are.

bilgedigger

11/06/2010HS - Don't like to take issue with you but suffice to say I disagree with many of your contentions. Have faith and don't give up, particularly if your points are made on the basis of accepting the many and varied criticisms of Kevin Rudd that have been the media constant for a long time. I ask you to reconsider some of your points, as an example you said "it seems to me that the PM is singularly unable to appropriately emote and empathise convincingly". Did you base this on personal knowledge or on some representations in the media? The David Marr Quarterly Essay, which you say you heard being discussed on the radio, from my reading of the Essay is flawed, and the conclusions being drawn from it by Marr on the basis of the last two pages are untenable to anyone with a grounding in psychology. The "anger", which David Marr concluded was an integral part of Kevin Rudd's being, in my opinion was an understandable response by Kevin Rudd to the revelation by David Marr at the conclusion of the interviews that David Marr was publishing an Essay which could be derogatory of him. On my reading, that anger was quite justified, but to allow that 20 minutes of heated "off-the-record" discussion to act as the rationale for Kevin Rudd's whole lifetime, as David Marr and the media have done is unjust and unconscionable. Naturally the media have picked up on this flawed reading of Kevin Rudd and it is echoing around the countryside. There is a seeming contradiction in your point that Kevin Rudd "doesn't warm the cockles of people's hearts...as the polls are suggesting", between his standing in the polls until fairly recently and the stratospheric approval ratings he has had for so long. It is correct that it is difficult for the Government to get its messages across sufficiently for people to make fair judgments of their policies. Government is not the "one man band" that the media lead us to believe. The statements made by Government about the insulation matter were factual but very few people went to the lengths of actually reading the material which was readily available as downloads from the Department There was also the excellent article in Inside Story by Rodney Griffin(?) and also by Possum in his blog, where the facts relating to the fires and the deaths were clearly articulated. I also don't think that there is a need for "Kevin (to) get on the phone". I think there is a need for the public to be made aware of the wealth of material that is available which completely rebuts the garbage we are constantly fed as "news and opinion". There is so much more I could say but I can only round off this rather lengthy response by once again asking you to ask yourself "Is it really so?"

Lyn

11/06/2010Hi Hillbilly Thankyou for your brilliant piece, you are a gold bar asset to "The Political Sword", we are lucky to have you Hillbilly. Wow! look at the fantastic comments you have so far, all of them excellent quality, well thoughtout, wonderful, enjoyable reads. I agree with Macca, Snoozer 289, Janice, left of the right & right of the left , Rx, Sally, BH, NormanK, and of course our Ad. Kevin Rudd cannot change he is who he is, that is why I get so annoyed with the Coalition tribe, saying nobody knows what Kevin Rudd stands for. Macca you are so right [i][quote]Perhaps they don't understand how much courage it takes to be a gentle man.[/quote][/i] Kevin Rudd was too kind, to change Howards Public servants, have they been loyal no. How many Liberal, has beens, have been given jobs by Kevin Rudd, have they been loyal er. no. The media constantly harp, Kevin Rudd can't sell his policies, what a load of hogg wash,of course he can, and does, there is none that I can't understand. As for changing Kevin Rudd's style it would not work, the cartoonists have dressed him in every outfit ever invented, none of them fit properly. Kevin Rudd always looks nice beautiful suits, beautiful ties, as neat as a new pin. We have a good, thoughtful, caring Prime Minister, that may sound boring sometimes, because his head is spinning, with so much ambition, he has for our country and such a short time to achieve. The MSM need to wake up and realise what they are doing, where are their ethics, sense of fairness, respect, worthwhile reporting. The exam papers need to be changed, set their bar higher, because it's a very low bar at the moment.

janice

11/06/2010Hillbilly, I wasn't having a go at you. Your piece is thoughtful and comes directly from the heart and, for what it is worth, I give you 10 out 10 for it. I guess I get somewhat angry that most people seem to be expecting Kevin to be something he is not. As Ad astra observes, he shows his forceful side in parliament during QT and he had no trouble stripping bark off Abbott during the health debate. IMHO, he cannot afford the luxury of tearing strips off the Kerry O'Briens in interviews because he wouldn't get any kudos for doing so and the fallout that followed would be disasterous. Paul Keating didn't win many friends when he lashed out at the media and I believe he wouldn't have lost to Howard had he controlled his mouth more outside of parliament. Paul was, in my opinion, the best PM this country ever had but there was no way he could have changed his personality to fit the box our media thought he should be in. I have been saying for 12 months that I don't think Rudd will go to an early election and I didn't believe he considered seriously about a DD. I believe the libs, the greens and the media were pushing hard for a DD but our PM was too smart to fall for it. Instead he kept telling them he intended to go full term which they didn't believe and that is why Abbott and his grubby mob have been dipping into their dirt barrel in a frenzy. By the time the election is called voters will be sick and tired of negativity and mud slinging and will be looking for clean water in which to bathe. LABOR will win and Abbott will be left flat and bloodied on his political road to the Lodge (or Kirribilly House).

Snoozer289

11/06/2010Janice, I am very much in step with you and your thoughts, I also believe that all are under estimating what both the PM and his government are strateging in the lead up to the next election. I laso believe this is why the MSM are trying so hard to dis=stablise the Government message and process. This is not like any government that we are or MSM are use to. A Government that is prepared to go and talk directly to the peop[le through its Cabinelt community forums, and there is a lot of direct and indirect communication with the community going on that we do not hear about. The MSM are being left behind, and the day of door stoppers and the quick 30 secomd glib is not there and the MSM are struggling to keep up or understand. So to justify and protect their existence they go on the attack. The people want to be seen as apart of the process and I believe that the Community forums and the response to these forums shows the governemnt as being a lot more in touch they the MSM want us to believe. The lastedt CF in WA showed this, when you saw more peiople were concerned about what the Government is doing to help and develop their communities. The RSPT barley mentioned a questioned. It also so the PM as person who is not afraid to stand there and face all sorts of questions from the public, question and concerns that important to them, mot like the MSM who are trying to get a teh Gotchas question. The MSM could learn a lot from listening to the type of questions that are being raised at the CF (community Forums)as these are the type of questions that the communities are concern about. Maybe this is the MSM problem, real people asking real questions and in most cases getting rela and geninue responses.. I also agree there is a long way to go, and I believe that despite the negative hypr from the MSM and right wingersw Kevin Rudd with trumiph with an increase majority, but on that he will also change the way future governments will interact and communicate the community, and the MSM will find themselves more and more alienated.

Lyn

11/06/2010Hi Everybody Sunday insiders compliments of Jeremy Sear: Glenn Milne? [i]Weekend talk Thread, Jeremy Sear, Pure Poison[/i] Insiders ABC 1 Sunday 9am Barrie Cassidy talks with Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner. On the Panel David Marr and Lenore Taylor from The SMH and The Australian’s Glenn Milne. Plus, Talking Pictures with the doyen of Australian cartooning The Age’s Bruce Petty (Courtesy of @mpbowers) http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/

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11/06/2010NormanK The online polls are unreliable and therefore of little value. As they usually favour the Opposition, it was surprising to see the two in the Fairfax papers so solidly behind Kevin Rudd and the RSPT. The voting preference polls point to a recent downward trend for Labor as Possum demonstrates with his Pollytrend, but the latter will take a while to reverse even if polling favours Labor again. Today’s Morgan at 52/48 was very similar to recent Face-to-Face Morgan polls and an improvement on three weeks ago. Essential came in at 52/48 last Monday, but we heard nothing of that in the MSM. Newspoll seems to carry the most weight, in the view of News Limited journalists at least. What it shows next week, if they indeed run one over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, will be given great airplay, especially if Labor remains down. George Megalogenis has shown the falsity of reading too much of a sinister nature into recent polls, demonstrating as he did the similarities between these poll figures and those during the One Nation upsurge in the Howard era. Of course you’re right – there’s only one poll that matters. But as the media has made an art form of using polls as a weapon with which to flail the Government, it’s not surprising that so much attention is given to them. There’s a long way to go to the election. It seems as if Kevin Rudd is playing with the Opposition, the miners and the media by keeping them guessing on a poll date, and adding to the uncertainty by saying today that agreement with the miners might be months away. Does that mean that he will go to the polls early before agreement is reached, or that he will wait for agreement that he predicts is months away and go in October or even next year, which latter the psephologists think highly unlikely. The more he keeps everyone guessing the greater his advantage is. All PMs know that.

jimbo

11/06/2010just a little info from the herald sun yesterday which may quieten the mining moguls it was in the finance section asic has made it very plain to mining companies that if what they are spouting over the rspt does not equate with their obligations of disclosure to the asx,the public,shareholders and asic they will find themselves in major league trouble.

Macca

11/06/2010The Barrie Cassidy diatribe was quite telling in it's own way. Ask yourselves; Why mention The PM's media advisors and why call them "junior woodchucks"? Take that with the Murdoch spin about the PMO'S office being the all controlling entitiy, spin city central etc. Apparently all of the PM's media advisors are to be let go, or are in the firing line. I can see a pattern emerging here. Finally, after pilloring the man for 3 years. Maybe the truth of the matter may be coming out. Rudd and his youthful media advisors are changing the game! The Canberra press gallery may actually have to earn a living by reporting the truth. No more leaks to the favourite of the month. By releasing controversial policy, such as the RSPT, they have no choice but to report it. They have no choice but to report the general consensus that the majority of the Australian electorate support it. To do otherwise would destroy whatever credibility they have left.....and aren't they just hating that. Overall, they can't attack the policies of this Govt. Mainly because the policies are are pretty solid. That only leaves the man. He will beat them, have no fear of that. The Murdochs, Bolts, Ackermans, Cassidys' and Kellys'of this world won't even leave a footnote in history. Kevin Rudd and his Govt. are already writing it.

HS

11/06/2010Macca, I know what you mean about the PM being a gentle man. Sadly, the hyenas in the Press pack see that as a sign of weakness, and use it as an excuse to go on the attack. Which is how they operate. They respected men like Howard and Costello because they behaved with a hauty disdain for all. And certain 'doyennes' of the Press Gallery do too, so they respect it in politicians that reflect themselves I guess. Well, behind the scenes around Parliament House, that is the way they behave. Any new members of the Press Gallery lionise the old guard and seek to emulate them, and so the cycle continues. Which manifests itself as groupthink. It's a brave soul who begs to differ with the general consensus which ripples around the Press Gallery on a daily basis. This is how I believe the memes, or narratives, that we see wash through the media outlets, get born. Chinese Whispers. So it has played out in the Prime Minister's case. When I was a Senate Intern, during the period when Kim Beazley was Opposition Leader, and the PM was Foreign Affairs spokesman, all I ever heard people in the Labor Party say about Kevin Rudd was what a nice guy he was. Disciplined and hard-working were the words I heard. That has been transformed into a 'Control Freak' and 'Kevin 24/7'. Amazing, isn't it?

HS

11/06/2010With Glenn Milne slated to appear on the couch on Sunday, it looks like the program is living up to its new name of 'Inciters'. I mean, really.'The Poison Dwarf' from News Ltd.; David Marr of recent Poison Pen Quarterly Essay on the PM fame; and Lenore Taylor, voice of reason, aided and abetted by the increasingly shrill Barrie Cassidy. I can just imagine what it will be like. Barrie will attempt to pour more scorn on the Rudd government in his interview with Lindsay Tanner, he will ask the sort of hard questions that he never seems to be able to come up with when he interviews a member of the Opposition, he'll cut Lindsay Tanner off mid-answer if he doesn't like it. Then, after the interview he'll go back to the couch and let Glenn Milne off the leash. What a farce it is sure to be.

HS

11/06/2010I have just heard Mitch Hooke and the Mineral Council's latest line crafted to torpedo the RSPT debate, just when it was beginning to gain a bit of positive momentum. Now, the government consultations with the Mining Industry negotiators have turned into 'lectures', according to the 'Flash as a Rat with a Gold Tooth' Mr Hooke. Puhhlease! Maybe we should call his bluff and say that the Mining Company negotiators are being, 'Pig Headed'.

HS

11/06/2010janice, I agree with everything you said, and I haven't been offended one bit by your comments. I guess I must have put it poorly, but what I wanted to convey was a shopping list of suggestions which the PM could take on board quickly to make him and his government as good as they could be. From the moves that he has made already this week, as I outlined above, I think that he 'gets it' already. Except for the sleep bit. Sigh. As far as I can tell, he's the sort of guy who is not averse to change if it will make the government stronger. That is, as well as having his long-term strategic direction mapped out, he is alive to the possibilities for change which will neutralise lines of attack from the media and the Opposition. There's plenty of evidence of that sort of behaviour from the PM already, I think.

HS

11/06/2010lyn, What beautiful comments yourself, dear lady! I can't think of much to add to that, except to say that I guess we are all, in our own way, just willing the PM on with our best wishes for God's speed so that he might triumph in the forthcoming election and continue to do good for this magnificent country of ours. By the way, how's your Twittering going? If you need more help, just ask!

HS

11/06/2010Ad Astra, Your comments are so erudite, I find it hard to add anything to them! However, when I am refreshed again in the morning I will try. :)

vote1maxine

11/06/2010HS I'm sorry to say that I couldn't disagree more with your blog. Unless you are part of the PM's circle how can you possibly know about the inner workings? You can only make assumptions. WHY is it "... obvious to me, and others, that the political neophytes, such as Lachlan Harris and Karl Bitar that are running the show now for the PM" ? How do you really know?? What is your evidence? So the rest of Cabinet is now redundant? All your past blogs have been excellent ,furthermore you are far more articulate, better researched and have contributed a trillion times more to this site than I. So I feel I have little right to criticize your blog. However well intentioned your piece is, it is just your opinion based upon what? Many bloggers here, including myself, have criticized quite rightly the MSM for doing the same to the Rudd Government with their negative opinion based on hear say or worse lies. So I'm sorry Hillbilly but you are far below your usual very high standard. It would be like me who played soccer in lowest grade in the amateur division three decades ago advising Pim Verbeek the strategy for the Socceroos opening match against Germany.

HS

11/06/2010Maybe this article will make you feel better about the PM: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/management/rudd-does-it-a-beta-way-20100605-xlri.html

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12/06/2010HS Thank you for the SMH link to [i]Rudd does it a beta way[/i] http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/management/rudd-does-it-a-beta-way-20100605-xlri.html The following paragraph from that article is germane to your piece: [i]''I think it is wonderful to have a prime minister who is an intellectual,'' Professor Heifetz said. ''But I think a politician who is an intellectual has an obligation to get to the simplicity on the other side of complexity. They must make sure they are accurate but also straightforward.''[/i] That seems to be the key to communication with an electorate that can’t be expected to be across the detail – transform the inherent complexity of an issue into easy-to-understand, brief, memorable messages. This is the role of expert media advisers working in concert with the PM and his ministers, something for which you and I have argued in our writings.

NormanK

12/06/2010Ad astra Thanks for your reply. I probably should have cited George Megalogenis in my argument but university days are long behind me. If anyone hasn't read his article, it is well worth a look. I don't dispute the media's right to make much of polls (although I object strongly to "if an election had been held yesterday" alarmist nonsense) but I would hope that calm intelligent and informed folk such as live here would know that polls have little if any meaning, even the day before an election. My attempts at humour on a previous thread were meant to convey the fickle inaccurate nature of them. They can be made to say almost anything (within reason) and a skillful set of questions can herd an unsuspecting voter into answers they would not otherwise give. I think I was prompted to dash off my note to you because I seriously disagree with the notion that the PM is in some way afraid of certain questions and journalists. He could eat them for breakfast, although I wouldn't recommend that much acid intake. This is a deliberate strategy to ignore them and their day of comeuppance will be declared a holiday in this household. All of your other points rely on the premise that this week's polls matter. They don't and Mr Rudd's advisors would know that. Fellow swordians As you watch Mr Rudd and senior ministers perform in the media over coming days, put the thought in your mind that this is deliberate and scripted. For all of the senior players this is water off a duck's back. Their body language is strong, their message is simple (if a little repetitive) and their swipes at the Opposition are playful like a lioness with her cubs. There is nothing to gain by expending energy now chasing a couple of poll points. Far better to save as many weapons as possible for the election campaign and put today's energies into getting on with the job of governing. Just because the MSM insist on running poll-driven hysteria, doesn't mean we have to follow them. I am quite sure the Opposition advisors are not being fooled by the government's apparent lethargy and non-combative stance and nor should we be fooled. Opinion polls are meaningless.

HS

12/06/2010vote1maxine, I couldn't agree with you more. This piece I have written WAS simply from my heart, and my heart had broken as a result of the recent polls, and thus, I thought to myself, what's the point of sticking with the game plan, to use your Soccer analogy, if the team isn't winning? I wouldn't be so arrogant to think that the PM, or anyone in his Office, will even read what I have to say, in fact I could pretty well guarantee that they won't, and, having met Lachlan Harris and Karl Bitar, I do know how very smart and competent they are. However, the point I was trying to make was that, compared to the old political warhorses ranged against them at the moment, and the fact that the PM doesn't seem(with the emphasis on 'seem', because you're right, I don't know), to be getting any advice from the old warhorses from his side of politics, especially Paul Keating, I just thought that in counting down until the election is called, it might help him get out of the poll slump if he could tweak a couple of things. That's all. It was simply meant by way of a kind of, Maternal or Agony Aunt, perspective. Of course, I am well aware that an obstructionist Senate has had a lot to do with the lack of success in getting Mr Rudd's agenda through, so no amount of tweaking his personal habits will change that. I just thought that this time, instead of the well-researched path, I'd choose the heartfelt Open Letter path. I knew it wouldn't please everyone, but that was also an aim of mine, to get contrary input, but also to let anyone else vent their fears or frustrations about the PM, or proffer their own good advice, in a concerned Aunty or Uncle fashion. As there is one thing we can all agree on. That is, that Kevin Rudd and his government have the makings of a very great government for this country, now and into the future, especially compared with what else is on offer from the Abbott-led Coalition, and thus we are all willing them onto victory by making whatever helpful suggestions we can. Even if they take no notice whatsoever. :)

HS

12/06/2010jimbo, Thanks for the heads-up wrt ASIC and the Miners. I guess that's why they have changed tack the last couple of days from saying they would suspend this or that project, to complaining about the fact they are being 'lectured to' by the government, as opposed to being consulted.

Rx

12/06/2010Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground.

HS

12/06/2010If it's not already there, this article has to go into Today's Links(it's dynasmite!): http://www.smh.com.au/national/news-ltd-criticised-as-police-chief-cleared-20100611-y3lk.html

HS

12/06/2010Sorry, sausage fingers on a cold morning!. Of course that should be 'dynamite'. :)

vote1maxine

12/06/2010HS I know how you feel. My heart has also been broken. I totally agree with your comment "that Kevin Rudd and his government have the makings of a very great government for this country, now and into the future, especially compared with what else is on offer from the Abbott-led Coalition". In fact the thought of an Abbott govt. has allowed my black dog to escape its kennel over the course of this year. It is only recently that it is back on its leash. I believe that the best way to prevent this calamity from happening is to be armed with the facts (gleaned from TPS & Lyn's links) and take the argument to the pub, the lunchroom and the coffee shop. If all of us can just convince just one other voter, you know what Hillbilly, Labor will win in a Ruddslide.

HS

12/06/2010I don't know if anyone can be bothered reading it, but here is more armchair criticism of the PM's approach to the RSPT consultation process from Jack the Insider, seen through rose-coloured glasses for the days of the PRRT consultations: http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/jacktheinsider/index.php/theaustralian/comments/rspt_your_elders/ When you mash this together with the previous linked article about how Chris Mitchell, Editor of the Australian operates, then you can easily come to the conclusion that, no matter what the PM does, News Ltd. will find a way to villify him for it. How pathetic is that?

Lyn

12/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Peter van Onselen Political Scientist or Quack[/i], compliments from [b]NASKING, CAFE WHISPERS[/b] http://www.vexnews.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Wisdom-of-van-Onselen.pdf [i]Labor urged to dump 'item of ridicule' Rudd, ABC[/i] The Australian newspaper, Mr De Lacy writes the Prime Minister has become an "item of ridicule http://www.abc.net.au:80/news/stories/2010/06/12/2925383.htm?WT.mc_id=newsmail [i]Oz v. Overland, Andrew Dodd, Unleashed[/i] I know the culture at The Australian. I worked there for five years. Occasionally, as a reporter you get leant-on to chase things. You can be pushed into prodding a certain side in a certain way in line with the paper's campaign of the day. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2925000.htm [i]Is Simon Overland Australia's cleanest cop? STOP MURDOCH[/i] The Murdoch Press are not about journalism, they are about power and neo-liberal ideology http://stopmurdoch.blogspot.com/ [i]Clouded vision Rudd's downfall , Laurie Oakes, Herald Sun[/i] In Rudd's case, however, while policy bungles have played a part, the real issue now is one of character. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/clouded-vision-rudds-downfall/story-e6frfhqf-1225878669355 [i]RSPT rumour file, Bernard Keane Crikey[/i] Terry McCrann was the chief spruiker for the rumours. “The Rudd government will announce major changes to its proposed resources super profits tax today or tomorrow,” http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/11/another-friday-another-round-of-rspt-cave-in-rumours/ [i]Some super profitable companies could pay 58 per cent tax, Brian, Larvatus Prodeo[/i] Under existing arrangements the companies still need to pay royalties on unprofitable projects. http://larvatusprodeo.net/ [i]On the vicious white - anting of the social contract, Guy Beres[/i] Sometimes screwing people over and around is not the best way to get them to do the right thing. http://guyberes.com/ [i]Plague Of Locusts? Blame Rudd, Darryl Mason, The Orstrahyn[/i] Australian tabloid newspaper columnists recently and I've learned utterly irrational thought matters not a hoot. It's Kevin Rudd's fault. http://theorstrahyun.blogspot.com/2010/06/plague-of-locusts-blame-rudd-it-may.html [i]Celebrity deathmatch - Packer vs Murdoch, Possum Comitatus, Pollytics[/i] this corker of a story has it all. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/ [i]Westpoll: 62-38 to federal Coalition in WA, William Bowe, The Poll Bludger[/i] The catch is that with a sample of just 400, the poll has a margin of error of about 5 per cent http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2010/06/12/westpoll-62-38-to-federal-coalition-in-wa/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CrikeyBlogs+%28Crikey+Blogs%29 [i]Kevin Who?, Damob, Throwing Stones from the Glasshouse[/i]. Giving Tony Abbott the Prime Minstership will solve nothing and simply return us to the dark old days of conservative wretchedness.http://damob.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/kevin-who/ [i]Public spat over Ryan heats up, Nicole Butler, ABC[/i] there is early signs of a civil war in the Brisbane electorate of Ryan. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/10/2924105.htm

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Ad The ABC are out to get me again this morning. I had a fairly good run this week. Ad would you fix again for me please.

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12/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx Lyn ABC links fixed.

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Ad Thankyou so much.

HS

12/06/2010vote1maxine, So it looks like you will be wearing out some more shoe leather in the run-up to the election with maxine? :) Anyway, at least your opponent this time is a political lightweight.

nasking

12/06/2010HS, a thoughtful & insightful piece. I do agree that the parrot-like, repetitious statements by Kevin Rudd can come across as off-putting & life draining. I think he's trying to sell a simplified message that the population generally get...and most of that could be gotten across by way of political advertising & other means. But it does stick in people's heads. It's just that he does tend to overdo it. And I think that has alot to do w/ his lack of comfort w/ the media. And who can blame him. Rudd was very open & chatty w/ the querying journos for a good long time. I remember many outdoor question periods where he joked w/ them, chuckled alongside them. But then for some reason they decided to stick the knives in. Once the Murdoch empire made its move w/ its barrage of negative headlines and scathing, ridiculing commentary it was like so many others decided to jump on that train. Obviously the Murdoch empire & a few ABC & Fairfax journos/talking heads who are obvious Lib supporters were helping the Coalition to create a RUDD PROFILE for ages...this began in the previous election campaign. If you look back you'll see many negative descriptions being pushed over and over again...craftily inserted in even generally positive pieces. This was a campaign setup long ago I imagine. And the timing to go full-bore on the attack was setup for just before Xmas. A year out from the election. I've seen this done in American politics for many years. Murdoch & his lot have plenty of experience based on their US election role. I noticed that there has been a definite AL GORE IS A BORING NERD & ROBOT element to this assault...not to mention the occasional "wealthier than the average worker" element. Combined w/ the GORDON BROWN IS A BULLY barrage that we saw in the UK election. Add the WHITLAMESQUE element...which was being pushed right from the start... It's about DEFINING your enemy for the public. Manipulating public perception. Ensuring that any positive aspects of that character (Rudd in this instance) are left out... or used carefully to add to the perception of weakness (Rudd shows interest in hospital patients, chats amiably, is concerned for their welfare...BUT he's obsessive, ignoring the worries of other Laborites, a cowardly ploy to take focus off insulation etc.)... &/or descriptions of positive personality attributes are used by journos, opinion-makers to give the perception that there is "balance" in an article/report...but often you'll notice that that commentor will then drop the positives the following article/report...because they have a job to do incrementally...that will eventually build into a crescendo...ASSASSINATE RUDD'S REPUTATION. It's TRICKY DICK stuff. Appearance over reality. You make some valid comments Hillbilly...but I don't think it would matter much what Rudd did, the negative scrutiny & barrages won't stop. Sure, I do believe that Rudd should get down & dirty w/ the people on the hustings... drop the repetition bit somewhat...confer w/ the wider cabinet more (which apparently he's said he'll do now)...and ensure he doesn't do a total backflip on this miner's tax. And obviously get some sleep. But I think that a solid number of the media (Murdoch's lot control so many papers, have infected the ABC, basically run SKY NEWS, and have their own bloggers) have it in for him...and the people just have to wake up to this. And a number of old guard Laborites are now in the mining area...or have substantial shares...and corporate business interests...and are griping. A bit bankrupt in my opinion. Rudd is proving himself to be quite a maverick. I like that in him. Obviously that scares those ideologically fixed-in...and those who have robbed our nation blind during boom & recovery times...and a Murdoch empire that doesn't feel it has been kowtowed to enuff. N'

HS

12/06/2010Wow! That VexNews slicing and dicing of PVO's utterings was priceless. Look, it's my humble theory that if PVO wasn't so handsome, he wouldn't have gotten as far as he has in politics and commentary in this country.

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Hillbilly I hadn't included the Overland story by the SMH in today's links. There are two stories on the overland case in today's links Oz v. Overland, Andrew Dodd, Unleashed Is Simon Overland Australia's cleanest cop? STOP MURDOCH Ad will put the SMH one up for us, thanks Ad. [i]News Ltd criticised as police chief cleared , Rafael Epstein, SMH[/i] crime investigation as details emerged of alleged attempts by Rupert Murdoch's media empire to intimidate law enforcement agencies. http://www.smh.com.au/national/news-ltd-criticised-as-police-chief-cleared-20100611-y3lk.html

nasking

12/06/2010"That VexNews slicing and dicing of PVO's utterings was priceless." Certainly was. Thnx for putting the link up Lyn. I noticed no mention of the Morgan Poll by Van Onselen this morn...but he mentioned that dodgy WA poll a number of times. I've commented on it here: Labor would win close election shows Morgan Poll http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/labor-would-win-close-election-shows-morgan-poll/#comment-194 I think we need to build up a network of blogs to provide an alternative to so much of the claptrap we're getting from the Murdoch media & their ABC. N'

Sally

12/06/2010HS When you have a moment – and I’m guessing like me you have few – I’d dearly love to know something of your insights into the internal workings of gov that you gained during the Senate internship. My own experience has been limited to being an activist resident at local gov level (see Rats in the Ranks – I’m there – without my knowledge or permission I might add). A thumbnail sketch would be highly informative for me in trying to understand some of what is going on at present within the parliamentary ALP. What, for example, did you learn of how gov’t deals with the MSM and with polls? How important are media advisors and how good are they at their job? This has probably been described elsewhere so if you have any useful links I’ll pursue the answers elsewhere and free you up for loftier subjects raised by other erudite contributors. Cheers,

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Sally Wow! we want to see Rats in the Ranks: Is this it: [i]Rats in the Ranks[/i]Video clip synopsis – Ambition, courage, envy, betrayal, disaster, triumph ... in other words a classic study of politics. Year of production - 1996 http://dl.nfsa.gov.au/module/1455/

Sally

12/06/2010Hi Lyn, It sure is! It's a great doco by a great doco maker - Bob Connolly. It's hilarious as well as being outrageous, incisive, brilliantly conceived and executed. Pity none of us knew what was actually happening at the time we were filmed. My local GP suggested I should head off the Valhalla cinema in Glebe to see it without telling me why! cheers

Sally

12/06/2010Lyn, Just to clarify things, I was just an activist resident, not in any other way involved in Local Gov. or the local ALP branch and never a Councillor - although I knew many of them and had pretty good working knowledge of the internal machinations of that particular Council.

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Nasking What an enjoyable, fantastic piece you have written for us. You have made me much wiser as to the techniques used by the media. [b][quote]will eventually build into a crescendo...ASSASSINATE RUDD'S REPUTATION[/quote][/b] I agree this crescendo has certainly built up since Phoney Tony erupted, was Budgie a journalist for Murdoch once upon a time. [quote]I think we need to build up a network of blogs[/quote] what a great idea. The Political Sword is well respected and supported, by some blogg owner friends, they link The Political Sword: You first: http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/journalists-still-deciding-they-are-the-story/#comment-77 - http://andrewelder.blogspot.com/ http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/ http://dailybludge.com.au/ http://www.pipingshrike.com/ http://www.sauer-thompson.com/archives/opinion/2010/03/abbott-on-econo.php http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/ http://sportowens.wordpress.com/ http://alexschlotzer.wordpress.com/about/ http://www.blogotariat.com/politics/australia?page=1

HS

12/06/2010This has to be the most succinct and rational justification for the RSPT that I have heard yet, from a young Mining Worker: (From Michelle Grattan's article blog) 'Last night on ABC radio I heard an interview with a mining worker who uttered the most sensible argument in this debate: "If I work overtime I move into a higher tax bracket. I have no choice to pay the higher tax, and I don't begrudge it because I believe everyone should pay their fair share. Why should the mining companies be any different?" I guess those opposing the Resources SUPER Profits Tax, are missing the point. It kicks in when you earn super porfits, not on any mining project.' Fairdinkum | NSW - June 11, 2010, 8:18AM

HS

12/06/2010lyn, In answer to your question, yes, the Lycra Lad was a journalist for 'The Bulletin' in a previous life. Which led him to his first job within the Liberal Party as John Hewson's Media Adviser and Speech Writer. Which led to his getting introduced to his political parents, Bronwyn Bishop and John Howard. Eeuurrgghh! Anyway, that explains why he is so adept at churning out copy for himself on a daily basis. Also why he has had a link with The Daily Terrorgraph here in Sydney who will publish anything by him, any day of the week. I understand his links to the Press Gallery are longstanding as well. Unlike the PM, whom we are constantly told by the Press Gallery, the Press Gallery loathes. (Rolls eyes).

HS

12/06/2010Sally, Thank you for your interest and question. It almost sounds like the subject for another blog. I don't know what AA thinks about that, but if he gives it the go-ahead I could put pen to paper and prick a few egos! Otherwise I could give you a pocket description later. :)

HS

12/06/2010Finding out that stuff about Chris Mitchell and the Murdoch Empire was eye-popping. I bet he and John Hartigan think, "I can make 'em, and I can break 'em". Their behaviour is just the sort of arrogant buffoonery and hubris that should be shot down in flames by us here in the 5th Estate, or we'll end up with their cipher, Tony Abbott. I think they've picked the wrong guy to attempt to intimidate, though. Simon Overland is one tough cookie, and whipsmart to boot. He doesn't have a gigantic cranium for nothing!

gusface

12/06/2010Hi swordians From the two can play that game "Remember The MINING Co's dont want you to get a TAX CUT IN JULY-THEY EVEN HELD A PROTEST ABOUT IN PERTH " Spread the MEMe wherever and whenever you can kthxbai :)

HS

12/06/2010Good one gusface! Shall do! :)

HS

12/06/2010gusface, How does the RSPT relate to the Tax Cut in July though?

NormanK

12/06/2010Seems you guys are right again. It would appear that I am blacklisted from posting comments over at The Australian. Just sent an e-mail to Media Watch which might have the resources to investigate. The Daily Bludge has a few entries regarding "experiments" which point to an IP blacklist. Poor naive innocent little me is horrified.

Sally

12/06/2010NormanK Rx on the last article posted here said he/she had difficulty posting on the Hewson article as I did. As well, and as I spell out above, the 'quality' - ie lack of personal diatribe - is suddenly lacking in so-called comments on Hewson's article compared with any other political article on Aus politics recently (as in weeks/months) posted on The Drum. What the Aus does is another matter. But all of this, to me, adds up to serious editorial interference and vetting of comments. What I want to know - and have no resources to find out - is to what purpose? Especially in the case of 'our' (I don't want to think 'their') ABC. In the case of the Aus, given its ownership and bias, I can readily accept editorial policy that pressures online site editors to vet out anything conflicting with their editorial/managerial view. But I am truly perplexed with the ABC given the personal vitriol and bile spilt in comments generally on any political article. Keep trying is all I can suggest - and I hope someone with media knowledge and savvy can post on this here or elsewhere to elucidate.

gusface

12/06/2010HS IT DONT But if the Media insist on lying why cant we? The Anti-meme MEME time has come :)

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12/06/2010Folks If you need any more insight into how the Murdoch outfit operates, read [i]News Ltd criticised as police chief cleared[/i] by Rafael Epstein in the [i]SMH: Victoria’s police watchdog yesterday cleared the Chief Commissioner, Simon Overland, of any wrongdoing over the leaked details of a crime investigation as details emerged of alleged attempts by Rupert Murdoch's media empire to intimidate law enforcement agencies. [/i]
www.smh.com.au/.../...f-cleared-20100611-y3lk.html When you read how News Limited has behaved in this matter it will not be difficult to believe that it is capable of waging a similarly relentless war against Kevin Rudd with a view to bringing him down. News Limited’s flagship [i]The Australian[/i] today had front page stories and many in later pages that are all negative for Kevin Rudd and his RSPT. It has even dredged up one from an ex Labor man Keith De Lacy, now Chairman of Macarthur Coal who declares ‘Rudd must go’. Every columnist has written negatively, thereby placing more and more pressure on Rudd to change or scrap the tax. The miners have taken a new tack, adopted by the columnists, that the consultation process is a charade. Of course by consultation they mean bending to their demands, the most insistent of which is that the 40% rate be on the table, something the Government has so far refused to contemplate. Two other options for change: raising the threshold for defining ‘super profits’, and abandoning the 40% rebate of losses in the start-up phase, have been rejected out of hand by the miners – they want the 40% rate changed. So who is stifling the ‘consultations’, who is making them a charade? The Government by sticking to its 40% rate, or the miners who define a useful consultation as willingness to change that rate, and who reject in advance other options for change. In other words, for the miners ‘consultation’ simply means getting their way. The miners are concerned not only about the rate of the tax but also the danger that other countries may follow suit. No matter how much they try to stake out the high ground and proclaim they are acting in the national interest, they are really operating out of self-interest. Not that that is unacceptable; pity they don’t concede that up-front. Who knows how it will end. If the miners, the Murdoch empire and the Opposition win, tax reform in this country will be dead for a decade. There’s a lot at stake here for our country. The combined forces are having an influence on public opinion, which needs to be reversed. NormanK, I know you will have ignored the Westpoll result – it is one of the most worthless in the nation with its 400 people polled, its wide margin or error, and in this instance its timing to target the height of the angst about the RSPT in WA. But despite its poor quality, it has been shouted from the ABC all morning, and for those who know nothing about polls, the majority, it will sound once more that Rudd is losing ground. I haven’t heard one mention of yesterday’s Morgan 52/48 of last Monday’s Essential 52/48; I guess it doesn’t suit the narrative the media is constructing – namely that everyone has turned against Rudd and he is headed for defeat. It is not the inherent value of polls that counts - we all know their drawbacks - it is how they are used as weapons that does.

nasking

12/06/2010Yer the tops Lyn. As always, great links. That Simon Overland related article goes to demonstrate to what lengths some in the Murdoch empire are willing to go to to defend the indefensible. I find it ironic & hypocritical of a news organisation to be focusing so much on trying to frame Rudd as a bully...and children in schools...when in fact they are demonstrating the very same characteristics. Keep up the great work. And thnx, I will be checking out a few of those blogs ya recommended. Cheers N'

nasking

12/06/2010[quote]Who knows how it will end. If the miners, the Murdoch empire and the Opposition win, tax reform in this country will be dead for a decade. There’s a lot at stake here for our country. The combined forces are having an influence on public opinion, which needs to be reversed.[/quote] Spot on ad Astra. [quote]I haven’t heard one mention of yesterday’s Morgan 52/48 of last Monday’s Essential 52/48; I guess it doesn’t suit the narrative the media is constructing [/quote] Indeed. The silence on these polls demonstrates how bankrupt our media truly are...and they will rue the day for such disgraceful behaviour. They are as pathetically silent as they were on the dodgy evidence provided to invade Iraq. Well said ad Astra. And many commentors on this thread. Refreshing to read. N'

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi NoramnK and Sally The Herald Sun won't put up comments either. I put my comment up about 9.30am this morning: I am sure my comments are not suitable to the Herald Sun. Maybe they think I am biased. copy below: Hi Laurie Kevin Rudd is a good Prime Minister, every move he has made has been for the good of the country. Kevin Rudd and the government have not set a foot wrong. You say it comes down to character, where, how is it character, nobody knows, nobody reports facts, where is the facts about Kevin Rudd' bad character. All we have reported is un-named sources, somebody heard, somebody said, where are the camera video clips, where is the proof. What have we got in opposition, a Rat Bag, Mad monk, Phoney Tony with crazy Rat Bag opinions, ironman, policies that aren't policies, swagging along, acting like a prize fighter. In our Prime Minister we have a Statesman looking Prime Minister, extremely well presented, diciplined, well mannered, a wonderful line up on the Government's front bench. If only the Main Stream media would be reasonable, there is no respect, ethics, facts. If Tony Abbott calls the Prime Minister, guttless, coward, toxic bore, Liar, spineless, blah blah, it has to be immediately reported by the media because, Phoney Tony said what he said. When is the MSM going to ask Abbott any hard questions on economics, the media love him. They (MSM) would love him if he lived outback in a tent, drove to Canberra on a quad bike, don the lycra, ride a bike into question time,jog around Mr Speaker, and then the media would, say, he would be a good Prime Minister, at least he is honest he tells you when he lies. On international trips budgie would probably tell everyone and anyone they are all crap.

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12/06/2010nasking Thank you for your comments, which I enjoyed reading, and for your forensic exposure of Peter van Onselen. It shows the value of keeping good records. Your analysis of what’s happened to Rudd in journalistic circles is germane. There are rules with which journalists expect politicians to comply. What’s important to them is getting what they want when they want it. If a politician refuses to play ball, they will punish him - (it’s usually him) - by writing bad things about him or declining to give him airplay. After all, they are the ones who are running the show, and heaven help anyone who bucks them. At least one reason Barrie Cassidy has Rudd in the gun is that Rudd has declined all except one invitation to him to appear on [i]Insiders[/i]. This has embarrassed Cassidy in the eyes of colleagues who have been able to get Rudd’s ears. Cassidy sheets home blame to Rudd’s advisers – his junior woodchucks – whom he believes frustrate his attempts to engage Rudd. Ego is important among journos, and any perceived put-down by Rudd or his team stings where it hurts most – in their inflated egos.

NormanK

12/06/2010Lyn On News Ltd's scale, I can see no bias in your remarks. It's a pity that this manipulation is not funny but really really scary. AA I take your point but stand my ground. I'll wager a dollar on a Labor landslide.

Sally

12/06/2010AA, I know I’m a newbie on this site but I have to butt in yet again. I agree with everything you say BUT it is also a picture of doom and gloom. From my point of view there are two sentences that are the most important in your comments: ‘Who knows how it will end. If the miners, the Murdoch empire and the Opposition win, tax reform in this country will be dead for a decade. There’s a lot at stake here for our country. The combined forces are having an influence on public opinion, which needs to be reversed’. And, ‘I guess it doesn’t suit the narrative the media is constructing – namely that everyone has turned against Rudd and he is headed for defeat. It is not the inherent value of polls that counts - we all know their drawbacks - it is how they are used as weapons that does.’ Again, this comes back to manipulation of the truth by the media, whether MSM or our public broadcaster. Guess that’s why I’m so obsessive about what the ABC is doing at present on a daily basis. Others are monitoring the MSM and doing a great job. I’m not a political scientist, nor am I knowledgeable on the inner workings of the federal gov’t, but I am capable of sifting opinion from analysis, of recognising deceptions and misleading reports, of seeing the failings of the current government but still holding to my political beliefs and faith in what I think is a great bunch of heads in the current front bench, of believing that Labor will win an election whenever it is called partly because (and this is NOT a good reason) the alternative is too awful to contemplate, on believing the Greens will wake up (as they have in Tas), in believing that some if not many of those swinging voters that are (we are led to believe) deserting Labor will come home, and believing that despite a monochromatic facade, our current PM is the best we could have at this point in time. Looking at some of the comments on this article, yes, Paul Keating was a joy in some respects, but mostly for his wit, barbed as it was, and his acute intelligence. But the world has moved on. For me, as for most of you, Rudd is a good man, an intelligent man, a hard-working man, and has tried very hard to fulfil his role as well as he can. I applaud that. I guess I’m depressed and saddened AA by the negativity of your comments. I’m not a dreamer, or a political neophyte, and I can believe things will change. Let’s keep up the attacks on the media. They are the problem, not the government. They sleep with the ultra right and corporate heads. They are the force that is trying to destroy this government, as we all agree. Can we have more articles on their very clever manipulation of the reading/viewing/listening public, if you have any contributors who can do so? Thank you for your thoughtful comments – even if I do want to disagree with some.

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Ad Now we have the brother, just in case Kevin Rudd needs another slap up the head with a block of wood: [i]In blood sport, honesty is bad policy , GREG RUDD, THE AUSTRALIAN[/i]Has Rudd made the world a better place? It's hard to see clearly through the smoky haze of self-lit spot fires of distraction. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/in-blood-sport-honesty-is-bad-policy/story-e6frg6zo-1225878624762

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Sally [[b]quote][i]I know I’m a newbie on this site but I have to butt in yet again.[/i][/quote][/b] Sally don't say that, I don't think of you as a newbie for one little moment. In fact I have got to know you, and your opinion and comments are fantasically, ( do you like that word) excellent, very enjoyable. Ad Astra will tell you the same , I am sure. How would you like to be me, I am trying to make curtains, and all I can hear is Sky News reporting, Kevin Rudd is under fire from his own brother. Their favourite saying is Kevin Rudd under fire, hell! he must be burnt to death by now. valuable to "The Political Sword"

mick smetafor

12/06/2010what i would like to see is a gov. heavyweight with credibility such as tanner or gillard come out and accuse the murdoch press of outright bias and force them to defend themselves.this would draw the attention of the politically disinterested as the accusation could not be ignored and would have to prominently played out. now that simon overland case is running,it may get taken seriously by those that would otherwise just think that it's standard political tactics.

Ebenezer

12/06/2010Well I think it's time for Labor to play dirty. They need to announce they will be dropping any fuel rebates for mining companies effective immediately, increase charges for using government infrastructure, introduce more stringent regulations regarding mining practices and announce a tax office audit of all mining companies dating back 7 years. Then also ask the tax commissioner to look into the personal dealings of the mining executives. The most important thing for Rudd is not to back down on this or his tenuous hold on power will be all over. He needs to prove he can see this through to the end.

Sally

12/06/2010Hi Lyn Wow! Lucky you with Sky News. We have nothing but a satellite dish that gives us the commercials (which we never watch) and the local ABC. My big gig today was cooking rather than making curtains. All comments interspersed with that process. Thanks again for such a welcoming comment and hope the curtains worked out.

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12/06/2010Sally Your comments are always welcome here. Optimism is a way of life for me. I do believe that we have a very good PM, a good front bench and a good Government that has done great things for this country, not the least of which is saving us from recession, debilitating unemployment and business failures. I have written in this vein. But that seems to count for naught in the writings and utterances of journalists, the Opposition and among some of the public. I am incensed by their carping and incessant negativity and disingenuousness. My words simply point to the reality of the combined forces of the media, the Opposition and now the miners. If we do not confront the reality, it is unlikely that useful counter strategies will be developed. I believe the Government will win the election well. - we need to help in any way we can to ensure that reality. By all means let’s be positive and not let doom and gloom overwhelm us, but, like military strategists let us encompass the reality and fashion a winning response. My next piece, almost completed, is a satirical tilt at the media in this country and the pernicious influence it has on decent political discourse and on who governs the nation. It will be posted after the weekend.

nasking

12/06/2010"Ego is important among journos, and any perceived put-down by Rudd or his team stings where it hurts most – in their inflated egos." Too right ad Astra. N'

HS

12/06/2010Ebenezer, I like your style! If only the government could get away with doing those things that you suggest. However, sadly, I can almost craft the negative narrative in my head now that would accompany the howls of protest from the self-interested parties. The cries of 'Whitlamesque behaviour' would become deafening, and I could guarantee that the Miners would be cruel and heartless enough to undertake mass sackings of workers, out of spite, but they would cry Crocodile tears for them in the media. The Opposition would have a field day and attempt to destroy the only big positive the government have-their economic credibility. Oh well, we can dream about an ideal world. However, it looks like 'soft diplomacy' will be the only tool that the government can use, with quiet resolve.

HS

12/06/2010janice, You go girl! Jack the Insiders blog(one of the only News Ltd. blogs that takes most comments), is the better for your participation. :)

Rx

12/06/2010Hillbilly, Is JTI's own piece worth reading? If not, I will not visit the blog.

Snoozer289

12/06/2010TPS's I am sitting here enjoy the Swan's play, and it has just dawned on me why have the MSM gone so so feral (again) on in the last couple of days. 1. The PM has had a very good week in the eye's of the public, in debating and presenting himself and the government message on the RSPT. (show s that the Governments message is getting through regradless of the MSM negative, blurring of the messaGE) 2. The community are starting to see the that the Miners are just trying to protect the Billions and are not ibnterested in the countries long term future This weekend is the Newspoll weekend, and the MSM have gone all out to influence and manipulate the communities opinion to try and show the PM as a man under pressure and a disjointed Government. The MSM are hypocites the complain the politician try to manage the news ahead of the polling period but they are no better if not worst.

HS

12/06/2010Rx, No, not really. It's another free character assessment of the PM and his approach to the RSPT negotiations. However, I see it as part of my counter-insurgency campaign to keep going back into the belly of the beast to fight the good fight. It's not very pretty, I can tell you. Some of the base insults that the more intelligent conservatives that comment there dream up to villify me and my opinion have to be seen to be believed! They are just words though. It used to upset me, but they just do it so much the effect wears off, and now I either ignore it or give them a taste of their own medicine back. Mostly I just keep on posting good arguments that go against the Murdoch line. As they say, the winner of any election is the person who gets 50%+1 vote, and if I can change one person's vote over there to the one that counts I'll be a happy little Vegemite. :)

Lyn

12/06/2010Hi Snoozer289 I am pleased you are enjoying the Swan's game, because you would be much happier than watching or hearing Sky News. Yes this is poll weekend and as you say it does seem as though the media are geeing up the voters to bash Kevin Rudd. Murdoch owns Newspoll anyway, so there is not much chance for Kevin Rudd. I am very suspicious of the polls, they are designed to make news headlines. See what they are reporting today, Kevin Rudd must go, Kevin Rudd is under fire. For gods sake what for, what has he done, apart from wanting to make a deal with the Mine bosses over the next two years, not in two minutes, like they would have you believe.

jimbo

12/06/2010so if our government cant do it then the computer literate of us at the sword should.we all check stories from the msm we watch the abc we have unions ripping into the mining companies over their lies so we now need to discredit the information that is coming from news limited(especially),the abc and barry the toilet trash spruiker cassidy,how he ever got through journo school ill never know and any other media outlets who think biased reporting is ok.all it takes is to get all of us to take to task any and all stories that show bias and write pieces to show and exp[lain the other side of the argument then post them on as many sites as possible.news limited and the unaustralian are not the only ones that can dig up stories and repeat them over and over again for effect the difference will be that our information will be the truth and not misrepresentations to suit a narrative.

Snoozer289

12/06/2010Hi Lyn, Swanies win easy great result going into the second half of the season. K Thankyou, your commitment is is an inspiration to us all and is very much appreciated. If you listen to the complaint of the Mineral council and the Mining industry re the consultation process,, it is not that the Gobernement is not lsitening to them, it is the Government and the PM (Kevin Rudd) and not going too give in and submit to the presuures that the industry has tried to impose, this is why they are now complaining about the consulation process. Believe me, the Governement is winning this arguement, with the industry and the industry and finalised releiased tha t the the government are not just going to roll over (Like Phoney Tony). I also think the MSM are starting to relise this and that is why they are doing everything possible to discredit Kevin Rudd and the Government. Re your last paragraph, I agree the MSM are trying to control the agenda. We might get frustrated with Kevin Rudd and the Government re this situation but I honestly believe thta KR and the Governmentand in a lot more control of the stiuation the MSM like.

Snoozer289

12/06/2010Sorry about my grammar and spelling, it is late, I have had a few drink whilst enjoying the game

Acerbic Conehead

13/06/2010HS, thanks for this – lots of food for thought. And speaking of getting your 2 cents worth, at the expense of everybody else, blue murder has broken out at the Rugrats Creche in the Pilbara. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYHfeskWO7E&feature=related You see, the crèche manager, Mrs Crown, has put Tommy Rudd, Chuckie Swann, Lil Gillard and Phil Tanner in charge of the sandpit whilst she attends to more pressing matters. However, a few of the ankle-biters are spending more time in the sand-pit than is their due, resulting in lots of the other kids missing out. The chief culprits are Anginica Reinhart-Toffeenose, “Porky” Palmer and “Phoney” Tony. So, whilst these three merrily dig holes and build ever-more grandiose castles, a queue of disappointed and increasingly-disgruntled toddlers patiently wait for their turn. As Tommy Rudd gets more and more exasperated, Chuckie, Lil and Phil are trying to get some Dutch courage by swigging on their Reptar-Cola bottles. Tommy: Now listen here you three – you’re getting too many shakes of the sauce bottle – just rack off and let the other kids have a go in the sand-pit... Anginica: You’re not the boss of me, Tommy Rudd – my dad built this sand-pit, so my chums and I can play here all we like, for as long as we like – so there! Chuckie (whispering to Tommy): That’s not true, Tommy – everybody knows all our parents came in for one of those bumble-bee days and built the sand-pit... Tommy: Yeah, that’s right Chuckie...but don’t worry, she’s only having a Lang of us...hee...hee... [to ensure they get their way, Anginica and her mates start to throw a tantrum. For her part, Anginica stomps up and down on the one spot, bellowing out, “whadda we want – sand rights – when do we want ‘em – all the time!” Porky chimes in with a threat to sit on any kid who comes within cooee of the sand-pit, and Phoney does a wedgie with his speedos and moons at everybody] Chuckie: Erm...Tommy...What’ll we do now – we’re so frightened, and we’ve drunk so much Reptar-Cola, we’re ready to pee ourselves... [Chuckie’s words have given Tommy a brainwave – he whispers in Chuckie’s ear and the three babies head off in the direction of the ablution block, with their now-empty bottles of Reptar-Cola grasped firmly in their little fists. Meanwhile, the hissy fit put on by the three brats is unrelenting. Tommy tries to get them to see reason and exit the sand-pit to allow all the other kids to use it, but none of the three is listening to him. Then, after what seemed an eternity, Chuckie, Phil and Lil return with their Reptar-Cola bottles, which they proceed to brandish in the faces of the three banshee wannabees] Anginica: Wow! I just love Reptar-Cola – gimme that, sucker... [Porky and Phoney similarly purloin the other two bottles and all three slake their thirst by starting to skull the contents. However, it’s not long until the bottles drop from their lips, accompanied by blood-curdling shrieks] All three: Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh...this...isn’t...Reptar...Cola...Yyyyyuuuuukkkkk... [the three brats exit the sand-pit with such speed, they make Cristiano Ronaldo look like Harry Kewell sitting in the stands, suffering from yet another injury] Tommy: Well done, you three – our RSPT plan worked a treat... Chuckie: Yeah...anytime in the future when Anginica, Porky and Phoney try to pull that stunt again, we’ll have the Recycled Sand-pit Pee Treatment ready for them...heh...heh...

janice

13/06/2010Hillbilly, re JYIs blog - I've been railing on about silent Labor supporters so thought I should start helping out LOL. I used to be pretty active but got tired of being censored out so became a lurker.

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Janice Please be active, we love your comments, you are needed. Guess what I have left a comment on Andrew Bolt's blog just now. If by a million to one chance I get published, I am hoping there will be reasonably kind abuse from the regulars.

HS

13/06/2010From 'The Daily Bludge': Dr Leslie Cannold is a feminist, ethicist and forthcoming novelist. She will be launching the National Union of Students Campaign ‘Abbott’s Heaven, Your Hell’ on Wednesday 23 June at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre in Melbourne.

HS

13/06/2010Also, jjfiasson at 'The Daily Bludge' has written a similar piece to my own 'Their ABC', so I'm including it here for our 'ABC Watch' file: http://dailybludge.com.au/2010/06/wheres-my-abc/

Lyn

13/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Open Discussion: Leadership Speculation? JJ Fiasson, The Daily Bludge[/i] It seems as if the poll-obsessed mainstream media is trying to engineer a self-fulfilling prophecy by ratcheting up the pressure on Rudd, http://dailybludge.com.au/2010/06/open-discussion-leadership-speculation/ [i]RSPt, A Fair Valuation Based on True Value of New&Existing Mines,Zebra,Stubborn Mule[/i]. If I was the miners I’d be pretty happy with that. Maybe they should have taken a closer look at the RSPT before opposing it. http://www.stubbornmule.net/2010/06/rspt-with-fair-valuation-2/ [i]Is Australias PM Kevin Rudd on Borrowed Time?,Joe Gandelman,The Moderate Voice[/i] The flaws listed: bad language, hubris, haste, near sightedness, and judgement http://themoderatevoice.com/76102/is-australias-pm-kevin-rudd-on-borrowed-time/ [i]Top mining chiefs call for'genuine'consultation, Danielle Cronin &James Massola, Canberra Times. [/i] The Government expects to raise $12billion in the first two years after imposing a 40 per cent tax on ''super profits'' from mining. It pledges to use the revenue to cut company tax, boost the superannuation rate and invest $6billion in a regional infrastructure fund to support road, rail and port projects in mining areas. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/top-mining-chiefs-call-for-genuineconsultation/1856628.aspx

gusface

13/06/2010hola swordians The latest tactic seems to be the use of multiple "concern trolls" They stick to a single issue and normally preface their remarks with "i liked Rudd but" They are so transparent

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Gusface I have been waiting, to see you this morning. Which forrest have you foddered in, so far today, you cute little bundle of fur. No Italian caffelatte trees open, were there. Did you watch Barrie Cassidy, at least David Marr did put BC back in his box, when he played the video's of Labor MP's all having the same message ("Tony Abbott could be the next Prime Minister"), by saying how the Liberals do the same, think great big new tax. Did I hear Glenn Milne say the media are going to give Tony Abbott a hard from now on, ummm.

NormanK

13/06/2010AC Well done with the rugrats. Unlike the RSPT, this compliment is retrospective and should be seen as applying to all of your gems. Being a newsaholic can be a sad and lonely life at times - stuck down a dark alley with nothing but a cheap tabloid newspaper and rats for company. Or an expensive iPad and lapdogs if you are a middle-class newsaholic. It's important that we keep our sense of humour.

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Sally

13/06/2010AC I fully concur with NormanK's comments. In fact whenever I go to the TPR site I wait and hope you have posted. God knows we need some levity at present. Are you a pro writer of satire/comedy? If not you should be. Please keep it up and post whenever you can to keep us all sane and keep the 'black as Goya's studio'/throat slashing blues at bay.

vote1maxine

13/06/2010Hi Lyn I don't watch "One-siders" anymore. How would you rate today's episode with recent ones? If the Poison Dwarf was on, I'm doubly glad I didn't watch today.

Macca

13/06/2010Like this will ever happen! The 7.30 report....in the near future. Red Kerry(RK) Good evening Prime Minister...Thank you for joining us. Prime Minister((PM)...A pleasure Kerry. RK:...According to the latest newspoll your Govt and you,in particular, have not been able to sell the new mining tax very well at all! In fact, as with the CPRS, the Home Insulation scheme, the BER, this seems to be a complete bungle on your part? PM:...Well, in the context of the debate, about what the tax will do for working families I believe the message is cutting through and as for the other....... RK:...But, even John Singleton and Gerry Harvey are saying that you can't sell anything and that your Govt. are a bunch of amateurs! PM:...Oh..I see what you're trying to get at now?...Are you seriously asking me why the Govt. hasn't embarked upon a retail marketing campaign...Something like 50 months interest free terms? Are you really asking me that? RK:...Yes...Well no,but well maybe...ummm..Why haven't you sold your policies better? PM:...The apparent simplicity of the question deserves a complex answer Kerry. I find it interesting that you mention Singleton and Harvey. I believe there is a saying in the advertising world..."Sell the sizzle, not the steak"...Harvey and Singleton, obviously do this very well. They don't have to put in the hard work of producing it, processing it, transporting it, planning the infrastructure to get it to market or any of the other myriad of things that need to be done. They have the luxury of not having to do any of the hard, honest work that others have put in so they can cream their percentage off the top. And you know what Kerry?..If my colleagues and myself thought of the Australian people with the same amount of disdain and contempt that these two repugnant, rapacious parasites do we would not deserve to be in Govt...nor should we be! RK:...But you still haven"t answered the question....Why haven't you sold the RSPT better? PM:...I'll simplify it for you Kerry....The Govt. is in the business of producing the best steak it can...We don't do sizzle. RK:...But all the polls indicate that people want the sizzle? PM:...Kerry, given that you are the acknowleged leader and sole spokesman for 7.30 Reportland. I do understand, and empathise with the hubristic arrogance you are portraying. However let me just say this....Have another poll and ask this question; "What do the Australian people want us to sell them?" I think the answer will surprise most of the political commentariat. Believe me when I tell you this; Australians aren't as dumb as Singleton, Harvey and the Murdoch assination squads would have you believe! RK:...We're out of time...Thank you Prime Minister. PM:... Your Welcome Kerry.

Sally

13/06/2010I wish!

nasking

13/06/2010[quote]The latest tactic seems to be the use of multiple "concern trolls" They stick to a single issue and normally preface their remarks with "i liked Rudd but" They are so transparent[/quote] Indeed gusface. Plenty of TRICKY DICKS around. Top observation on yer part. I remember similar happening on Road to Surfdom & Tim Dunlop's Blogocracy blogs when we used to comment there durin' the 07 election campaign. There are commentors who are not what they purport to be. N'

Acerbic Conehead

13/06/2010NormanK. Thank you for your kind words, and keep your stuff coming, as everybody here appreciates your viewpoints. Sally. Thank you also. Again your contributions are very worthwhile and valuable. And no, I’m not a pro writer, only someone who loves working with ideas. I’m glad you get a laugh from my stories. And Lyn, I am just about to insert the garden hose in one of my ears to see if the horribly disturbing image that you drew this morning can be washed out of my brain. I refer to your claim that, “the media are going to give Tony Abbott a hard from now on”. If this happens, I hope he’s camouflaging it with his burqa, because his speedos won’t leave much to the imagination.

gusface

13/06/2010nasking "By their words shall they be known" The fibs think by sowing dissent among the bloggytariat and the twitterati they can force the MEME's thru ie rudd gillard thingy, dissent among senior ministers etc etc- the usual tosh

gusface

13/06/2010Lyn you are too kind :) ps keep the flame brightly brightly, you and AD Astra are keeping the message clear and the truth front and centre

gusface

13/06/2010PLEASE ADD THIS TO ABC WATCH //Frontbenchers say no moves to replace Rudd Updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dismissed calls for her to replace Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister. (AAP: Alan Porritt, file photo) Video: Govt remains committed to climate change: Tanner (Insiders) Related Story: Gillard stands by embattled PM Related Story: Labor urged to dump 'item of ridicule' Rudd Related Story: Support for Rudd plummets in WA Related Story: Turnbull attacks Rudd's climate change 'cowardice' Government frontbenchers Anthony Albanese and Lindsay Tanner have defended Prime Minister Kevin Rudd amid speculation his job is under threat. Labor is struggling in the opinion polls and the Prime Minister's popularity has slipped rapidly in recent months. Their defence comes after former Queensland Labor treasurer Keith De Lacy wrote an opinion piece saying Mr Rudd has become an "item of ridicule" and Labor faces a decade out of power if it does not replace him. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/13/2925732.htm?section=justin

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HS

13/06/2010Hola! I have been out in the beautiful Winter sun this morning, and only had time to catch Anthony Albanese on Meet the Press. He was very good, and a trio of sympathetic journos (Mark Kenny, Eleanor Hall and Bonge), made the world of difference and allowed him to get his Abbott critique out loud and clear. In fact, I could see where the election attack against Abbott and the Coalition will probably be going as a result of the way he characterised his critique. Good! If only the other media outlets would let this juvenile 'Replace Rudd' screeching die down we could actually start looking at the issues, putting the Abbott-led Opposition under more scrutiny(and why haven't the media called for his replacement as Opposition Leader? His polling figures are worse than the PM's, aren't they?), and we could become a well-informed electorate. It's probably not going to happen though, as the behind the scenes article about News Ltd. vendettas showed just how they operate. Still, there are those writers out there for the major media organisations who are behaving as good quality journalists, and we can only hope and pray that they are not cowed into submission during the election campaign and keep telling it like it is.

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13/06/2010AC Once again, another delightful piece of satire – You paint a compelling image of the two miners with Tony hogging the sandpit. Thank you for giving us a laugh.

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13/06/2010Folks This morning’s political media was not as bad as I had anticipated. Paul Bongiorno’s interview of Anthony Albanese on [i]Meet the Press[/i] was good. Albo is first class in interviews – today I noticed he went through the Government’s achievements very systematically – we can expect more of that from now on. Laurie Oakes has not been around for his usual Channel Nine interview for the last three weeks – perhaps he’s on vacation. [i]Insiders[/i] was not as anti-Rudd as I expected although Barrie Cassidy still harked back to the influence of Rudd’s media advisers, his junior woodchucks, and played a silly collage of Rudd and his ministers saying that if the Nielsen poll was reflected in an election ‘Tony Abbott would be PM’, a blindingly correct statement. Of course neither he or any of the panelists suggested what else they could possibly say, because there are few ways of revealing that truth. The object though was to take a tilt at the ‘junior woodchucks’, with which Barrie has had a long-standing obsession. As pointed out by Lyn, David Marr put Barrie back in his box by pointing out that the Opposition does exactly the same thing – brief its shadow ministers on what is to be ‘the line of the day’. Glenn Milne tried to get in a few backhanders but did not do all that well. He conceded that Bob Hawke would have given anyone a spray who had written as David Marr had about Kevin Rudd. Marr was still on his anger theme, and Lenore, as usual was sensible and balanced. For once the ‘My Shout’ segment was mostly pro the RSPT and Rudd, the video clips of the rich miners rallying against the tax was lampooned, and the shot of Julie Bishop about to embrace Twiggy Forrest will no doubt appear in Labor campaign ads.

nasking

13/06/2010[quote] Paul Bongiorno’s interview of Anthony Albanese on Meet the Press was good. Albo is first class in interviews – today I noticed he went through the Government’s achievements very systematically – we can expect more of that from now on.[/quote] I agree ad Astra, Anthony Albanese is a top performer for the government & demonstrated that once again on 'Meet the Press' today. I was impressed at how he got the desired message out regarding Labor's achievements & displayed the confidence in government necessary. Some of those backbenchers could learn from him. Same goes for Tanner on 'Insiders'. I've written a piece related to 'Insiders' today...based around a comment that Glenn Milne made: [quote]Milne reckons Rudd’s political judgement questionable[/quote] http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/milne-reckons-rudds-political-judgement-questionable/ A few lines: [quote]I’d like to remind Mr. Milne of the following: Kevin Rudd in 2007 led the Federal Labor Party to its first victory against the Coalition since Paul Keating’s in 1993...that’s 14 years. Rudd led Labor out of the drought. Under Rudd’s leadership Labor’s Maxine McKew beat Prime Minister John Howard – long, long-sitting member (33 years) - on his home turf in the Division of Bennelong, NSW. No paltry achievement.[/quote] Cheers N'

Sally

13/06/2010nasking I'm a blog neophyte. I discovered this site via Lyn on The Drum comments and have since discovered this wonderful world of serious, fact-based, intelligent and often very funny commentary on issues dear to my heart. It's fantastic. Can I ask a silly question? Is 'nasking' short for [no harm i]n asking?

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Ad and Everybody This morning I posted a comment on Bolt's Column "The Seeming Prime Minister" the purpose was to see if anyone would reply. Amazingly the comment was accepted, yes the attack dogs pounced, no growls just large chunks of flesh bites: [b]27 replies in a few hours:[/b] Words used in replies: you would think Hitler was kind, propaganda office, imbecile, inmate from an insane asylum, lefty implosion, on pills today, left cross dresser, fools paradise, selective blindness,meds were prescribed for a reason, you are Kevin Rudd himself. Copy of my comment and link that should go staight there: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_seeming_prime_minister/#commentsmore Lyn of Qld (Reply) Sun 13 Jun 10 (07:12am) Where is the proof, where are the video clips, this is all heresay, you said, he said, somebody said, anybody said. Who cares anyway if the PM swears in private, I haven’t heard any swearing , Phoney Tony doesn’t I suppose, Budgie is so well mannered, speaks so well, looks like a real Prime Minister in his speedo’s and lycra, wonder does he have a matching tie to go with the budgies. Kevin Rudd elected Prime Minister of Australia, has not set a foot wrong he works hard, has a well diciplined front bench, has saved Australia from the GFC. Looks and acts like a Statesman. Impeccable clothes, neat a new pin, well mannered,a true gentleman.

HS

13/06/2010lyn, You are an absolute gem for going into the belly of the Bolt beast!

HS

13/06/2010Hello again! This story by Paul Daley, who is another straight shooter in the Canberra Press Gallery, gives us chapter and verse about why the PM's position is safe: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/black-hands-of-labor-hold-firm-with-rudd-20100612-y4i1.html

NormanK

13/06/2010Lyn I just followed your link into Boltsville. Wow and wow again. If you were keen on fishing you'd be saying - well that burley works! That single example must be a sociologist's dream come true. Saw some irony in this though - " I have to wonder if Rudd doesn’t have some secret little propaganda office, staffed by 18 year olds, whose only job is to to infest the blogdom". The numerous mentions of the MSM as being blindly supportive of the PM are new to me. Is this a new tack to head off criticism? I imagine you knew what you were getting into and have weathered the storm but that is scary stuff. I wondered to myself this morning whether Murdoch & Co are leaving themselves open to charges of inciting hatred or nurturing terrorism. I realise it doesn't translate easily into reality but imagine being trapped in a room full of these guys. Being of the wrong generation, can someone tell me if "cross-dressing" has acquired a new meaning in the contemporary lexicon or are these guys just serious homophobes.

john

13/06/2010I understand your worry, HS, but the nielsen poll is wrong. It has labor with a primary vote of 33%, which will not happen. It's never happened. Labor hasn't got below 38% of the primary vote since 1931, which had the great depression, and a massive split in the parliamentary party with Lang Labor. This term, the greens have done nothing good, and labor has done nothing bad, and in fact saved us from a recession, while the liberals are campaigning as hard as they can, and are getting less than 50% in the newspoll, essential research and morgan polls. Kevin Rudd will win the next election, and might even gain a seat or two in Queensland. Wiith the mining tax, it's not like labor can do any worse in WA than they are now. Stephen Smith will win his seat because he's the foreign minister, and they'll keep fremantle because it's very safe.

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13/06/2010nasking What a delightfully pointed piece you have written about [i]Insiders[/i] on [i]Cafe Whispers[/i] http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/milne-reckons-rudds-political-judgement-questionable/ If I was genuinely seeking a learned opinion about any matter political, Glenn Milne would be near the end of my list to ask - only Piers Akerman and Andrew Bolt would be further down. His specialty is scuttlebutt, innuendo, rumour, whispered 'confidences' in the corridor. He is the go-to man for Opposition members wanting to spread a bit of dirt. Barrie Cassidy must be scraping the bottom of the ABC barrel to give him a guernsey. It amuses me how panellists on [i]Insiders[/i] can speak with such assurance, so convinced their assessment is correct, so confident their advice to the PM and indeed his Government is right. Why are they not gracing the parliamentary benches where their erudition could play out in real benefits for our nation, benefits professional politicians seem unable to enact. With his superior capacity for incisive analysis and breathtaking planning that will inevitably bring about stunning outcomes, why not Glenn Milne for PM? I agree with you that once more Lindsay Tanner was lucid and convincing on [i]Insiders[/i]. He is one of the Government's best advocates.

vote1maxine

13/06/2010Hi Swordians http://www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/mid_term_report/index.cfm Interesting link re Govt.'s achievements (as of June '09)that I saw on PB posted by Thomas Paine. June '10 update should be more so. As many have said here, the Rudd Govt. is a very good Govt. with the potential to be an outstanding one providing it can overcome the hysteria and negativity from the MSM, Tone's Tea Party and filthy rich Dirt. Let us arm ourselves with the facts and slay the nay-sayers.

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13/06/2010Lyn What a sterling response you have written to the Bolt blog. We all should do the same. What is disturbing is the venom of the words used in the responses to your contribution. It points to the nature and calibre of many of the respondents that Bolt attracts. Incapable of arguing their case with facts, figures and logic, they resort to the weakest ploy of all - attaching the 'messenger' instead of the message. If a message is not in accord with their pre-determined position, clearly the messenger MUST be an imbecile, mentally ill, or on drugs, prescription or illicit. There can be no other explanation for the disparity. Are these enlisted Opposition stooges who respond similarly on different blogs, or are they simple a group of people who are blind to any achievement of the Government and focussed solely on its defects? Who knows? Probably both apply. Happily on [i]TPS[/i] we have been spared 'the assault of the derogatory blogger'.

HS

13/06/2010vote1maxine, Thanks for that link to the Mid Term progress report. A few journalists would be well advised to read it! Here also, in annotated form is something similar from Jack the Insider's blog today: Douglas Sun 13 Jun 10 (08:16am) ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR OF THE RUDD GOVERNMENT . Subsidised the ceiling insulation of more than one million homes, enhancing the living comfort of millions of Australians, and the greenhouse benefit equivalent to taking 300,000 cars off the road . Restored workplace rights and conditions that the Liberals had removed with WorkChoices (a policy the Liberals would reimpose with merely the name changed) . Kept the economy out of recession . Created 250,000 jobs . Kept unemployment below 5.5% . 6,400 apprentices so far signed up through the Apprentice Kickstart initiative . Ratified Kyoto Protocol . Apology to stolen generations (supported by 2/3 of the populace) . Allowed contraceptive counseling for overseas charities . Provided the first permanent increase to the aged and disability pension since 1991 . Means tested the baby bonus so it isn’t given to millionaires . Started the National Broadband Network (which the Liberals have vowed to cancel) . Subsidisation of digital television in the bush . Appointed the first ever female Governor General . Created Infrastructure Australia . Appointed the first Western Australian High Court Chief Justice . Invested $3 billion more in rail . Increased funding for ports and highways . The Building the Education Revolution - the biggest investment in school infrastructure in Australia’s history . Set up the MySchool website . Released a draft national education curriculum (something the Howard government promised for a decade) . Dropped HECS contributions by $3000 for students embarking on maths and science degrees . Changed the rules for credit contracts to make it easier for consumers to ask for changes if they are in financial difficulty . Mortgage relief for the jobless . Conducted the first ever study into human right protections in Australia . Increase health funding by $50 billion . Started the clean coal institute . Agreed with states to increase federal health funding share to 60%. The biggest reform to health funding since the introduction of Medicare . Attempted to means test the ‘private’ health insurance industry hand out (twice) . Injected $430 million into diabetic care . $1.9m boost for rural health . Funding for mental health care to double over the next four years . Introduced the first ever federal renewable energy target of 20% by 2020 . Funded 225,000 new computers for schools (a program the Liberals have vowed to cancel) . In conjunction with Japan, set up a commission on nuclear non-proliferation . Funded more water buybacks for the Murray-Darling (this never happened under the Howard government) . Increase tax on tobacco . Closed alcopops tax loophole, which has reduced alcohol consumption by about 2.5%. . Ended the uncompetitive single desk for wheat . The biggest changes to the FOI Act since it was passed in 1982 are designed to make it far easier for people to get hold of government information and to force government departments routinely to publish information now kept secret. . Social Inclusion Agenda Disability and Carers policy Boost Aged Care Workforce Specialised Early Childhood Centres Ambassador for Aging Transition from Hospital to Aged Care policy Enquiry into living pressures for older Australians Address the Hospital-Nursing Home problem (thanks for that one Howard) Arts Policy Investment in Greens Precincts Early Childhood policy High Quality Child Care policy Work and Family policy Clean Energy plan Coast Care plan Future of coal plan Renewable energy target Great Barrier Reef rescue plan Volunteer Grants Program Revamp of the ACCC powers Petrol Commissioner Skills Shortage plan Future Fellowships Plan to lift School Standards 9.250 Extra Nurses Trade policy National Security policy GP Super Clinics Defence Families support policy Low Tax First Home Saver Accounts OH&S;policy Innovation Future for Australian Industry Sustainable Fisheries policy Primary Industries plan FOI and Whistleblower policy Federal/State relations plan Resource and Energy policies Veteran affairs policy National Water policy Violence against Women and Women’s protection policy * They ARE a good government!

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13/06/2010vote1maxine Thank you for the link to the Mid-term Report - this is the data we need to publicize the Government's achievements, which even at June 2009 were impressive. I wonder will a 2010 report be published, and when?

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13/06/2010john Reassuring words - thank you for reminding us of the vagaries of opinion polls, and how we should not be fazed by them. Of course it's the media that makes such a fuss - you'd think from media accounts, including OUR ABC, that the Westpoll of only 400 people in WA, taken at the height of the RSPT angst, spelt the end of the Rudd Government. Yet psephologists are aware of its flaws, and many commentators regard it as almost worthless, except of course for the purpose of rabble-rousing. There seems to be a long way to go to the next election, with much campaigning, lots of ads, and of course the alternative policies of the Opposition, to assimilate before we have the real poll.

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13/06/2010HS Thank you for the list of the Government's achievements - I've filed them for later use.

nasking

13/06/2010"Can I ask a silly question? Is 'nasking' short for [no harm i]n asking?" Hi Sally. It was part of my wife & my email addy. It came up automatically on a music site I used to comment on starting in 2000...and it's stuck w/ me ever-since. :) Keep up the good commenting. And yes Sally, this is a very useful & insightful blog. Lyn's effort in finding & providing links is highly commendable. Great, comprehensive list of Rudd Labor achievements Hillbilly. Be sure to put them in a post closer to the election. And GRACIAS ad Astra. Well said. N'

nasking

13/06/2010Well done Lyn, give 'em hell! Bolt's sycophants are a grubby bunch. N'

BH

13/06/2010HS - I've gone back to buying the SMH and reading the online site. Haven't done it for awhile but some of the journos there are actually writing fair articles so I thought I'd give them a bit of support. Haven't touched Murdoch since 2006 and will never do so again - not even the online site. Lyn - I loved the old blokes on 'Your Shout' this morning. They had more nous than Cassidy and Milne.

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi BH Oh! weren't those 2 guys just great, I would love to give them a cuddle, nothing but the basic truth for them. This is how I see it, this is how it is. I wish everybody was like them, just lovely, hearts of gold.

HS

13/06/2010BH, I agree with you about the Sydney Morning Herald(except for the fact they have taken it upon themselves to see off the State ALP, even though Kristina Kenneally is doing a better job than I believe Barry O'Farrell will do; but, the rest of them in NSW ALP State Govt.? A Curate's egg). Anyway, I only go to the online smh because I think they've given up the ghost on the print version, it's given away for free in so many places now!

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Nasking Have you been sniffing out the news today for us. I enjoyed your piece over at Cafe Whispers, great work Nasking. You are wonderful. Good fun visiting that cafe with a bear for a waiter, serving me latte. High quality thoughtful comments on your piece Nasking. [i]Milne reckons Rudd's political judgement questionable, Nasking, Cafe Whispers[/i] [b]I have far more confidence in Kevin Rudd’s political judgement it seems than some in the Murdoch media[/b]http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/

nasking

13/06/2010Thnx Lyn. Such kind & supportive words. I'm heading off for a couple days 'cause my wife is on leave. It's been great commenting here...and thankyou all Political Sword for yer contributions & comin' over to our new Cafe Whispers. We luv having you. I hope to chat soon. Keep up the great work. N'

HS

13/06/2010'The Australian' has declared war on the Victorian Office of Police Integrity and Commissioner Simon Overland! http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/letter-leaked-days-after-settlement/story-e6frg6nf-1225878647077 and: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ted-baillieu-calls-for-simon-overland-inquiry/story-e6frg6nf-1225878673757 It also seems as if the Liberal Party are willing accomplices. The big picture appears to be that News Ltd. have declared war on any and every Labor government with an election coming up. They are picking their fights with anyone who opposes them, and anyone who supports those who oppose them. It's nasty, and getting uglier!

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13/06/2010HS On the face of it, it looks like [i]The Australian[/i] dislikes getting a dose of the medicine it so liberally dishes out to anyone in its sights. That's the way bullies are.

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Ad My comment over at Bolts' has attracted 40 comments now. The last one recommends [quote]gene therapy is doing wonders these days[/quote]. Unbelievable isn't it, that is a quarter of the comments total. This should stir the Liberal's up, let the in fighting begin. [i]Rebublican debate twitches mildly, Jeremy Sear, Onymous Lefty[/i] Joe Hockey is jockeying for the support of republicans http://anonymouslefty.wordpress.com/

NormanK

13/06/2010macca Enjoyed your piece a lot.

jimbo

13/06/2010so another week passes and the wingnut still gets away without policies and still is not questioned on anything he says or stands for.more in your face investigative journalism by our questionable msm headed by the murdoch empire,abc, sky news and the unaustralian.blind freddy can see this is democracy by the media for the media and stuff the peoples democratic rights to an unbiased election.we put him there we can and will take him away,what utter arrogance, gall and hubris.these hacks need to go back and do another course in journalism then just maybe they will get all they missed the first time.traits such as modesty,humility,truth and honesty which would give them a sense of professionalism and integrity.

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi Jimbo Excellent comment couldn't agree with you more. [quote][i]traits such as modesty,humility,truth and honesty which would give them a sense of professionalism and integrity.[/i][/quote] After the normal Sunday morning Political shows this morning, I said to myself,"now Lyn just watch them run away and report on each others report".So they did. Isn't this continual harping about Julia Gillard taking over getting up your nose. The other is Kevin Rudd is under fire, under fire for this, that, anything, everything, I said yesterday he must be burnt to death by now.

Lyn

13/06/2010Hi John Excellent comment, as Ad said Reassuring words. Pleasing to hear what you said about Stephen Smith, isn't he just the best person for his job, a very sincere, genuine, quiet spoken man. We have John Button and John Ryan, but not just John. If you have just arrived at The Political Sword, a big welcome to you, we appreciate your coming here and hope you stay for a long time, there is always someone here for you to talk to. In other words more comments please.

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13/06/2010jimbo You're spot on. I'll have something to say about the media's arrogance in a piece I'll be posting tomorrow morning: [i]The media’s specifications for an Australian PM[/i].

Grog

13/06/2010A good piece HS. I must admit I too was going to write about Rudd's Monday interview on AM. It was horrible. Not horrible in a "my God did Tony Abbott just admit that he lies?" kind of way, but horrible in a "Shut up and answer a quesiton for once Kevin!" way. I haven't written much this week due to other stuff going on, but also because I just look at the media, the way the RSPT is being argued and being reported and I just want to let out a big sigh. (which I did tonight on my blog! lol)

Lyn

13/06/2010HI AD AND EVERYBODY Our favourite the Grog is back, Grog, this is a fantastic column tonight. Thankyou so much. You really are nearly perfect. [i][b]The Media Paradox - Take your time and do it now, GROG, GROG'S GAMUT[/i[/b]] Hell, The Australian this weekend has been full of bullshit about Rudd needing to finalise the RSPT negotiations in the next two weeks! http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/

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13/06/2010Grog Another great piece. We're thinking along the same lines. This afternoon I finished a piece for tomorrow morning: [i]The media’s specifications for an Australian PM[/i] that pursues a similar theme.

BH

13/06/2010[Anyway, I only go to the online smh because I think they've given up the ghost on the print version, it's given away for free in so many places now!] Not where I am HS so I'm doing my bit to support them for as long as they stay reasonable. If it begins to follow the Murdoch line then it's gone for good with me. Grogs'piece is good tonight. It makes you long for a balanced media, doesn't it. Send it to Crikey or The Drum, Grog.

HS

13/06/2010Ad Astra, What you said @5.38pm may well be the case. They ARE bullys at 'The Australian'. However, it is my worry that 'The Australian' is becoming the 800lb newspaper gorilla in the room, that has the biggest bully pulpit in the country that it can stand at and beat its chest so loudly that it drowns out whoever it wants to, contrary to the facts of the matter. When they engage in the sort of intimidatory behaviour that the leaked letter shows that they have and they seek to bully an upstanding Police Commissioner and the Office of Police Integrity, it just says to me that something is rotten at the core of our democracy. When they can engage in a completely unjustified vendetta against the Prime Minister of this country and fan the flames of spurious leadership speculation, it goes beyond just wanting to sell newspapers, it strays into the realm of petty tyranny, wherein their agenda, which seems obvious to those of us that look at the News Ltd. media outlets objectively, is all that motivates them and the direction of their news outlet. Not good journalism, but sinister design and ulterior motive.

john

14/06/2010The Australian doesn't care about selling newspapers. Murdoch has kept it funded even though it's made losses for years, it's not for money, it's for influence. No-one reads it xcept for other journalists and politicians, and the tiny amounts of policy wonks like the people here. The only hope we have for a balanced media in Australia is that when Murdoch dies (which could be another 20 years, considering his mum is over 100 and still going strong) that his successor won't give a shit about Australia, and closes down the Australian. On the plus side, out of the potential inheritors are his daughter, who he fought with and she left News, Lachlan, who also left the company after fighting with his father; James Murdoch, who is firmly ensconced in the UK Sky news, or his current wife Wendi Deng, who works in Chinese television, and social networking ventures. Of course, Murdoch and Deng have two children, who might become interested in newspapers, but it seems that Rupert is the last one at the top interested in newspapers, or Australia, and when he dies, so will the Australian, and maybe the dailies in the capitals. He's 79, and though his mother is 101, he has outlived his father who died at 65, men tend to live ~5 years less than women, so our lives might be blighted by The Australian for only 15 more years.

john

14/06/2010There are a lot of bots spamming these comments.

HS

14/06/2010john, Yes, there is a lot of spam, isn't there? Not to worry, AA cleans it up for us everyday. :) You know the thing that worries me the most about 'The Australian' is not that Murdoch may be around for 15 or so more years, it's that in Chris Mitchell, Editor of 'The Australian', Murdoch has someone who is well-honed enough in the Murdoch game to keep stoking the fires for decades to come. Also, Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, still relatively young, is being groomed to take over the empire from his dad, and in speeches that he has given recently, as mentioned in a previous blog of mine, he has shown a willingness to play just as dirty as his dad. So it appears even our children will not be safe from the Murdoch's! Combine that with complicit governments, and you get a nightmare scenario.

HS

14/06/2010Phillip Coorey is being a good journalist again today: http://www.smh.com.au/business/rudd-takes-command-of-mining-tax-talks-20100613-y661.html

Lyn

14/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Political Spectrum Quiz[/i] See where you fall on the political spectrum http://www.gotoquiz.com/politics/political-spectrum-quiz.html [i]The Media Paradox - Take your time and do it now, GROG, GROG'S GAMUT[/i] Hell, The Australian this weekend has been full of bullshit about Rudd needing to finalise the RSPT negotiations in the next two weeks! http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/ [i]He sid, she said, Nicholas Gruen, Club Troppo[/i] Lindsay Tanner had told the Insiders program that Kevin Rudd would lead the ALP to the next election http://clubtroppo.com.au/2010/06/13/he-said-she-said-2786/ [i]Why Labor may lose the 2010 federal election, Mark Larvatus Prodeo[/i] This weekend’s seen the latest installment in the ‘media narrative’; demands in The Australian for either a Labor leadership change or a quick cave-in http://larvatusprodeo.net/2010/06/13/why-labor-may-lose-the-2010-federal-election/ [i]Bolt v Flannery transcript, Ileum, OzPolitik[/i] Andrew Bolt is still not sorry for being at best grossly careless and at worst dishonest and misleading. http://ozpolitik.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/bolt-v-flannery-transcript/#comments [i]Not everyone loves a mining millionaire....clarencegirl, North Coast Voices[/i]Australian Securities and Investment Commission has given a timely reminder to mining companies http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com/2010/06/not-everyone-loves-mining-millionaire.html [i]Rudd is finished & good riddance I think. Harry Clarke, Blogotariat[/i]. worse than Rudd though it may be at heart he is simply a conniving political being who will say anything to gain power http://www.blogotariat.com/node/195246 [i]A casual relationship with the facts, Lee Rhiannon, Unleashed[/i] Mr Hockey's casual relationship with facts reveals a sloppiness that reflects poorly on the shadow treasurer. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2925962.htm

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14/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx

NormanK

14/06/2010Morning all TANNER TANS CASSIDY Arriving late to the party as usual, may I say I went to bed last night in a very upbeat mood after belatedly watching Lindsay Tanner on Insiders. For anyone who missed it, Grog has partial transcripts and a very telling analysis at the link listed above. Thanks Grog. I recall Hillbilly describing Julia Gillard as slice & dice - Tanner really is cut and thrust. I would hate to be a child of his and try to excuse myself from not doing my homework or mowing the lawn. Tanner, in a recent appearance on Q & A, stopped GFC-deniers from heckling just by using a pause and a flash of his eyes. Dream on Julie Bishop - your eyes are just piss-holes in snow not laser-beams. I'll leave it to others to debate whether Tanner is leadership material (for some reason I think not but have nothing to base this on), but when Mr Rudd goes in to battle it must be very reassuring to have Tanner and Gillard guarding the flanks. I posed this question over at Grog's place (apologies if you are reading it twice) - "I wonder with regard to the general chat on that Insiders episode, did you get the impression that the panel 'slid' away from talk of the Conservatives with, what was to my biased ear, a subtle implication that they (the Libs) are not the subject of the day/week/month and that if we (the journos) have to go there can we please wear a mask and gloves? I may have been imagining things, but it seemed they all agreed the Libs are a rotting corpse and best left under the plastic sheet. If this is true, why are they stepping around them?" Of course, I am overstating their mood but there did seem to be tacit agreement that conversations about the Conservatives (for you HS) would be better left to another time but we all agree they have serious flaws. What's that about? Are the king-makers ( excluding News Ltd )going to flex their muscles and bring Tony down just to show how powerful they are?

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14/06/2010Folks I’ve just posted a piece [i]The media’s specifications for an Australian PM[/i] that picks up on the title of a recent HillbillySkeleton piece [i]The Canberra Press Gallery will decide who governs this country and the manner by which they come to power[/i]. It is a satirical tilt at the power, influence and arrogant dominance of the media over politics in this country. The link is: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/post/2010/06/14/The-mediae28099s-specifications-for-an-Australian-PM.aspx This piece is posted two years to the day from my first piece on [i]Possum Box[/i] on Possum’s [i]Pollytics[/i]. It was titled: [i]Is the media in Australia suffering from groupthink?[/i] It seems that nothing much has changed over the years, except that media dominance in politics now seems more pervasive than ever. http://thepossumbox.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/is-the-media-in-australia-suffering-from-groupthink/

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14/06/2010Folks Closing comments now as all were getting is spam.

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