Open Letter To The ABC

An open letter to the ABC, regarding a headline (captured in archive here) and full article (captured in archive here) that proclaimed that the number of new cases had dropped for a second consecutive day. Dear ABC,Your article (archived here at http://archive.vn/SCGEj) misrepresents important data relating to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the community. It does […]

…Whatever You Do, Don’t Mention The Climate Change

Is The ABC Avoiding Climate Change? In a previous article I argued that it was; that in fact the ABC was guilty of “silent denial” by failing to highlight or even mention the well-established connection between climate change and bushfires’ timing and severity. (For example see the Department of Environment and Energy here, and the […]

Silent Denial

How the ABC is complicit in climate denial. Imagine, for a moment, that there is a massive measles outbreak all around Australia. Rural and regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia all suffer a huge surge in cases. People die. Many lives are changed forever. Imagine, now, that the ABC […]

Speechless with horror and disgust

I’ve posted very little for some time now, ┬ánot been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]

ABC apologises for broadcasting Morrison’s press conference without first verifying facts

From Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, broadcast 26/2/14. “We also owe you an apology. Yet again the ABC has been guilty of broadcasting unsubstantiated allegations. The allegations made by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison were that most of the rioting on Manus Island occurred outside the detention centre. The ABC now accepts that we were wrong […]

A refutation of Ms. Alcorn’s “Dominant ABC hurting the commercial sector”

Ms. Alcorn’s entire article┬áin The Age “Dominant ABC hurting the commercial sector” is based on an unstated premise that a publicly funded broadcaster, operating within a publicly defined and transparently managed charter to provide unbiassed news and information, is somehow “competing” on the same playing field as commercial organisations whose ultimate goal always is to […]

A vigorous, critical media is an important part of a healthy democracy – One-Term Tony

Taken directly from the Liberal Party website. Apparently it’s  a time-honoured tradition that the Prime Minister lambasts the Press, and the Leader of the Opposition vigorously defends it. This is only embarrassing when you have occupied both roles. Here’s what he said when he was leader of the Opposition. TONY ABBOTT: I think that it’s important […]

Come in spinner!

Come in spinner!

Read this. And weep. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-30/documents-suggest-fawad-ahmed-asylum-case-was-borderline/5225808 The implications of this story should be painfully obvious, but public debate these days is so polarised and facts so irrelevant that perhaps I’ll just list a few. Both sides of politics have displayed breathtaking hypocrisy in their treatment of asylum seekers. Both sides. Luckily there are more than two […]