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 […]