In the news … November 2020

Comedy hour with Ita ABC and Scotty from marketing

24 November 2020: You’d have to be devoid of any sense of irony not to get a chuckle reading about Ita Buttrose’s defence of the ABC to a Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation audience, and Scott Morrison’s plea for understanding from China to an audience of the right wing UK think tank, British Policy Exchange.

What Buttrose said about intensifying ideological attacks on the ABC by Coalition MPs and apparatchiki is quite true.  And it should be a major concern to anyone who supports the Enlightenment values of Western civilization.  Freedom of the press is central to those values, but is being actively undermined by media magnates like Rupert Murdoch and Nine Entertainment chair Peter Costello, with laws permitting the most concentrated media ownership in the developed world don’t help either.

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Election diary 2010 — Week Three

Opportunities go begging

Saturday, 31 July 2010

The morning’s headlines about a Nielsen poll that puts the Coalition ahead on a two-party preferred basis, and Abbott still trailing but closing the gap as preferred leader, should be no cause for jubilation.

Unlike some other observers of politics, I don’t discount polling numbers, particularly not if they come from a credible source, but I recognise them to be what they are: ephemeral snapshots of a point in time that has come and gone.

I am bound to note, however, that my gratuitous advice to Abbott of 22 July contained some pointers that did indeed appear to make a difference in the numbers game. I can’t lay claim to credit for this outcome because if I could see the opportunity so could others far more motivated to do something about it.

Taking stock …

Heading into week three of the phoney election campaign, still two weeks out from the official formality, I would be tempted to discount any talk of a Coalition ascendancy, unless Abbott can maintain a momentum of revelations about less than creditable performances by Rudd (yes, he is and must remain a principal focus) and Gillard.

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