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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Sunday political talkies: Climate and real Democracy is God's work too - seriously
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt



Author’s general introductory note (skip this bit if you know this regular weekly column):



This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.



Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208



“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”




Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.

For actual transcripts and/or video feeds go to web sites quoted including Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.



Media backgrounders


* last week we scooped the SMH by 5 days on the Nandos shop owner in Broadway being charged.

* Lots of WYD news in Sydney – cracker about unions gazumping Iemma Govt over pay deal – possibly in face of huge wastage of public money on subsidy to Big Religion for CWYD. Hammer blow via ABC/Lateline etc re highly manipulative CathC on sexual abuse curse.

* Corby Dead Dad Did It Says Dobber – so alleged.

* Pope on front page, not so photogenic, staying with extremist Opus Dei for rest defaults to his true doctrinaire nature. 80 year old metaphor for rickety organization falling over for 60 year old average age of priests. Bring on women into the church and married priests.


9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am


Business segue story re Zappo footware warehouse business.


Ross Greenwood on Freddy Mac, and Fannie May mortgage securitization $12 trillion entities compare Australia 1 trillion economy, underpin US mortgage market


Beautiful story about Ethiopian hospital. Pure love and skill at work re fistula hospital. Real eye brimming stuff. Blows BB off the screen but you can’t complain about that.


Feature on Bourke-Wills traverse of Australian History. Was a great yarn too but missed a lot of it for the politics.


Laurie Oakes, returned from Washington explains his absence it seems from the ch9 screens 2 or 3 weeks. Interview is with Joel Fitzgibbon as Defence Minister in NY for UN something or other.  Talking about Afghanistan, East Timor.  Reminds of Mark Latham piece in AFR that JF cut him off after he left the ALP or such like.


Off to Washington re Gates and Cheney meetings – says never been stronger relationship could always improve – normal politik platitudes.


Notes tensions in Middle East affects globe including Australia. Call for calm and caution, Iran and Israel to take a deep breath.


Says he will take his advice from ‘his counterpart in the US’ re way forward in Iran.


Aircraft in development question. Question of climate as biggest threat not terrorism. [Are they really distinct? Could imagine undeveloped/developed leading to tensions over who caused it in the last 50 to 100 years of emissions legacy]









10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Late start due to boxing coverage, missed the intro footage. Press roundup picks up


Bob Brown with Deborah Rice, late start for a heavy boxing match from somewhere, USA?


BB sounding pretty good re Tas Field Govt realignment,  [Taxi driver told me he was impressed by BB, that Greens could be in govt in 15 years, Greek guy, sister is Euro Union env lawyer in Brussels!). 


Pushing manufacture opportunities CSIRO, ACF green collar jobs 3.5 million by 2025.


Panel John Stanley 2UE, Mark Kenny Adelaide Advertiser


Footage of Garnaut – not leading, not drag the pack – may have been Paddington Town Hall with well heeled audience.


Great advert for low particulates Isuzu trucks – love it.


Important type2 diabetes family history advert


Missed a fair chunk after first adbreak. BB runs native forest protection in climate change context – save 10% immediately.


Intro package happy pilgrims and protesters with ‘annoying’ T-shirts in Macquarie St re


Paul Collins is second guest as Catholic observer on World Youth Day - refer our image here 12th July of hyper security at Central station and police with fascist tendencies just short of PIC hearing in my view, picking up bad habits of an Iemma govt with fascist tendencies:


Picture: Saturday 12th July 2008, 10am. The bonhomie was mixed with the heavy security in the tunnel under Central Station . The plods and pseudo plods really didn't like me passing my card to this coloured gent. Nor did they appreciate me standing 10 paces away, nor did they appreciate me taking a picture of them from 40 paces away, and indeed the short blonde copper (Constable Phillips, City Crime - Commuter) made it her business to stalk over to me 40 paces away and officially ordered me to leave the area. "On what legal basis?" I asked and  "Because you don't want a witness? Is that what you are saying?". "Because you are intimidating" came the smooth practised reply. So there you have it - taking a picture of police in the course of their duty is "intimidating".  All under the flag pictured above of our fair democracy you understand. 


Nor is this the first time local inner Sydney cops have tried these tactics over recording of their police work. We are well aware, as is the ABC, of a case yet to be heard in court regarding police confiscation of a camera phone from a witness to a brawl outside a local inner city pub earlier this year, who we understand was then ordered to delete the footage in a police cell while being stood over by two local policemen.


Very very ironic given these two reports here exhorting exactly this kind of citizen media:

As a riposte we told one of the security guards about our readersip figures to which he said with contempt "You only see one side of life." Well actually we did see the aggressive drunk the night before and were glad for the security being present then. What worries us is fare evasion (not that we know the facts) leading to more serious charges for a public transport service that should be near to free anyway on public policy grounds.

[MTP continued]


Paul Collins says WYD mainly about  youth having a good time and enthusiasm.


JS – competing with HillSong, balancer? A bit of that.


Re heavy handed laws asks Mark Kenny – yes says Collins, a disaster, should have been more active to steer clear of it.


Talk about sexual abuse situation, refers to Prime/Foreign Minister status of Popes offsider.


MK great question about is CathC too hierarchical – resounding yes was the answer [calls up theme of “terrifyingly manipulative” aspect of the religion].


Meet The Press - Watch Political Video Online - Channel TEN.




Riley Diary 7, 8.35 am


Great Isuzu truck advert – it’s a winner probably. Look smaller engines.


Winter break – filled with ‘our Heath’ in Dark Knight what a damn sad loss, great in Lords of Dog Town too.





Picture: The now infamous waterside Ignuanas Restuarant-Bar (at right) in Gosford as viewed from the train going back to Sydney. We were meeting folks worried about their aquifer from over extraction due to bottled water. What also caught our eye is the God ugly concrete bunker developments on the hillsides - a developers w*t dream?


Insiders 2: 9- 10am


* Intro re climate change, with Minister Wong as guest, Green Paper on the way, classic Ruddster rhetoric Green/green – get it?


* Press round up Corby dead dad dobbed on, alleged.


* Wong is the talent, in the studio to show sincerity – sledges Nelson flip flopping. Hard question put about being in front of US, China, India? Ans. strong self interest, hot and dry country, strong self interest in an effective global scheme. No alternative than to play. [reminds of weird story of W Bush punching the air proud of being biggest polluter at G8 wrap up, truly weird]


Come along way from forestry adviser in first Carr govt in 1995 when I lobbied her (successfully) on logging in Upper Deau River catchment, something so ironic about gay Wong and gay Bob Brown on climate issues same day of tv … not that there is anything wrong with that! She has style


Great Q about doubts on science – stays firm more than 90% certainty, refers to Murray Darling basin, worse case scenario on 2050 – missed the point because she sort of fluffed it – meaning to say it will be stone dead. [truth is even this greenie wouldn’t be human not too but safety first is always best].


Essentially too risky to consider skeptics line and safer to stick with [whole of economy reform].


Refers to building on Bali conference late last year, can’t reasonably say you stay poor in undev – low emissions path for these, rich counties economy wide cuts.


What’s needed in Victoria re Murray Darling – 4% cuts by next year. Do more with less. Talks a good rhetoric but that’s about it really as per Ramsey article in SMH yesterday.


Everyperson segment – cost of living, proverbial gentle middle class working little people on basic wage, deli food services sector, thoughtful. Countries like ours US should be leading the way.


Lenore Taylor gets baton with AFR perspective though with News Corp Australian newspaper now notes a lot of momentum with two US presidents.


Taylor drops her Kyoto forum experience, Milne his Bali UN conference. A lot of talk about Copenhagen as next real thing on CC not G8, incredulity at W Bush.


Dennis Atkins notes 100 years of emissions – strong argument Taylor agrees. Milne was at Bali,


Uhlmann again for Paul Kelly after controversial contribution last week – gets his head to offer real opinion not just ‘balance’ so good tv with that caveat (was a candidate in ACT once, not a reporter). Says Turnbull was ‘deeply’ patronizing of Nelson on Lateline about his flip flopping on Emissions Trading Scheme treating Nelson like “the idiot child”.


[The Carr wedge on environment as per Fahey in 1995 election on forests is playing out – the wedge of greenish Liberals versus poo brown Nationals in the Coalition.]


Milne notes get out clause for Rudd re act “responsibly”. Milne notes per capita [we are relevant and not marginal as Nelson implies].


Milne sounds like he’s up to mark on behaviour change – good man Glenn, good man.


There is a sense of inspiration and excitement in the panel at the thrill of joining the main cause of our lives for the 21C economy, getting out of the shadow of our 20C growth at any costs paradigm.


Footage of glaring policy difference Green Party via BB pull out of mess in Afghanistan and Govt and Opp commitment. Based on Greens idealistic 4th principle of Peace and disarmament/Non violence with 1 ecological sustainability 2 social and economic justice and 3. grassroots democracy.


Canberra panel slum it talking about Iemma Govt in NSW, polling by officials determined to go on. Dumping him says AFR is easy, replacing is harder.


Talking pictures Julian Morrow: No annoying for CWYD reference to fascist tendencies of Law & Order agenda in NSW. Amusing rocks as musical charis reference in G8 meeting.


LT givesAbbott rap for policy platform in his book, not blowing in the wind …implies Nelson.


ABC’s hollowmen – somehow reflects Rudd govt? First script was actually written during Howard time. Was Howard war on obesity in June 2007 launched in Launceston. [Like the West Wing it will cut and paste borrow from both sides of politics. Watch City Hall of 1996 with Al Pacino and young John Cusack – has Toby Ziggler and the funeral speech in the Black Church scenes it, all provenance it seems in the tv script world].


BC says Obama like Rudd govt raise public expectations, need to spin big ideas a whole lot more. LT agrees with GM re cabinet minister take to him that channeling pain of public is Opp sticht [my word].


Out take – climate change debate in Coalition – strong view to contest not take the Turnbull line of cooperation with ETS. It’s a real wedge on themselves and they lost NSW Govt since 1995 on environment falling over now the browner the ALP get.


Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/





Inside Business 2 10 am


Feature on climate change as reform on ecoomy.


Carbon Capture Sequestration – natural gas fairly easy to strip, SOx and NOx stripped out, capture a lot more costly, not storage says CSIRO think tank man.


Footage of Otway Martin Ferguson  led by same Peter Cook think tank, reference to Norway [and note safety agency article from Norway on SAM here re dangers of corrosion of pipe joints threat to workers. Mark Nolan from Exxon Mobil Australia says will bubble up and “sour” oil field so no until 2025.


Legal issues said to become involved. Beach Petroleum Reg Nelson Moonba in SA, remote area population not a worry [?!].


Pipelining CO2 is different as it is a corrosive gas – exactly our thesis on SAM.


MD TruEnergy quote. A lot of economic value in CCS if get it right. Engineering and Financial challenges are far more daunting – footage of rolling green hills under threat like Nerrandera [close to where Deb Cameron was born and raised in fact, and this writer at Warrnambool nearby].




Posted by editor at 1:32 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 13 July 2008 4:02 PM NZT

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