Monday 17th of May 2021

an attack on the freedom to tell porkies...


THE Sydney talkback radio station 2GB - home to presenters Alan Jones and Ray Hadley - has failed in its bid to stop new rules that force it to reveal its advertising backers on air, despite a plea that it would be tantamount to an attack on freedom of speech.

The station's owner, Macquarie Radio Network, argued it would be impossible to comply with the new rules, which say presenters must declare if they or their radio station are getting cash or favours from a sponsor.

Macquarie had sought an injunction to stop the introduction next Tuesday of the new rules, which the Australian Communications and Media Authority rewrote to prevent another cash-for-comment scandal.

Macquarie's counsel Tom Blackburn, SC, said that on any given day 2GB had between 100 and 300 ads and it could not expect producers to be aware of all deals in place.

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Newman spruiks like a stupid radio shock jock

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says previous Labor state governments are to blame for the recent surge in bikie-related violence.

Yesterday, police released images of a man they believe may be able to assist them with inquiries into Saturday's double shooting at the Robina Town shopping centre on the Gold Coast.

A bystander was shot when a man with bikie links opened fire on another man in the shopping centre.

It followed a series of violent attacks last week also linked to bikie gangs.

Yesterday, Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey said an extra $750,000 would be redirected to the police response to deal with the recent violence.


Hey it happened on YOUR WATCH, Cobber... Idiot.

Same in New South Wales... When Linda Burney was asked by Quentin Dempster why the violence of young Aboriginal people in Kings Cross had gone haywire, she pointed out that the Labor government (rejected by the media, thus by the people — Gus comment) had done a lot of work to improve conditions in Western Sydney for youth but there was a lot more to be done, which the Labor government was quietly doing...

What Burney did not say but could have added was that suddenly with a change of government, services become iffy and the dynamic of interaction changes to the point of distrust... My interpretation but I have met Linda and she is one of the outstanding MPs in this country. Quiet and reserved, she knows the limit of government intervention in the mind of young people, but also the power of positive actions...


when others are doing it... why not indulge...


Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has linked his state's economic woes to the ongoing political turmoil in Canberra.

Mr Baillieu made the remarks during his keynote speech to the Liberal Party's Victorian council meeting.

He says the state is facing enormous economic challenges and Canberra is partly to blame.

"The mining tax, superannuation changes, industrial relations paralysis, occupational health and safety, gaming law reform - so much uncertainty - and there's fiscal uncertainty as well," he said.

"There is uncertainty that is impacting on all jurisdictions, and it's coming from Canberra."

Mr Baillieu warned of a tough budget ahead.

"There is no magic pudding, we can't have it all and some things do have to change," he said.

yeah, blame the jam on your pudding for catching the plague... Hey the mining tax should help your small businesses... Occupational health and safety??? Yeah!!!!! Times were more fum when people died at work and no-one raised an eyebrow... Gaming law reform???? Nothing yet but, hey, when an addict always an addict so better collect some cash from the addicts then. makes sense, hey... Idiots....


not doing too bad, thank you...



A new report on Australian income and spending habits has found claims that households are struggling under the burden of increased living costs have little basis in fact.

The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) says increased spending on the "lifestyle" sector - including holidays and eating out - is putting pressure on domestic budgets.

NATSEM research fellow Ben Phillips, one of the authors of the study, says Australians have been experiencing "phenomenally good" economic times.

"We've found that incomes have risen very strongly, with the average household being about $224 a week better off just over the past six years," he told ABC Radio National Breakfast.

"It's been spread to both high income earners and low income earners, so I think most people are actually doing reasonably well.


Michael Morton-Evans (Letters, May 2) seems to be prepared to trade a government that has achieved much in difficult circumstances, which he describes as ''prepared to do absolutely anything to cling to power'', for a potential government with a leader who has demonstrated that he will do anything to gain power. Besides, the Coalition has yet to demonstrate that it has any real costed policies. This type of thinking scares me - a lot.


Janet McNeill Redfern

If Christopher Pyne was drinking with Mr Ashby in the Speaker's office while Parliament was in session, I can think of at least three questions that Mr Pyne should be asked: who was paying for the booze; was he (Mr Pyne) drinking while at work; and, isn't drinking during working hours hours a dismissable offence (''Pyne caught up in Slipper scandal'', May 2)? Over to you, Chris.

Trevor Nayler Ermington

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The heading at top of the string of letters in the SMH is misleading by suggesting that the opposition is as bad as the government. Untrue. The opposition would take you by the short and curlies till your eyes watered in pain... We know your are masochists, but really, I'm not... And as some of these punters pointed out, the Gillard Government has not done too bad despite some very difficult circumstances ( the GFC for example) — including having to poke incessantly at a wild lying coyote, namely Tonicchio, the son of Rattus the First, who can't wait to screw you till you bleed like stones.

Some people don't like Julia because of her voice and of the clothes she wears... I don't feel embarrassed to say I don't care. I like her voice better than Tony the Rat-bag's and her clothes are okay and fit better than my own day wear.... But as far as policies go, despite what the media says, she's far better than Abbott the Truant, whose idea of his NBN is a tin of bake beans with a string attached to a garbage can.

We need to say, the media is very skewed by the over-exposure of rabid non-media personality who are hogging the air waves and the commentariat columns in the press... As they say with antiseptic killing bugs, 99.99 per cent of these ARE NOT journalists... But now some journos like Michelle Grattan are taking up pushing dung uphill. Ugly. Michelle should know better. Where's Alan Ramsey when you need one... All the AR of this era have been replaced by rite rat-bags, including on the 7:30 report, ABC...  Alan Jones himself admits readily to not being a journo. So these blabber-mouths think they can say whatever they bloody well like because a firm that sells cars with kompressors or flog packets of biscuits laden with transfats pays them to "have an opinion" — an opinion which to the greater scheme of things is irrelevant — apart from the number of morons who listen to it.... 

Of course, the blubber mouths at the ABC, as bland as rite-wing watery porridge, are there for no other reason than it's the current fad to bag the government... 




tax-deductible charity for comments...

Politicians have failed to disclose charitable donations being made on their behalf for appearing on morning television programs, a decision that appears to fall into a grey area for parliamentarian disclosures. 

Key points:
  • The Sunrise and Today programs both make donations in return for appearances by Pauline Hanson
  • Sunrise also made donations on behalf of former senator Derryn Hinch
  • Neither declared the payments, which appear to fall into a grey area of political disclosures


The ABC has confirmed Channel Seven's Sunrise made regular payments to charities on behalf of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and then-senator Derryn Hinch for the appearances they made alongside each other during the last term of parliament.

Mr Hinch and Senator Hanson declared on Senate's Register of Interests that they were donors to their respective charities but neither disclosed a third party was making a donation on their behalf.

The incidents highlight the ability for a politician to escape having to disclose third-party payments being made in return for an appearance.

The regular Sunrise segment ended earlier this year but the donation trend is set to continue with Senator Hanson becoming a regular guest on breakfast TV rival Today.

The full amount of the donations from Sunrise remains unclear but the ABC has confirmed the donation on Senator Hanson's behalf went to Meals on Wheels.

Mr Hinch's media adviser confirmed the donations for his appearances went to Wintringham, a Victorian aged care provider. She referred the ABC to contact Sunrise to check the amount.


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