Monday 25th of June 2018

save your (and mine) ABC...


Last weekend the powerful ultra-conservative IPA think tank published a new book: Against Public Broadcasting: Why we should privatise the ABC and how to do it.

Turnbull's Communications Minister Mitch Fifield – the politician who holds the fate of the ABC – is a paid up, card carrying member of the IPA. 


The Turnbull Government boffins are becoming increasingly brazen in their ABC attacks. Why? Because they assume the only voters it bothers are rusted-on 'lefties' who'd never vote for them anyway. They assume wrong. 


The ABC is one of Australia's most liked and trusted institutions – with supporters from right across the political spectrum. 


Together, we can identify and target the most strategic communities to work with, and make sure the ABC is a live issue for the Coalition MPs most vulnerable on the ABC. And we can do this at the perfect moment – just as politicians are playing close attention in the lead up to the 'Super Saturday' by-elections. 


With the by-elections less than 8 weeks away, we need to act fast if we're to make the most of the political opportunity it affords us.


(adapted from Save The ABC at



Despite a few faults, the ABC is still the main flagship of proper and balanced information in this country. One cannot rely on the Fairax media that is a secret supporter of Malcolm and Fifield anyway. The other media in Australia is the awful Murdoch disinformation service designed to trick the proletariat that it cares about workers. The Murdoch media only cares in making money and supporting its mates — the rich and the super-rich, via promoting Malcolm and Fifield — and Tony Abbott.  If this does not scare you then you are a whatever...


Save the ABC, now!

unpreserved pickles...

It has been seven months since Michelle Guthrie unveiled the winners of her pet project, the Great Ideas Grant. The managing director created a new content fund by axing about 200 jobs, then asked staff to “think about reach, audience gaps, scalability and applying digital-first thinking” and put forward an idea.

One of the winning pitches was ABC Life, a new website for health, work, personal finance, pets, family, sex, food, gardening, travel, fashion and creativity under one banner.

Back in December ABC Life lead – yes that is his title – Scott Spark advertised for 18 new positions for the digital project, so it’s a sizeable operation. This at a time when hundreds of jobs were cut – the Senate was told last week that since 1 July 2014, 939 ABC employees had been made redundant.


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why would tony smith pick "this" date after "consultations"?

This time Fifield took issue with the ABC’s assertion that the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, chose the date of the byelections on political grounds. 

The date chosen had long been locked in as the date of the national Labor conference, which is held every four years. Labor has been forced to defer the conference so it can focus on the byelections.

Fifield’s letter said: “On ABC’s 7pm News on Friday 25 May, the presenter stated: ‘Tempers are continuing to flare inside the Labor party over Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to set late July for a super Saturday of byelections’. 

“The ABC’s political editor, Andrew Probyn, then claimed that: ‘Labor’s further squeezed by the prime minister’s decision to time super Saturday with a long-scheduled Labor national conference’.

“These claims are false. The prime minister did not decide the date for the byelections. The date for the byelections was set by the Speaker, in accordance with the constitution, and acting on the advice of the independent AEC [Australian Electoral Commission]. 

“Laura Tingle made the same false claims in an ‘analysis’ piece posted on the ABC website and headed ‘By-election date decision a masterclass in blindsiding and political bastardry’.”

The Speaker of the House, Tony Smith, had said in parliament that he would choose a date for the byelections in consultation with the AEC and party leaders.

On 21 May he referred to “the usual practice of consulting with the Australian electoral commissioner on possible dates for the byelections and consulting with party leaders about my preferred date”.

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Why would Tony Smith, Speaker of the House, Chair of House Committee, Chair of Selection Committee, FROM the Liberal Party of Australia, CHOOSE the most annoying date to the Labor Party for by-elections?

After consultation with party Leaders? Would the Labor party Leaders be happy about this date? NO.

Would the CONSULTED Liberal Party Leaders (Malcolm et al) not influence his "preferred date"? Take a cold shower... Yep, Tony Smith "may not have to be advised" to choose bad blood against Labor...


the machinations of the nasty party...

Liberal Party members have called on the Turnbull Government to move Australia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and privatise the ABC, highlighting a gulf between the rank-and-file and the MPs who represent them.

More than 100 MPs and members are in Sydney for the Liberal Party's annual federal council which is expected to be the last before the next federal election.

The council endorsed a motion moved by the Victorian division calling on the Turnbull Government to follow the US and move Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the conference she could understand the sentiment but declared Australia would not be moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is a final status issue and we have maintained that position for decades," Ms Bishop said.

However, Ms Bishop's intervention failed to convince the majority of the members and the motion passed 43 votes to 37.

None of the motions at the federal council is binding, meaning they are unlikely to have any impact on the Government's policies, but they provide an insight into the internal machinations of the party.


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