The look of fear

Abbott Fear

Whatever Abbott’s BIR speech was, it wasn’t the Gettysburg Address that the pundits are saying it was.

The whole thing was stage-managed from the start.

From the adoring fans in the gallery, to the heartfelt, earnest looks into the camera, it was a put-up job.

You can always tell when Abbott is nervous. His voice goes up an octave. There it was on Thursday, shrill and feathery, almost boyish, as revealing as his new hairdo, the disappeared wrinkles, and the smarmy photos of him and Margie, looking like they’ve long forgotten how to embrace each other.

Very American.

He only talks to captive audiences, bussed-in from the nearest Liberal enclave.

Murdoch – Randolph Hearst to Abbott’s Marion Davies – gives him free publicity, adoring reviews in rags like the Daily Telegraph, phoney gravitas in The Australian, and use of the high tech Foxtel studio space for speeches about the NBN (as if we needed any reminding that Murdoch’s pay-TV operations are in dire trouble from a fast NBN).

Sky News follows him around like a puppy dog trailing its master. It stacks its shows with IPA nutjobs, foaming shock-jocks and Labor traitors… all there to condemn Gillard and inflate Abbott’s meagre talents into “political genius”.

They are sure laying it on thick, far too thick in my estimation.

When Abbott looked yearningly and directly into that parliamentary camera I averted my eyes in embarrassment. Before I glanced away, all I had seen was a man desperate to win at any price, the man that Tony Windsor described as willing to sell anything but his arse (and maybe that too, if the circumstances required it).

I saw fear.


The pundits praise Abbott for his political acumen, his avoiding of interviews (unless with Hadley, Jones or now, a compliant Leigh Sales playing the tamed shrew), his refusing to commit to anything very much at all, his ambiguous and ambivalent phrasing on major policies. They even now praise him for his numbers not adding up.

They went so far as to cede him “victory” in the Disability Debate, despite his 180 degree about face, Hockey’s abject humiliation at his hands, Gillard getting everything that she wanted in the space of one week (after a handicap start that would have seen Black Caviar an also ran) and his entire party staging a disgraceful No Show – a slap in the face to the disabled people there to see it – when the bill was introduced.

How disheartened those disabled people, their families and carers in the gallery must have felt when they saw living proof, in absentia, of Abbott’s (and his party’s) commitment to their cause, and how joyous they must have been that Gillard had forced the issue, giving them a fighting chance.

How genuine was Gillard’s wavering voice on that morning, that the more rabid of her critics had to try to turn her emotions into crocodile tears with some muttering commentators even wondering whether they made her unfit for office… after three years in office against tougher opposition than their hero, Abbott, has ever encountered!

Maley, surely one of the most vacuous journalists ever to sit down to a keyboard at Fairfax, wrote one of her usual thoughtless pieces on why, suddenly, the Coalition didn’t need Alan Jones despite all indications to the contrary. Insofar as Jones’ audience is rusted on to the Liberal cause, perhaps they don’t, but they don’t need Jones to throw one of his famous hissy fits either, and for the old bloviator to start hating them out of spite. A word will be had, and they’ll continue to turn up. No worries there.

Hartcher seems to have revealed his true colours. Transferring his fanboy crush on Kevin Rudd directly to Abbott, Hartcher is a man who is not complete until he has plummily swung in behind a stronger seeming male, either intellectually, physically or socially superior to his sorry self. He will never admire Gillard. She speaks like a Westie, and is a woman.

Kenny, a gun for hire if ever there was one, does a workmanlike hack job every day, fiddling with his political Ouija board, channelling Abbott’s minders, coming out with ever more convoluted justifications for the inevitability of an Abbott triumph.

Fairfax Media

Common sense would dictate Fairfax could probably do better being fairer towards the government, perhaps even running a slightly favourable line for Gillard. If nothing else, it would distinguish them from the pack of wannabe king makers (it’s never a Queen is it?) across Media Street at News.

Fairfax has never been any good at the tabloid thing. Their tepid radio stations show that. Their recently introduced “compact” newspaper format has failed, relegating them to the status of the throwaway local rag you find on your lawn in the morning. Their customers have left them to their almost nihilistic path to self-destruction. They can wallow in their own pre-apocalyptic ennui, until “pre” becomes “post” and eventually Fairfax is a vague memory, a “brand” and a banner for sale cheap to the first bidder with a half-decent cheque book.

Fairfax exists only on the whiff of former glories now, and persists simply because there is nowhere else to go but down. The shareholders have long since given up hope of any kind of recovery, back to the Rivers Of Gold days. They only hope that Rinehart will give them a few extra cents for their shares, now valued at not much more than the cost of a postage stamp.


However it may be that the cards are stacked in Abbott’s and the Coalition’s favour, the fact that this week it was decided to take over the parliamentary galleries and corridors so that the cheer squads could applaud to order and pop champagne corks into the night (plus the glowing reviews the next day), shows that despite their outward professions of certainty and confidence, the media still believes Gillard Labor can win the election.

The overkill we have seen this week does not happen unless the opponent is nervous. It gives the lie to their “more in sorrow than in anger” line of patter that Gillard is a lousy politician.

If she was as lousy politician as they claim, she wouldn’t have been Prime Minister for a month shy of three years. Tony Abbott would have been.

That metric – three years as Prime Minister (and over 500 pieces of enacted legislation to go with it) – is the plain and simple truth of it, the ultimate confirmation of political acumen that the media are desperate to deny. In their world view, failure to play their game, failure to send obscure, convolved signals and inattention to their inflated egos equals “political failure”. Ultimately, in their eyes, political failure equals unfitness for office.

Gillard is living proof that it’s possible to survive, even prosper, unhitched from the iron lung of media adoration and approbation.

Ironically, she is proof also of Maley’s thesis that you don’t need Alan Jones or Ray Hadley on your side to survive and get some work done, some accomplishments up on the scoreboard… a thesis that Hockey and Abbott are too terrified to test.

Her tenure in office has been a testament to taking on difficult causes and implementing them, fighting for them and sticking to them.

The tyranny of numbers – both parliamentary and economic – has forced some about faces, true, and it has generated the consequent red faces that come as a natural reaction to the heckling of the media hyenas as they occupy their increasingly untenured seats, and of the crowd they have whipped up into a frenzy when the target du jour, today’s occupier of the stocks in the village square, makes the slightest error.

But mistakes and blunders aside, nothing succeeds like success. And success in political terms is all about being in office and getting things done while you’re there.

Against all the policy and political metrics that Gillard has posted (I won’t repeat them here) the baying media mob has only… The Polls: photo finish snaps taken before the finish, as useless as More Joyous on an “off” day, a favourite on paper only, as valuable as a discarded betting slip.

The pundits don’t get that the polls are simply a reflection of their own urgings, repeated back to them, laundered and pressed, echoes within echoes useful in geeing up the troops before the barriers open, but of much lesser worth once the real race begins.


This week has seen the election campaign proper begin its four month long journey to September 14th.

In it, Gillard has already scored some notable wins – on disability, having her budget cuts grudgingly accepted (albeit in the most weasel-like way), and having a heart-warming front page dedicated to her and her greatest fan, little Sophie Deane.

Abbott, on the other hand, has had only a Renta Crowd of far too enthusiastic, hubris-engorged media fans go into bat for him, plus the clowns in the public gallery, with their whistling and their champagne, who’d have applauded if Abbott broke wind, much less simply getting through his speech without giving offence to too many voters.

To do his bit for the disabled, he went on a bike ride, of which he has reminded us to the point of exasperation, bringing it up triumphantly on Thursday night to a national audience, as if that peddling play-act makes up for his contemptuous orders to his caucus to desert the parliamentary benches when the actual, substantive debate began… a debate he and his Shadow Treasurer found themselves demanding two weeks ago, after starting out that week plonkingly dismissing any extra budget spending.

Can readers imagine the “out of body” feeling they must have experienced after blurting out their hankering for a new tax? Was it someone else, some socialist perhaps? No… it was Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey who, desperate to close the Disabled issue down, the better to return to their set-piece campaign plan, betrayed their own principles and their own promises.

Oh, he’s scared alright. On Thursday in parliament he was a bunny in the headlights. That is what the look he gave direct to camera reminded me of. He has a set-piece campaign planned, and it can’t survive too many deviations.

Everything’s been arranged. The place cards have been printed for the high table. His sugar daddy, Rupert Murdoch and the deluded me-too’ers at Fairfax have assured him he can’t lose.

The spruikers and fanboys, the assassins and thugs, the blushing female scribes who just want to be young mums paid their full salaries off the public tit are all in place and have been issued their instructions.

The election, now well on the way, will boil down to Performance versus Promises, Success versus Slogans, Humility versus Hubris.

Performance, success and humility will win every time against the vain bellowings of the media foghorn, the ego bolstering and sexist barracking of slow thinkers and the ever more convoluted knots into which Abbott is tying himself, to the point of political immobility.

Rudd had to agree with Howard’s tax cuts four weeks before the 2007 campaign.

Abbott has already agreed to Gillard and Swan’s Budget cuts four months before the Big Day. Joe is still trying to pick up the pieces behind his leader.

It ain’t over till it’s over.

If Gillard keeps succeeding in getting Abbott to agree with her on just about everything, leaving only his vapid protests against a Carbon Tax and Boats (that are so dated now they have whiskers on them) as the main points of differentiation, then premature photo finishes aside, the run to the finish line will be all uphill for him.


Something changed this week. It’s hard to put your finger on it. There has been no confidence from the Coalition even in their own No Confidence motion, disappeared off the notice paper like so many other Abbott blood oaths. Abbott is too busy reacting, agreeing with the government to spend time on a pointless motion he can’t possibly win.

Sure it may come up – to assuage hurt pride more than anything else – and it may have the opinionistas tweeting at his brilliance in purveying a “sense of doom” for the government. Ho hum…

But I’ve noticed a new spring in the step of Labor politicians this week, too.

They’re finally realizing that there’s a fight on. It’s a fight they can win if they visualize that finish line clearly enough in their minds and want the prize passionately enough.

The next four months will be the summing up of the past three years – three years of accomplishments under intense artillery bombardment against three years of armchair whingeing from behind the lines.

Labor is coming to understand the reason McTiernan used that opening speech from Patton.

“No bastard even won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

A united, purposeful, passionate Labor will win the election.

Abbott is about to politically die for his party of time-servers, business lurk merchants, Howard throwbacks and fossilized reactionaries.

That he’s begun to suspect the enormity of the task he’s taken on in beating Gillard was written all over his face last Thursday night.

2,088 thoughts on “The look of fear

  1. BK. passed through Mt Pleasant last evening ab’t 4.30pm. ..Was that you in a bright yellow skivvi and tracksuit jogging down theBirdwood Rd. at a respectable rate of knots?

  2. GD I iwrote my feelings about western Sydney but lost it twice
    word press never works for me on other sites,
    as I very much wanted to express how western Sydney is viewed from down here, its been made to seem like a very scary place and no one would want to visit,
    the talk about western Sydney put me off ever visiting again and also made me dislike the whole of NSW the premier should be made aware of that.
    now seeing the people in the company of the PM , I feel the whole publicy was a set up, the people there should be angry perhaps they don’t realise how
    the negativity of the area has travelled so far.

  3. Well…What does one say!?…The religo/fanaticos are going crazy in London….the Waubra/wind turbine loopys are going loopy in King Island….The Ford fanatics are gnashing their teeth in Geelong…….I really think this world could do with a itty-bitty bit of total atheism and a tad more communism!

  4. thaks bk
    some good links from the media
    amazing laura tingle , has she woke up.
    and the direct action plan nonsence
    posted to my daughters face book
    and I always press share, I think this takes to her so called friends

    can some one enlighten me , is that so

  5. Victoria…Being made a life mamber of the Liberal Party would be akin of passing the Fagan School of Pickpockets road-test!

  6. It would appear Tabbott’s Direct action plan could be negated by C-C-Can-doo’s direct bushland clearing plan!

  7. Well, apparently Tony has appeared on MMM this morning, and he’s got heaps of new motherhood statements for y’all. We should be a country that makes things. In an export-oriented way. You’ve got to stay ahead of the game and innovate.

    Anybody want to have a guess at how Tony intends to support manufacturing in this country? If you answered “hike up the GST and impose a 1.5% PPL levy on them” you’d be wrong, unfortunately. No, he thinks lower taxes are the way to go.

    He also says that innovators, entrepreneurs and business people know how to best tap into the market. Not public servants. This was about the time he was saying that they should concentrate on exports and not try to compete with Chinese quality and costs. In his role as innovator, entrepreneur and business man, of course.

  8. Latika’s quoting Hockey now. He’s got some more motherhood statements for us. We have to focus on the future, the jobs of the future. We have to make some hard decisions. I assume he regards keeping the tax thresholds where they are while removing the revenue stream that funds them is one of those hard decisions.

  9. Good morning from a chilly Melbourne.

    I have a busy day ahead – will check in when possible but otherwise see youse this evening.

  10. Morning all


    Hockey, Abbott et al have no solutions and no clue. Not surprised that Latika is back being stenographer for the Libs.

  11. From the Laura Tingle article.

    The two big issues of difference on spending remain the Coalition’s Direct Action plan and its $5 billion a year paid parental leave scheme.

    Yet she just brushes over the other main difference re the NBN.
    Very disappointing of LT to basically ignore possibly the biggest difference, in the cost to the Public and the Government, between the two schemes.

  12. Good Morning Pubketeers! 🙂
    May I cut and paste something in it’s entirety for your delectation, which is an absolutely freakin’ brilliant takedown of the ‘meeja’ by one of their own, in an independent journal(it’s as good as Bushfire Bill, that’s how good it is!):

    Hating the media

    24 May, 2013
    Sam de Brito

    I hate the media.

    Not so much journalists because I have many who are dear friends, relatives, siblings, cousins, parents, grandparents (and employers!)

    I’m talking about the thing we now call the “meeja” – the ugly writhing ball of infotainment, give-the-people-what-they-want, play to the lowest, meanest, most cynically nostalgic, jejune, insipid impulses of the audience and reader – that it’s mutated into.

    I can read a major news site from top to bottom and literally feel sick – not just because the endless horseshit that now passes for a “story” seems to be what people want to read, but that us – journalists and editors and news professionals, seem powerless or so lacking in imagination as to provide an engaging alternative.

    I hate that some munter with a Twitter account can become front page news for saying crap journos say every minute of the day in newsrooms, but we’ll then self-righteously crusade for public apologies thinner than the stock our product is printed on.

    I hate seeing drug dealers and gangsters turned into celebs in our social pages and that being born rich in this country somehow equates to being newsworthy.

    I hate that photographers stalk teenage actors or brain-dead drunk drivers outside courthouses but we never see a camera crew parked outside the mansions of the multitudinous criminal corporate and political elite “because they deserve a private life”.

    I hate the rampant racism in our news coverage and we deny it’s even there. I hate the parochialism of our meeja and that we do so little to educate people about the geopolitical realities that are shaping the world we live in.

    I hate the lies that go unchallenged. I hate that “balanced coverage” means quoting some halfwit that “vaccination really does cause autism” or that “climate change isn’t happening” despite 97 per cent of scientists agreeing it is.

    I hate how some fame-whore bottom-feeder acting like an absolute dickhead on a reality TV show is deemed “news” the next day on breakfast TV and we’re then given a 60-paragraph recap of their antics on a news website.

    I hate the faux-feminism trotted out by women’s mags after some tragic girl is raped in a third-world country (because we care so much about our black and brown and Asian sisters), then turn the page to find 87 skinny white chicks telling multicultural Australia this is how you should look.

    I hate that if I click on a video of a story of some poor child being brutalised because of their gender, sexuality or religion, I first have to sit though a 15 second ad by some multinational clown factory without one board member of the brutalised child’s gender, sexuality or nationality – yet they can change my life for the better with their product.

    I hate that the meeja seems to revel in assuring us how bad and miserable a place Australia is, when we’ve got it better than any other country in the world. I hate, hate, hate that we actually believe it.

    I also hate some meeja brands more than others, even though I know the people who power those brands, shake their hands, drink with them at the pub, have grown up with them and understand the pressures they operate under.

    And I don’t hate alone.

    I speak to people all the time who’ll say how much they despise the “Murdoch Media” or “what they’ve done to Fairfax” or the “state of TV news”.

    I know blokes who couldn’t name the leader of the state opposition who tell me they “hate” the sensationalism so many stories are treated with, the voyeurism dressed up as public interest whenever someone good-looking and white is killed, or a natural disaster (in Australia) delivers ratings manna from heaven.

    I know mothers who hate being treated like milk trucks with stretch marks because they’ve had a kid – so now they’re a “new demographic” who can’t read a section unless it’s filigreed with love hearts and rubber duckies and scare stories about kids who’ve choked on peanuts.

    These are people who say things like “that’s why I don’t read the paper any more” or “I don’t watch the news, it’s too negative”.

    Most of all, I hate that the meeja has now become about “getting something” from the consumer – whether that’s “engagement”, their “buying habits”, “demographics” or “aspirations” instead of giving them value: a good story, well told.

    I earn my living in the meeja and too many days it leaves me angry, disillusioned and condescended to. So how do you reckon the general public feel?

    I’ll take a guess and quote a piece of graffiti that’s being doing the rounds of the internet of late.


    I love that because it’s direct truth – something I see less and less of in my industry.

  13. I have noticed this posted many time ,

    may be lukers and new posters have not seen it

  14. Funny, isn’t it, how the London Macheté Madman originally came from a devout Christian family before converting to Islam and ending up a mindless, brainwashed, brain dead murderer?

  15. Aguirre,
    The Coalition don’t seem to have any ideas beyond regressive ones.
    * Repeal
    * Rape(the environment) for profit
    * Destroy(social cohesion)

  16. If you’re here Joe2, thanks for that link last night to Kerry-Anne Walsh. I missed it at the time.

    It was refreshing to see someone call out “The Polls”, even though she was talked over the top of by both the odious Prune Face and the ever so slightly smarmy David Speers.

    They couldn’t allow Kerry-Anne to accuse (of all institutions!) The Australian of … perish the thought… politicising polls.

    Here it is, for those who missed it:

    Also interested to see that Laura Tingle thinks the government isn’t getting much attention paid to it lately because Tony Abbott is PM-in-waiting, and everyone wants to know about what he’d do when in power.

    It was one of the few times this week anyone focused much on the Gillard government. Attention has firmly shifted to the Coalition as the government in waiting.

    We have learnt a bit more as a result about what sort of government we will get after September 14 if polls stay put.

    Lesser mortals might think that it’s about bloody time someone scrutinised him, rather than just taking his meaningless ramblings and ambiguities and trying to hammer them into some kind of shape so they make a passing resemblance to sense.

    I don’t want to sound silly here, but in a race where they’re behind, Labor couldn’t be in a better position to steal the lead.

    If Tingle is right and the media have “stopped listening” to the government, then that lack of attention could be the best thing Gillard has going for her. There’s no better time to steal a march on your opposition than when they (and their urgers) think they’ve got it made and aren’t keeping a beady eye on thier competitor.

    Yes, I know it sounds like making the best of a bad situation, a desperate searching for silver linings in a sky full of grey clouds etc. etc., but concentrating on Abbott – for whatever reason – is what the government needs to make up a little ground with the people that really count: the voters.

    It takes some of the pressure off them, and puts more pressure on a mob that have shown they can’t take it!

    Again, if true, Tingle’s assertion that no one cares what the government thinks or does is the admission of a pretty stunning abrogation of responsibility by the media as a whole.

    They remind me of the Futures Market, where tomorrow’s ASX share prices are decided tonight and we are confidently told not to bother thinking too hard about what might actually happen as it had been all arranged and factored in.

    The actual trading performance of the companies involved is not regarded as relevant to their share price. Big events that may take over the market on the next day are discounted as irrelevant.

    It kinda takes all the fun out of share trading to be told the results are a foregone conclusion. Why bother even turning up? Indeed why even take the trouble to get out of bed if tomorrow’s trading results are all pre-determined?

    Of course, as we have seen, things do often go wrong and the mugs lose their money. The Footsie goes bust, the geniuses of the Futures Market make their plays, the ABC news in the morning tells us that a bad day is expected in Australia, and… er… we have a bumper day instead.

    The economists and market droids yell in alarm and tell us it’s an act of God or something (anything that deflects attention from the fact they were plain WRONG), but the market really DOES defy the experts from time to time.

    I think someone did an analysis of how often this happened, and the result was something like… tossing a coin was a better way of judging.

    In the same way we might well consider calling off the election, as the media has made up its mind…and they are never wrong, are they?

    (Please… I couldn’t resist the sarcasm).

    The way the political media sees politics is as a series of Futures Market-type assessments made by journalists who possess The Savvy (that’s the bit we plebs don’t have) as to who will win the next election.

    The bits in-between – actually governing, what the people want and get, the contest of ideas, legislation and so on – are practically irrelevant to the national discourse and are only tolerated in their limited capacity as sources of gotcha questions, clever quips on panel shows where journops interview journos, and stage directions for the forthcoming kabuki performance scheduled for when the nation next goes to the ballot box, three years later.

    Elections, in the media’s view, are like bookies’ settling days, where bragging rights, accumulated over the previous three year inter-election period, are collected, collated and assigned, with Walkleys being awarded to the least unsuccessful scribes.

    Reading between the Tingle lines, the only reason Abbott is now being examined by her and her colleagues is because they have made their decision as to who will win the election, and they want to try for a few gotchas to idle away the weeks until their wisdom is confirmed.

    We have been in “Election Mode” now for three years. From Day #1 of the current term of office we have been told by the savants who call themselves the Canberra Press Gallery that the government could fall over at any time, within days in some cases.

    Rudd was coming back, Abbott would organize a march on Canberra, Slipper would go to jail, ditto Thommo, the Big Swinging Dicks would organize a coup, a No Confidence motion would be proposed and passed. The causes of the supposed imminent demise were many.

    Since the last election, the media, in one of the most self-indulgent circle jerks I have ever witnessed have been discussing the next election.

    Government has gone unexamined in any meaningful way, except as part of the script, written and re-written along the way as if the National Discourse was a cheap B-grade movie with a dud director and faltering finance.

    Opposition scrutiny has been practically deserted, indeed many of our political commentators have seriously argued that the Opposition has needed no perusal, due to the inevitability of their ascension to power within weeks.

    As the weeks have become months and the months have become years the pundits’ plot devices – scandals, defeats on the floor, national popular uprisings taking power from the lawns of Parliament House – have all gone by… and the government is still there.

    We have had three years of government, one that has achieved many, many good things (especially given the hung-parliament scenario), yet there has been virtually no serious scrutiny of their achievements – wins and losses in context – and of the failings of their opponents to lay a glove on them.

    Yet Tingle persists with the same old tired, discredited strategy: telling us that government doesn’t matter because – THIS time – she’s DEFINITELY right, and – THIS time – they really ARE gone for all money.

    It’s commonly heard that we are very poorly served by our media. We are.

    While they have been running around like headless chooks trying to out-quip each other on the panel shows, writing rubbish about Rudd comebacks, scandals and the brilliance of Abbott (who has been unable to get even one piece of legislation to his name despite having larger numbers on the floor of the house than the government), the nation has been being governed – sometimes brilliantly, sometimes poorly, most times quite skilfully – despite the media pack’s prognostications of imminent doom and consignment of the government and the Labor Party to the back pages of the history books.

    And they’re STILL at it!

    “Poorly served” isn’t the half of it. If Tingle’s attitude is plenary among her colleagues, we have not been poorly served by the media… we have been abandoned by them.

    I wish they would quit the circle jerk, get off their arses and do their jobs, instead of sitting around trying to justify their countless errors and poor assessments of national politics, stretching back three whole years of compounding error and dismal failure.

    Julia Gillard put it more succinctly than I could:

    “Don’t write crap. Can’t be too hard!”

    That’s why she’s PM, I guess, and not me… and certainly not any of the media failures, who seem to believe they know how to govern the country better than its elected government.

  17. yes I agree
    re 9.45

    we have noted over the years the really really devout Christians
    one s that spend to much time on religion

    some have dysfunctional families,

    we have noticed over our life time, I cannot work out why
    but is because they do not do other things with their children
    like sport and just fun.

    and then of course posters get this idea its a refugee that has just arrived,the same thing was thought about the marathon happening in the .
    the people that think that should hang their head in shame

    is there a link to the story,,
    that this was a home born person

  18. The commentators are now saying “when” Abbott becomes PM. Not if…..
    They have nailed their colours to the mast

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  22. Could not care less why the media decides to focus on Abbott. All I care is that they do. Most here and other places know, when this happens, Abbott will be found badly wanting.

    Yes, Labor has nothing to fear in this happening.

    By the way, nice to hear that Abbott would have given the car industry half a billion less.

    Yes, could mean having Ford shut down well before this, not 2016. Maybe they others would not be lasting until, I believe 2022.

    Holden is asking for more. Maybe it is time to look at phrasing assistance out.

    The steel industry that died in Newcastle did not kill the city as feared. Maybe letting the car industry go could have similar results.

    I heard that many industry’s in Victoria that relied on Ford, have already branched out into other areas.

    Maybe having access to cheaper cars, is more beneficial to the people and the nation.

    Maybe each nation, in a global economy needs to focussed on what they do best.

    Once again, it is as the PM says, about choices,

  23. Bill – I think nearly all commentators will only shift with the polls, they won’t change their tune unless there is another shift to the govt. Not even if one or two break from the pack. They follow, they don’t lead. Mind you, I think Laura will be one of the first to criticise the opposition in that event.

  24. Interesting graph from Peter Martin’s blog today:

    Question becomes, how would Abbott & Hockey cope with it, compared to how the Labor Party would act?

  25. Victoria
    the reason they are saying that, is that they are worried abbott will not
    be pm
    its part of the brainwashing exercise

    they think we follow herds,, we don’t,

    =========in fact I think people hearing that will say
    o is that so ,,,,, well I am not voting for abbott
    so go to hell with your words,
    aus, don’t like being told how to think.

    may be just now its all starting to dawn on them.

    my attempts to get people to talk, they do and I am yet to find an person, who comes back at me,,,,
    saying they are an abbott voter

    all these months I think may be 5 indifferent people

  26. fed up that’s how I see it

    let them talk all they like about abbott

    as long as it not praise

  27. well from the twitter we observed the other evening
    I don’t think commentators who now rusted on will change


    unless they decide that the their children deserve better
    its up to them to examine their conscious

  28. Bill – I think nearly all commentators will only shift with the polls, they won’t change their tune unless there is another shift to the govt.

    I can vividly remember the 2005 Budget, where the ABC TV News headlined it as:

    “They’re on a winner, and they know it!”

    to accompanying footage of happy, smiling Coalition MPs flouncing through the doors of Parliament, high-fiving each other and grinning broadly.

    In fact the polls for the Howard government dropped 2 points next day, because no matter how much the punters liked the Budget giveaways (I seem to remember there were some, it was Costello, after all!), they HATED WorkChoices.

    I wrote to the ABC (naively, I know) complaining that this was unbalanced and partisan.

    The usual 2 months later they wrote back to me saying that Jim Middleton (who did the to-air story and wrote the headline) was “an experienced journalist” etc. etc., meaning, I guess, “How dare you criticise US, you poor slob!”, and that the polls were in the government’s favour after the election.

    This was patently untrue. The polls had been swinging between the government ahead and Labor ahead for some time, only by a few points either way but there was no consolidated “government lead”.

    By the time I received the reply from the ABC, Labor had been ahead in the poills for about 6 Newspolls in a row.

    Yet the ABC – and the rest of the media – continued with the line that Labor’s poll performance was disappointing, and that the government was confident and practically assured of victory in the election, whenever it was held.

    I can remember Shaun Carney writing to and telling me that I needn’t take Newspoll, Morgan and Galaxy into consideration (all of which has 2 or 3-point leads for Labor) as the last Nielsen showed 50-50.

    The collective delusion of the media on performance of one side versus the other was patent. Not only did they get the polls wrong, in the face of published figures to the contrary, but they insisted that these good polls for the government would continue right up to the election!

    A double delusion!

    That was when I got into blogging (on the old Road To Surfdom site), afterTim Dunlop asked me to do posts for the poll threads, whenever a poll came out.

    The media have been plain wrong about the performance and fate of the Gillard government for three years now.

    Statistically, you shouldn’t trust them to be suddenly right.

  29. I was not around in the days of Tim Dunblop, but he has left a legacy, he should be proud of. They say from little things, big things from, Like the acorn, it certainly has since the days of Tim.

  30. Sophie Mirabella, when we develop policy, we will not be changing it.

    I take it, she means not even when circumstances change, and the policy no longer right. That does not sound sensible to me.

    Would rather have someone, that acknowledges things have changed, and govern accordingly. All she is telling us, she knows more and is clever than anyone else,. Therefore, all we have to do is trust her.

  31. >>That was when I got into blogging (on the old Road To Surfdom site), afterTim Dunlop asked me to do posts for the poll threads, whenever a poll came out.

    the fog clears. 😀

    >>The media have been plain wrong about the performance and fate of the Gillard government for three years now.
    Statistically, you shouldn’t trust them to be suddenly right.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  32. Skynews again showing it’s left wing bias. Staying with the PM, Albo & Deb Oneill rather than taking the Scott Morrison presser live. 🙂

  33. Malcolm Farr taking the piss…

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