Michael Gordon wrote this morning:
It is a measure of the immense level of faith and hope that is still invested in Turnbull that, each time, there has been a tendency to rationalise the setbacks as part of some cunning plan that will deliver later on
Clear thinkers will notice Mr Gordon taking one step away from “The Media”… i.e. “that Media, over there”. They may not think we’ve noticed it, but the first stage of the self-rehabilitation of media commentators is to refer – obliquely or directly – to the media, as if they are not part of it.
Hartcher does this all the time. And now many more are doing so in regards to Bill Shorten, the latest being Gordon.
We all mocked Lenore Taylor (of all people!) saying that the State Income Tax brainfart was so stupid that it MUST have been part of some overarching strategy that Turnbull had in his genius head, which we mere mortals could only begin to guess at. So Lenore guessed, and The Insiders all nodded sagely. It was a brilliantly oblique move to make fools of the Premiers, while making a fool of himself. Something Malcolm must have been been workshopping, honing and mulling over for months.
Except he forgot to tell ScoMo, and the Treasury mob, who presumably were about to be asked to tear up Budget 2016, Draft No. 7 to make it seem like a plan. And all less than a month before B-Day (early B-Day, that is).
Funny wasn’t it? This was the exact spruik that came out first thing next day, this time from the mouths of Liberal MPs at doorstops, as justification for the waste of an entire COAG premiers’ meeting. It was their Talking Point for the day (and that’s about as long as it lasted, such was its brilliance). Oh well, onto the next investment opportunity.
Either Lenore and The Insiders inspired them, or it was the other way round. Whatever, it shows that incest is not yet a dead art when it comes to political commentary.
It was Lenore, reportedly a “good journalist”, still keeping the faith that Turnbull is a tactical and political savant: the person best suited (in view of ScoMo’s comments on Shortens actual suits, literally “best suited”) to govern Australia.
But Lenore is a fading breed. Even Elizabeth Faralley of the SMH – she of “Prime Minister For Life: Malcolm Turnbull” fame – is backing off.
It’s a process of gradual and complete reversal of opinion, that the Press Gallery bozos think the mob won’t notice. Well, I and many others here, noticed straightaway, right from the start.
There was also another column this morning by some SMH numpty called Tom Allard: No more zingers: Shorten finds his voice at last. It was one of the most repulsively condescending pieces I’ve ever read on Bill Shorten, or any other politician.
It lasciviously covered all “the usual suspects” – Shorten’s low personal rating, the almost impossibility of him ever winning a chook raffle, much less an election, the “Albanese Challenge”, “anonymous party sources” talking-down Shorten’s ability to do anything at all, regulation references to Shaun Micallef’s”brilliant” comedy routines lampooning Shorten’s zingers etc. etc – and ascribed his apparent revival path in the minds of the ordinary punters down to conjurer’s tricks: a voice coach (who just happens to be a maddy who sings in funny voices), and slick political salesmen (read “tricksters”) in the background who are pulling the real strings… plus, of course, Turnbull’s inexplicable gaffathon of the past two months.
See? It’s nothing that Bill Shorten did himself: it’s other people… voice coaches, spivs and spin doctors, and the Enlightened One From Point Piper not quite being on top of his game lately.
No credit was given for the very sensible policy of letting your enemy shadow box with himself and slash his own political wrists, rather than deflect attention by the Abbott-like “Lookatmoi! Lookatmoi!” tactic. No reference was made to history, i.e. that Turnbull is known far and wide as a know-all brainfarter from way back who has never successfully led any kind of political movement in his life (as opposed to Shorten, who’s made every post in his career a winner), and that some of the voting class just might be aware, or might become aware of this.
No reference was made to the fact that you can’t just change leaders and dance anymore in the Labor Party, an idea with which the “anonymous party sources” let on to Allard they might be dallying. Gee, it was a close thing! But they let little Billy survive. What good chaps! Maybe later?
In truth, a leadership challenge now would mean a cynical and completely disruptive change of party rules solemnly entered into to even get to a caucus challenge: a challenge that would incidentally play right into the hands of the Tories, and de-legitimize any new leader who benefited from it, immediately, for any number of reasons (not the least of which would be the plonkingly mocking articles that Tom Allard would no doubt write about a “resurgently dysfunctional Labor”). But the journos persist that such a consuming apocalypse might happen. Oh, for the old days of “bring it on” leadership stoushes at 3pm, after a Crean interview at 10am.
They want to write those articles, make no mistake, but at the moment the meal is all potato and no meat. Bill Shorten is annoyingly not conforming to the “Human Dad Joke With The Squeaky Voice” meme. They thought they got rid of him at TURC time, but he just keeps bouncing back. All those “questions that need to be answered”… got answered, and thrown in their collective maws. How “quaint” – as Aguirre puts it.
So, there’s still a way to go in getting a majority of the Press Gallery into line, thinking positively about a Labor victory, something worth considering for more than its novelty value. Far be it from journalists like Allard – who has most likely never led anything more than a soccer team (if that) – to stop criticising Bill Shorten, who has led one of Australia’s most rambunctious unions, organizing it into an effective and efficient fighting force as a result, and who now has gotten a defeated, decimated and demoralized Opposition ahead in the feted Newspoll horse race against the member for the Cayman Islands, while the Gallery was too busy writing hagiographies to the PM’s magnificence.
The reality is that Shorten is refusing to play the media’s game, they way they want him to play it. He actually defends himself. The horror! He actually refuses to stand down when some trumped up minor Age hack demands he does so. He persists when a has-been, harumphing old judge descends to threatening him in public for being too truthful in his evidence (as he also threatened Julia Gillard). Shorten keeps on fighting and trying, and now it seems, is starting to show measurable success that confounds, confuses and contradicts the established Media “line”. He comes up with the policy they’re all demanding he comes up with – even if they mostly call this “running a scare campaign” at this early stage in the Rehabilitation of Bill.
I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much. As long as they get it right in the end, I for one will take that as a win, even if it is grudging, slow, a bit heckly and somewhat half-hearted. Because, for any Gallery reporter or political commentator to admit he or she was wrong – so often wrong in so many ways – is still something to be talked about, something worth noting, right here.
After all, it’s difficult not to note something that’s up and chewing your arse so hard.
555 thoughts on “The Rehabillitation”
I’d be in favour of a take away tax (especially the Scottish restaurant):
Another point of view here:
and of a RC on Banks:
Some nice comments too.
he NEw York Times account of the Lebanon Kidnapping Saga:
Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre
Hillary attacks the Gaza dead:
Never forget the BISONs:
Gives me a smile to see BISONs are still extant. They were originally “BSONs” (Beautiful Set of Numbers) but moi added the ‘I’ to the acronym. Beautiful Inspiring Set of Numbers.
There they go………… The BISONs
Beautiful bulky bisons.
Iconic Photo of Shortage-Ridden Venezuelan Supermarket Taken in New York
Earlier today there was a bit of comment about Labor not doing so well in NSW and not likely to win enough NSW seats to win the election.
I’d just like to say –
We are a funny lot in NSW. We seem to like to have a state government that is the opposite of the federal government. So when Labor is in power federally we elect a Coalition state government, and vice versa. The O’Farrell/Baird government was elected in 2011, the first chance NSW had to change government after the 2007 election. It might be time NSW voted Labor again in a federal election. We don’t get a chance to vote Baird out until 2019, so we just might do the next best thing and kick out Turnbull.
Add to that the deep stench around Baird and his government. Despite what the polls say Baird is not popular and his idiotic policies on TAFE, health and the ruination of Sydney’s parks and trees is going against him. Some of that will see an increase in Greens votes in the inner city electorates because of the uproar over the Randwick tree-felling and the destruction of Moore Park, but the rest is state-wide. Then there’s the fruit-loop decision recently to make the entire state available for CSG exploration. That’s not going down well.
Don’t write off NSW. A lot of the seats on the Central Coast and in Western Sydney that went Coalition in 2013 will swing back to Labor this time. The government holds them with tiny margins.
I hope you’re right on that account. A lot of psephologists and alike in the media have been saying that there is a low chance of many NSW seats changing back to Labor.
I’m just hoping that the opinions of people in the 2015 state election won’t be the same as those in the 2016 federal election. In that there were many quite surprising and downright disturbing results last year in the usual state marginal seats in that they remained very firmly in Liberal hands (at least in Sydney).
From the SBS (PBS) documentary “The Brain with David Eagleman”:
Personally, I find exposure to conservatives reminds me to use hand sanitiser – but each to their own…
Internet-famous raindrop cake arrives down under
It’s not a cake, it’s a blob of jelly with goo around it. Oh yummy! Not.
” NO RAINDROP CAKE FOR YOU!!!”
Another act of bastardy from the fascists in Duhton’s department.
Refugee battles for abortion after rape on Nauru
Not Gareth Evans! I’m not liking 2016 at all.
Thomas, I mean Thomas….can’t even think straight now.
Leone I agree it’s not what I regard as a cake, but:
Hundreds of people have been lining up to buy Wong’s cakes, as he only produces around 50-100 of them a day.
Who am I to argue the toss. 🙂
What numbskull allowed Nauru into the IMF? Did Sco-Mo write a reference?
This pic is Planet of the Apes Worthy
Chimp caught in residential area after escaping Sendai zoo
Apr 14, 2016
SENDAI – A chimpanzee that escaped from a Sendai zoo was caught Thursday afternoon in a nearby residential area after being shot with a tranquilizer gun and falling from power lines.
The male chimpanzee Chacha was one of the five chimpanzees kept at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in the Miyagi Prefecture capital. No one was reported injured in the incident.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3539711/Dramatic-moment-chimp-escaped-Sendai-Yagiyama-Zoological-Park-Tokyo-shot-tranquiliser-hangs-precariously-power-lines-plummeting-ground-live-TV-luckily-survives.html check out the video clip in this one (the chimp was not injured in the end)
Dramatic moment chimp shot with tranquiliser hangs precariously from power lines before plummeting to the ground
Chacha, 24, was shot with a tranquiliser gun after it escaped the zoo
He runs along along the power lines before the drug kicks in
The chimp loses his footing and plummets to the ground
By Harriet Mallinson For Mailonline
Published: 21:56 EST, 14 April 2016 | Updated: 23:23 EST, 14 April 2016
I have found the ultimate emetic!
Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to the post with Tone’s polly pedal story , FFS! What a prat!
Will the national supplies of popcorn be sufficient to accommodate the LNP (The Party of Lower Taxes) scrambling to maintain the ‘AAA’ credit rating by raising taxes?
Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
Waleed Aly on the coherence and value of Labor’s policies.
“View from the Street” war games a DD and its lead up in an interesting way.
Michelle Grattan on the prospect of a DD.
Mark Dreyfus writes that a RC is the only way to learn the true health of our financial services industry.
The Panama Papers are likely to reveal significant criminal activity among the 800 Australians listed in the files of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, says a prominent tax lawyer.
Jennifer Hewett says Turnbull is losing the corruption debate. A Google job.
The government takes off the gloves and goes after Palmer. Fair enough.
The Climate Institute says that we need to do some things we did before for a while in order to respond to the Paris climate change agreement.
This professor of journalism puts the 60 Minutes effort into good focus.
The Germans raise the ante on the submarine contract. I’d like to see them get the gig but my mail is that it’s in the bag for the Japanese. (Google it).
Alan Fels brands ASIC as “too timid” as an enforcer.
Section 2 . . .
The Greens outline what ought to be done to rein in the revenue losses from companies that have offshore tax minimising structures and practices.
Chris Bowen did really well on Lateline last night with a particularly aggressive and interrupting Tony Jones.
More stuff from Nauru to be proud of.
A great headline – “Lovechild Abbott abandons Bishop”!
I posted this last night but it is a blood boiler.
The gap between young and old caused by the tax treatment of property investors is widening. It must be attended to.
Morrison’s all over the place as he intimates there will be increases to tobacco taxes.
Bob Hawke goes in to bat in favour of voluntary euthanasia.
Is anyone convince by Telstra’s comments on its reaction to the Catholic church’s threats?
Alan Moir continues to have fun at Palmer’s expense.
Andrew Dyson and Palmer’s demise.
Pat Campbell joins the conga line of cartoonist on Palmer.
Mark Knight takes us to Beirut.
David Rowe takes us into the Budget kitchen with the Naked Chef.
So nice of Michelle Grattan to pinch my line.
Michelle, this morning –
“Labor’s Penny Wong indicates the opposition won’t be playing silly buggers by trying to delay the bills”
Me, at 3.52 yesterday –
“Labor rules out playing silly buggers in the senate next week”
And to round out a week of Rehabillitation, I give youse Laura Tingle.
Like Waleed Aly, Laura can’t quite bring herself to say anything particularly nice about Bill, and couches her comments more as negatives against the Coalition, but there are some nuggets in there if you read closely enough.
Presumably Laura believes that “Labor” sort of just “got into” this position kind of by osmosis, or divine intervention (Divine Intervention is always a good one because Press Gallery journos cannot be held responsible for missing it before it happens), and not because the boring old Human Dad Joke, Zinger Bill, had anything to do with it as, y’know, leader or anything. Laura wrote Bill off months ago, so it can’t be anything to do with him. Whew!
But it IS nice to see she’s finally twigged that usurping the processes of Parliament, screwing around with the Budget timetable and getting staffers to write it under a Treasurer who practices ScoMonomics without talking to his leader all that often, is not a great look. Only a couple of weeks ago on Insiders they were all nodding assent to this kind of behaviour, giving it the shrugged-shoulder.
“Meh… prorogue the parliament. Tick. Then start it up again 3 days later. Tick. Threaten the Senate. Tick. Pull the Budget forward. Tick. Double-D with 100 days notice. No problemos. Perfectly normal. ScoMo doesn’t have a clue about economics. No biggy, he’s got the Treasury wallahs to help out! Bill Shorten. BOO! HOPELESS! GIGGLE! Turnbull’s lucky he’s got Bill up against him or he might be in trouble!”
So I invite Pubsters to read the following from Laura in the light of the observations above.
It truly is Rehabillitation Week.
Helen has her job interview yesterday.
Well done Tony and Malcolm – right on target to achieve that slave underclass of poor, sick, uneducated beings. All that remains now is taking way their right to vote.
UNICEF: Australian children are falling behind in health, education
My goodness, election time already?
Ooh, look at my expensive watch!
Wow, morrison has aged so quickly. he looks like he’s put on 10 years in ten weeks.
Just clapped out.
I saw a tweet earlier today from Shorten that he was going to be on 2SM with John Laws. I scrabbled around on my computer but couldn’t get it, so I went to Razz’s laptop and we listened to it live. It was between 9am and 10am. It was one of the most respectful, insightful and revealing interview I’ve heard with Bill. The two men had never meant before, and Laws said after he was impressed.
I can’t put a link up because it was on Razz’s laptop, but I did notice that you can download the podcast, ( I don’t know when it would be available).
I am telling you this Leone, because you have an admirable skill in finding stuff on the internet. If you have time I would appreciate a link to it to listen to again.
It looks like the podcast won’t be available until tomorrow.
Can’t get the podcast of yesterday’s show it to work on my PC, I think I am supposed to install iTunes, which I’m not going to do.
I’ll keep an eye on Shorten’s tweets, he might have a link later on.
Every day it becomes clearer – what this government wants is an underclass of slaves who will work for literally peanuts so the government’s wealthy mates can make bigger profits (and pay no tax).
Now we have the Screeching Harridan telling those on Newstart they should accept work that pays less than the minimum wage, even thought that is against the rules. Needless to say she has the support of the usual shockjocks, who would never dream of lifting even a fingernail if they wren’t sure they would be handsomely paid for their effort.
John Maycock for IA.
Stop the hectoring tirades Sentaor Cash and fix the jobless problem.
She’s a fishwife.
No self-respecting fish would marry her.
Here’s some advice for Sco-Mo. not that he’s going to take it ….
Want to get the economy moving, stimulate the retail sector, get things moving?Then don’t cut welfare payments, instead give them a boost.
Back in 1992 Paul Keating wanted to create an economic stimulus. He did all the usual things governments do, fast-tracked infrastructure work, brought in new welfare payments, but as well as the longer-term things he wanted an immediate stimulus, he wanted to get some cash into the economy in a hurry. So instead of giving company tax cuts or business handouts (the usual Liberal fix) he decided that every family getting Family Allowance (formerly the old Child Endowment) would receive an immediate one-off payment. If I remember, it was $150. I received that payment. For a single mum on welfare it was a very welcome present, and of course I spent it right away on things the kids needed. Exactly what Keating had planned – give the mums of Australia a wad of cash and they will be off to the shops as soon as it lands in their bank accounts. Aim achieved.
Kevin Rudd did the same thing during the GST. Everyone on welfare received a substantial one-off payment. I used mine to buy a new washing machine. That was followed a few months later by a one-off payment to taxpayers. The Labor-hating MSM went into melt-down, criticising these payments and digging up whining retirees who complained about not getting both, but these payments did the job, they got money flowing, retailers survived and partly due to these measures Australia came though the GST in good shape.
Morrison should ‘grow the economy’ (he used that ridiculous phrase again this morning) by increasing the age pension and DSP substantially. Newstart needs a boost. Single parents trying to cope on Newstart could use some extra cash too. An increase in payments would mean the world to those on them, and the money would be spent, not socked away in the Caymans. Welfare increases could be paid for by making tax avoiding companies and squillionaires pay tax.
It’s not going to happen, of course. It’s not Liberal slave-state friendly, the Liberals always kick the little people whenever they need a few more shekels in the Treasury piggy-bank, but maybe Labor might like to think about it.
What a loada …, Mr Jones !
Probably got an eyeful of Michaelia’s hairspray.
Rupe supports Donald
I thought it was a crime to pay less than minimum wage in this country Cash? Against the law. #auspol
Just found out Craig Emerson and John Hewson are on NewsRadio every Friday at 9.45am. It will good to listen to Emmo again.
The Emperor is losing some feathers
Quite a bit of swearing
Are there any more plots this lot can lose?
I actually expected worse language than that. Good find.