One of the things that keeps this blog going is a desire to use its backlog as the raw material for some in-depth studies into how the Australian media misinformed Australians about the way they were governed 2006-15, and the alternatives we might've had (and might yet have).
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For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.- Newton's Third Law of Motion
I just am not going to get caught up in Canberra gossip, I'm not going to play Canberra games.- Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (!), Monday
The selection of Andrew Hastie as the Liberal candidate for Canning is a nice summary of all that was wrong with the Abbott government (and yes, the choice of past tense is deliberate). Due processThere was a time when no self-respecting political party would touch a candidate who was still under investigation for serious matters on the field of battle.
Tony Smith became Speaker with the backing of Scott Morrison, according to Abbott cipher Chris Uhlmann. Smith's main opponent in the party room was Russell Broadbent, the last of the small group of backbenchers who spoke out against the Howard government's mandatory detention policies - policies since reinstituted by Scott Morrison as immigration minister, and endorsed by the ALP.
Once upon a time, when one major-party politician would abuse their entitlements so badly that even the press gallery noticed, a politician from the other major party would be found to have done something similar, and the checkmate would somehow neuter the story as far as the broadcast media were concerned. Today, things are different. First, the broadcast media don't set or control the agenda any more. Second, the major parties aren't the only options.
Traditionally, an issue has popped up in the media, squadrons of journalists rush out with pre-prepared cliches to smother any public interest, and the issue dies and is replaced by another one. They may be weighty issues, they may not; but you can be sure that the media will churn through them.In recent years, editors and news directors have lost control of this media churn.
Mark Kenny reckons Abbott has Bronwyn Bishop in his pocket. As usual with him, the official press gallery bunny of this blog, Kenny has it the wrong way around.Bishop is a major force in the Liberals' right-wing. Abbott was only ever a minor-to-middling figure.
And we'll paint by numbers 'til something sticksAnd I don't mind doing it for the kids(So come on) jump on boardTake a ride (yeah)(You'll be doin' it all right)Jump on board feel the high'Cause the kids are alright- Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams Kids