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Murdoch’s Telegraph Attack on Rudd Backfires!

August 5, 2013

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Election 2013 has begun with a head-on confrontation between Labor and the nation’s biggest media group, News Corp Australia.

The biggest selling daily newspaper in the crucial battleground state of New South Wales, the Daily Telegraph, began its election coverage with a picture of the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and the banner headline: “Now you finally have a chance to kick this mob out.”

Rudd responded that it was “clear” that News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch wanted the government removed and Tony Abbott to become prime minister, and said people needed to make up their minds about the paper’s “fairness and balance”.

A spokesperson for News Corporation said the paper was exercising its right to editorialise as it chose.

“Every newspaper in the free world exercises its right to editorialise its position before an election, often on the front page. The Daily Telegraph supported Kevin Rudd in the 2007 election. This time it does not,” the spokesman said in written comments provided to Guardian Australia.

The paper’s editorial blamed Labor’s economic management for the end of the economic boom times and said people smugglers would be “one of the few economic sectors that will be unhappy to see an end to Labor’s rule”.

It also accused Labor of trying to “muzzle the media and to intimidate a free people into docile, compliant silence”.

Labor immediately hit back, suggesting the paper, the company and its owner had an agenda.

Asked about the headline on the ABC Radio’s AM program, Rudd said: “Mr Murdoch controls 70%of the print media in this country. It is plain from what Mr Murdoch has said through his public statements that he wants to see the government removed and he wants Mr Abbott as prime minister … in terms of basic fairness and balance of reporting the Australian people will make up their mind.”

And his deputy, Anthony Albanese, said it was “an extraordinary intervention on day one of an election campaign”.

He said voters would “look for what the agenda is behind the headline”.

“It’s not terribly subtle and, in terms of the media, I reckon Telegraph readers will be picking that up and thinking I deserve better than that as a Telegraph reader.

“We do have a free media in Australia, but we also have freedom to look at it critically, and people will look at it critically. People will wonder what discussions have taken place in order for a headline like that to occur,” he said on the Nine Network’s Today Show.

The Coalition leader, Tony Abbott, said there would be other publications that supported Labor and accused some in the Labor party of being “very sensitive to criticism” and of “seeing conspiracy theories everywhere”.

 

 

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86 Comments leave one →
  1. IPA permalink
    August 5, 2013 3:40 pm

    Gee, even Albo thinks the public can discern for themselves who to vote for, despite what The Hate Media prints on its front pages.

  2. August 5, 2013 3:46 pm

    Love your Rupert `cover`, 😀 did you make it reb.?

  3. August 5, 2013 4:02 pm

    yes I did 730… 😉

  4. August 5, 2013 4:03 pm

    It’s subtle isn’t it.

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:10 pm

    I thought it was a nice touch for the Tele to refer to “this mob”, seeing as Rudd is trying to distance himself from a lot of what Labor has done over the past 6 years.

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:12 pm

    Anyway, how is telling people they have a right to vote choosing one side over another? Seems to me the headline was neutral.

  7. IPAddress permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:16 pm

    “Not Actually Journalists”

    Depending on who you talk to, we’re either all journalists, now, or none of us are.

    We report, you decide.

  8. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:21 pm

    Wonder what the lefties would say if News Ltd started praising the ALP. Would they say media ownership is too concentrated???

    Lefties already have Fairfax and the ABC. Looks like they want everything.

  9. Evil Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:27 pm

    A possible reason for Rudd calling the election for 7 September has emerged.

    Apparently PNG Parliament resumes sittings on Monday 9 September with increasingly strong suggestions that the PNG Solution will be rejected by it.

    Now that would be a bad look for any PM trying to get re-elected.

  10. egg permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:31 pm

    ‘We report, you decide.’

    **chuckle*

  11. August 5, 2013 4:32 pm

    All the Australian media should be restricted to the “accurate” reporting of the facts instead of publishing their biased opinions, disguised as facts.

    I think it is totally immoral when the election of the leader of a country can be deliberately influenced by powerful, non-Australian citizens.

    This is Australia, and the election of Australia’s Prime Minister is a matter for Australian citizens and ONLY Australian citizens.

    It is not the business of any other person or organization.

  12. August 5, 2013 4:41 pm

    Neil “the lefties” your an idiot…. This has caused a shit storm out in the media world.. A friend who works for news rang me this morning and he has had it. Expect some pretty severe retribution for this act of democracy subversion. Its a disgrace, even my conservative Liberal friends think this could potentially cost the floposition and Murdoch big time… A Murdocracy???…indeed.

  13. Evil Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:43 pm

    Some more comedy moments from Citizen Journos

    http://wixxyleaks.com/2013/07/26/money-maker-craig-thomsons-fundraiser/

  14. August 5, 2013 4:43 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ It’s subtle isn’t it. ‘ ‘ and deservingly so, `cover`2 is damn good too 🙂

  15. Evil Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:46 pm

    “Its a disgrace, even my conservative Liberal friends think this could potentially cost the floposition and Murdoch big time… A Murdocracy???…indeed.”

    So Murdoch owns Fairfax does he………?

    “The economy is in trouble. And the dysfunctional politics of the past three years must end. Under both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, Labor has shown itself to be structurally unfit to govern. ”

    Fairfax AFR

  16. IPA permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:57 pm

    “I think it is totally immoral”

    Sorry to break it to ya Mick, but ours is a system of laws, not morals. 😉

  17. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:01 pm

    “All the Australian media should be restricted to the “accurate” reporting of the facts instead of publishing their biased opinions, disguised as facts.”

    I see your point. Except all opinions are biased. That is the nature of opinions.

    And this opinion was clearly labelled as an editorial. It wasn’t disguised as a fact.

    But there is always some dumb disaffected cnut who can’t handle opinions which differ from their own and who screams the house down every time someone else expresses a contrary opinion. So here’s an idea – let’s stop everyone from having opinions or at least from publishing them!

    Of course you could just take the piss out of the Murdoch press for being so rabidly stupid and get on with your life, but then that wouldn’t satisfy your inner fascist, would it?

  18. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:03 pm

    BTW, where did the Murdoch front page go? I liked that one much better.

  19. August 5, 2013 5:12 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ we’re either all journalists, now, or none of us are.’ ‘
    Its little to none osy.
    +
    Kneel ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Wonder what the lefties would say if News Ltd started praising the ALP. ‘ ‘ ‘
    but that`s no solution for those of us that don`t want ANY media Lobbying for ANY of the candidates, it is all just noise Kneel

  20. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:13 pm

    Thank Deity we have the taxpayer funded ABC to give us some fair and balanced reporting, even if they do have a token conservative on from time to time.

  21. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:15 pm

    but that`s no solution for those of us that don`t want ANY media Lobbying for ANY of the candidates,

    *SNORT*
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Does ANYONE know how to clean beer off a keyboard???

  22. August 5, 2013 5:33 pm

    some of us want more than `stop-teh-boats` + `mr-rabbit-says` + the rest of the childish sound-bites we get, oh-snacky

  23. Evil Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:42 pm

    “BTW, where did the Murdoch front page go? I liked that one much better.”

    Yeah……….so did I.
    I’m a bit surprised reb didn’t have him pictured sitting stroking a Persian cat …

    …….a la Doctor No (i think ?)

  24. egg permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:46 pm

    Stop the boats and get rid of that fkn tax.

    That should do it and to the victor go the spoils.

  25. August 5, 2013 5:47 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ where did the Murdoch front page go? ‘ ‘
    *
    here you go fellas
    https://thedailytrash.wordpress.com/?p=2445

  26. egg permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:51 pm

    ‘TONY Abbott has kicked off the Coalition campaign by pledging anew that his first order of business would be to scrap carbon pricing should he win the September 7 election.

    ‘The Coalition Leader revealed he had written to secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ian Watt, as well as Clean Energy Finance Corporation boss Jillian Broadbent to advise that he would immediately introduce legislation repealing the carbon tax were he to become prime minister.’

    Walker / Oz Hate Media

  27. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 5, 2013 5:52 pm

    Go Tony….

    Next order of business…..Royal Commission into Union Corruption (Boo!!)

  28. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 5, 2013 6:03 pm

    Thanks Retardland 🙂

  29. IPA permalink
    August 5, 2013 6:22 pm

  30. August 5, 2013 6:48 pm

    sbs1 news, govt yank said, ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ al-kiyda is now stronger and harder to detect since it fractured and spread ‘ ‘ ‘ and yank govt fear terrorist threat ‘ ‘ (stupid_teabags)

  31. public toilet permalink
    August 5, 2013 7:04 pm

    Go Abbott!

  32. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 5, 2013 7:15 pm

    I too would like to see more of Tony Abbott, fronting journalists, explaining his refusal to put his policies to Treasury and engaging in direct debate with Rudd.

  33. August 5, 2013 7:20 pm

    sbs1 news, anti-smoke do-gooder wants `license` to smoke. Then the report goes on to say ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 60-percent tax-rate on smokes ‘ ‘ ‘ then goes on to ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ we have an estimated billion dollar smokes black market ‘ ‘ ‘ **Stupid fcuking nanny-state is already losing war on crack, dope, coke, blow, heroin and every bloody thing else out there, still not learning

  34. August 5, 2013 7:34 pm

    How amusement Chris Ulhmann’s already calling it an election win for the Coalition…. #prizefuckwit

  35. IPA permalink
    August 5, 2013 7:40 pm

    Its tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

  36. August 5, 2013 7:48 pm

    l been sayin that for years #Toolman

  37. IPA permalink
    August 5, 2013 7:50 pm

    “**Stupid fcuking nanny-state is already losing war on crack, dope, coke, blow, heroin and every bloody thing else out there, still not learning”

    Will wonders never cease? 730reportland has said something that makes sense (kinda)! 😯

  38. August 5, 2013 8:00 pm

    political weather-vane A-Green closed out my show saying ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ hung parliament unlikely ‘ ‘ ‘ *make up your mind

  39. August 5, 2013 8:21 pm


    *
    grogsgamut tweet

  40. August 5, 2013 8:28 pm


    *
    excellent tweet, mike stuchbery

  41. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 5, 2013 9:22 pm

    http://www.abc.net.au/votecompass/

    This is interesting. I’m 64% ALP

  42. That Arsehole Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 10:49 pm

    “I too would like to see more of Tony Abbott, fronting journalists, explaining his refusal to put his policies to Treasury and engaging in direct debate with Rudd.”

    Abbott refused the debate tonight because of a long standing commitment to be at a Ramadan dinner.

    Its fairly difficult to change when Ramadan ends.

    If he tried to do that it would have been a stunt.

  43. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 5, 2013 10:59 pm

    Abbott has a soft cock excuse

  44. That Arsehole Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 11:06 pm

    “This is interesting. I’m 64% ALP”

    That’s interesting ToM

    I also did it.

    Does anyone know where at 1105 PM in Sydney I can buy a swastika ?

  45. That Arsehole Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 11:12 pm

    Chris Bowen is on Lateline

    Apparently a “projection” is different to a “forecast”

    Ok………………..I get that

    Crystal balls

  46. That Arsehole Walrus permalink
    August 5, 2013 11:30 pm

    By the way ToM

    Me, Andrew , Piers, and Tim , IPA and Sancty have been wondering why you have been a bit scarce not skypeing to get our points from Rupert each morning of late.

    Please explain

    LOL

  47. August 6, 2013 12:51 pm

    This, from reb’s link, says it all really…

    “The ALP was always a good chance to lose this election, because a lot of people had good reason to vote against them. Murdoch’s sentient drones shooting Hellfire missiles into the whole mess might not even make a damn bit of difference. He tried the same thing with both Clinton and Obama in the US and failed both times.

    There is one possible real world outcome from the hilarious comedy stylings of every journalist taking the Murdoch coin at the moment, however. It’s the further contraction of the newspaper reading audience as even more punters abandon the format in disgust.”

    Not too many people will change their vote on the back of blatant glandpumping from a cheerleading newspaper.
    The ALP was always gonna lose, all that’s left to determine is the magnitude; which will be narrow enough to ensure a semblance of legislative balance, hopefully.

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:02 pm

    The odds are against the ALP, and they’re probably about 1.5% short of winning.

    That’s about 200,000 votes. Abbott could lose that in a single television debate.

  49. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:07 pm

    I am no fan of Rupert but does he really have that much influence over Editorials?? I would find it hard to believe that he tells Newspaper editors what to write.

  50. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:10 pm

    He is right, of course. The Tele frontpage doesn’t matter. And neither does the freakshow of frothing fools so outraged by it. The Fin Review piece of the same day seems to have evoked less faux outrage, but is more effective because of its relative restraint:

    “The economy is in trouble. And the dysfunctional politics of the past three years must end. Under both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, Labor has shown itself to be structurally unfit to govern. ”

    While there is a lot not to like about Rudd, Abbott is even less appetising. That is the bottom line here. In the past few weeks we have seen Rudd do what he does best – zip about the place looking Prime Ministerial and giving the appearance of putting the house in order. Some of it is looking a bit frayed already and some is quite repulsive – like the PNG solution.

    So Rudd has some weaknesses. But then when you look at the other mob it really is no contest. Diaz looks relatively lucid compared to his Coalition colleagues. So far the Coalition has presented two faces, neither attractive – the blank stare and the death stare.

    I know that I am not going to like a lot of what Rudd does. I hope he has enough common sense and indeed sense of self-preservation to wind back the carbon tax and to attempt to start repaying government debt. I think it is utterly stupid to say “Hey, we are not as indebted as the basket cases over there, but we are doing our best to catch up!” On the other hand, he can point to a decent disability scheme and better education funding, both of which the Coalition would never have proposed, but now, by promising to keep them, have admitted their value.

    Ultimately, I don’t believe anything the Coalition says. I have no idea what they would actually do in government, but the vague and confused picture they present has train-wreck written all over it. There is no sense of purpose or principle running through their policies, other than opportunistic vote-grabbing. Rudd has a bit of this about him as well, but at least that hamster seems to be alive and spinning the wheel. In the other cage, the hamster is well and truly dead.

  51. egg permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:11 pm

    The Fin Review also did a hatchet job on the Ruddster…..

  52. August 6, 2013 1:15 pm

    “So far the Coalition has presented two faces, neither attractive – the blank stare and the death stare.”

    😆

  53. August 6, 2013 1:42 pm

    “I have no idea what they would actually do in government, but the vague and confused picture they present has train-wreck written all over it.”

    I think that, especially if they are elected in a landslide (still possible, but less likely, imo), we can expect a return to the ‘ideals’ of WorkChoices (under another name).
    The prospect of that alone should make the horses nervous.

    We’re also highly unlikely to get resolution on same sex marriage under the Coalition.

    The boats will keep coming, no matter who is in charge. But that issue is of negligible real impact to the individual voter; they’re (both of them) just training people to see it as an imminent threat.

    I’m a bit pissed that there is no Wikileaks Senate candidate in SA.

  54. August 6, 2013 1:44 pm

    Menzies House, IPA, HRNicholls etc are always in the background, pissing in the Coalition’s ear about eroding workplace conditions & security for employees. Favours will be called in if Abbott gets home by a large enough margin.

  55. August 6, 2013 1:46 pm

    Rupert has the influence which monopolised wealth & power brings, Neil. He also has form.

  56. August 6, 2013 1:53 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ the hilarious comedy stylings of every journalist taking the Murdoch coin at the moment, however. It’s the further contraction of the newspaper reading audience as even more punters abandon ‘ ‘ ‘
    *
    BINGO. this has been going on with the-Oz for years, the shriller it gets, the more its sales contracts, the more `hard-core` the remaining (but_fewer) cranks get.
    *
    Similar applies to teh blurt-blogs, that only appeal to cranks and drive away the serious news-junkie

  57. August 6, 2013 1:55 pm

    Joe the Hockey will be on your 730 reportland tonight..

    (But I guess you already knew that)

  58. August 6, 2013 1:59 pm

    We are having him on to show viewers the `pamphlet` and count to `eleventy`.

  59. August 6, 2013 2:40 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ how much influence is a six-week torrent of offal sluicing through the open sewers of News Limited’s election coverage really going to have? Nobody under the age of 30 has ever read a newspaper and presumably most of the zombie horde drawn to the columns of the Piers Boltbrechtson Hivemind would only ever have voted for Rudd by accident or as a result of some calamitous dosage error in their medication. ‘ ‘ ‘
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/blogs/blunt-instrument/lord-rupert-unleashed-hounds-does-it-really-matter-20130806-2raod.html
    *
    beware, out-break of journalism at FairFox, approach with caution

  60. IPA permalink
    August 6, 2013 5:06 pm

    “Recent political commentary has perpetuated a long-standing myth that News Corp Australia owns 70% of Australian newspapers.

    “News Corp Australia owns or co-owns 33% of all ABC and CAB audited newspapers in Australia.

    “News Corp Australia newspapers are popular – over half the adult population of Australia chooses to read a News Corp Australia newspaper each week. This means that News Corp Australia has a 59% share of newspaper circulation.

    “All of this ignores television, radio and the myriad of online news sources which offer more diversity in opinion than at any time in history.”

  61. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 6, 2013 5:13 pm

    Rupert’s support didn’t do much for Mitt Romney.
    ========
    As a matter of interest, Abbott seems to use exactly the same shade of tanning lotion and hair dye as Romney!

    Although Romney’s teeth are particularly brilliant, so there are still improvements to be made on Tony.

  62. August 6, 2013 7:11 pm

    hey osy, the blurt-blogs are junk,
    +
    +
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ News Limited controls the majority of the newspaper market in Australia with almost 70 per cent of
    the market-share within the capitals compared to 21 per cent for Fairfax.37 The two big
    organisations also own many smaller papers as well as the majority of suburban titles. A small
    number of companies also control the commercial radio and television networks and this number is
    soon set to decrease following the takeover of Austero by Southern Cross.38 Pay television in

    http://cpd.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Centre_for_Policy_Development_Issue_Brief.pdf

    pages 17 + 4 fyi

  63. August 6, 2013 7:21 pm

    Nah I don’t see Rudd having a whine about the headline constitutes the editorial “backfiring” you minions of the left will think that the whole world sees things the way that you do. In western Sydney I bet that more readers were saying “too right” rather than the horror of a paper expressing an opinion that is against the sitting government.

  64. August 6, 2013 7:50 pm

    Did you see Mr-Talkbull.? He looks really ill, like cancer or liver trouble.

  65. August 6, 2013 8:24 pm

    “Did you see Mr-Talkbull.?”

    Yes, it was weird…

    Notched up to eleventy as usual…

    How’s he going to carry on if he ever (dog forbids) become Treasurer…

    Will he be lost without the perpetually outraged veneer??

  66. August 6, 2013 8:45 pm

    Eleventy didn`t do so well, was largely screeching slogans, seems he couldn`t handle interest rates being lower than John-W`s ever were.

  67. egg permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:03 pm

    Its amusing seeing them arguing over low interest rates are good and bad. It might not be so good for self funded retirees with money in the bank, but everyone else is happy.

    With the dollar falling in tandem it must, presumably, help exports.

  68. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:11 pm

    The Coalition will stop the boats. Not because of any particular competence advantage over the ALP (although they certainly have one) but simply because due to Rudd’s utterly conceited dismantling of the Pacific Solution, then Gillard’s contemptible reaction to the consequences of that, Abbott has a blank cheque to do what the fck he likes on the issue. He can tow boats back, transport asylum seekers to South Australia, inflict whatever cruelty he likes to achieve his outcome. And he’ll win support for it.

    Hate to say it, gents (and ladies), but Abbott will win this with at least a 20 seat majority. The current interest rate blue is a case in point. People aren’t stupid. They know the difference between low interest rates at 5-6% and “crisis” interest rates at anything less than 2%. Howard was shortsighted to run the argument in 2004 certainly but people know the difference. They know that there’s something going wrong if the cost of borrowing money is so low.

    The ALP’s campaign is horrible so far. The hysteria at that irrelevent backbench candidate, still being promoted all over Twitter is made laughable by David Bradbury’s effort today. Again, people aren’t stupid. They can see the difference and Bradbury’s effort was disgraceful.

    Gay marriage, for all its merit, won’t win any votes.

    The way I see it, the Indie seats will all go to the Coalition. That’s three to start with. At the very least, three seats will change hands in Victoria. That’s six. As I understand it, Western Sydney is asylum seeker territory, and the PNG Solution is unravelling as we speak. There’s six seats there plus they can kiss Dobell goodbye. That’s thirteen.

    In Queensland it won’t be a wipeout like it was going to be but the Coalition will pick up four. Then there’s Tassie, WA, SA and the NT.

    Rudd’s no Messiah. He’s just the same unmitigated fckwit he always was and this time he doesn’t have a seemingly united party behind him. It’ll be the Coalition in a landslide.

  69. August 6, 2013 9:20 pm

    Yaaaaayyyy. Go! Mr-Rabbit

  70. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:24 pm

    I’ll be happy with it. I don’t mind politics representing the working class. It’s when that politics gets hijacked by selfserving union cnts and Communists dressed up as environmental moralists that I can’t fkn stand them. Go Tony!

  71. August 6, 2013 9:32 pm

    cnut unions, a by-product of cnut employers (Go_Workchoice-V2)

  72. public toilet permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:35 pm

    Go Abbott!

    Stopper of Boats…but with extra compassion, like Pell & the zombie-jesus rolled into one!

    Yay for social conservative thunderbirds!

  73. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:42 pm

    You have to admit, Toilet, that Gillard and Rudd have left Howard for dead as far as cruel solutions to asylum seekers is concerned.

  74. August 6, 2013 9:47 pm

    Mr-Rabbit(Go!)
    Keeper of morals and born to rule, more popular than cheeses amongst the Murdoch press.
    Yay. Send in the fascist clowns!

  75. egg permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:52 pm

    I agree with James, its a dive to the bottom.

  76. August 6, 2013 9:53 pm

    Returning to the `golden`Howard era means we can finally `sink-teh-boats`
    go abbott!

  77. public toilet permalink
    August 6, 2013 10:21 pm

    Go Abbott’s rhetoric over the last several years suggests to me that his ‘solution’ is likely to be an escalation of cruelty, not a bluntening.

    But yes. Both majors stand condemned. They have all sought to make political hay…

  78. public toilet permalink
    August 6, 2013 10:25 pm

    Also an escalation of diplomatic stupidity, if Go Abbott ignores Indonesian interests.

  79. August 6, 2013 10:36 pm

    ln todays snail-mail l got a `pamphlet` and it is titled `our_plan`
    `real solutions for all australians` with subtext,
    `the direction, values and policy of the next coalition government`
    *
    ‘ ‘ next coalition govt ‘ ‘
    very good of Mr-Talkbull to give us such long lead-time

  80. August 6, 2013 10:52 pm

    RS-4-ALL(the pamphlet) number-7

    BUILD MORE MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE
    We will build more modern roads and infrastructure to boost productivity and to get Australia moving, with a special emphasis on reducing the bottlenecks on our major gridlocked roads and highways

    even tho they are State responsibilities, not Federal. But we will bugger up the nbn, which is a Federal responsibility. **Go Mr-Rabbit**

  81. August 7, 2013 6:34 am

    dunny ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ignores Indonesian interests. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    *
    Why limit to Indonesian interests.?
    The Tony Abbott(Go!) l know
    is more than capable of an escalation of diplomatic stupidity worldwide by 70%.

    Go Abbott!

  82. August 7, 2013 11:01 am

    egg ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ its a dive to the bottom.’ ‘ ‘
    Correct. lt all depends on teh imbeciles in Western Sydney.
    RS 4 all. Yay!
    Bring on workchoice2 for gina. Yay.
    go abbott

  83. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 7, 2013 12:28 pm

    The Australian reports –

    THE National Broadband Network could face a budget blowout of at least $5 billion after the company building Labor’s flagship infrastructure project re-signed one of its construction partners on the promise of labour wage increases.
    The Australian can reveal that NBN Co re-signed Silcar, its main construction partner in NSW and Victoria, on Monday afternoon, shortly before caretaker conventions came into effect.
    In rushing to put pen to paper, NBN Co had to accept demands from its construction partners to increase the value of its contract by about 20 per cent to cover rising labour costs and unanticipated cost increases in the work needed to lay fibre down streets.
    Senior sources in the construction industry say those labour cost increases will lead to a $5bn blowout to NBN Co’s capital expenditure to connect 12.2 million homes to its fibre network by 2021.
    NBN spokesman Andrew Sholl refused to answer detailed questions from The Australian, including whether Silcar had been re-signed to the NBN. However, he maintained the total capital cost of the project would remain $37.4bn.

    Cost blowout is a guarantee, rollout is far more unionised than previous communications work, manning far higher, work practices less efficient.

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