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Why was Michelle Guthrie Sacked from the ABC?

September 24, 2018

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Controversial Managing Director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked from the ABC effective immediately.

According to a statement released by the ABC, the decision was made when the directors resolved that it was “not in the best interests of the ABC” for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organisation.

Guthrie has been widely criticised as an LNP lackey who has orchestrated a “dumbing down” of the national broadcaster steering its focus away from political analysis and current affairs and more towards “lifestyle” programming.

No explanation has been offered for Guthrie’s sacking but given the broadcaster has kicked around as a political football for the last ten years or so it begs the question as to whether there has been political intervention in this latest turn of events.

Are they paving the way for a potential Labor Federal Government, or has there been some divine intervention in the interim?



Barnaby Joyce lashes out at “traitor” Malcolm Turnbull

August 28, 2018
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Talcum and Rooter in happier times

On today’s episode of I DON’T GIVE A FUCK, former Deputy PM and Nationals Leader Barnaby “rooter” Joyce has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull for resigning from parliament, saying he owes it to the Coalition to stay because otherwise they might lose the next federal election.

Teetering on a one-seat majority, Turnbull’s resignation will force a by-election in the upmarket inner-Sydney Eastern suburbs electorate of Wentworth.

The newly appointed “special envoy for the drought” (whatever the hell that is), made the remark in a round of media appearances coinciding with his national tour to promote his new book “Weatherboard and Iron” which currently has a one star rating over at Angus and Robertson.

Joyce told Channel Seven’s Sunrise program that Turnbull had been elected to “the highest office in the land” which came with a “sense of honour,” suggesting that part of that honour should include continuing to serve constituents in Wentworth after being deposed.

Marriage vows tend to come with a sense of honour and commitment too, yet Barnaby had no qualms about ditching the commitment he made to his wife and kids before shacking up with his shag-muffin and former media adviser Vikki Campion.

The drought has dried up my field of fucks for Barnaby Joyce. But if I had a spare, I’d shove it down his fucking throat.



Turnbull’s Legacy will be sweet FA.

August 21, 2018

Jewellery Bishop arrives at Canberra disguised as Catwoman

It’s business as usual over at the LNP government and any talk of a leadership coup is pure speculation and practically non-existent.  

That’s the message senior pollies at the Liberal Party would like us to believe if Scott Morrison’s performance on ABC’s 7:30 show is anything to go by who rejected claims of an all-out assault on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership saying that “no one has called me about it.”

Josh Frydenberg has also thrown his support behind the PM as has Peter Dutton insisting that he won’t [personally] challenge Turnbull for the top job.

All three are considered leadership aspirants who would relish the opportunity to occupy the highest office in the land.

The not-so-silent assassin in all of this, former PM Tony “there will be no wrecking, back-grounding or sniping” Abbott is on a personal vendetta to destroy Malcolm Turnbull and backed with his conservative cronies – the likes of Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz – they’re hell-bent on his success.

Whether or not Abbott is reinstated as leader of the Liberal Party is a moot point. The cabal will be happy if Peter Dutton is installed as he’ll basically do whatever they tell him anyway, and if recent history is anything to go by, Dutton isn’t afraid to take things even further to the far right; particularly in terms of national security and immigration, of which he has pretty much unfettered control and has already demonstrated his rabid right-wing credentials.

He’s pretty much the poster-boy for the right-wing nutter brigade.

Having abandoned every principle he once held, incumbent Prime Minister Turnbull’s leadership is in its final death throes and when the assassination is unleashed, as it most undoubtedly will, he’ll go down in history as one of Australia’s most ineffectual Prime Ministers.

A PM who dumped his passion for action on climate change, slapped the LGBT community in the face with his divisive plebiscite, and left us all with a less than third world internet service as his lasting legacy.

Thanks for nothing Talcum.




July 3, 2018


There’s a scene in the movie Children of Men where the character played by Michael Caine (Jasper Palmer) walks outside of the family home to be knowingly shot dead by government officials who suspect he’s colluding with other anarchists who fail to subscribe to the prevailing government’s ethos.

The movie points to a dystopian future where the media and the government are complicit in forming popular opinion and actively encourage citizens to commit suicide as a way to lessen the burden on the rest of society.

While we may not have arrived at this stage yet, I fear our current government has set us upon a path that could see such a scenario unfold in the distant future. Let’s face it, voting citizens are just an unnecessary inconvenience to an otherwise omnipotent government.

While this prediction may seem melodramatic, consider for a moment, the state of things in Australia.

Our current media landscape is dominated by three main players; Fairfax, News Ltd, and the government funded/subsidised ABC and SBS.

As most of us already know, News Ltd content, and its coverage is pretty much exclusively pro-conservative in its leanings and this extends to the current government.

Fairfax has, for the last ten to 15 years or so, presented a fairly ‘balanced’ view when it comes to political coverage, however this has become compromised in recent years in no part due to its declining audience, and therefore an increasing pressure to present coverage that is favourable to its ever reducing base of corporate advertisers .

If you’ve ever wondered why Fairfax continues to spruik residential property as a “sure fire” investment you need only consider that the weekend real estate supplement in both The Age and Sydney Morning Herald respectively, are responsible for the overwhelming majority of its revenue. This, despite recurring figures that show we’re heading towards a monumental property crash.

The ABC, already on life support after savage budget cuts, is under increasing pressure to provide pro-government coverage (irrespective of whoever is in power), for its very survival, a move that serves as both a disservice to Australians (who fund it) and pushes it further towards becoming a government propaganda channel, rather than a mechanism for holding the government of the day to account as per its charter.

Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann would have us all believe that the economy is doing fine and the future is rosy, but you’d have to be a moron to believe this is true.

Interest rates are at record lows, not because the economy is doing well, but because it’s on life support, and with no prospect of recovering any time soon.

Trump is rapidly heading the world towards an international trade war that will see share markets tumble and plunge the world into economic crisis.

Meanwhile in Australia, we have among the highest (if not the highest) level of household debt in the developed world, high levels of underemployment, escalating job insecurity, and wage stagnation.

The Turnbull govt is busy slashing penalty rates and subsidising big business – with OUR money – while telling us ‘we’ve never had it so good.’

This whole sorry saga is about to some crashing down on our heads and it will be all thanks to the neo-cons at the LNP.

My advice – get out of debt now, while you still can.


Past Performance is no guarantee of Future Returns

May 12, 2018


The Royal Commission into Banks and Financial Services has in the space of just a few short weeks uncovered a cavalcade of allegations concerning the so-called Big 4 – ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac NAB, and also at AMP.

So far the Commission has heard evidence that involves alleged bribery, forging  documents, the repeated failure to verify customers’ living expenses before lending  money, and selling insurance to people who can least afford it. Charging dead people for services long after they’d passed away also rated a mention.

The Liberal National Coalition fought tooth and nail to hinder the Royal Commission only finally conceding its inevitability when the Banks, in a fit of self-flagellation, wrote to the Government requesting it, and that Labor together with members from within the Government’s own ranks had the numbers to force it into being.

In November last year, Turnbull called the decision to launch the inquiry “regrettable” while John Howard went a step further deriding calls for a Royal Commission as “rank socialism.”

“Our banks demonstrated in 2009 that they were among the best-run, the most prudentially supervised, and the most well-capitalised in the world,” Howard said.

Those lofty protests all seem rather quaint in hindsight, with Liberal heavyweights like Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer attempting to rewrite history saying that the inquiry wouldn’t have happened without the Government’s intervention. A most creative recalibration of past events if ever there was one.

There’s much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the Big 4, with some already announcing that they plan to sell off their advice arms to give some semblance of “independence.”

What happens to AMP remains to be seen but some are speculating that its entire business model is “basically fucked.”

But are the Banks and Product Providers really capable of the reform that’s needed to restore trust?

This particular observation from Aleks Vickovich suggests not (recommended reading).



You may have noticed…

December 4, 2017


You may have noticed that, like many other of our former contributors, I’m not around these parts much anymore.

I’ve come to the realisation that running a blog isn’t worth all the effort it requires particularly with a dwindling group of participants and especially with so many other forums for people to participate in.

But perhaps, more than a few months ago, it became apparent that this blog had degenerated from a place to one where we could talk about politics and life issues and such like, and instead become a place where people who had became so familiar with each other to some extent, could instead engage in public slanging match with some of the abuse becoming very personal and offensive.

From my perspective, there’s little point in running a blog where this sort of abuse was occurring – especially if it was being facilitated by me.

So I kind of stood back, occasionally venturing back in to see what the temperature was like, occasionally commenting, and then occasionally opting out for a while. But it was clear that the blog had become a shadow of its former sense.

During this time, a lot of people decided to opt permanently out and frankly who can blame them.

So this is just a note to thank everyone for making this place what it once was.

I’m mostly on Twitter these days and commenting at The Guardian where it’s much more fun and I don’t have to do any work..! 🙂

So thank youse all for being part of The Gutter Trash.




Marriage Equality is not Malcolm Turnbull’s victory to claim

November 15, 2017


While many of us are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the Marriage Equality postal survey delivered a landslide victory for the YES supporters, it would be disingenuous for Malcolm Turnbull to claim the outcome as a victory for his leadership.

Desperate to claim credit for almost anything that may resuscitate his dire polling, the PM has been hitting the airwaves to claim that the massive turnout is a vindication for his decision to inflict the postal plebiscite on the Australian public.

Make no mistake, many LGBTIQ people didn’t want this divisive plebiscite. We didn’t want to be subjected to the slanders, the undermining of our relationships, the attacks on our families, yet Turnbull went ahead all the same.

The plebiscite was always about delaying marriage equality. Orchestrated by prominent NO supporter Tony Abbott, the plebiscite (or postal survey as it later emerged) unleashed a torrent of abuse and accusations that had little to do with the matter at hand – allowing loving couples to marry.

The fact that Turnbull caved in to the postal survey proposal demonstrates his weakness as a leader. The fact that so many people voted isn’t vindication of his decision to go ahead with the postal survey. We didn’t have a choice.

Marriage equality wasn’t achieved because of Malcolm Turnbull. It was achieved despite him. It’s not his victory to claim.



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