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How Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate 25

September 5, 2020 - 08:08 -- Admin

The appalling Paul
Kelly, who writes for Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian, and who has railed
against almost anything progressive in Australia. Indeed, he railed against the
setting up of the Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, asserting that it was because of the “dismal,
populist” governance of Australia. It is likely that he believed it was all
part of the Labor Party’s ‘anti-Catholic agenda’ that the idiotic Andrew Bolt
and Miranda Devine maintained. Their attempt to turn the Royal Commission into
a perceived witch-hunt proved to be very wide of the mark1.

Now Paul Kelly has made himself look even
more ridiculous in saying “Most of the premiers – not every one – are betraying
the compact of free movement within Australia, along with humiliating Prime
Minister Scott Morrison”2. While it is true that Morrison has been
humiliated, that has largely been his own work, not through actions by the

Kelly follows this up with “Deny free movement and you deny the essence of nationhood. This
is the sad plight to which COVID-19 has reduced Australia”1. This is
simply laughable. While the constitution prevents any impediment to travel or
trade between the states, there is a precedent for the shutting of state
borders during a health crisis. Once the pandemic of a century ago had arrived
in Australia, state borders were shut8. Despite that denial of the
essence of nationhood, Australia miraculously survived.

Kelly then doubles up on this drivel with “Our unity is smashed;
our prospects for national economic recovery are compromised”. This is what he
is really concerned about; money. Like many of the right-wing nut jobs in
Australia, many of whom work for Murdoch, the deaths of the worst affected by
Covid-19, the elderly, are of little consequence to them. Recently, Abbott has said
that we should not worry if a few hundreds or thousands of the elderly
succumbed, after all they are expensive to save9. Adam Creighton, a
Murdoch hack, has done much the same, but perhaps a little less disgracefully, in
advocating for quarantining the elderly while keeping the economy open10.
Morrison has also advocated keeping the economy open11.

Kelly opines that the “premiers are safeguarding
the interests of their state by punishing the nation and the wider Australian
population”. And so they are, but this is what one would have hoped Morrison
would be doing too; looking after people. However, like Kelly he is mostly
concerned with money; specifically donations to the Liberal Party. If businesses
lose money, one of the first line items to bite the dust is political

Kelly complains that the premiers of
Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk,
Western Australia, Mark McGowan and Victoria, Dan Andrews have all shown self-interested
contempt for Morrison, who called for everyone to come together. Kelly also
praised Gladys Berejiklian who he said is “light years ahead in leadership
responsibility”1. Yet it is Dan Andrews who has fronted up every day
to provide updates on the situation in Victoria, and has to suffer the inane
questioning from assorted Murdoch hacks. Nowhere in his little diatribe does
Kelly mention that it was not the Victorian government which closed its border
with New South Wales, but the Berejiklian government12. It was not
the Victorian government which closed the border with South Australia, but the
South Australian government of Stephen Marshall that closed its border with
Victoria13. It was not any mainland state which closed its ‘borders’
with Tasmania, but the Tasmanian government of Peter Gutwein, and he has said
that the borders will remain closed until the first of December, but that will
be reviewed on a weekly basis14. Why do you think Kelly didn’t
mention this? Could it be that these are all Liberal governments? Could it be
that Kelly just wishes to heap opprobrium on Labor states alone? This is
typical of the way that Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate. They lie. In this case
Kelly has lied by omission. He must be a sad little man.


  2. Kelly, P. 2020. Self-interested ‘fortress’ premiers
    betray our nation. The Australian, September 4.