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Really, Peter?

February 18, 2019 - 08:04 -- Admin

Columnist for the Australian ‘newspaper’, Peter Van Onselen has described the Coalition’s campaign against the Medevac Bill as ‘sickening’. However, he considers it hard to feel sorry for the Labor Party. This is apparently because he believes that, at the last election, the Labor Party’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign was equally disingenuous. That campaign claimed that the Coalition planned to ‘privatise Medicare’.

Liberal apoplexy

February 15, 2019 - 09:25 -- Admin

Grahame Morris is a former chief of staff to former Prime Minister John Howard, and former adviser to Alexander Downer and Andrew Peacock. He is currently the Chairman and Federal Director of Barton Deakin Government Relations. Barton Deakin is an Australian and New Zealand lobbying firm. This firm only works with the Coalition in Australia and the National Party in New Zealand1.

Another lie from Tony Abbott

February 13, 2019 - 17:38 -- Admin

Tony Abbott has told dodgy radio station 2GB that asylum-seekers are “having a lend of us” because most of them are “economic refugees”1. While commenting on anything Tony Abbott says is a little risky because his inarticulacy tends to make one think he may have, at the time, simply lost a connection between what remains of his brain and his gob, and said something he didn’t really mean to say.

Morrison goes full Trump

February 13, 2019 - 08:12 -- Admin

Some time ago, I wrote a piece about the federal government ‘going full Trump’ in that members of parliament seem to believe they can get away with bald-faced lies and not be held to account. This has been exacerbated either by some real journalists allowing them to get away with it, or by the lies being expressed on Murdoch broadcast media (e.g. Sky News Australia)2 or regurgitated by ‘ruperters’ in Murdoch’s print media3.

Desperate measures

February 11, 2019 - 09:19 -- Admin

You have to feel sorry for Tony Abbott. He has failed at almost everything he has tried in his life; priesthood, journalism, marriage, and prime ministership. Now, in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), he is pleading with the people of his electorate not to turf him out of parliament at the next federal election1. Abbott holds the seat of Warringah in Sydney’s northeast.

Lying by omission again

February 6, 2019 - 16:39 -- Admin

The government and the corporate media have pulled out all the stops to try to convince many people that the rich need taxpayers to keep writing cheques for them. This is done by way of excess franking credit refunds. I have explained how this is done before, but just in case you have forgotten, I’ll explain it again.

How Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate 16

January 31, 2019 - 20:31 -- Admin

Murdoch hack, Greg Brown, who has been the subject of one of these diatribes before1,2, has acted as stenographer for Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a repetitive dog-whistle piece for Murdoch’s The Australian3. I suppose such repetition is what you do when you don’t have much content and you need to pad out the column inches.