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Leaks, leaks, leaks

Last night/this morning we have had another earth-shattering “leak” from the Government that Julia Gillard apparently didn’t want the PPL scheme.

Is it just me or is the timing suspiciously convenient…the Government starts to push back on the LNP for their bullshit about cost of living, and suddenly a cost of living related (barely) gaffe by the PM comes out.

The media is obviously on the warpath and will do absolutely anything to sink the boot into Labor as much as possible this campaign.  I’m pissed off about this for a few reasons:

  1. Look at the beat-ups about the other “gaffes” that have happened recently:  Rudd not saying Gillard’s name (apparently), Rudd not going to the NSC meetings (which Howard did also), the size of Julia’s earlobes (FFS!!!!).  Whereas the Coalition speaking complete and utter bullshit about their policies gets a free pass.
  2. They are trying desperately to tie the Rudd axing to everything and hence sustain the controversy…Rudd not having “Labor” on his campaign posters, Rudd supposedly not referring to Julia by name,when by what footage I saw he refuse to discuss federal issues and only focus on his electorate.  Frankly, the media are looking a bit ridiculous on this one.
  3. Both Julia and Kevin have denied leaking the material…well Julia said Cabinet discussions are private and Kevin said he’s never leaked Cabinet discussions, yet some numbnuts on the news is trying to say it must be true because they never “explicitly denied it”.  How much more of a denial do they really need?  Completely pathetic.
  4. Who’s to say it actually came from an ALP source? I know Laurie Oakes says it came from Labor, but do we really trust any journo these days?  To me the timing is pretty suspicious…things have just started to die down after the NSC stuff didn’t get much traction so either a LNP staffer has leaked this to get the next non-troversy under way, or the MSM has decided that THEY are not getting the traction, so here’s the next big beat up for you.

Whichever way it goes, it once again shows that we are very poorly served by our media, who treat hearsay and bullshit as gospel (if it comes from the right source) and are so blatantly biased it’s scary.

If this level of partisan coverage continues I can see it having the desired effect on the relatively uninformed and paving the way for a return to the 1950’s…an LNP government.  Time to emigrate if that happens….

Here’s a link to Grog’s excellent coverage of the day’s campaigning:

Election 2010: Day 11

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  1. justmeint
    July 28, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Is this going to be a gender election people? That would be a grave mistake I believe. Issues and policies are the important things here, and not who has the sexiest ankles or the prettiest hair colouring!

    It’s not very long ago that the American People voted in their First African American President – on a platform of ‘change’. I would guess that non white Americans were delirious when Barack Obama was sworn in as their 44th President, praying for, pleading for and dreaming of great changes that would be of immense benefit to themselves.
    http://just-me-in-t.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-would-younger-women-vote-for-julia.html

    • July 29, 2010 at 8:49 AM

      I don’t believe it will be JustMe, no matter how hard Abbott tries to make it that way.
      I reckon the Aussie voter is cluey enough to keep gender out of the equation.

      People may point to Abbott’s dissatisfaction amongst women and say that it is a gender issue, but frankly I think they don’t like him because he’s a knob.

  2. Miglo
    July 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I’m the same gender as Abbott and I also thing he’s a knob. And a nasty one at that.

    • July 31, 2010 at 11:23 PM

      He’s just a nasty piece of work. Just looking at him you can see how slimy and sneaky he looks. There’s nothing engaging and honest about him at all.

  3. Pip
    August 1, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Ditto – Abbott is a knob, but that’s even offensive to other knobs. The Sunday Mail in Adelaide today has a three page spread “get Kevin” style with quotes from the great Alan Jones, Penbo and … Alexander Downer. Mr. Downer can be garrulous at times and I found this particular quote very interesting. ‘On the Thursday after Rudd was rolled from the leadership by Gillard, Downer received a text message from a friend in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. “Carnival atmosphere here,” it read.’ A friend?? Given that Ms Gillard is in trouble over the bodyguard leak and this same person was also a body guard or whatever in the office of Alexander Downer and was/is also a member of the Liberal party it does beg the question. He may well be entirely innocent, but remember Laurie Oakes warning to Julia Gillard, “you should look much closer to home”. The MSM have assumed he meant a Labor person. I’m nowhere near as sure. Downer also hinted broadly about the Scores story in Parlt. {off the cuff behind John Howard and picked up by the microphone] not long before that story broke. Two questions come to mind, Godwin Grech situation, and , how many friends would Downer have in a Labor Dept. of Prime Minister and Cabinet?

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