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It’s bottom of the barrel time

It’s becoming readily apparent just how desperate the Opposition is getting in their efforts to topple the Government.

Before we go into the details of their effort in subverting democracy in this country, let’s have a quick look at the beat-up checklist:

  1. Is it leading up to a Newspoll week?…..check.
  2. Did the Opposition have a bad week?….check.
  3. Did the Government have a good week?…check.
  4. Was Tony Abbott shown up to be a hypocritical arseclown?…check.

So having met all the criteria it’s full steam ahead for yet another beat-up over something trivial to attempt to derail the Government.

So what rabbit do they pull out of a hat?  Nothing less than a 15 year old corruption slur against the PM, which was disproved at the time and has done so every time they wheeled it out for another airing.  Of course, the talking heads are treating this like earth shattering new revelations but it has been raised at least once before and shot down rapidly.  When it was raised yesterday by the paragon of relevance Paul Kelly *snigger* the PM basically said put up or shut up…as in send the allegation on to the relevant people or STFU.  Didn’t that get the pantswetters all excited.

The was no other luminary than that bastion of fairness Graham Richardson (sarcasm alert) spruiking that the PM handled it poorly and she is in “big trouble with caucus” before once more floating out a hint of Ruddstoration.  In short he pretty much hit all the beat-up memes quite thoroughly, with no regard for the reality of the world that we live in.

And the crapulence cherry on the top of shithouse journalism in this country?  Some faux-concern that the PM was being disrespectful by wearing a bronze medal in a photo that she was obviously given by an Olympian.


Seriously, it boggles the mind that the LNP PR wing mainstream media in this country can be this shit and still take itself seriously as a necessary part of our democracy.

  1. Min
    August 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    It doesn’t make much sense does it as according to the polls the Libs are going to romp it in. So why all of this scraping of the bottom of the barrel? I cannot think of one possible logical reason..the only thing that I can think of is that internal polling tells the Libs a different story. This would click in with the issue of how the under 30s demographic is severely under-represented in the polls.

  2. Catching up
    August 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I think the PM when handing the medal back said something about it not being hers. It would be a shame if they started telling the whole story each time.

  3. Catching up
    August 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Min, the truth could be that the PM is getting the message across with clarity and confidence.

    I believe people are listening, because she is talking about what they are interested in.

    The truth is that politics is following it’s usual course. That is all go through times where they are unpopular. With this PM, it has been worse than most, bit that does not mean things can turn about.

    Mr. Abbott’s biggest fear should be, that they also begin to listen to him.

    Like last week, when Abbott and his mob spent two days arguing with themselves. Mr. Abbott biggest mistake was using the time to put the boot into the PM, not debating the bill before the house.

  4. Catching up
    August 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    ABC 24. Wonder if the PM chose the background. The black shows her up well, especially since she is wearing a red jacket over a black top.

    Content od what she is saying, is also interesting.

    She is addressing a body representing private schools.

  5. Neil of Sydney
    August 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Too bad for your story that ALP MP’s are also bringing it up.


    JULIA Gillard sacked only one of the ministers who backed Kevin Rudd in February’s leadership brawl.

    Now her victim, former Attorney-General Robert McClelland, is making her pay a high price.

    He’s revived a 1990s union scandal that Gillard must have thought she’d buried – one involving her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson, accused of misappropriating $500,000.”

    • August 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Really? You’re using the Herald-Sun as the source of your news?

      • Neil of Sydney
        August 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM


        Did Robert McClelland bring it up or not??

        McClelland brought up the issue in Parliament.

  6. August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I note that Slater & Gordon have cleared Gillard of any wrongdoing (SMH today). But I guess the sludge mongers will just say that G&S are only saying that! I’d also wager that the S&G revelation didn’t get as much cover in the rags that pass for mainstream media in Australia today.

  7. Neil of Sydney
    August 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    The question should be asked is why are Labor MP’s (McClelland) bringing this topic up in Parliament?? The Coalition would want Gillard to be the leader until the next election because they would win with Gillard as leader.

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      The question is why is this news? The answer…because the Opposition and their media mates are desperate for a beat-up since all their other options have gone to shit.

      • Neil of Sydney
        August 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        I suspect that it what you want to believe. It would be interesting to hear what you would say if it was John Howard in the same situation. I suspect your opinion would be completely different.

        In fact the story appears to being kept alive by ALP people leaking details to Coalition supporters.

        Why did McClelland bring it up in Parliament?? If McCelland did not want to damage Gillard why bring it up???

  8. Neil of Sydney
    August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Why do ALP supporters bring up the topic???


    JUNE THIS YEAR: Former federal attorney-general Robert McClelland, who had been sacked by Gillard after his support for Kevin Rudd in his leadership bid, resurrects the 1995 union funds scandal by making a speech in federal parliament in which he speaks of Gillard’s role then, and his own role as a lawyer for an opposing side. Gillard declines to comment.

    JUNE: The Australian receives additional documentary information and resumes investigations. Harry Nowicki, a former personal injury lawyer writing a history of the AWU, discloses his findings after extensive travel and interviews with key parties.

    THIS MONTH: The Australian interviews Blewitt who breaks his silence after 17 years. Blewitt admits there were “sham transactions” and seeks indemnity from prosecution for his role. Gillard declines to comment. Wayne Swan says it is “not a story“.

    McClelland, Nowicki and Blewitt are all ALP people. And what should concern anyone is that two journalists lost their jobs talking about the topic.

  9. Duncan
    August 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I suspect some of the reason that this stuff keeps getting dredged up, is that; leaders getting rolled sells!
    I’m sure there is media bias in there in favour of the opposition, some of the frustration against this (forced or otherwise) bias is coming through with some of the (more) retarded comments by Tony Abbott being (lightly) scrutinised.
    Compared to zero questioning of anything that came out of his mouth for at least a full year after the previous election.
    I’d say that the editors and staff are either being pushed, or think that the smart money is on Labour to change leaders before the opposition and most of the “insight” reflects that.
    Finding stuff from 17 years ago is pretty pathetic though, whats next? Julia Gillard nicked a chocolate bar when she was 10?

  10. August 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Has Neil mentioned Costello yet?

  11. el gordo
    November 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    ‘Julia Gillard nicked a chocolate bar when she was 10?’

    That’s news to me. I also head she convinced her parents to become Communists.

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