Alan Jones “Destroying the Joint”

Alan Jones has lost it, here is proof of his senility. He is “Destroying the Joint” So annoyed I needed to express my outrage “A Left wing student conspiracy is responsible for the heinous crime in Boston” What a grub.

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Interesting analysis of poll statistics for the Federal Election. Are people just ambivalent toward the state of politics in Australia?

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Right now, most of the talk in the national political conversation is about who is going to win the next federal election and what is happening to the federal ALP.

The Essential Media Communications (EMC) poll this week (25th of February, 2013) produced some very interesting results that tell us far more than most of the media commentary surrounding federal politics of late. Normally I’d analyse dynamics with information pulled from multiple sources but EMC did their job so well this week that I’m going to ignore everything else and use their poll alone.

We’ll start by looking at whether voters believe the federal ALP government deserves to be re-elected or not.

Q. As of now, do you think the current Federal Labor Government of Julia Gillard deserves to be re-elected?


Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes, deserves to be re-elected





No, does not…

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Fantastic article of the serial hypocritic megalomaniac Ray Hadley by Peter Wicks


If there is one thing that really makes the public sick, it is hypocrisy.

There has been a lot of talk regarding hypocrisy of late with organised religion facing the prospect of the Royal Commission into sexual abuse. It always strikes a raw nerve when someone who preaches morality acts in such an immoral manner.

However it not just the religious that preach morality, there are those who are paid to do it on a daily basis on our airwaves. These radio hosts discuss politics and corruption and put forward their opinion on everything from the price of milk to corruption at the highest levels.

Ray Hadley, as you may be aware is a radio host on 2GB, a job that many would describe as a shock-jock. Ray is also involved in the Rugby League or NRL commentary on Channel 9 and also writes columns for New Ltd’s Daily Telegraph…

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Build it and they will come to buy it back again.

Build it and they will come to buy it back again.


There is much huff and puff about the construction of the NBN in Australia. Like most things “Hi-tech” explanations of its benefits are complicated and convoluted. Technologists like myself project a fifties impression of the space-age “Buck Rodgers” futuristic world we envisaged 2013 would be. Technology may have moved on since the fifties but some people cannot. I can feel your eyes glaze over as you read this on your smartphone or tablet, which was the stuff of a fertile imagination just 10 years ago.

The politicisation of technology, like education and medicine, stifles visionary benefits. Get a great idea, share it with a politician and when they eventually understand the vision after assessing the political capital, they will promptly legislate it into oblivion. The hallmark of politicising  great ideas is the term “Cost Benefit Analysis”. Rest assured that if this term is uttered by a politician or apparatchik in any context, politicisation is in play. Such thinking ultimately leads to accountants being the gatekeepers of the greater good. I would hazard to guess that the necessity of similar nation building infrastructure such as; roads, rail, water, electricity, post and communications initially did not rely on the rigours of cost benefit based entirely upon profit until they were politicised. Like hospitals or telephone exchanges the social benefits far outweigh monetary profit in the reality of justification. The end game to politicising technology is commercialisation where the monetary interests of capitalism seek to steer the political process perpetually to the right. Unfortunately, the NBN does not enjoy the bipartisan support a visionary nation building project deserves. Most of the criticism of the NBN is steeped in political advantage, economic obsession, Luddite mentality and an envy of visionary policy.

The benefits of the NBN are tangible and immediate, however they are also futuristic. The NBN can today deliver:

  • Significant benefits in medical diagnostics
  • Significant improvements in distance education
  • Decentralisation of industry especially in the service sector
  • Decentralisation and regionalisation of business hubs.
  • Benefits to agriculture, land and water management
  • Remote diagnostics and teleconferencing
  • Significant improvements in 4G mobile mobile telecommunications coverage
  • Convergence of service delivery of audio and visual mediums
  • Cheap infrastructure for businesses competing in the digital economy
  • Significant social benefits from inclusive digital communities
  • An egalitarian approach to technology access and information exchange
  • The eradication of the tyranny of distance
  • Large productivity benefits for business and households

The NBN like any network is scalable and will expand to accommodate new technology platforms as they evolve. This depends largely on the premise of designing it right first time. Getting the foundations sound to avoid expensive upgrades is essential. Incorporating cheaper ephemeral technologies that forgo functionality to cut costs is false economy. Twice as many circuits with twice as many points of failure mean greater maintenance costs and lower grade of service. Fibre to the house is currently the best technology available and anyone that tells you differently is misinformed.

Heinz V. Bergen wrote “Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it’s watered”. The dissemination, proliferation and control of information is very profitable, just ask Rupert Murdoch.  I have talked about the benefits that the NBN can deliver now and its ability to cater for the future, but the big question is who is to gain or lose from its inception?

Cast your minds back a few years ago to our publically owned NBN Mk1, namely Telstra. Politicisation of Telstra coupled with short term vision of immediacy saw this essential public asset privatised for no net gain to the Australian public. We were spun the yarn that deregulation of the telecommunications market and privatisation of Telstra would promote “market forces” to deliver Australians cheaper prices, better service with greater choice though increased competition. The greatest lie was that Australians could invest in the infrastructure they already owned. The share price has not performed well and Telstra has been strangled by the pressure to return a profit to shareholders at the expense of its own expansion. The unregulated telecommunications market in Australia is a basket case that has delivered little of the benefits promised to Australian consumers. The financially viable imperative of “market forces and competition” was a myth.  The free market has simply not delivered the dividends to either the consumer or shareholder.

Telstra as a privitised entity has moved to convergent service delivery and offer subscription television via its “Foxtel” product, a joint venture with Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited that owns Fox. James Packers PBL has acquired half of News Ltd.’s 50%. The deal is essentially a content provision synergy for the delivery of subscription pay TV services.

The NBN will open the market to new players as it will wholesale bandwidth in an open market. This means that new or existing players can provide data, web, audio, video, news, information, telephony, services, and entertainment via subscription using the NBN infrastructure. Traditional terrestrial television and radio services can be delivered digitally over cable in addition to digital versions of the traditional newspaper without the expense of printing. A good example would be a subscriber may receive a bundled news service on a free cheap tablet or smartphone on sign up. Companies like Vodaphone are excited by the prospect of the NBN as it will mean cheaper infrastructure costs in delivering  greater coverage for 4G mobile and services to less profitable country areas.

I am sure that Rupert is looking at NBN co and drooling over its capacity to deliver all of his services. I will draw a long bow here, with no more than a strategic hunch based on News Ltd.’s quest for word domination in media markets across the globe. The current negativity in Murdoch press toward the Gillard government and NBN co sees a win-win situation for Murdoch.

If the coalition wins government and Abbott plans to sell off NBN co, Rupert will be there with a big open check book. If News Ltd. owns this cash cow he will have no need Telstra. Telstra however, will still need to buy content from Fox to deliver subscription TV.

If the Gillard government is returned, Telstra already offers services over the NBN including content from Fox via Foxtel. This is whilst Telstra’s own copper network (remember the one that Australian taxpayers used to own) is due to be phased out and purchased by NBN co on behalf of the Australian taxpayers. NBN co will ultimately be sold due to pressure from the media to not build another public monopoly. This is despite “market forces” unwillingness to do so.  Enter Rupert’s check book.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Australians taxpayers got around 35.6 billion dollars for Telstra and will pay around 8 billion to buy Telstra’s copper network. By the time the NBN reaches phase 3 Australians have a net gain of Zero. It would seem the political ideology of “privatisation does it better” has seen us go from one of the most advanced telecommunications economies in the world to fifteen years behind the game. We are back to to ground hog day thanks to the sale of the goose that laid the golden egg. I am confident the Gillard government will be returned to finish this crucial infrastructure, essential to ensure Australia’s future prosperity.  My question is why would we sell NBN co and let someone else enjoy the prosperity of vision? Will we buy it back again in another 15 years from Rupert?


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2013 off to a spinning start.

This year see’s the likes of spin not encountered since the glory days of our own bad boy, the sheik of tweak himself

Shane Warne.

shane warne spin

It is obvious that Liberal party central has been busy hatching the next series of smear scandals for the election year. First off the rank is some damage control as Tony Abbott’s credibility with the female vote has taken a pounding last year.

Tony Abbott is his own worst enemy with a propensity to inappropriate comments policy made on the run that is easily linked to his past indiscretions.  It would seem his brief foray into journalism did not teach him much about the art of effective communication. Tony likes to dumb it down, to three word slogans or just one word “NO”. KISS it.  This must serve as a nightmare to those charged with the job of trying to control information flow from a man who opens his mouth to constantly change feet.

Obstinate, obstructive avoidance using fear and smear is the Tony strategy.  This avoids having to  complicate things with detailed policy or vision. This man has a perpetual get out of free card with mainstream media. Even his book escaped a review.  Whilst we are all shaking our heads wondering how the opposition were not called to account in a treacherous plot to seize government by abuse of process in the courts, the media is more interested  in portraying Abbott  as the champion of IVF and all things feminine.

And so the inning starts with none for none.

First off is a top spinner.

Here we go

In a piece for Mary Claire much hyped by the Telegraph, Peta Credlin would have us believe that Tony Abbott was the champion of the modern feminist movement.

Credlin, is married to senior Liberal Party director Brian Loughnane who will be running Abbott’s campaign for the Lodge.

Credlin asserts that the evidentiary proof is in the fridge. She contradicts in a wild delivery that “the sensitive Tony she knows” never said “Abortion was the easy way out”.

Credlin appeals that umpire loudly “Abbott did not say that”!!!!!!. The hot spot and third umpire dismisses this as a “fibbers” appeal, easily debunked by simply reading his own Blog in an article “Rate of abortion highlights our moral failings” authored march 2004.

Strait from Abbott’s website Here

This ball is dangerously wide and smashed for a courageous quick two by Nicola Roxson describing the puff piece as a gender tactic.

Nice Hit Nicola

Then we have the revelation by Christopher Pyne that Tony helped me through my IVF . He loves IVF after all it’s in his parliamentary fridge.   A googly in the truest sense, delivered with all the bowling prowess of John Winston Howard again wide of  the keeper

A very Un-Australian


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None of two

This was followed by another googly in the Telegraph, who parroted much the same thing.

A carbon copy of the previous googly everyone saw coming

The third act to this tale of feminine enlightenment is the disclaimer by one Andrew Robb. This sees the return of the dangerous reverse spin. You know that one? That’s when the spinner states that that anyone attacking spin with fact is using spin.

Robb’s Reverse Spin

The interesting thing about reverse spin, especially when the first word is “desperate” is it smacks of utter desperation.

There is no doubt that the selectors at Liberal Propaganda central made some serious errors of judgment last year that saw a series go from bad to worst. Such negativity of team spirit both directly and by affiliation see’s this team talentless and remiss of real leadership. The constant tactic of playing the man not the ball is reminiscent of bodyline.

Low points last year include:

  • Ashbygate/Slippergate: Loss
  • Thomsongate: Loss
  • Carbongate:Loss
  • AWUgate:Loss
  • Jonesgate (Destroy the Joint Died of shamegate):Loss
  • Economygate:Loss
  • Benardibeastygate:Loss


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