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Nov 9, 2012

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: game gets rough with Gillard called names

Maybe they forgot the delay button. Or maybe not. On the Alan Jones program this morning after a lengthy comment piece by the host and an interview with Mike Smith abou

Richard Farmer

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Maybe they forgot the delay button. Or maybe not. On the Alan Jones program this morning after a lengthy comment piece by the host and an interview with Mike Smith about the Gillard slush fund came a description of the Prime Minister by a phoning in listener as "a crooked lawyer." The game is getting very rough indeed. While the cat's away. You would think Kevin was the acting Prime Minister while Julia was away playing foreign policy. He kept bobbing up everywhere talking on all kinds of subjects. This morning it was Kevin Rudd reminding us that he was no foreign policy slouch either with his reassurance that China's president in-waiting Xi Jinping has a good grasp of where Australia fits into the Asian region. As he reminded listeners to ABC radio, the president elect visited Australia just days before the Rudd/Gillard changeover. Rudd, who has just returned from a trip to China, told us how Xi made the most of his visit to Australia two years ago, and was therefore no stranger to the country. The two leaders engaged in an "enormously in-depth exchange" over many hours of discussions about China, relations with the US and Australia's place in Asia. "I think therefore we have a good grasp of who Xi Jinpin is," Rudd said. "I think he has a reasonable grasp of where we fit in the galaxy of stars as well." A cultural snapshot. The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides us this morning with a snapshot of how our governments -- federal, state and local -- spent a total of $6650.2 million on cultural activities in 2010-11. The federal government contributed one third ($2271.6 million), state and territory governments contributed nearly half (47% or $3118.9 million) and local government contributed $1259.9 million. The highest expenditure of Australian government funds was for radio and television services with $1209.2 million. At the state and territory government level, the highest expenditure of government funds was for environmental heritage, with $1306.5 million.

The sound of Mozart as Mozart heard it. A little more Friday culture, courtesy of the BBC. One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's favourite pianos has been returned to Vienna, the city where he achieved fame as a composer and pianist. An intriguingly different sound to the modern version.

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  1. Gavin Moodie

    The snatch of Mozart’s piano was great thanx very much, but all too brief and interrupted by talk too many times.

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