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May 22, 2014

Crikey says: grudging kids and the slacker sick

Tony Abbott's in trouble: the timing was all wrong on breaking promises, the experts declare. Plus Helen Razer on Joe Hockey. And William Bowe's poll of polls. Why selling the business registry is a blow to corporate transparency. Qantas' big concession. Ten's Wake Up call: axing news won't help. And on the streets with students in Melbourne.

A wink to editors of News Corporation titles, desperately searching for a new narrative now the government they backed in isn’t faring too well. If you think it’s been hard for Tony Abbott to sell his federal budget package — which doesn’t miss anyone but the richest — spare a thought for conservative newspaper hacks who have to convince readers to grin and bear the pain coming.

Time for a distraction. Thankfully, there are rabble-rousing students to pick on …

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7 thoughts on “Crikey says: grudging kids and the slacker sick

  1. zut alors

    Ah yes, those revolting peasants can be tiresome. But they can also vote.

  2. grubbidok

    “Every poll in the land suggests readers of the Herald Sun, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph are as angry about this budget as anyone else. Don’t expect that to be reflected in print.”

    Hopefully it will be reflected in those readers ceasing to buy the rags that endlessly sell their interests out and circulation plummeting. But probably not.

  3. klewso

    Again, these politicians and their hangers-on, wallowing in this “example of unacceptable Leftist unacceptable behaviour” :- how many of them became “politically active” in their uni daze, enough to do some things they’re not proud of and don’t want people finding out about now?
    [And there’s no Opposition members fronting these rallies as happened at Gloria’s “Ditch the Bitch” Tea Party.]

  4. klewso

    “Political activism”?
    Which would be worst? This, or “Hey Mom, look at me. I work for Murdoch!”?

  5. AR

    The kid definitely looks like an agent provocateur to me – bang ’em up young, that’s the way.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    I don’t subscribe to News Corp media, so I’d be interested to know how much space they are giving to the ‘scholarship’ for Abbott’s daughter at Whitehouse Institute of Design. I already know how much space they are giving to the decades old story involving a former boyfriend of a former Labor Prime Minister.

  7. Tom Jones

    It seems that as a bloke Jason Whittaker doesn’t understand that Tony’s wink was far from being a grudge and was far more significant to women than his trivialisation of the response. Even if the explanation of the wink is accepted the Minister for Women’s follow up answer was not reasonable. He was being told that a sick woman old enough to be a grandmother was in the sexploitation industry in order to make ends meet. Many other women will also be in a similar position. They are not just doing it tough.

    He didn’t address the situation that desperate women have always had to respond to financial crisis by selling sex which does not help women be treated with respect. Certainly as PM there was no respect shown to the caller. His failure on this front was what sparked the outrage. The wink may be trivial in itself but as an indicator shows women that he will never represent their interests. His role as Minister would more honestly be described as Minister Against Women. What a shame that Crikey lost the opportunity to analyse that.

  8. Tom Jones

    Falling circulation is a fact of life for those pieces of rubbish you mention. That the editors fail to make a link between their falling sales and partisan positions shows why they will continue to lose readers, even online. They have loyal rabid fans but everyone else just turns away.

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