Journalism

Jul 25, 2014

Abbott had Murdoch’s ear before PPL bombshell — but papers did not fall in line

Abbott told Murdoch about his paid parental leave scheme before he told anyone else -- not that you'd know it from the coverage in News Corp papers.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme was news to his party room. But it wasn’t news to Rupert Murdoch, according to a new book on Treasurer Joe Hockey by journalist Madonna King.

On page 256 of Hockey: Not Your Average Joe, King describes a dinner Abbott had with Murdoch in Febuary 2010, when the latter was in Australia for his mother’s birthday:

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8 thoughts on “Abbott had Murdoch’s ear before PPL bombshell — but papers did not fall in line

  1. rhwombat

    I still suspect that Toady’s PPL is the price of Margie Abbott’s silence.

  2. Liamj

    Two possible explanations: just cos Tony went sucking on Ruperts toes doesn’t mean the Sun King decided to back him on PPL; or, just cos ‘women not suited to leadership’ Tony says he wants PPL doesn’t mean he really does.

  3. Electric Lardyland

    Oh, silence about what, rh? That they’re really brother and sister?

  4. rhwombat

    EL: no – re Peta, pre-election.

  5. Bill Hilliger

    A clear instance of the organ grinder and the performing monkey, big ears and all.

  6. Fiona Brooke

    So it was a real problem in Murdoch’s workforce. He is so darn wealthy he could actually put a decent scheme in place for his workers, so why didn’t he? Much better to let Tony come up with a way to pay them.

  7. AR

    The PPL is a mystery from conception (no pun intended)to the present moment. It is wrong in so many ways for tories, religious nutters, feminists, fiscal strictarians, equal opportunity zealots, my fingers are getting tired.
    Put it another way – like Direct Inaction – is there anybody anywhere with double digit IQ prepared to go public and say, “CREDO!”?

  8. klewso

    Is that what he had his tongue in Rupert’s ear for?

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