Crikey writes: Re. “ABC journo signs off” (Wednesday). In Wednesday’s edition, we wrote that former ABC journalist Karen Barlow had been made redundant through a round of job losses at Radio National. Barlow was actually made redundant along with 70 others as a result of the Australia Network termination.
The clear and present threat of New Zealand
Dr Ian Broinowski writes: Re. “Rundle: the coming East-West conflict a truth we dare not mention” (Wednesday). Jacqui Lambie is wrong. Had she taken the time to research just a little using FOI from the security and defence services she would know by now that the biggest known threat to this nation of ours is not from our northern neighbours but much closer to our east: New Zealand. Sound implausible? Well study the facts. NZ has for years threatened our bio-security by continually trying to import apples ridden with fruit flies, they have the nerve to disallow American nuclear war ships into their ports and most of all they speak in a very funny way and mix up six and sex. Proof enough!
Worse than that the whole country is infested with greenies (need I say more?), just look at the Rainbow Warrior Affair, and of course they already have a Fifth Column in our midst with thousands of their people secretly making their way to our shores each year under different guises just waiting for the word to attack our women and children and pets in their beds. I think that it’s about time we got our crap together and woke up to this.
What she should have said was, “If anybody thinks we should have a national security and defence policy which ignores the threat of a New Zealand invasion, you’re delusional and got rocks in your head. Whether it’s a greenie invasion or whether it’s an invasion from New Zealand or anybody else, all I am saying is our defence forces are depleted and we need to do something about it.”
What’s really scary is that our grandchildren could be slaves to head-hunting Maori warriors and learn to do the Haka even before they lose their first teeth. Lambie hit the nail on the head when she went on to say, “This is what’s bothering me, we need to look into missiles and do whatever we can to arm ourselves. We need to double our troops … and spend extra on firepower….” (ABC News).
And the point of this crazy letter? Well as one person of note once said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” — Adolph Hitler.
Words create wars, not bullets, and once believed it is incredibly hard to undo. I do wonder if our firebrand Senator appreciates the full impact and power of her words, or just maybe she could read the words of those who are just a little wiser: “I think I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” — Abraham Lincoln
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Jim Harker writes: It was a good article from Guy Rundle about the coming East-West conflict. It’s a topic that our leaders never address. It would be nice to think that our leaders have a quiet plan to deal with it, but I fear that they prefer to keep believeing that US dominance of world affairs will last forever, because thinking about the alternative is too uncomfortable for them. They spend much more time in the foreign affairs arena talking about the situation of Israel in the Middle East, something of absolutely no strategic importance to Australia.
ABC does not want to repeat history
ABC director of corporate affairs Michael Millett writes: Re. “Recycled rhetoric: Mark Scott echoes the ghosts of ABC’s past” (yesterday). What seems to have escaped David Salter’s understanding of Mark Scott’s speech is that former ABC managing director Brian Johns correctly predicted convergence and its disruptive impact on the media sector at a time when most people were grappling with dial-up modems. To dismiss any attempt to reposition the ABC now for the challenges of the digital era because of the failure of a strategy pursued two decades ago (arguably ahead of its time) is nonsensical. As Kim Williams states today in a Fairfax op-ed piece: “In a digital sphere, nothing and no one is safe. Merit, ingenuity, speed, flexibility and performance increasingly now rule the day in the media.” Print companies concede that their response to the digital challenge was both too little and too late, and that now they are paying the price. That is the history that the ABC does not want to repeat.