Tips and rumours

Aug 22, 2014

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Abbott visits Adelaide, no one cares. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s speech at Adelaide University made headlines this morning because of injuries sustained by protesters who met with the hooves of police horses, but according to a tipster inside the speech venue, the PM said very little of interest. The actual attendees were strictly vetted, with only five current students of the university in attendance. We hear the guest list was closely controlled by the Prime Minister’s office, and guests had to provide photo ID before entering the theatre. Perhaps entry conditions were too strict, because the 400-seat theatre wasn’t full and patrons were asked to move seats to make the venue look better attended, according to our insider. The oration was the second in a series of lectures instated by the descendants of John Downer, who was premier of the colony of South Australia in the 19th century. The first was given two years ago by John Howard, so we can see a pattern emerging there — wonder who will be the next speaker at the biennial event in two years’ time? If they want to stick to Liberal prime ministers, we wonder if the names Malcolm Turnbull or Julie Bishop are being penciled in.

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3 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. klewso

    And there was Tony Jones, on Lateline, chewing the fat with “journalist and author” Paul Kelly (selling his new book?) – on “the decline in our politics” – and not one mention of the influence of the thrall of Murdoch and his Limited News troll-op-eds over our viewsmedia, editing our view of events, on that decline?

  2. michael dwyer

    I spent several daysrecently in Epworth Eastern, and was offered a choice of The Hun and the The Age gratis. I didn’t see any copies of the Fin or the Strine.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Klewso I’m with you on that. Not a mention about News Corpse part played in the demise of decent politics.

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