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Dec 08, 2014
Another signature Abbott back-flip?
Is that Ghoulie Andrews’ stand-in?
I liked that “The Perfect Nanny” duet with The Credlin.
And when chimney-sweeps Joe, Arfer, ‘Andy Andy, Cousin Jethro and Cor-Blimey climb up on your roof, like Santa, only to blow smoke “down your chimney” in “Fidelity Fiduciary Bank”?
It’ll take more than a spoonful of sugar to make this crap go down.
Slightly off topic but on the subject of PPL, it’s worth mentioning the botch-up during the year’s final of Insiders on News24. Roughly ten minutes before the end, just as the contenders for the Matt Price Award were going to air, the scene suddenly shifted to the ABC news desk where we were told the Prime Minister was making a statement in Sydney.
Good grief, thought I, we must have declared war! But no. Some bright spark in charge at News24 had switched us to Abbott prattling & coughing his arduous way through an announcement that he was having a rethink on his guaranteed-never-to-get-up Paid Parental Leave scheme. There were no details, no further information came forth during several minutes of journos’ questions.
This is a scheme which requires policy to be clarified & spelt out in detail before a Bill can even be presented to the Parliament in two month’s time – let alone be passed by both houses. And for this non-event announcement the ABC cut into ‘Insiders’ at a crucial point in the last minutes of the final programme for 2014. The content of Abbott’s speech could easily have been included in a main bulletin one, two or three hours later, there was nil urgency to broadcast it.
Far from realising the mistake & returning to Insiders the audience then had to endure an excruciatingly dull interview with someone representing parents & unable to say anything pertinent because there was no substance in Abbott’s speech to which to respond.
Who made this appalling decision to interrupt Insiders? It was scarcely a must-get-to-air news story – it was merely a PM rethinking a foolhardy plan, about which he can do nothing until February 2015. Is this an example of the new definition of ‘breaking news’ & the woeful urge to get a scoop at all costs?
Mary Poppins is now dead to me as a movie……
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