Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments






When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) June 25, 2015 On Monday night our ABC’s QandA (@qanda) program allowed Zaky Mallah (@ZakyMallah) (a young man convicted of making threats against ASIO officers but found not guilty of terrorism charges), to ask a question of the panel. By Tuesday morning, Richard Finlayson (@DickFinlayson), director of ABC television had issued a statement: Tony Jones […]






Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession by Paul Barry






By Margaret O’Connor 1 November 2013 If you want a quick and telling glimpse of the psychopathology that infested Rupert Murdoch’s power house tabloid News of the World (NoTW), turn to the Leveson Inquiry Hearings for Wednesday, 29 November, 2011. On that day, Paul McMullan, ex-NoTW reporter, reluctantly gave testimony about his work practices there – and, in defence of his and his colleagues’ calculated violations of others’ rights to personal space and boundaries, became globally famous for his take on the concept of privacy, proclaiming ‘privacy is for paedos….privacy is evil…..it allows (people) to do bad things.’ Then in response to this, Counsel to the Inquiry, Robert jay QC,  asks […]






Howard’s Bush barbecue memories to prepare for Abbott government






By Margo Kingston, 24 August, 2013 Wondering who will be in the Abbott Government’s club? It took a while, but back in 2003 Webdiarists and I worked out who Howard invited to his barbecue with George Bush. Believe it or not the guest list was a secret, and there’ll be many more of those, folks. Paul Ramsey of Ramsey Health Care was there, along with other big Liberal donors. Paul will also get rewarded by Howard’s political son Abbott. Mike Seccombe revealed this week that Paul keeps giving the Libs bucketloads of cash. This is the opening chapter of Still not happy, John: Defending our democracy (Penguin, 1997). Disclosing John Howard’s Elite Beware of he who would […]






In 1958 the Sunday Telegraph reported climate change straight






By Wally Crouch Sunday Telegraph 8 June, 1958  MAN himself may be making the world hotter and creating the crazy, mixed-up weather like Sydney had this week. Don’t scoff — the world’s top scientists are quite serious. In the U.S. scientists are probing a theory that pollution of the atmosphere is making the earth New cities spring up, factories are built, smoke and smog belch everywhere, Jet planes and rockets shoot out exhaust fumes —and year by year the pollution gets worse. Some scientists suspect that increased carbon di-oxide and other gases in the atmosphere are acting as a “greenhouse,” thus stopping the earth from losing some of its heat to […]






What will you do?






Margo: To me Rudd’s PNG solution resonates strongly with Howard’s pre-2001 Pacific Solution. Rudd is trying to do to Abbott what Howard did to Beazley with the Pacific solution. So here is my post 2001 election comment piece – is this Ground Hog Day?   First published 12 November 2001 By Margo Kingston Source: Webdiary  The election result shows that the disaffected right has come back to the Coalition, while at the same time a disaffected left has defected to the Greens. A John Howard masterstroke – the Tampa and its aftermath has united his side while the the same time splitting the other. Several people have remarked that Howard is “an […]






FOI delivers your not so up-to-date Press Gallery membership list






  by Margo Kingston On May 1 I sought the list of Press Gally members from the Parliamentary Liaison office after the Press Gallery Committee advised that it was private My FOI was successful. Here is the letter granting access to the information, free of charge, and the list. I’d like to thank the PLO for their timely, straightforward approach to my FOI. Press Gallery president David Speers recently advised me by tweet that the gallery will launch a website next month.   List of Press Gallery Passholders @margokingston1 @nofibs it's a bit out of date! Quite a few missing (eg me) and both Coorey and Alan Ramsay still writing for SMH. — Jonathan […]






@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements






Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.   And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry: Read More: My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott






Don’t walk past, @abcmarkscott and @dailytelegraph






  Update: Barrie Cassidy on Jon Faine just said News Management are reviewing Piers Akerman position as we speak. #abc774 — No Fibs Geek (@geeksrulz) June 20, 2013     @abcmarkscott + K Williams ( News Ltd CEO), 'THE STANDARD YOU WALK PAST IS THE STANDARD YOU ACCEPT' Follow Fairfax example. @jointdestroyer — margo kingston (@margokingston1) June 16, 2013 Apology from ABC yet? Statement? Reporting? Apology from News Ltd yet? Statement? Reporting? Go #Fairfax. Set benchmark, reported stories — margo kingston (@margokingston1) June 16, 2013 Attempted to contact both, no response. RT @margokingston1: Apology from ABC yet? Statement? Reporting? Apology from News Ltd yet? — Karen Middleton (@KarenMMiddleton) June 16, 2013 […]






Tony welcomes back Pauline with return of her boat people policy






By Margo Kingston August 21, 2003 Source: Webdiary So, the self-proclaimed mother of the nation is in jail, and the man who took her policies and finessed her beliefs is Prime Minister of Australia. The rights and wrongs of Pauline Hanson’s conviction and sentence aside, her imprisonment is a graphic symbolic representation of the state of Australia and its politics. Australia’s political, police and legal establishment has put Pauline Hanson – fish and chip shop heroine to the poor, the ignorant and the disenfranchised, the woman who created a party out of nothing in an instant and mobilised Australians never before involved in politics – behind bars. Big money, big […]






Australia invaded Iraq by deceiving Australian people: 43 Australian elders






‘We must return stable, predictable, AND honest government to Australia.‘  Joe Hockey, May 23, National Press Club By Margo Kingston May 23, 2013 When I saw Paul Barratt’s tweets today on some momentous big Howard government lies, I remembered this letter, which Barratt signed in 2004. The government’s trashing of the elders who signed it triggered the decision of public servant Michael Scrafton to blow the lid on the children overboard lie. Thanks for the memories, Paul. And Joe Hockey, don’t talk about bringing back honest government, please. Your last government’s record does not allow it. Paul Barratt, AO, former Secretary Dept of Defence and Deputy Secretary Dept of Foeign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) […]