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60 responses to “Kelly's World”

  1. H&R

    ‘More middle-class pocket money!’

    Combines with

    ‘I will REIGN IN Coles and Safeway, and chuck high prices out the back door.’

    A Tale of Two Factions in the One-Party State.

  2. steve

    But like the anonymous Liberal said,” If a tax cut of $36 billion in the budget gives no positive result for the coalition, how is $34 billion any different?”

  3. patrickg

    I also love how tax cuts are somehow classified as tax reform.

    It’s not really tax reform, it’s still the same system.

  4. steve

    If that is their strength then their weakness must be a joy to behold.

  5. Johnno

    The GG is in full-cry this morning. All of its “right-leaning” so-called journalists are at it again, along with that fool Editor Mitchell. It is no wonder that most Victorians treat it as a joke and prefer to buy such papers as “The Ballarat Courier”!

  6. steve

    Possum exposes the problem for the coalition cheersquad led by Kelly and co from the GG.

  7. Peterc

    â??Editor at Largeâ?? – itâ??s Government Gazette speak for inconsequential lickspittle.

    Quote of the week. Yes. Don’t confuse the propaganda published by the GG and other papers owned by wealthy and powerful business men with news.

    They publish some news outside election periods, but when the election is on they become electoral tools to shape public opinion and assist their “chosen one” – in the case Howard – to get elected.

    What they publish is at best biased opinion. At worst, it is propaganda and a web of lies intended to change people’s minds and portray Howard and his minions as fit to govern Australia – when they are not.

    Too many lies. No vision. Slashing and under funding key infrastructure such as public transport, health and education. Then the wastrels show their economic incompetence by throwing around tax cuts to win marginal seats and put pressure on inflation and interest rates . . .

    No action on our most pressing problem – climate change – either.

  8. Paul Burns

    Yes climate change. Not much use having lots of money to spend from tax cuts if we can’t grow our own food, haven’t got any water, have everything we buy wrecked by storms or burnr by bushfires. Trouble is I have a dreadful feeling it might work, and we’ll be stuck with another three years of Howard. (He’ll stay on till he beats Menzies record time as PM.)

  9. Guise

    “Health and education are Labor issues,” says wise Paul. Odd. I could have sworn they were not dependent on who’s in office.

  10. Gummo Trotsky

    Paul actually lives in Crosby-Textor world Guise – if there are no promises commitments you can make on an issue that will bring votes over to your side, the politically responsible thing to do is to neglect it – even run services down – and spend the tax take on the areas where it will win you votes.

    Then twist the knife by finding a convenient scapegoat – Maoist education bureaucrats and the Labor state governments for example.

  11. Andrew E

    Playing to Labor’s strengths would be crazy and merely expend most of the surplus in social areas where Rudd dominates the politics and where Howard could lose a fortune for zero electoral gain…

    Forget policies that actually improve the lives of ordinary citizens, if they involve spending in areas where your opposition is considered more competent. If you can’t come up with policies to match theirs, or better them, just run down those budgets – like health and education – and spend the money where it will get you the most votes for your taxpayer buck (that fortune Howard could lose for zero electoral gain didn’t come out of his own pockets).
    Note the first word in that last-quoted paragraph: playing. This is an activity by peple who don’t take seriously the idea that the people’s taxes are used to benefit people. Why bother reporting back to people in this fashion? Sure, it gives an insight into how the people who govern us think, but it is weak to state that you won’t be getting full service from your government because the minister is too dim to play a game he can’t think he’ll win.

  12. Mr Denmore

    In a media world infested with pompous blowhards, Paul Kelly blows harder than anyone.

    He stopped saying anything interesting about 15 years ago and has been living off his reputation since then, taking Murdoch’s money and doing Murdoch’s bidding.

    He exemplifies how out of touch the MSM media has become about politics and really should book himself into a retirement home with all the other worn-out old hacks spinning for Rupert and Howard.

  13. Bingo Bango Boingo

    Far out, Kelly is a political commentator. So he comments on the politics of it all. Next from Gummo: those pathetic lickspittles Michelle Grattan and Michael Brissenden just can’t get past political strategy! Damn them!

    BBB

  14. Razor

    What BBB said.

  15. Gummo Trotsky

    BBB,

    Did you fall out of bed on the wrong side this morning?

    Ah stuff it – I don’t watch Brissenden, and I rarely read Grattan these days. Still, if you can point me to anything by either where they openly endorse such a cynical approach to governance as Team Howtello’s I’ll happily give a once over.

    Plenty of other commenters seem to recognise the fundamental flim-flam in Kelly’s “You should vote for Howard because he’s a cunning bastard who knows how to manipulate the electorate” barracking.

    Damn tig-tog for that “well-crafted scorn” post. It’s got me all feisty and I know that sooner or later it’s all going to end in tears.

  16. Gummo Trotsky

    What I said to BBB Razor.

  17. adrian

    BBB I thought better of you. Morphing into the growth that Razor had to have is the only option you have I guess.

    Kelly and his ilk are the cancerous boil on the faltering beast politely known as democracy in this country. Any remnance of relevance they once had has long since disappeared along with any credibility.
    You could call them cheap whores, but I for one wouldn’t insult the working girls out there with such a description. Besides I’m sure that Kelly and Shannahan’s services are anything but cheap for Rupert, though insignificant in the overall scheme of things.

  18. Bingo Bango Boingo

    Don’t get me wrong Gummo, I reckon you’re spot on about the policy itself (if I’m reading you correctly). But I would have thought you’d be congratulating Kelly for highlighting the cold cynicism inherent in Monday’s announcements. The way I read it, the parts of the piece that you have extracted are less an endorsement of the policy and more a simple acknowledgement of its underlying political objectives. This is why Kelly feels the need to use terms like ‘surplus politics’, ‘in political terms’ and ‘electoral gain’. Like I said, a political commentator just doing his thing.

    BBB

  19. Bingo Bango Boingo

    BBB I thought better of you.

    Ha ha. No you didn’t.

    BBB

  20. Katz

    Tibetan Buddhists spin prayer wheels fearing that if they stop the world will end.

    Kelly’s pieces are the Australian’s equivalent.

  21. adrian

    No really BBB, I did. It’s the admiration that I have for anyone with the tenacity and clarity of vision that you have consistently displayed on this blog.

    In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary it is an achievement of which I am sure you are justly proud.

  22. Katz

    Playing to Labor’s strengths would be crazy and merely expend most of the surplus in social areas where Rudd dominates the politics and where Howard could lose a fortune for zero electoral gain…

    More substantively, of course, this Kelly blather is the precise opposite of what he was saying only a week ago when he was praising Howard for discovering that Aborigines still live in Australia.

    Kelly is a human Memory Tube.

  23. Gummo Trotsky

    OK, BBB, all better now.

    It’s still interesting that Kelly can’t bring himself to go the distance and call the tactic for what it is. A little like a certain die-hard Man U fan I know very well who says idiot things like “So what if Cantena kicked a fan or two – he were a brilliant player”.

  24. Jobby

    I know that the concept of ‘objectivity’ in political reporting in newspapers is completely dead these days, but The Australian has become so extreme that it’s almost unreadable.

    On the odd occasion that I do want to buy a newspaper and relax in the sunshine (as opposed to the gentle glow of the computer screen), I just don’t know what to do. The Oz is so skewed that reading it becomes a tiresome exercise in critical reading, punctuated by some decent foreign reporting. The Sydney Morning Herald is more like a lifestyle magazine for bored yuppies than a newspaper, The Canberra Times became a regional pile of nothing long ago, and the tabloids are … well … tabloid. I paid extra for The Age the other day (not being a Victorian resident) and it seemed vaguely decent, if somewhat thin on content.

    I think my newspaper days are over.

  25. Jobby

    â??So what if Cantena kicked a fan or two – he were a brilliant playerâ??

    Cantona was a brilliant player. Kicking a fan or two has nothing to do with it. Roy Keane broke people’s legs, and he was a great player too.

  26. They Do It Down In Carousels They Do It At Waikiki

    “Tibetan Buddhists spin prayer wheels fearing that if they stop the world will end.”

    But why would a good Buddhist even care, let alone fear, whether the world ends or not?

    Speaking of Tibetan Buddhism, I read somewhere that the Communist government in Beijing now wants to exercise authority over designating all future re-incarnations of the Dalai Llama. Still more hair-raising evidence of the Great Balls of China.

  27. Leinad

    Howard isn’t a Cantona however I’d say he was closer to a Beckham: excellent in several narrow areas of the game hopeless at every other, massively overrated and with a large part of his later career dictated by his wife’s desires.

    Latham, now he was Cantona…

  28. Liam

    Latham, now he was Cantona…

    More like a George Best, I’d say, Leinad.

  29. Amanda

    Latham, now he was Cantona…

    More like a George Best, I’d say, Leinad.

    Pffft. Not even close.

    Stan Collymore.

  30. Kevin Brady

    Jobby, I’m with you. Instead of a nice Saturday arvo in a hammock with a good broadsheet, it becomes an exercise in frustration and feeling ripped off for paying good money for a propaganda rag. I wonder if this is how the Russian people felt about Pravda? (Without the sunshine, of course).

  31. Tiny Tyrant

    ah yes, when we struggle with words to describe the politics of the eternal election.. we turn to sport.

  32. adrian

    Yes Jobby. We unfortunately have a subscription to the SMH, and the paper is getting full of more and more tedious lifestyle crap almost daily. The Saturday edition takes roughly 5 and a half minutes to get through on average, when it used to take at least 15.
    Every time they make a change to the format it is a change for the worse. But at least it isn’t quite the cheerleader for Howard that the GG has become.

  33. Mark

    Looking at the dead tree GG this morning, it really is a cheer sheet. Every story skewed the government’s way before we even get to the “opinion”.

    Most newspapers in Oz are hopeless. People are quite right about Fairfax – both papers are increasingly just content designed to appeal to and sell ads to upscale Syd and Melb demographics. The Age is better, but it’s on a down hill slide.

  34. Liam

    I suppose that’d make Kevin Rudd a Zeljko Kalac?
    In that you just hope against hope that the rest of the team carries him and that he doesn’t fuck it up.

  35. Bingo Bango Boingo

    Mark, the slabs of luxury-goods advertising in The Age speaks volumes. And there is something offensive about a paper that regularly publishes the likes of Catherine Deveny and Clive Hamilton while also producing the abomination that is the theage(melbourne)magazine. But you must still be pleased with the editorial policy in place at The Age. It gets more anti-Government by the day.

    BBB

  36. Mark

    BBB, do you just mean the leaders? The Fairfax papers actually don’t do much commentary on politics in the opinion pages – except the Grattans and Hartchers of the world, neither of whom inspire particularly and who don’t appear to have a strong partisan edge. There’s Hendo at the SMH, I guess!

  37. adrian

    It gets more anti-Government by the day

    Keep it up BBB. Never let reality disturb your clarity of vision.

    I suppose through the prism of this vision anything sligtly less sycophantic than the GG becomes anti-government

  38. Guido

    I don’t mind ‘The Australian’ being totally pro Government. But what I reject is they going on about being ‘informed’ and ‘balanced’.

    If they stated ‘we are pro-Howard and we want him to continue as a Prime Minister’ openly that’s fine, but please no more of this pretentiousness of ‘balance’.

    As someone said somewhere else, ‘The Australian’ aim is not to influence the readers at large, which are very few.

    Their aim is to influence the rest of the commentariat. And from what I see and hear on the ABC sometimes they seem to be succeeding.

  39. Bingo Bango Boingo

    Good call. By the way, doesn’t Phillip Adams gets a run in The Australian on Tuesdays? Behold the clarity of adrian’s vision!

    BBB

  40. adrian

    Good point regarding influence, Guido. Why just this morning, chief government cheerleader was with Virginia Trioli promoting his master’s wares. He and Virginia were of course in furious agreement concerning the political genius of Dear Leader.

    BBB, surely you can do better than token lefty Phillip Adams? No, I guess not when the rest of the paper is wall to wall government propaganda. Apart from Bill Leak of course.

  41. Mr Denmore

    The problem with all our media commentators is their focus on day-to-day political tactics, rather than how the words and actions of politicians impact on people’s lives.

    It’s equivalent to the financial media, where the journos obsess over day-to-day moves in the market that for most long-term focused investors are just irrelevant noise.

    This highlights the disjunction between the bulk of the population and the “insiders'” view of the world. The journos used to represent the reader, but now they all write for the benefit of themselves and other people inside the circle on which they report.

    Compounding this problem is a shortening news cycle, which increases the pressure for instant analysis. Sweeping generalities are made and significance is read into things that formerly would never have been reported on.

    Now, with the competition of the internet and the structural decline in mainstream media, the traditional commentators are forced to make bigger and bigger calls to get readers looking at the advertisements that pay for their inflated salaries.

    So Paul Kelly, who was a pompous git to begin with, gets every more over-blown in his rhetoric: Note how many times he urges his readers to “make no mistake, the earth has shifted” or some similar momentous conclusion about something most people would see as inconsequential.

    Peter Hartcher is going the same way in the SMH.

    The MSM commentators have got it completely arse about face all year about Rudd. I don’t see this changing anytime soon, much as they might wish it to be otherwise.

  42. Paul Burns

    I Google my news. Means I only have to read a few pieces from everrywhere I find interesting, mai8nly in the entertainment section. Haven’t bought a GG since 1975.

  43. Bingo Bango Boingo

    Geez adrian, I can’t hold your hand forever. Do a little digging and I’m sure you’ll come up with something. And anyway, if all you’ve got is the vacuous assertion that The Age printing transparent fluff from Josh Frydenberg every now and again makes it pro-Government, then I hardly need to produce more than I’ve already given you, do I?

    BBB

  44. Mr Denmore

    Their aim is to influence the rest of the commentariat. And from what I see and hear on the ABC sometimes they seem to be succeeding.

    The editorial decline of the ABC, under the influence of the bullboy tactic’s of Howard’s ugly gang, has been sad to see.

    The hysterical claims about ideological bias in the NEWS (not the ABC talks area, which has always been a nest of lefties) have made editors at the public broadcaster increasingly prone to the ‘he said-she said’ bland reporting of claim and counter-claim.

    This plays into the hands of Howard, who these days would doubtless would get away with saying unchallenged on the ABC that black is white:

    “The Prime Minister today wrongfooted Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd by changing the definition of the colour spectrum…”

    Once the ABC was a sceptical voice. These days, terrified of having its funding further cut, it has bought into the politics-as-an-end-itself narrative promoted by Kelly and the other Government Gazette whores.

    Our democracy is disappearing before our eyes.

  45. adrian

    BBB, you’ve given me nothing. But that’s OK, it’s what I’ve come to expect.

    But this is getting boring. You continue to believe that anything left of the GG is anti-government, and I’ll continue to believe that most of the MSM is a waste of valuable resources that could be better used in manufacturing toilet paper or something useful.

  46. Amanda

    The Fairfax papers actually don’t do much commentary on politics in the opinion pages

    If only that were true. Tony Abbot has a regular column.

  47. Amanda

    In the interests of balance, so does Tanya Plibersek but her columns are occasionally about actual issues. Abbotts are always, entirely, just slagging K-Rudd et al.

  48. Jobby

    Tony Abbot has a regular column.

    Sports section? Boxing?

  49. Gummo Trotsky

    Jobby,

    I wouldn’t disagree about Cantena’s brillaince as a player – up there with Best, Law, Stiles – showing my age there what?

    So maybe Cantena was a bad choice – how about “John Howard, the Diego Maradonna of Australian Politics”? That has a nice ring to it.

  50. Patricia WA

    Agree with much of the above about the Oz, but it’s all we have here in the West. I only buy it on Saturday, but check news and comment daily on line. I am always surprised though at the quality of comment on blogs. The readership, or at least those who bother to comment, are almost solidly anti-government, critical of the paper’s bias and very readable too. Any particular reason News Ltd is prepared to wear so much criticism? Time was when public opinion was measured by letters to the editor. Bloggers are an extension of that, being published and disseminated far more widely than snail mail. Do I over estimate their influence?

  51. Gummo Trotsky

    Short answer to your question Patricia – Yes. Qualified answer – but not as much as our professional political opinionators overestimate their own importance and the importance of their old stagers.

    Lest that sound too dismissive, I’ll just note that I’ve had occasional, quite friendly corro from professional journos who’ve read my stuff here – well, OK one. But he wasn’t a Neditor.

  52. Stephen Lloyd

    I don’t mind ‘The Australian’ being totally pro Government. But what I reject is they going on about being ‘informed’ and ‘balanced’.

    If they stated ‘we are pro-Howard and we want him to continue as a Prime Minister’ openly that’s fine, but please no more of this pretentiousness of ‘balance’.

    As someone said somewhere else, ‘The Australian’ aim is not to influence the readers at large, which are very few.

    Their aim is to influence the rest of the commentariat. And from what I see and hear on the ABC sometimes they seem to be succeeding.

    I don’t think they are pro-Liberal Party though. I think The Oz is pro-business, because big business is where the money in advertising is. The Oz online makes more money from advertising than any other of the News online sites, by a long, long distance. Having a pro-big business stance naturally is going to make the paper seem pro-Liberal, but I would guess if there were other centre-right, pro-liberalism minor parties, The Oz would sound like they were boosting them too.

    It just seems like all the minor parties worth mentioning are protectionists, and the other major party is protectionist (barring a few major reforms from the 80’s), so it really doesn’t give The Oz too many options with regard to positive comment. Even One Nation at its peak was heavily protectionist, and the other half of the Coalition, The Nationials also have a natural tendency to protectionism.

  53. Gummo Trotsky

    Whatever you’re on, Stephen, I want the recipe. (Kudos to “Uncle” Duke)

    That goes double after taking a quick decko at the commentary on your blog, especially the stuff about Howard’s grand plan for a future where we can all live happily in our McMansions, without feeling guilt over the disposession of the Aboirgines [sic], all of us happy little Aspirational Nationalists.

    So what is this stuff called – Aspnatizine perhaps? John Howard – he might have missed out on being a founding father but Sugar Daddy to the Nation ain’t a bad gig.

  54. steve

    Possum takes a hatchet to the work from Newspoll that the GG writers based today’s stories on.

  55. Ambigulous

    Johnno

    Some Victorians prefer “The Ballarat Courier”. Some like “The Warragul Gazette”. Headline Tuesday 16th Oct, “Preferences expected to decide seat”, referring to McMillan, held by Liberal Russell Broadbent.

    We await to see if they can yet outdo theirselves: during last November’s State election campaign, a Gazette headline: “Party policies may influence voters.”

    Seasoned observers (nay, pundits) put that up near Personal Best Efort by Provincial Journal of Record.

  56. Ambigulous

    McMillan has been LOST by the incumbent in FIVE of the last six elections: 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2004. Another swinging rural/regional seat, but not in Qld (the home of diversity).

    McMillan was lost by ALP’s Christian Zahra to Rusell Broadbent in 2004.

    Mr Broadbent (allied with Petrou Georgio on refugee issues) in turn has never won back-to-back elections. He lost Corinella in 1993, and lost McMillan in 1998.

    – “The Warragul Gazette”

  57. Futt Bucker

    Mr. Denmore I agree with your posts here entirely. That piece by Paul Kelly was sickening.

  58. Katz

    But why would a good Buddhist even care, let alone fear, whether the world ends or not?

    Bravo!

    A question that answers itself.

  59. Helen

    Kelly and his ilk are the cancerous boil on the faltering beast politely known as democracy in this country.
    …You could call them cheap whores, but I for one wouldn’t insult the working girls out there with such a description.

    Adrian, that was some first-class well-crafted scorn.

    Also, what mr Denmore said about the ever-shortening, noisy MSM spin news cycle.

  60. Down and Out of Sài Gòn

    Today’s featured article on Wikipedia is Truthiness:

    “Truthiness” is a satirical term created by U.S. television comedian Stephen Colbert to describe things that a person claims to know intuitively or “from the gut” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.

    There’s been a lot of truthiness in the GG this year.