Continuing an irregular series commenting on how the election looks to commercial tv viewers: commercial free to air is the biggest single source of information for voters.
Channel Nine led today with a local protest by fisherfolk “venting their fury” about Labor’s plans for marine protection (and Bob Brown got a brief grab with his plans). Nine’s “fishing expert” said “no one is happy, all round this country of ours”, and we heard a lot about “protecting our Australian way of life”. National Party Senator Ron Boswell was there, but there was no attempt to give anyone from the government a chance to respond.
Anyway, that was the lead item on Channel Nine Brisbane. Story #2 was about a mix up where some old folks had been wrongly charged for using the Clem7 tunnel, because their motorised wheelchairs ‘pinged’ the system.
Then story #3 led with “the shadow of Kevin Rudd continued to dog the Labor campaign”, though at least Julia got a 3 second grab on MySuper. The rest of the story was almost entirely about Dolly Downer’s disputed allegations against Kevin Rudd, and it was noted that Rudd denied them and was considering legal action. Tony Abbott got to cuddle pensioners. We then got an update on Kevin Rudd’s health. Oh, and a claim from Nine’s reporter Karen Azzopardi that there was continuing uncertainty about whether Julia Gillard would “campaign alongside him”.
That was it, folks.