Battle warms up
posed a killer question to the PM and his deputy: “Do you support not paying workers?”
Mccormack responded, “You’ve gotta pay workers – what a silly question.”
O’keefe followed up by explaining that Clive Palmer and his United Australia Party, who’ve cut a preference deal with Scott Morrison’s Liberals, was spending tens of millions in political advertising for this campaign yet allegedly owes the federal commonwealth $70 million and his former workers $7 million.
Instead of conceding he’d done a deal with the devil, the PM didn’t miss a beat.
“Well, Clive Palmer is making his own statements on those matters but let me just reinforce some things Michael (Mccormack) said.”
The PM didn’t answer the question, he barely acknowledged the question, and then he began, in his own words, to reinforce something the deputy PM had already told the assembled throng.
Then it was over – in scenes reminiscent of former NSW premier Bob Carr at his best, the PM thanked everyone and exited the building stage left, or, in this case, just walked away from the microphones.
What did we really learn? Not much, except that Scott Morrison is essentially bullet-proof when it comes to not having to answer difficult questions, and in this age of three-second concentration spans and four-second sound bites, that’s the best quality a senior politician can have when it comes to getting re-elected – just ask Michael Daley.
What we need in Australia is a series of, say, seven debates, all run by the National Press Club, all filmed by all networks and other news outlets.
Swap the journos around and give all organisations and community groups a bit of a crack, but have a strong moderator who will pull the pollies up when they start to ramble, or “answer” the question with a non-answer.
We saw this in the recent state election, where some candidates just rambled on without ever really answering anything, and their claims were totally untested. LIKE many other people around the region, I got a phone call on Friday evening that started with a pre-recorded Scott Morrison inviting me join his Virtual Town Hall ‘gathering’ on.
I’ve heard plenty of people didn’t like the robo-call, but wonder how many of them just don’t like Morrison or the Coalition. In other words, if Bill Shorten had been on the other end of the phone, would
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, in Dubbo on Friday night with local member Mark Coulton. PHOTO: DUBBO they have liked it then?
So much political discourse in Australia these days is identifying with your party – if the other guy’s talking, you don’t listen to what they say, you just immediately hate it.
These robot Town Halls also allow the party running them to have total control.
One bloke called me to say that he didn’t even get put in line with a question because the person screening the calls didn’t like what he wanted to ask.
So, was it a set of Dorothy Dixer questions from the Coalition faithful?
Who knows – but on balance I’d say it was an effective tool in this era of ultra stage-managed election campaigns.
THERE is apparently no science to confirm there’s any health concerns with the radiation from the 5G network, but my faith in corporations and the governments they ‘assist’ to study these long-term impacts is at about zero.
So many times we see things that are harmful to people being rolled out all in the name of profits, and 40 years down the track we wonder where all these new sicknesses are coming from.
I’m all for technological progress, but it looks like the money trail floating to the top will gazump any proper independent studies being done on this issue because it takes a lot of time and a lot of money, and not only do the corporates want their cash now, it seems the people want ever-faster data transfer in their personal lives.
So, in the end, if health problems do develop, we can’t really blame anyone but our digitally-interconnected selves.
It’s like the relatively old saying, “If trees gave off free wifi, we’d be planting them everywhere – what a shame they only produce oxygen.”
In our rush towards instant gratification, we’re liable to kill ourselves from radiation before we run out of oxygen to support life on earth. THE annual Torana Run will be heading to Dubbo this weekend, so anyone who hasn’t had a chance to check out these Aussie motoring icons can slip down to Cars and Coffee at Victoria Park on Sunday morning.
It’s a great way to start the week. HUNDREDS of Bony Bream were found, literally, dead in the water late last week just upstream from Bourke on the once mighty Darling River, with many others were observed to be under stress.
The Department of Primary Industry put out a press release on this after being notified by Bourke Shire Council, the presser being written in a way that doesn’t at all reflect poorly on the management by either state or federal governments.
“The area recently experienced up to 40mm of rain in parts, as well as a 10 degree drop in maximum temperatures between Sunday and Monday, which may have contributed to the fish death event – Bony Bream in particular are susceptible to rapid drops in temperature,” the release stated.
“NSWDPI Fisheries is continuing to monitor the situation with Council’s assistance.
“There are many and varied causes of fish deaths, and a large proportion are due to natural events,” the press release concluded.
The government and its minions would have us believe that there’s no mismanagement to see here folks.
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z Additional reporting by Dubbo Photo News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a councillor on Dubbo Regional Council, and is also employed part-time by Landcare. He writes here in his capacity as a journalist.