Media Circus: What A Drag Edition

  • Yet another tax hike on cigarettes justified by heath concerns where the revenue is pointedly not earmarked for health expenditure. Ho-hum.
  • The asylum seeker policy race to the bottom just gets more and more repellent.
  • Oh Eddie Obeid, it’s all just such a witchhunt, isn’t it? That nasty, nasty ICAC.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).



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  1. I particularly liked Kate McClymont on Eddie Obeid. While I am sure her article gave the legal team palpitations I don’t think they would have printed it if she didn’t have justifications ready to go. I hope this doesn’t affect Labor in the coming Federal election but this was long long overdue.

  2. Whoops! I hope this leads to better policing. Won’t be holding my breath.

  3. Mindy, no breath holding is probably a good call, what with that story being from 2008 😉 (Which I only noticed because I read the comments.)

  4. oops, too many “p”s

  5. Gah, the old re-tweet an old story trap! I wonder what happened to those police officers in the end. Obviously not much because that sort of thing still seems to happen with alarming regularity.

  6. Bwahahahahaha

    But the youngest of the Rudd children caused bemusement when he suggested the release of a Hollowmen clip – only to be told the satirical series was loosely based on his father’s first stint.

  7. Ed Butler in AusVotes2013 – The bigotry that dare not speak its name

    In the past week there have been several pieces by erudite, excellent writers, all of whom do not have a single racist bone among them. The thrust of these pieces is effectively “it is lazy and stupid to lay the blame for our treatment of asylum seekers at the feet of the few racists in our society. It is the economic and political circumstances we face that cause it.”
    We have just emerged from an astonishingly rancorous period during which we were privileged enough to experience a woman as our Prime Minister for the first time. Likewise, we also experienced a prolonged period wherein we were dragged through the muck of our collective subconscious, as that PM was subject to a level of physicalised, sexualised vitriol and, yes, hatred, beyond anything a male politician has experienced.
    I do not recall the thoughtful, considered pieces written by smart people exculpating the nation of its lingering sexism, linking sexism to long-held grievances among an ageing male working class that resents its increasing irrelevance in a modern, service-based economy.
    These things are no doubt true. But sexism was – and should be – called out for what it is.

  8. Re the Kate McClymont article – I also clicked on another article in the SMH that quoted Obeid talking in Parliament about McClymont – saying she just liked to hang out with the bad guys (ie the people who told her things about him!) and was like a gun moll
    Isn’t sexism always so handy?

  9. Circus shifts into high gear, election called for 7 September.

  10. About the hike in tax on tobacco:
    Price is one potential reason why a smoker might quit, or a non-smoker might decide not to take up the habit in the first place (modeling mentioned on the same day as the announcement suggested that 200,000 smokers would quit as a result of the tax hike, not sure how many wouldn’t start smoking). Given that half of all smokers die from their habit, that’s 100,000 lives saved.
    No one needs tobacco. It’s not like rent, food, water, clothing, schooling or a job. It doesn’t even have redeeming characteristics like alcohol (in moderation can be good for health).
    The only thing that “supporters” of tobacco point to is that it is legal, and has been legal for as long as it’s been available. Well I’m sure that before the laws were changed it was legal to sell tobacco to children too, but I don’t think anyone’s arguing that they should be reclaiming their legal rights to tobacco.

  11. It’s not like rent, food, water, clothing, schooling or a job.

    This is absolutely true. Unfortunately it is also true that many addicts will forgo rent, food, water, clothing to buy cigarettes. For some it will mean that they finally give up, for others it will mean that they give up more of other stuff, either for themselves or their partners, kids etc, to continue to feed their addiction.
    I would be happy if the extra $$ went into hospitals and education and teaching kids not to smoke in the first place but I fear it is just general revenue raising.

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