Media Circus: Five More Sleeps Edition

That’s 5 more sleeps until polling day, and mainstream news coverage of the election campaigns has been mostly a disgrace.

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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14 replies

  1. I’m just trying to avoid the whole thing. I hit the mute button every time Rudd or Abbott appear on the news, and thinking about the latter as PM is incredibly depressing. It makes me think of the saying “May your ears turn into arseholes and shit all over your shoulders.” I can’t abide the current mob, but if the Coalition gets voted in, the shit will just pour out.

  2. When do the election ads have to stop? I hope it is soon.

  3. Per the AEC on election advertising, the election ad blackout is from midnight Wednesday to the close of polls on Saturday. “Midnight” is always ambiguous to me, but from the “three day” commentary there, they seem to mean the midnight at the end of Wednesday, so that Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the blackout days.
    I have to admit some curiosity about what Gillard’s numbers would be if the preferred PM question was posed in polling now. Probably bad, admittedly.

  4. This by Jacqueline Maley is interesting (via Pavlov’s Cat) Just when you knew it was too late, the visionary Rudd arrived.
    Unfortunately she too falls down the ‘the women were wearing’ hole. Sure I was glad to know what the name of the garment Therese Rein was wearing and pleased that Jess Rudd looked so well in apple green but I was left wondering what the Rudd sons wore or Rudd himself. Not even a comment on the colour of his tie.

  5. There seems to be a lot of coverage of minor parties and their smooth preference deals this time, eg Abbott faces chaos in Senate in Fairfax today.
    I however blame the voting system far more than voters (unlike Alex Greenwich, Senate in the balance with minor parties in play). If the scenarios being mooted of senators elected from less than 1% of the primary vote emerge, I wonder if it would bring the majors together to eliminate or reform the Group Voting Ticket system. Above the line preferencing (as is allowed in NSW state upper house elections) makes the most sense to me; it’s exceptionally rare that I know enough about a party’s Senate candidates to want to re-rank them internally, I just want to rank the groups.
    Antony Green writes:

    The better alternative is to do what NSW did after the 1999 debacle, to abolish between-ticket preferences, but allow voters to express their own preferences for parties above the line on the ballot paper. Preferences are moved back into the hands of voters where they belong, and parties that campaign for votes with how-to-vote material can try to influence preferences, but parties that don’t campaign for votes lose control of their preferences.

  6. Rudd’s strong performance on Q&A is getting a lot of traction on the tv and social media this morning.
    It was an impressive reminder of the many strengths we admired in Kevin07, definitely. But just as I had nagging doubts about his social conservatism back then, the fact that he’s shifted on a few social justice points (while encouraging, and goodonim) doesn’t assuage my nagging doubts about his managerial style (which we didn’t know about in 07, but we definitely do know about now).
    Albo’s being impressive on News24 right now. Since Kevin’s looking like his seat is far from safe, Albo’s strengths are at least making me consider voting for him (he is my current MP) on Saturday.

  7. I was left wondering what the Rudd sons wore or Rudd himself. Not even a comment on the colour of his tie.


  8. Chally has a Global Comment article up today: The Rise of Far Right Parties in Australia.

  9. That’s interesting TT, last night when I checked into Twitter my stream was full of people saying how badly Rudd was being treated by former Labor voters who were giving it to him with both barrels. It must have gotten better after I went back to reading my book.

  10. There was a very cranky little article in the Wet Alsatian this morning regarding the minimal amount of time the various candidates for PM have spent campaigning in this state (less than 24 hours, in the case of Mr Abbott – although I’d argue his Fly In, Fly Out campaign whistle-stop was at least showing some sympathy with a large number of workers for the mining industry). Grump grump we’re being disregarded grump ignored grump t’othersiders don’t listen to us grump secession grump grump. Or thereabouts. Certainly, the implication is the majority of the election is going to be decided in NSW, Queensland, and Victoria, about two hours before the polls even close here in WA.
    I figure this is a wonderful opportunity, and I’d raise it not merely for us poor unfortunate disregarded Sandgropers, but also for the Crow-eaters (SA), the Taswegians, and the Territorians – vote the major parties out. Put the Labs and Libs last and second last on your ballot paper (in whichever order you prefer). If you have to vote for the coalition, vote for the Nationals instead of the Liberals (if only for the pleasure of watching Joe Hockey eating his words about “minor partners”). Vote for minor parties. Vote for independents. Make all the votes go to preferences. Make as many seats as possible into marginal seats.
    That way the politicians under the hill in the ACT have to start paying attention to the rest of us.

  11. I appreciate the idea of putting LabLib last, but no matter which way I slice it I can’t bring myself to put even the Libs behind ON or the Shooters or The Christmas Party or Rise Up, let alone putting Labor behind them. Not putting LibLab first, though, that I can get behind, and have for years.

  12. If you have to vote for the coalition, vote for the Nationals instead of the Liberals

    It’s unusual for them to stand against each other, in states that aren’t WA specifically. In the Reps, sometimes it might happen when a sitting member is retiring. They also share upper house tickets in many states.

  13. Interesting article critiquing “The left and the Murdoch press in the election” at AusVotes2013. That some of the anti-Murdoch rhetoric is side-swipingly insulting of large subsets of the Australian electorate is fairly obviously true, but not all of it, which is where I think Simon’s argument is weaker.
    He calls out this GetUp ad, which the commercial stations have refused to run, in particular, so for balance I’ll show it here:

  14. Okay, so the Coalition have released their costings, and I’m still completely in the dark. At least I’m not the only one – the costings are single line items, with no indication of where they’re getting the money from, what’s altering, or what the assumptions are behind them. For all I know, the key assumption behind each of those big savings is “we’re going to check behind the cushions of all the chairs in the House of Reps and the Senate and make up the savings from the small change found there”. Or maybe it’s the old classic: “a miracle happens”.

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