Media Circus: Abbott’s Xmas gifts to the nation edition

So, we get a new Human Rights commissioner whose main concern appears to be making sure that Andrew Bolt can tell lies about indigenous people without facing any consequences, and we continue to be told absolutely zero about what Australia will lose in the TPP so-called ‘negotiations’.

If it looks like us pesky citizens might demand a say in what will happen to our country, the Abbott Government’s response is to simply stop the flow of information.

We have Scott Morrison’s refusal to give real time information on boat arrivals; we have Abbott’s doublespeak on ‘talking to the media’ which is, in reality, pre-recorded YouTube clips without a journalist in sight to question him; we have the extreme right within the Liberal Party wanting the ABC’s online news service to be dismantled; and now we have a far-reaching agreement that will fundamentally undermine our sovereignty, push up the cost of life-saving medications, curb freedom of speech and further curtail our ability to control large multinational corporations on our own soil.

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. A letter in the Age today suggested that Holden pulling out suits this government very well: more people out of work, lower wages, more power to employers – WorkChoices by stealth.
    Everything this mob does lends itself to such thinking. They’re making Howard ::spits:: look humane.
    Even the “oh noes economic disaster” stuff reads like an excuse to do what they want to anyway: cut services, make the vulnerable more so, heap more trouble on people who they blame for not being rich employers. I swear they look at the Republicans as their role-models. Abbott certainly shares their totally hypocritical faux-Christianity.

  2. Murray-Darling basin: this gratuitous decision to reject science is disastrous | John Quiggin: The Guardian

    The passage of the basin management plan in 2012 represented that rarest of political achievements – the permanent solution of a longstanding policy problem. It’s now in jeopardy

    For reasons that remain obscure the rejection of climate science has become a shibboleth for rightwing culture warriors, whose views drive not only Abbott himself, but the majority of his backbench.
    More recently, it has become clear that the triumph of politics over science under the Abbott government will be total and unqualified.

  3. Had a flick through today’s Herald-Sun. I had to ask if I’d been magically transported to Stalinist Russia, the propaganda was so obvious.
    The big news of the moment is that the Victorian Liberal government wants to spend $8bn on a road. One road, mind you, not road infrastructure. Most Victorians believe that money would be better spent on improving public transport, with it’s own $8bn project waiting in the wings. The Libs have decided the proper response is slam it all through with as little public consultation as possible. The predictable result is protests. And with the Libs desperate to ram this through, the cops have been dispatched with orders to break up protests through any means at their disposal.
    Not so according to the Herald. Apparently, it’s just a small handful of jobless socialists (really! They said jobless socialists) who have a problem. These apparently unemployed people include at least one city councillor. And the protesters are VIOLENT and COSTING US MONEY! Never mind the protesters are the ones ending up in hospitals with nary a split lip on a copper. Never minding that the peaceful protests don’t particularly require police presence or any other expenditure of public money. What a bloody farce.

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