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The ABC Just In choose not to report the arrival of people trafficked into Australia via illegal entry vessels. The two boats that arrived last week for example went unreported.
They have no problem whatsoever reporting the fights and other tragedies that occur.
A bit manipulative of them I believe. It’s not their job to cover up the arrival of illegal entry vessels for the government. After the Riley interview being sprung at such a politically opportune time this selective reporting is even more glaringly obvious.
The detention centres are a problem. They’re overcrowded and an administration nightmare for both the contractors running them and the detainees. However, with the amount of arrivals reported by the ABC one can be forgiven for believing there’s only a handful of people detained and this policy isn’t a failure.
Quietly stuffing people in hotels and overcrowded established detention centres, while scampering around the countryside seeking out still more likely locations to dump these trafficked people into is no solution to this policy failure.
It’s got to the stage Australians are now unaware of exactly how many illegal entry vessels have arrived. How many trafficked people are detained, and where. How many are on hunger strike. How many committing suicide.
We’re now disconnected from this issue. A con job well done on the people of Australia for an incompetent government by a politically active media.
This whole policy failure is something that should be debated openly without news outlets sanitising the narly bits for the Gillard government. Let’s face the stark truth here. People have died. More will die. That East Timor solution is nothing more than a thought bubble.
An incompetent PM and government that has more than enough to answer for themselves were protected for the last two days by manipulative media playing GOTCHA! on Abbot.
They dug up the body of a fallen digger and paraded his corps through our homes. Beating up controversy over a non event already months old that was sat on until the first day of our parliament.
Hijacking our political system and stifling critique of our government.
I cannot stress how furious I am about this manipulative stunt!
The Australian people get to vote on who runs the show. I concede our choices aren’t always wise. Look who’s running the show now! It is not up to the likes of the ABC and the Riley’s of the media to cherry pick what topic is or isn’t worthy of discussion by the people of Australia!
GAME ON! crowed our PM last year. Not once but twice.
Remember in 2007 the Labor government employed the largest number ever of media heavies ever to suckle from the taxpayer teat. It looks like those media heavies have been working overtime all through the holidays!
Mark Riley needs to be put through the ringers for this episode, the whole thing was put out of context, channel 7 should have done what channel 9 did and showed the whole conversion, I was disgusted with what 7 did but not surprised.
Saw this when I went over to Andrew Bolt’s blog for the “tips for the day”, [I like a cartoon there by Potemkin Villager], this was posted by marg of nambour. http://screenguide.com.au/2010/12/22/ministerial-tickle-julia-gillard-tries-to-throw-off-mark-riley/
Hmmmm, Julia and Mark seem quite friendly.
Another thing I’ve noticed just in passing as that Andrew seems to be trying to be even handed to all parties but is making a bit of a mess of it, as he appears to be harder on Abbott then Gillard, then again that just might be my perception.
Here is the reason I like Potemkin Villager, whoever it is says in a few words what many others would in long sentences, plus Potemkin Villager is the only one who shows Julia in full Chinese regalia, which is fair enough as most cartoonists show Abbott in his life-saving outfit. http://img225.imageshack.us/i/015gettingnasty.jpg/
I think this is the poll you mean, and these are the current results:
Yes — 68.55% (9595 votes)
No — 31.45% (4402 votes)
Of course, Internet polls are notoriously unreliable, but it’s interesting to see how much interest there’s been in this one so far. The only other recent poll on that page to attract so many total votes was the one about the flood levy.
Hey, thanks for the link, kid. Coincidentally, I saw Mark Riley shoplifting at Coles today. At least it looked like him for that split second without my glasses, but that’s enough time, also I heard him say something like “kill all the old people,” or it could have been “get more milk..” which is very insensitive of Riley. It was enough context though, I’m sure. Hey Riley! Get away from my car!