Archive for July 26, 2003


July 26, 2003

Well done to Channel 10 Perth for choosing to broadcast the Richmond Vs Western Bulldogs game rather than Port Adelaide vs Brisbane. The widespread excitement associated with the match was thus narrowly averted.

In not only the best game of the 2003 season but one of the best games of AFL football imaginable, the Power withstood everything the Lions could throw at them and won the game when Roger James scored a behind with 42 seconds remaining.

I hope you all die of cancer.

ABC Bias Debatable

July 26, 2003

At least if you read Tim Dunlop’s blog:

[Alston’s dossier] plants in everybody’s mind the notion that the ABC is irredeemably biased, and installs an inner-Alston in every ABC journo’s head, tempting them to self-censor every word they write rather than face another in his relentless bouts of name-calling and denigration.

I was under the impression that the blogosphere had long ago agreed that the ABC is obviously biased, and that the debate should be turned to what, if anything, we should do about it.

Myself, I find myself agreeing with Tim Dunlop:

it will play so well with the peanut gallery whose earnest justifications for this waste of tax dollars I look forward to hearing.

Being a cultural philistine, my own idea about what to do with the ABC is a new lifestyle TV show along the lines of “Location Location“.

Instead of second homes for the bourgeoisie, “Privatisation Survivor” would feature nervous production assistants from 7, 9, 10 and Foxtel bidding on old buildings and sound equipment. Another popular feature would be watching ex-ABC broadcasters participating in reverse auctions with heartless commercial operators in an attempt to snare employment.

First up tonight on Privatisation Survivor: David Marr, Indira Naidoo and Liam Bartlett audition for the position of host for “Wheel Of Fortune”!

And don’t forget to stay tuned for our viewer SMS auction: Kerry O’Brien’s green pen could be yours!

Like most shows of its type, “Privatisation Survivor” would be a ratings winner, especially compared to anything on the ABC.

Geoff Saves Whales: TV

July 26, 2003

Geoff Gallop compromised the WA Tourism industry by pandering to the anti-development crusades of the WA Greens. Is he trying to hide his embarassment? Quite the contrary.

Geoff is so proud of himself he took out a TV ad to gloat! (And by “he” I mean “WA Taxpayers”):

The Future Directions report was released by Dr Gallop after he herded hacks on to a plane and flew them to Coral Bay to announce that he single-handedly “saved” the reef by canning Mauds Landing. This claim, of course, is complete nonsense. The only thing he saved, for the time being at least, was his own political skin.

If you haven’t seen the ads on telly promoting this wonderful decree, you really should as it’s costing WA taxpayers $350,000 to be subliminally informed that apart from the Incredible Hulk, there’s no one greener than our Premier.

Geoff, like his wet idol, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, is boldly going where no man has gone before in the pursuit of conservation:

Dr Gallop told the recent State ALP conference that his Government is on track to create 30 new national parks.

That should make it an even hundred. WA already has 63 national parks and 7 marine parks, which collectively cover an area of over 200,000 sq km, or 7 SBUs (Standard Belgium Units).