It’s a democracy… so long as you shut up


On Monday, some of you may have been up early enough to read a column by Glenn Milne in the Australian detailing some shennanigans possibly involving PM Gillard and her then-boyfriend, Union official Bruce Wilson.

A few hours later it was pulled, as were posts on Andrew Bolt’s blog that covered the issue also.

Also on Monday, an interview on Sydney’s Fairfax-owned (i.e. NOT the evil Murdoch hate media) with ex Union official Bob Kernohan, was also pulled – at the behest of someone close to the PM if not the woman herself (more details here when today’s MTR podcast is up).

And from that last link, we also hear about Gillard having a whinge that people shouldn’t protest too much.

Of course, she’s likely referring to salt-of-the-earth types like those who participated in the Convoy of No Confidence.

One really doubts she’s referring to so-called “grassroots” professional protest mobs like GetUp!, which for the enlightenment of this blog’s American readers is something akin to ACORN.

Gillard says she doesn’t want protests in Australia becoming too “American”.

Would this be the same America our PM described just a few months ago – holding back tears and all – as “a beacon of Democracy”?

Meanwhile, a number of Labor federal MPs have stated they’re jumping ship come the next election, only one federal Labor MP in Queensland, Kevin Rudd (the one they DON’T want), would retain his seat, if an election were held today, and well, one wonders how embattled ex-Union secretary (accused of using his union credit card to buy prostitutes among other dubious, large expenses) Craig Thompson is feeling today.

Fun times…

Oh, and PS in case you missed it:

Jamie McIntyre:

On Friday our nation’s debt went over $200 billion for the first time ever. We borrowed $3.2 billion over the last week.

Our debt ceiling was $75 billion when the current party got into government. On 11 March 2009, “special circumstances” warranted an increase to a “temporary” level of $200 billion. The last budget saw the government increase it permanently to $250 billion.

So it takes about 220 years to reach $75 billion, but only four years to almost triple it.

Wow.

(Thanks Sean for the Kernohan PDF)

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  1. Hi,
    It was all fun and games yesterday, talk about an unreal day.
    Did you know that the Sydney Morning Herald run the story about Glenn Milne article being pulled? They also printed it word for word so to speak, with the bit in there that julia didn’t like, yep, and guess what it wasn’t pulled, why not? It was a day I noticed a few things from a few blogs got deleted as people started to get worried, yet here was this story in the SMH. 😡
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/bombshell-for-gillard-explodes-under-murdoch-press-20110829-1jipb.html

    • I read Milne’s piece luckily enough before it was pulled, and it’s good to see Bolta back on deck after a strange day indeed yesterday.

      Not about Bolta specifically, but there seems to be one helluva shitstorm going behind the scenes.

      • That’s what I mean, all these posts are getting pulled yet the SMH story is not getting pulled, double standards maybe? A lot of Andrews posts were pulled yesterday. Bob Brown has said he will definitely go ahead with looking at the murdock press, he wants to break it up. This is going to be very interesting indeed.

  1. August 31st, 2011

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