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February 28, 2013

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 28th Feb 2013 |
The Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is a special talent in the Gillard Government – he gives new meaning to the term – ‘fu_kwit’ … his stupidity revealed in recent comments about ‘spectrum’ licences’ reveal him as self-appointed dumbest Federal Minister ever.

What was Rudd thinking when he appointed this neanderthal to the Communications portfolio and in charge of the $40 billion NBN rollout … really – this idiot in charge of a $40 billion Government spend that has failed in every target it has set itself since the project commenced.

Conroy is now making new waves about media ownership and the concerns of the Government about Channel 10’s ‘Meet the Press’ current affairs program, and its ownership links to the Murdoch media empire.  Read story below:

Stephen Conroy’s pitch to control the news

| Author: David Crowe, National affairs editor | Date: Feb 28th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

CABINET ministers have canvassed a startling intervention in news and current affairs to prevent television networks from striking partnerships with other media companies in a sign of last-minute changes to reforms due within weeks.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is understood to have put the proposals to Julia Gillard on Monday night in an attempt to stop the Ten Network from working with News Limited to produce a Sunday current affairs program.

As Wayne Swan joined the discussion, Senator Conroy suggested expanding his reform package to ban free-to-air TV networks from outsourcing news and current affairs to other media companies.

Labor’s anxiety over the Meet The Press program on Ten contrasts with the show’s impact on public affairs, given the forum for political interviews draws fewer than 75,000 viewers on Sundays.

And the high-level focus on the program appeared to ignore similar deals at the ABC in which Four Corners aired reports by journalists from Fairfax newspapers on subjects such as the Reserve Bank’s note-printing subsidiary and global warming in the arctic.

While the Prime Minister rejected the minister’s idea, the talks about such a contentious new measure indicate the fluid state of a reform package that needs to be finalised within a fortnight so there is time to legislate it this year.

The changes could reshape the media by imposing new ownership limits, requiring greater scrutiny of the press, cutting TV license fees and adjusting TV production quotas.

Senator Conroy’s reform proposals have been discussed behind closed doors for most of the past year but have yet to be put to ministers, amid scepticism from some cabinet members about whether the ownership changes are necessary.

The Monday night discussion was kept outside the day’s cabinet meeting, which did not discuss media reform, and was limited to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Communications Minister.

The Greens are demanding legislation to stop Ten’s agreements with News after being told by the media regulator last year that Lachlan Murdoch’s interest in Ten and DMG Radio did not breach current rules because he was not a “controller” of News Corporation, parent company of News Limited, which publishes The Australian. Mr Murdoch sits on the News Corporation board.

Greens leader Christine Milne accused News of exerting influence over Ten and singled out the creation of a Sunday TV program featuring News columnist Andrew Bolt and the agreement this month for the two companies to co-operate on Meet The Press.

While Senator Conroy expressed no concern about News and Ten when asked his view in the Senate on Monday, several individuals told The Australian he is privately furious about the alliance.

Labor’s frustration with News is well known after cabinet ministers talked about “going to war” with the company in August 2011 because of their anger at reports critical of the government.

Sources told The Australian yesterday that Senator Conroy used the talks on Monday night to suggest measures to prevent any commercial free-to-air TV network from outsourcing news and current affairs to another media entity.

The minister argued that a specific provision was needed because other changes, such as his proposed “public interest test” on ownership transactions, could not address editorial decisions.

The Prime Minister rejected the idea on the grounds it would be like telling media companies who to employ, said those familiar with the talks.

Senator Conroy declined to answer questions about whether he suggested the change, had concerns about TV networks giving another media company the right to produce programs on their networks or considered the idea to be a live option in his reform proposals.

“The government is considering the recommendations of the Convergence Review and Finkelstein inquiry and will respond in due course,” said a spokesman for the minister.

The government received the Convergence Review into the media last March and the Finkelstein report into news and current affairs last February but is yet to respond formally to either.

Meet The Press attracted 74,000 viewers in the five mainland state capitals last Sunday. The ABC’s Insiders show drew 99,000 while Weekend Sunrise, the Seven Network show that limits its coverage of politics, led the ratings with 362,000 viewers.

Four Corners aired several programs by Fairfax journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie investigating alleged bribery at the RBA’s note-printing subsidiary and a program in 2008 by Fairfax journalist Marian Wilkinson on the impact of global warming on the Arctic.

Conroy’s – ‘I am God’ speech”…

The new ‘spectrum’ licenses are currently being put up for tender.  There has to be great concern when Conroy speaks about the tender process and claims to have the power of a dictator – see clip below:

The wording of this speech is extracted and ran in the same media – read below:

” …The regulation of telecommunications powers in Australia is exclusively federal. That means I am in charge of spectrum auctions, and if I say to everyone in this room ‘if you want to bid in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head. I have unfettered legal power….”

source of quote

This is an example of Conroy’s abilities … many times before this site has produced employment history of our Federal Ministers to show just how unqualified they are to hold the positions they do – Conroy has featured several times – but to refresh:


  • Born 18.1.1963, Ely, UK. Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BEc (ANU).
  • Superannuation Officer, Transport Workers’ Union.
  • Research assistant.

Link to Conroy’s APH Bio

English by birth, his economics degree was put to use as a research assistant and then a Superannuation Officer with the TWU before he was rewarded with a Senate position in 1996 to replace Senator Gareth Evans … Conroy for Evans … what a failing for the ALP … and now this dickhead is the Leader in House in the Senate for the Government.

Conroy is no more than a Union thug rewarded with a Senate position for his loyalty … his promotion to Leader of the Government in the Senate came after Senator Chris Evans resigned a few weeks ago – Conroy’s remuneration is now some 187.5% times the Parliamentary ‘base salary’ structure – some $357,281 p/a … there is no way this idiot could earn that money in the private sector …

And now as reported above – Gillard, Conroy, and Swan are having clandestine discussions on how to prevent ‘Meet the Press’ and its host Andrew Bolt from commenting in a ‘free speech’ context, on and about the Government of the day. The reason offered – Conroy and company does not like the way the Murdoch and affiliated media outlets are commenting about the Government performance.

The very concept that Conroy believes he can rule the telecommunications realm in a dictatorial manner defies the democracy aspect of our political system.

He was not censured for his comments quoted above … he was not forced to apologised for the embarrassment he bestowed on the Government and his Ministerial responsibilities … he is just another example of this Gillard led juggernaut heading over a cliff and trying to take us all with them.

The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

Links to every MP e-mail can be found using the Australian Parliamentary Website Members and Senator links below … pick your an ALP MP or Senator, or send it to all – voice your opinion now.

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Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

  1. barry
    February 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Haven’t you noticed? Find one minister in the present government that “isn’t” a Neanderthal. !!!!
    My guess is they have all been hand picked for the specific purpose of doing as they are told .
    And it seems that mission is to destroy Australia.

    Remember Bob Hawke spruiking to his loyal union members…”We will bring this country to it’s knees” ?

    Well, all you need is a bunch of dumbasses to obey orders, and this is what you get .

    Adolf Hitler did the same ……need more be said?

  2. February 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Gillard spoke on radio today about her Ministry …

    In a frank and personal interview on ABC radio in Brisbane, the Prime Minister said fairness and a “love of country and a love of family” were at the core of her personal values.

    However, she said she often felt misunderstood, particularly when it came to the modern-day media cycle. “I think there is a lot in this time of change in the media industry that pushes the cycle towards more schlock, more horror,” she said.

    “That means you need more and more drama or you can’t sustain it, so even the simplest things get puffed up in a way that is really pretty absurd.” Ms Gillard gave the example of her cabinet reshuffle earlier this year involving the retirement of senior ministers Chris Evans and Nicola Roxon.

    “I thought the media reaction to that was absurd,” she said.

    “Two wonderfully competent ministers who have decided to go and do something else with their lives seamlessly replaced by two fantastically competent ministers and this is written as crisis. Excuse me? “That was complete silliness.”

    Asked who was the stand-out intellectual in her cabinet, the Prime Minister gave a glowing assessment of some of her ministers. “It depends what you mean by intellectual,” she said.

    If you wanted to go “the well-read, understanding of the artistic world, understanding of the world in general”, you would go for Bob Carr or Simon Crean, she said. If you wanted to go for “a mastery of the law”, you would say Mark Dreyfus. I

    f you wanted to go “in touch with working people it would be Wayne Swan, Jenny Macklin, Bill Shorten. “The list goes on,” Ms Gillard said.

    Offering an insight into the closed-door cabinet process, the Prime Minister said she had a strict rule for meetings. “I specifically say to my cabinet colleagues I don’t expect people to come in and just automatically agree with each other. “What I do expect is for them to give the best of themselves and to operate what I call a positive climate.”

    Asked about the booming social media forum Twitter, Ms Gillard said some “vile things” were posted and there were some issues which were “too serious and too weighty” to be dealt with by it. “But it’s a fantastic way of engaging people,” she said. AAP

    on-line story …

    This context of the PM sharing her thoughts on the qualities of her fellow Cabinet Ministers allows us all to judge her … and her opinions of those she has selected to serve in the Ministry … make your own opinions …

  3. February 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Andrew Bolt’s take on the above story … linked here

  4. The Parable
    February 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    The first rule of press is that they should report objectively. The first rule of democracy is that they should rule, without fear or favour.

    Is there a difference?

    Andrew Bolt is self promoting. Just listen to his self promo, join me this Sunday I have invited 5 ALP frontbenchers who each declined but instead I have…. (Sorry I too (the viewer) am busy, if it is worth listening to, it will flood the airwaves right through until Tuesday the week after). We call it news cycle.

    This is also the criticism of the dirty digger. Does Rupert Murdoch have any concept between objective v fear or favour. Rupert Murdoch only knows he creates fear, and through editorial he might present favour. And he uses it. He is one of the richest men in the world because of.

    Bolt is just an earthworm (no discernable brain, or feeling, just a worm) tune in this Sunday, it might be the last in our totalitarian state, same bat(ty) time, same bat(ty) day, same bat(ty) channel for another engrossing batty episode of Bolt plays Batman (or Superman, the Green Goblet, the crystal chalice, the pernicious prick).

    It was all there in Citizen Kane. One of the Warner Brothers (Jack Warner) once warned one day the media will be presented into our lounge rooms, war, that male bastion of virtue. Something the children and little lady should be protected from.

    Groucho Marx retaliated, it is time we took sex and violence off the TV screen and returned it to the bedroom were it belongs.

    Andrew Bolt is rubbish. Rubbish Rubbish Rubbish to buggery.

    Who mentioned Alan Jones

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