Contemptuous dismissal

30 Apr

This ‘careful, methodical’ method of not fronting the public or answering questions, will come to bite harder than if he came clean. As LOTO, Abbott repeatedly claimed the prime minister (Julia Gillard) has questions to answer. However, she repeatedly, almost daily, did just that, answered questions. Abbott ran then, he runs now. Not only does he have questions to answer, decisions to explain, cases to be proven; the media has the responsibility to ask the questions, the need to be tenacious, to pursue, to insist, to demand on our behalf, to expose on our behalf, to not let Abbott or anyone in the government to run or to set the agenda, the responsibility to make the government accountable. ‘
It is not something I intend holding my breath waiting for. However, I believe slivers leading to cracks leading to barrier collapse is happening, all too slowly, all to uncertainly, but the bile will erupt, both from the media and from the backbench.
Could be wishful thinking, though.

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Terry2

April 28, 2014 • 6:36 am

“I got to wondering why Andrew Neil’s (Spectator Australia) interview with Joe Hockey was a ‘break through’ moment. After all, he didn’t ask any particularly probing questions and he certainly didn’t get any revealing answers – the example given by Joe on the question about ‘entitlement’ was the school kids bonus.

What was unusual was that Hockey got placed in a forum where he was actually asked questions and was expected to answer, which obviously stunned him. I couldn’t think of a comparable situation involving Abbott or his Ministers where they actually have been grilled or even made themselves available to account for their leaks and spin.

The coalition strategy seems to be to leak and work in closely with News Corp, avoid interviews beyond those with friendly outlets where quite obviously the questions are scripted and whatever happens don’t appear on the…

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