Victoria the Saudis and the Grand Prix

Greg Norman called the Saudi’s Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and body sawing just a “mistake”.

The Age’s Greg Baum (the only Melbourne sports journalist to regularly expose the Melbourne Grand Prix’s false claims) called it murder.

Now Victoria has shown that, like Greg Norman, we’re not that regretful about linking ourselves with those who have blood on their hands. read more

PR firms and who they work for

Some years ago the prominent head of an Australian PR agency claimed that PR companies were just like barristers – cabs for hire.

It was obvious nonsense as PR firms are free to choose to represent a client or not whereas barristers are much more limited in their choices.

The dilemma is highlighted as the PR industry is involved in a series of choices about what to do with clients and potential clients when their activities make global warming worse. Some of them are no doubt using the cab for hire principle to justify their choices others are taking a more principled stance. read more

Rupert’s getting out of bed with Jerry and Donald

Rupert Murdoch is no longer in bed with either Jerry Hall of Donald Trump.

In the space of a few weeks Rupert Murdoch has dumped Jerry Hall and Donald Trump. One dumped for threatening to cost him money and one because he can no longer deliver Rupert’s other love – power.

The first sign of this was The New York Post editorial comment published on 22 July 2022. read more

What do Americans think about global warming?

What do Americans think about politics and global warming? In the last blog we looked at the Damascene conversion of Republican pollster, Frank Luntz, and his advice on how global warming should be framed and what language should be used to persuade voters on climate change issues.

Now the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University has released its latest national survey on politics and global warming – undertaken in April-May just before Supreme Court rulings on abortion, guns and the EPA; the latest in the endemic US mass shootings; and the January 6 committee hearings. read more

The devil need not have the best tunes

The ongoing success of Republicans and US right wingers might be characterised as being due to the devil having the best tunes.

Yet recently, after a road to Damascus experience, the man actually responsible for many of those tunes turned his mind to how progressives can make their messaging about climate more effective. read more

The US, faith in institutions and political violence

It is no longer completely ridiculous to ponder whether the US might be heading towards a new low level civil war.

Indeed, it is arguable that it is already in an emerging state of insurgency. The number of weapons in private hands makes the prospect at least possible although, unlike the Civil War, the division may not be a clear division geographically but would be more like a patchwork. read more

Hubristic Greens

There is one area in which the Greens are out in a class of their own – hubris.

The Greens opposed the former Rudd Labor government’s Carbon Pollution Trading Scheme (CPRS) in 2009 and voted it down in parliament.

Later it supported the Gillard Labor government’s carbon price and claimed it only “happened because of the Greens”. read more

The many Melbourne Grand Prix secrets

There are many secrets surrounding the Melbourne Grand Prix.

For instance: why they are the only big event in Victoria which can’t seem to manage to accurately count the number of people who attend and have to estimate attendance? How can they claim, on their estimates, that each year is a new record attendance? What  real economic benefits, if any, accrue to Victoria? How the Kennett Government managed to ‘steal’ the event from Adelaide when in fact it was there for the taking because the SA Government thought it wasn’t worth the trouble and expense? read more