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 Political rats have few friends in the long run—eh Kevvie?

22.02.21.  It’s official! Kevin Rudd is longest ‘dick’ in Australia—there’s no end to that ‘pr*ck’! Years ago, when Kevin Rudd had dreams of a political career he schmoozed the media. Once in Kiribilli House the events enjoyed by his coterie of media lapdogs are legendary. Grand repasts with bottomless glasses of fine vintage, ‘cast like pearls among swine’ had the desired effect for kindly reportage. Highlights of the night, often cheered on by nearby residents, were footraces up the steep hill that delivered red-faced boozers gasping for oxygen laying on the footpath. Ah, yes! Comrades in arms scribing cloying adoration for their leader. Today, Rudd, and that other political bastard Turnbull, seek to destroy the instrument of Rudd’s success—the Murdoch media! Nobody loves a rat!
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s campaign for a royal commission into media diversity has failed, with the federal government formally advising the Governor-General that the inquiry should not proceed. A petition calling for a royal commission was launched by Mr Rudd in October, and by the time it was tabled in parliament three weeks later it had garnered 501,876 signatures, although it was later discovered that the e-document was littered with fake names.

Source: James Madden, News Corp

Kevin Rudd falls short in bid for royal commission into media diversity

Royal commissions are not established by the parliament. Rather, they are initiated by the Governor-General, based on advice from the federal government.
Petitions for royal commissions are submitted to the Standing Committee on Petitions; if they are procedurally sound, the document is referred to the relevant government minister — in this case Communications Minister Paul Fletcher — for their advice to the Governor-General on whether to proceed.
On Monday, Governor-General David Hurley will receive a letter from Mr Fletcher advising him not to green-light the proposed inquiry.
On Friday, Mr Rudd appeared at a Senate committee inquiry into media diversity — alongside executives from News Corp (publisher of The Australian), Nine, and Australian Associated Press — during which he claimed the “Murdoch media” enjoyed a monopoly of the national media industry. Mr Rudd also said he was “fearful of the Murdoch media beast” when he was prime minister.
News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller told the hearing that the Australian media landscape was in fact “a ­picture of diversity, not monopoly”, citing the fact that each month, 19 million Australians access at least one of Nine’s media brands, while News Corp, Seven West Media and the ABC independently reach between 17.4 and 17.8 million people.
“Diversity is not just about ownership. It’s about the diversity of sources,” Mr Miller said.
“Australians are smart people who make up their own minds about what media they consume, who they back politically, and what they feel.”
Mr Fletcher declined to comment on the federal government’s advice to Mr Hurley on the royal commission. But he did say that while the Australian media was already “vibrant and diverse”, the federal government was committed to ensuring that it remains so, in the face of the various challenges facing the industry.
“Quality news and public interest journalism plays an important role in the functioning of Australian society and democracy and is essential to informing local communities. Australia is fortunate to have a vibrant, diverse and contentious media sector,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Rules regarding the control of media ownership in Australia support this diverse media sector by limiting the number of media operations that can be controlled by a person in a licence area. Nevertheless, the government recognises there are serious challenges confronting the sector.
“One of these concerns the sustainability of public interest journalism in the light of the bargaining power imbalance between traditional media outlets and global online platforms. This is why the government has introduced the news media and digital platforms mandatory code into the parliament.”
Mr Fletcher said the government was focused on “practical measures to support the strength and diversity of Australian news media.”
Mr Rudd famously launched his campaign for a royal commission into media diversity without telling Labor leader Anthony Albanese. “I thought it would be less complicated for him if he didn’t know,” Mr Rudd said at the time.
On Sunday, Labor communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland reiterated the ALP’s position that a royal commission into media diversity in Australia was unnecessary.

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  • Popular Front 22/02/2021, 7:18 am

    A slap in the face for Rudd but then he has a face you’d just never tire of slapping hasn’t he? How that smarmy little prick conned his way into being Australia’s Prime Minister is a great example of media manipulation. If it wasn’t for his appearances on Koch-head’s morning show nobody would have heard of him.

  • Penguinite 22/02/2021, 7:43 am

    When Scomo was talking about “just a little prick” I thought he was referring to someone, not something.

  • Disgruntled 22/02/2021, 8:47 am

    just a couple of links that help us to dislike the chap and in the second one he talks of head scratching around the 0:40 mark; with a head like that and unruly facial hair it’s no wonder; probably fast running fleas causing the scratching!!



    • Z 22/02/2021, 11:14 am

      Tried valiantly to look at these links but almost lost my breakfast in the unsuccessful exercise. Trigger warning was needed Disgruntled.

  • Finn 22/02/2021, 8:50 am

    It rather suggests the old joke, why was it impossible to circumcise Kevin Rudd:? Because there is no end to the prick

  • Lorraine 22/02/2021, 9:13 am

    a foul little man, but most Labor men are in the same ilk.

  • Aktosplatz 22/02/2021, 9:23 am

    So the Petition Document was ‘littered with fake names’. What a shattering surprise (NOT)_

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