Rodney Tiffen thinks he can.
- Last year, the total circulation of all Australian daily newspapers was a little over 2.1 million, fully one million lower than it was at the turn of the century.
Back in 1947 fully 38.6% of the population bought a newspaper. Now it’s 7.2%. Murdoch has roughly a 60 per cent share of Australian daily circulation, so about 4 per cent of the population now buy his papers, assuming just above two people read each paper.
The suggestion is that Murdoch’s ability to influence elections is not all that large and is diminishing.
2. Barnaby Joyce can’t stop coal mine
Barnaby Joyce said ‘the world has gone mad’ when his own Government approved the highly contentious Shenhua Watermark coal mine on the highly fertile Liverpool Plains in Barnaby’s own electorate.
Tony Windsor is considering running for parliament again.
As Minister for Agriculture Barnaby has been ineffectual.
Jacqui Lambie has mocked Joyce in what the SMH calls a bizarre video, calling his “the Liberals’ lap dog” and telling him to “stop licking the dirt off the Liberals’ boots”. He should resign from Cabinet, she says.
Labor has said Joyce is either ‘incompetent or lacks influence in cabinet’.
Joyce has been reduced to lobbying the NSW State Government to block the lease.
I understand the mine is on ridge lands, not suitable for cropping. There are worries, though, about the water table and dust contaminating nearby crops.
3. Q&A boycott
Joyce was also not impressed when Tony Abbott pulled the plug on ministers appearing on Q&A while the program was being reviewed.
Abbott has also said that ministers will appear again on Q&A if and when the program is brought under its news and current affairs umbrella, where there would be stricter controls on the program in terms of balance.
It looks as though the ABC will roll over on this one:
- ABC chairman Jim Spigelman, in a letter to Abbott on Thursday, said a transfer to the News Division had “merit” and was being considered.
Turning to more serious matters, have you ever seen a better 80-minute performance than Queensland put on NSW on Wednesday night?
Fox Sports thinks it was simply the best. 52-6 was a record margin, beating the 56-16 thrashing we got in 2000. NSW were in the match for the first five minutes and actually led 2-0. Then rookie Danew Gagai scored and it became a procession. All 17 players played well, but Thurston was outstanding:
- There’s a reason this bloke is most people’s pick as the nearest challenger to the Eighth Immortal’s title as the greatest halfback in history — his three try assists, a hand in no less than five line breaks plus nine goals from nine attempts, gives him fair claim to one of the most dominant individual performances in the interstate arena.
I suspect, though, that a critical difference was the return of Cooper Kronk for Daly Cherry Evans, who confuses everyone and at Origin level fools no-one.
For the NSW players, the whole thing must have seemed unreal There was silence on the bus on the way back to the hotel:
- Halfback Trent Hodkinson added that the bus ride was a “strange feeling”.
“It was more of a feeling that [the way we played] wasn’t who we are,” Hodkinson said.
Coach Mal Meninga thinks defence was the key. I thought the QLD line speed in defence was amazing. QLD had 70% of possession and made 1531 metres in attack to NSW’s 731.
We’ll never see its like again.
Even more serious, Akubra will no longer use Australian rabbit fur, because they can import processed fur more cheaply from France.
Bob Katter says it’s not about price:
- He said there would not be a person in Australia that would buy an Akubra hat because it was cheaper than some other hat.
“They buy it for style, they buy it for image, they buy it for who they are and for who they want to be,” he said.
Akubra have in fact been importing some fur since the 1990s and will still employ 85 people to make the hats.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
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The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
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