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REVEALING: Canberra Press Gallery says carbon tax is best achievement of 2012


Twenty souls from the Press Gallery at Parliament House, Canberra, were asked by the intrepid highly-paid but patriotic former student politician turned Tele journo Steve Lewis to confidentially give their views of the events of 2012, they thought:

■ The carbon tax was the best achievement of the year (if you laughed at this, as we did, you have just revealed your lack of enthusiasm for the policy initiative, much lauded within the latte curtain, but less loved elsewhere);

■ The PM’s attack on Tony Abbott over misogyny was the moment of the year and that, indeed, the PM is the best parliamentary performer, with Labor Lefty’s Albo and Greg Combet just behind her;

■ The scandal Steve Lewis brought to the nation’s attention in an ambush on the former Speaker Peter Slipper based on litigation brought by his then staffer James Ashby that has come to be massively discredited was voted the low point of the year.

I suspect it might be the last year such a survey is conducted although kudos to Steve Lewis for running with it, especially the Slipper part. While his story was presented in a manner that makes our least subtle yarns look humanitarian, it was certainly a big story, although it is now clear it was based on a big lie.


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  1. Serious out of touch. ETS is a clunky silly set of laws and programmes. It also really pertains to 2011, not 2012. Implementation dates are nothing.

    Perhaps the Murray Basin legislation was better example of bipartisanship. Also the Pacific Solution Mark II more important politically as it marks the beginning of the end of the Greens.

    For political sensations, yes, the Slipper story was the best – following closely by the HSU multiple scandals.

    Posted by wtf | December 28, 2012, 11:11
  2. Of course our Left Wing PMs speech was great. We gave her great Media training to deflect the racist refugee policy, her homophobic marriage policy, and her pro Israel anti Palestine policy. Such a great left Wong women. More I say, more!!!

    Posted by Emily | December 28, 2012, 22:04
  3. One of the best things to come out of the disintegration of the print media and the dumbing down of television news is that political journalists are an endangered species – so there are fewer of the unrepresentative swill around to distort reality.

    The rise of the blogs and social media provides many competing opportunities to get differing perspectives on important events.

    Just for the record, IMO (notice no H):

    1. the carbon tax is a bad tax on many levels, not least of which is that it requires the government to spend more on compensation measures than it raises in revenue – so it is a net cost to the budget;

    2. the misogny speech was poorly written and set a standard that no male politician will be able to reach; and

    3. there is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge before the truth comes out in relation to Slipper, a person clearly doomed to lose his parliamentary seat.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | December 29, 2012, 20:19
  4. Is it misogyny if I point out Julia’s misogyny speech was written by a man?

    Posted by Robert C | December 30, 2012, 11:38
  5. We all know what Abbott’s ‘pastimes’ are.

    Posted by Byron from Wahroonga | December 30, 2012, 22:39
  6. Indeed Byron, Abbott’s pastimes include volunteer work in remote Aboriginal communities, volunteering as a fire fighter with his local CFA and being a volunteer lifeguard with his local surf lifesaving club.

    What an outstanding fellow!

    Posted by Anonski | December 31, 2012, 9:43
  7. What about Craig Emerson as a star media performer?

    Posted by Angela Moore | December 31, 2012, 12:20
  8. I believe the left-wind attitude of the Canberra Press Gallery is symptomatic of a group that wants and needs to stay on side with the current federal government – particularly their leader, PM Julia Gillard.
    It will be interesting to see how they behave and write/talk if we do have a change of government comde the next election.

    Posted by GeoffM | January 1, 2013, 10:54
  9. It may stick in your craw, but this lefty thinks you have done a service to journalism by telling things as they are.

    On the issue of the results of the survey of the Canberra press gallery, their answers totally contradict what they “reported” in their opinion pieces over 2012 … which all goes to prove that they are liars

    Michelle Grattan deserves the award of the Horse Blanket for her poisonous opinion pieces on Gillard.

    Posted by Michelle | January 1, 2013, 20:15
  10. It is perfectly understandable. Most of the Canberra press Gallery know they are going down with the ALP government. When the all the inquiries, Royal Commissions and Police investigations are concluded, convictions recorded and sentences served in about 10 years time this will be recorded as the most incompetent, debased and destructive government in our history, with a criminal for PM. There will never be another ALP federal government and there will be no place to hide for their sycophants, enablers and accomplices in the Press Gallery. They will go down still singing their masters tune, not out of loyalty, but simply because they can do nothing else to try and survive. They have tied themselves to the ALP mast. Good riddance to irrelevant rubbish.

    Posted by Harry Won A Bagel | January 2, 2013, 5:16
  11. Macklin is now behaving like Richard Nixon – tape wiped clean.

    Posted by Harry Callahan | January 2, 2013, 9:37
  12. Our glorious left wing leader has taken on the refugees the gays an single mothers. Women of the world unite.

    Posted by Emily | January 2, 2013, 20:03
  13. So that’s not a piss-take, is it really what they thought? Then why have they spent the last year telling us the opposite? i.e. Lying their arses off.

    Of course they’re right. In terms of political achievement, carbon pricing achieved with the other side running a relentless scare campaign against it was unprecedented anywhere in the western world. It was more impressive than Howard’s GST.

    There have been heaps of others, not least on smoking/tobacco sales and the NBN.

    But that’s the big one.

    Posted by Gorgeous Dunny | January 5, 2013, 14:56
  14. Oh you Rightoid commenters are a predictable, if more than somewhat silly lot.
    You couldn’t have had a more sympathetic commentariat to Hymie the Opposition Leader, over the last 2 years since the 2010 election, and still you bray and whinny about ‘the sycophants, accomplices and enablers in the Press Gallery’. How many times have they conspired with Hymie to take down this government? Puhleese!

    Oh well, that’s my belly laugh for the day, reading the comments from the refugees from Menzies House.

    Posted by A Nonny Mouse | January 5, 2013, 17:13
  15. Anyone got a Job?

    Posted by Marco Baloned | January 5, 2013, 18:41
  16. The Canberra Press Gallery is actually pretty evenly split between supporters of the Greensparty and supporters of the left of the ALP. The opinion writers give us all a pluralistic view of the critical issues that really matter to people living in Albert Park or Balmain.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | January 5, 2013, 22:19
  17. He’ll can be a long road!!

    Posted by KJ | January 6, 2013, 13:23
  18. The media have been giving Juliar the greatest blowjob of all time. For such a deceitful and dishonest person I am amazed at how reluctant they are to hold her accountable.This beat up of Abbot vs women is being fuelled by the Socialist Lesbain United Tofu.. i.e.Emily’s list..

    Posted by the scribe | January 7, 2013, 8:12
  19. The canberra press has a narrow myopic view of the world as this little joke so clearly shows, up their own arse!

    Posted by cynic | January 10, 2013, 17:12
  20. Bolano:
    No money for million dollar mortgage
    all sacked where is our loot?
    Hey car not returned, seek.com is not Marco’s friend.


    Posted by malvern | January 15, 2013, 15:30
  21. Bad luck Kylie, you get what you voted for!!!

    Posted by Maxfield the rapist | January 15, 2013, 16:53


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