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A glass and a half of full cream bullshit


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They say any form of publicity is good publicity. I am not so sure that Cadbury’s parent company, Mondelez is thinking that right now.
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The Abbott governments pledge to Cadbury, which at the time, came out of no where, is coming back to bite it him in the arse. Abbott continues to tell the media and parliament that the investment in Cadbury was a investment in tourism. What udder bullshit. (see what I did there?)
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The full story I extracted the above screen dump is here. Now you can see at the bottom of that screen dump, Abbott ‘predicts’ that the gift/grant/payoff/graft to Cadbury ‘will open the way’ of a restart of the tours at Cadbury shut down in 2008. I don’t know about you, but if a government is investing money in a tourism project, then you want more than ‘predictions’.
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Further the article goes on:

The chocolate plant is about to undergo a $66 million upgrade, which will demand an extra 6,000 dairy cows in Tasmania to supply milk.

Mr Abbott says it is unusual to invest in individual commercial operations, but Tasmania is a special case because of high unemployment and low wages.

Occasionally, I think it is necessary to offer help and let’s not forget that this money is going to result in $50 million of private investment, a significant expansion in production, a significant expansion in exports and a very significant expansion in employment,” he said.

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Lets digest this for a minute. Cadbury are planning to go through a $66 million dollar upgrade. It will mean they will be demanding more milk. From 6,000 extra diary cows to be exact. Abbott even goes on and bells the cow. “Occasionally, I think it is necessary to offer help and let’s not forget that this money is going to result in $50 million of private investment”, he said. Now you don’t have to be Professor Sumner Miller to notice that if you add $16 million to $50 million you get a $66 million dollar upgrade. The exact grand total that the chocolate plant says it is undergoing in its factory upgrade to PRODUCE MORE CHOCOLATE!!! No where does Cadbury mention tourism. In fact the ONLY person who raises tourism is, you got it, Abbott.
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Abbott also recently revealed, although very reluctantly, that Alastair Furnival (pictured with Abbott and Abetz at the factory above), and  Senator Fiona Nash’s ex-chief of staff, just happened to be acting on behalf of Cadbury as an ‘economist’. Which is strange as he was then listed as a director of Australian Public Affairs: a lobby group that ACTED on behalf of several companies, including Mondelez and its subsidiary, Cadbury. At the time, he was ALSO working as a political consultant. My bet is with and in the office of Senator Nash.
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Furnival hit the media radar recently when it was discovered that he, acting as Chief of Staff for Senator Nash, shut down a website that promoted healthy eating the same day a person from a powerful food lobby called the office to ‘complain’ that the website was active and live. The media has work to do. Just when did Gary Dawson contact Senator Nash’s office? According to Dawson, he called that day. We know from senate estimates this week that Furnival asked for the website to be shut down in the afternoon. And he then called 15 minutes later to ask if it has been done yet. But if Gary Dawson called during the day, what happened between the taking of the call and the call to shut down the website? Did Senator Nash seek advice from the health minister, Peter Dutton? Or did she contact Tony Abbott’s office to get advice? Or did she make the decision all on her own?
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Senator Nash insists that the website was not ready and called for it to come down. But if that is the case, and if Dawson contacted her office in the morning, why did it take till the afternoon for Furnival to contact the department? I could be just fishing here. It is possible that Dawson contacted Senator Nash’s office that afternoon. But it strikes me that a lobby as big as the one he represents would have noticed the site the very minute it went up and immediately contact her office to tell her so.
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We also know from estimates and from Abbott’s own words that Furnival was ‘dilatory’ in divesting himself of his shares. But in reality it was ONE share. The company is wholly owned between him and his wife. One share each. And as Senator Penny Wong asked in esitmates, why did it take Furnival over five months to divest this one share to his wife?
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The other matter was Furnival was still listed as a director of the company till late in February 2014. According to testimony given by Senator Nash at the senate estimates, she was ‘advised’ that removing him from the register of lobbyists would take a ‘while’. Senator John Faulkner, also at the estimates, pointed out that this can in fact be done online and in a couple of days. Senator Nash stuck to her story.
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In the house of representatives, Abbott made the comment that Mr Furnival had been dilatory in divesting his shares and as a result had done the right thing by resigning. This contradicted with Senator Nash’s estimates testimony where she insisted Furnival had done nothing wrong. The question this poses is, if he had done nothing wrong, then why did she accept his resignation?
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Also if Abbott thought it was a good idea to invest $16 million into a project because Cadbury was investing $50 million, then why did he consider investing $26 million into SPC when it was investing $95 million something he can not see himself doing? Abbott and Nash may have farewelled Alastair Furnival from Senator Nash’s office, but there is still a lot of questions that need answering. And there is a scent of cow patties still in his office and hers.
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As I said. Not all publicity is good publicity. And Mondelez, who are also the owners of Kraft, are probably not happy little Vegemites right now.
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A. Ghebranious

Manus Island


I have found this document. It appears to be a report of what happened on Manus Island. Speaks for itself. Note. Morrison has not mentioned a man had his eye pulled out of its socket. Click document to expand
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A. Ghebranious

Because Abbott asked.


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The other day, Abbott asked “Can you think of a government program that led to deaths?”. I am sure he wasn’t really wanting an answer. But since he asked…

World War one. World War Two. Sydney Harbor Bridge. Snowy Hydro scheme. About every rail line. Vietnam. Iraq. Afghanistan. A shit load of the highways, such as the Great Ocean Road.
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Stolen Generations. Deaths in Custody. Loads of buildings, including that thing in the middle of Canberra called Parliament House. Voyager. And just recently, Manus Island. Not to mention the deaths of endangered animals and the destruction of native forests and of course the great barrier reef. And lets not talk about the billions that will die if we don’t do something about climate change which Tony reckons is crap.

Tony needs to watch more Monty Python.
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A.Ghebranious

Size really does matter


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The wireless only mob are at it again in regards to the NBN. Their latest claim is based on a story from South Korea. South Korea are planning to set up a 5G network of towers right across their nation. The claim is 5G will be able to download 800mb/s of data in one second. It also clearly shows that 4G technology is already obsolete. This is the same technology that only went live about 18 months ago.
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Meanwhile, fiber optic speeds have gone much much further with speed. BT in the UK have achieved 180,000mb/s. And it can achieve this on existing fiber optic cable. They claim they can transfer upto 44HD movies in one second. A HD movie is 4Gb. So in one second it can send 176GB of data and it can do this on a link that was over 400km long.
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And yet the wireless clan are adamant that wireless is the only way. The funny part there is to achieve fast wireless speeds, you NEED a much faster fiber optic network. They claim that wireless can be achieved for far cheaper than optic fiber, despite the fact that fiber is faster, more reliable, and cheaper for consumers. Wireless uses far more electricity, which if not generated from renewable sources, means much more emissions. Optic fiber uses much less electricity.
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But the biggest falsehood conducted by the wireless lobby and the coalition is this method would be cheaper. They once again refer to the cost of the South Korean project. 900 million UK pounds is $1.7bn Australian dollars. Look how cheap this is they claim! Much cheaper than the $43 billion for the fiber network. I struggle to stop laughing when I hear these claims.
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The landmass of South Korea is 100,210 km squared. It is in fact smaller than Tasmania. For $1.7bn dollars you get to cover less land than the size of Tasmania. Australia on the other hand is just a tad bigger. Australia’s landmass is 7,692,024 km squared. Or about 77 times the size of South Korea. A wireless tower covers a distinct range. That is towers in Australia wont cover more range than ones in South Korea.
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So lets do some arithmetic here. Lets say we want to cover 100% of Australia (yes I know we have a lot of desert, but just go with me here). To do that, the cost of a 5G tower network in Australia will cost about $131 billion dollars. Now lets say we only want to cover 50% of Australia. This will be most (but not all) of Queensland, bugger all of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, most of New South Wales and most of Victoria. Maybe only half of Tasmania and South Australia. Even at 50%, the cost to put in a 5G network would be $76 billion dollars.
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Lets say we don’t give a rats arse about the regions. That we only care about a network that covers 20% of Australia. This will STILL be close to $30 billion. And if it takes South Korea 7 years to deploy their network in 100,000km squared, its going to take a hell of a lot longer in Australia, even at 20%.
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In fact, I predict that by the time South Korea has gone commercial with its proposed 5G network, 6G will be out and they will no doubt then need to change their entire network for that. Lets say 6G will be out in 2030 and 7G in 2040. Lets also say for arguments sake that 6G will be 10 times faster than 5G and 7G 10 times faster than 6G and so on. This means 5G will do 800mb/s, 6G will achieve 8000mb/s and 7G will achieve 80,000mb/s. This will STILL be less than half the speed that fiber optic can do NOW. God knows what speeds will be possible under fiber in 2040.
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But it is not just about speed here. Its reliability. Ease of access. Ability to transfer data over longer distance and of course the ability to provide this to as many Australians as possible, not just those in the cities.
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The number of times I have heard Malcolm Turnbull try and compare the NBN in Australia with either just one state of the USA or New Zealand or even the UK shows to all that he does not really care about this project at all. Comparing the cost of the NBN with the cost of fiber rollout in the UK is nothing more than an outright lie if he does not multiple that cost by the size of the area needed to be covered in this country. You can fit 8 UKs easily into Australia and still have room to spare. Yet he compares the cost as if both Australia and UK are of the same size.
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So yes people. Size really does matter.
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A. Ghebranious January 2014

I once had a dream


(With apologies to Martin Luther King and his family)

I am disappointed to be here with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for stupidity of the entire history of our species.

One hundred and fifty years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we tremble still today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But it seems, like everything mankind does, it was just words.

For one hundred and fifty years later, mankind is still not free. One hundred and fifty years later, mankind continues still to sadly cripple others of his species by the manacles of bigotry and the intolerance of religious beliefs. One hundred and fifty years later, eighty five human beings control the collective wealth of half the world. The divide between poverty and those who enjoy material prosperity grows daily. One hundred and fifty years later, some human beings find themselves exiles on their own planet. Forever marked as an unwanted scourge by their own kind. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense humanity has decided that everything comes down to a check. When the architect of our species created us, it was with a promissory note to which every human being was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It is obvious today that humanity has defaulted on this promissory note. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Humanity has given its own species a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.

And as much as I tried to believe that the bank of justice is not bankrupt, it seems our species is. While once I refused to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this planet, I now see that those who hold the purse strings intend to make those who do not, suffer. And so, I no longer come to demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice be given to all because there is something in our very soul that will deny a man dying of thirst a drink despite ourselves having more water than we will ever need in a thousand lifetimes.

Once we could have come to this hallowed spot to remind humanity of the fierce urgency of Now. To tell people there was no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. But it seems all we have managed to do with the promise of democracy is to make it a tool of the few. We have missed the opportunity to shine a light on the dark and desolate valley of our own fallacies as a species. We have missed a chance to lift ourselves from the quicksands of intolerances. There can be no reality of justice for all of God’s children.

Fatally for our species, the moment of urgency has passed. This sweltering heat of a warming planet is upon us and humanity will not survive to last winters of discontent that will follow. Two thousand and thirteen is the beginning of our own end. And those who hope that the troubles we have made will blow off steam will have a rude awakening. There will be neither rest nor tranquility on this planet for Humanity and all the other species we condemn with our arrogance. The whirlwinds of change will continue to shake the foundations of our planet and our species will fade into the ashes to become minerals for a species that may emerge in the future.

And there is something that I must say to my fellow species who stand on the warm threshold which heralds our end: We did this to ourselves and therefore we deserve whatever we get. But in the process of gaining our rightful place, we have wronged countless other species. In our own attempt to satisfy our lusts, we have made other species drink from the cup of bitterness of our own hatred. We, who were given the task of looking after all species on this planet and not just ourselves, have bought death and extinction so we can have a feather for a hat or certain wood for our coffee tables. And worse, we so easily allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we descend into war. Instead of rising to majestic heights, we have become quick to kill our own kind and so doing mar our very soul with force.

With new militancy, we engulf nations into wars for no reason other than the idea of war. We distrust others of our own species and fan this distrust with bigotry that drives the tanks and the oil wells of the victors. And the more we claim to fight for freedom, we instead make slaves of ourselves.

We cannot walk alone. But we do. Plugged into our I phones and our MY spaces.

And as we walk, we ignore the pledge that we say we took to one another, and instead focus on our self.

And as we walk, we do so scattering in a multitude of direction and any strength we had as a species is lost to the purpose of the individual.

And now, we cannot even turn back. We have lost our way. And we rather turn on one another than turn back.

And now we wallow in the valley of despair we ourselves made but blame others for. Those of difference. Different ideas. Different cultures. Different religions.

And so we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, and I must let go of the dream I once had.

A dream that one day this species will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I once had a dream that one day, the sons of one religion and the sons of another will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I once had a dream that one day the state of a sweltering planet with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, and the heat of its own ignorance would be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. That science would conquer our own stupidity.

I once had a dream that children will one day live in a world where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Alas. I have this dream no more.

A. Ghebranious January, 2014

Feeling hot hot hot?


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The globally-averaged temperature for November 2013 was the highest for November since record keeping began in 1880. November 2013 also marks the 37th consecutive November and 345th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/index.php

(Think about this people. If you toss a coin, what are the statistical chances that you toss 345 heads in a row? Click on the image below to find out! Astronomical!)

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Hello again blog world. I’ve been away from blogging for far too long so why not get back into it!
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Australia had had a hell of a hot year. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded the whole thing. And there has been some interesting data indeed.
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The first thing to note is 2013 was the warmest year on record. Since 1910 in fact. Yes. I know. Some will say that it was hotter 15 million years ago. Some people just wont accept data. Or graphs.
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Lets see if we can see a trend shall we?
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And…
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Yes. I know what those who don’t believe in climate change will say next. “What about that ship stuck in the ice?” and “It snowed in Egypt!” and “What about the polar vortex in the USA?”. Well firstly, these events come in under the term ‘extreme weather’ and secondly, that is exactly what this is. Weather. Duplicitous anti-climate change people play down the heat and call that only weather, but when you get cold weather, they claim its the end of climate change and the warming the planet is experiencing.
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But lets have a think about all these events. Snow is a result of cold weather and lots of water vapor in the atmosphere. Now how does the water vapor get in the atmosphere? Well I’m glad you asked. Evaporation. This happens when the planet WARMS and the oceans get hotter and water changes form from a liquid to a gas. And this next graph from the National Climatic Data Center for November 2013 will help you see that the planet IS warming.
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As you can clearly see, the US actually had a cooler month than the rest of the world. So did most of Australia. But the US is not the only place in the world. Nor is Australia. Most of the planet is covered in water. And there is a lot of red over that water. So the water heats up and up goes the water vapor. And yes. Water vapor is a greenhouse gas.
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Now we know water vapor is hotter than normal water. At least I hope you know this. It is a gas for a reason after all. At this stage of the post, I am going to digress again just so you all know its me.
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When I was much younger, we did a ice cube experiment. We filled a ice cube container with tap water, another with ice cold water, and a third with hot water and placed them in the fridge. Can you guess which container froze first? That’s right. The HOT water. Weird huh? But thats the law of thermodynamics for you.
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Now. Back to my argument. Firstly, a quote from the NCDC for the month of November.
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The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces during November was record highest for November, at 56.60°F (13.68°C) or 1.40°F (0.78°C) above the 20th century average. The margin of error associated with this temperature is ±0.13°F (0.07°C).

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And now one from BOM.
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Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) around Australia were unusually warm throughout the year, with the monthly anomalies for January and February the highest on record and that for November the second-highest on record. This extends a period of sustained record-high SSTs in the Australian region since 2010.

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Now lets try a little logic. Since hotter water freezes faster than colder water, when that blizzard hit the area the research vessel was in Antarctica, the ship was caught out in rather fast freezing ice. That answers question one of the doubters. As for snow in Egypt or the polar vortex crossing the US, lets try this. We know the seas are warming. We can see that most of the heat was in fact hitting the oceans and seas this year. This creates more water vapor. More water vapor means when you get a winter such as in Egypt or in the USA, the extra moisture in the air cools and down comes the snow. More water vapor means more snow and more rain. In fact Egypt usually gets a lot of rain during its winter and this winter there was enough water vapor up there for them to get snow. Just a little more water than usual. So thats number two.
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The polar vortex in the USA is a combination of events. Cold air being pulled by hot air creating a jet stream. A convection event occurs. Convection is another term you see often connected to HEAT. In fact there are three ways that heat is transferred. One is radiation – the Sun does this to our planet. One is conduction – this is where heat moves from one part of a body to another. An example would be where you put the tip of a steel rod into a furnace and eventually the heat will move to the parts of the rod that are not in the flame but it wont be as hot as the tip. And the third is convection. Where heat transfers from a warmer body to a cooler body. So how do you get snow? Heat transfer. A cold front hits a warm front. Weird again huh?
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All these events occur and are documented in what are called the laws of thermodynamics. And yes. Thermo means heat because heat is energy. The warmer the planet, the more energy. The more energy, the more extreme weather. This post will no doubt anger the doubters some more. Sorry about that. Science is science. It does not belong to a political party or an ideology. It is just a bunch of physical laws.
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A. Ghebranious January, 2014
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Bugger. Forgot to mention salinity and effects at the poles. Will have to write posts in the morning rather than evening from now on but here is a piece on Sea Ice

Country AND Western



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Corey Bernardi took to the airwaves this morning to offer the Australian people a collection of his thoughts. I assume John Landis will be suing.
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Bernardi has a issue with the ABC. He feels that its presence is somehow stifling a diversity of views. He seems to think with the ABC stifled or destroyed, this will lead to an increase of diversity. That’s right! Bernardi is under the delusion that the removal of the ABC will allow more diversity between Murdoch and Fairfax. I don’t know about you, but if you have say four players, and you silence one of them, you are left with just three. How this offers diversity is beyond me.
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I provide a link to the interview here http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-04/cory-bernardi-speaks-with-radio-nationals-fran-kelly/5133288
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Bernardi’s argument is the ABC has some how exponentially grown from its original ‘radio channel’ to now hurting poor Rupert’s News Limited and Fairfax from being able to compete. What utter rot Corey. The ABC saw the internet before you ever learned how to spell it. They began years ahead of News Limited or Fairfax. Years ahead of rival TV stations. iView is the most innovative feature ever added by a media organisation in this country. The commercial TV channels were just starting with their websites when the ABC had paved the way with this innovation. They created The Drum while Rupert was still playing with print. They singlehandedly saw the niche, saw the opportunity and the market and CREATED online services that commercial channels of print and visual media could not and would not at the time touch. And now, having been gazumped by the ABC with a fraction of the budget that Rupert spends on just ONE of his media outlets, Bernardi wants to shut the ABC down or stifle it to allow Rupert to rake in the cash.
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The funny thing here is Bernardi seems to think that the ABC are too MUCH of competition for News Limited and Fairfax. Yeah that’s right. Too much competition is a bad thing for organisations that champion competition. This is like Malcolm Turnbull’s bullshit that FOXTEL and OPTUS is all the competition Australians need to access the NBN. Lets ignore the fact that to get to their version of the NBN you have to deal with TELSTRA first. Diversity means more than one or two options in the market place Mr Bernardi. But no doubt, no matter what I say, you will argue for Rupert Murdoch over and beyond the Australian people.
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You will sit there, promote for Rupes and stand by your man.
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