Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Headlines Wednesday 27th October 2010

=== Todays Toon ===
Quentin Alice Louise Bryce, AC, (born 23 December 1942) is the 25th and current Governor-General of Australia (the first woman to hold the position) and a former Governor of Queensland. Born in Brisbane, Queensland as Quentin Strachan, she spent her first years in Ilfracombe, with her family subsequently living in a number of country towns around Australia. She attended the University of Queensland, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, becoming one of the first women accepted to the Queensland bar.
=== Bible Quote ===
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
=== Headlines ===
7 DAYS TO DECIDE: Big Tech Breaks Left — But Hedging Bets
Left-leaning tech giants brace for what's to come after Nov. 2 — when midterm elections could also change the price of your next laptop and whether Facebook faces government scrutiny for its security policies

Voters: Ballots Had Reid's Name Checked
Voters in one Nevada city say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name was already checked when they went to cast their ballots on electronic voting machines Monday

40 Years Later, Vet Gets 'Miracle' Meeting
After losing his battle buddy in the Vietnam War 40 years ago, Fred Niles set out on a mission to find his fallen comrade's family to tell them he died a hero — a mission he has accomplished thanks to a series of fortunate events

Vatican Tries to Save Former Hussein Aide
Vatican urges Iraq to not carry out the death sentence for former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz and says it may intervene diplomatically to try to halt it

Missing Aussie surfers found safe
NINE Australians missing for almost 24 hours after a powerful earthquake triggered a deadly tsunami in Indonesia's west are safe and well.

Indonesian tsunami kills 113
A TSUNAMI that pounded several islands in western Indonesia killed at least 113 people and scores more are missing.

Baby dies in volcano eruption
INDONESIA'S Mount Merapi erupted three times last night, causing thousands to flee and claiming the life of a three-month-old baby girl as it emitted searing clouds and volcanic ash.

Pope urges immigrants to integrate
POPE Benedict XVI overnight urged immigrants to integrate and respect the national identity of their host countries and said they should be given a Christian welcome.

Afghan police chief dies in blast
AN Afghan police chief and three other policemen were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in western Afghanistan, officials said.

Good times flow like a river
HE'S a humble sheep farmer who battled through a dusty decade of despair as a long-running drought crippled country NSW.

Schools are failing at HSC time
BUSINESS experts have slammed the HSC curriculum for failing to provide skills where they're needed. Read more on the HSC here.

A Halloween holiday from reality
THE idea that adults will take a day to protest Halloween not being a public holiday might suggest they have too much spare time.

School backlash against thugs
BULLYING victims are using mobile phones to turn the tables on playground thugs who threaten them with violence. See how.

Sartor's wife tried to halt job
THE wife of Environment Minister Frank Sartor wrote to council over a developer's "existing use" rights to build behind her home.

Rescue choppers in poor health
PARAMEDICS are refusing to use two of the Ambulance Service's rescue helicopters after a patient was forced to be off-loaded.

CCTV footage catches arsonists
A FIRE that ripped through a used car yard, in Granville in Syudney's west, destroying eight vehicles, was deliberately lit, police say.

Stathi's one last ride to heaven
ALL his life, jockey Stathi Katsidis dreamed of riding in the big race on the first Tuesday in November. He was cremtaed yesterday.

Mangy mutt now a happy hound
WHEN Michael Holding first laid eyes on a picture of Rocksy the boxer, the dog was scrawny. But he thought she was "magnificent".

Cuffs, court for baby food protest
THESE women converged on Woolworths with only one goal - to strip the shelves of a baby food they say could harm Aussie kids.

Ambulance station on fire
FIREFIGHTERS were last night tackling a blaze at a Brisbane ambulance station after one of the emergency vehicles caught fire and flames spread to the building.

Car hits home
A CAR has slammed into a house at Loganlea and taken out the corner stump of the high-set residence, leaving the householders without a home for the night.

Huge TV screens for CBD
BRISBANE residents will be able to watch anything from news to big sports events in the CBD on massive TV screens in King George Square and Queen Street Mall.

River victim's parents speak out
PARENTS of whitewater rafting victim Natarsha Charlesworth, who was killed on the Tully River, don't want to shut down the adventure industry.

Let me see my kids grow up
SUNSHINE Coast dad Brad Gibson is desperate for government funding of a $500,000-a-year drug treatment that could allow him to see his three children grow up.

Fight back at bullies, says expert
THE pop psychologist charged with tackling bullying in Queensland schools will tell children to be ready to fight back.

Sodden southeast faces more rain
THE National Climate Centre says a sodden southeast Queensland faced a 75 per cent chance of exceeding average summer rainfall.

State tourism is 'out of ideas'
A QUEENSLAND tourism legend has called for an inquiry into the state's tourism industry, claiming it is plagued by poor marketing and a lack of ideas.

Bligh move to rig election: LNP
ANNA Bligh has sought advice on whether informal voting is on the rise in a clear sign she is mounting the case to dump the optional preferential system.

Killer 'knew Daniel's fate'
A KILLER who led police to a man's grave in 2004 became "emotional" and told officers that he also knew the fate of Daniel Morcombe, an inquest heard.

Cops top drug test fail rate
SHOCK new figures reveal police are failing drug tests more often than motorists or AFL footballers.

GP gears up for economy drive
SECURITY guard numbers will be slashed at the Albert Park Grand Prix in a bid to ease the burden on taxpayers.

Balloon buoys ailing heart
A LIFE-giving balloon inflated inside Vasil Malinovski's heart has breathed fresh hope into Victorian heart patients.

Look up and live - for $5m
MELBOURNE business identities have forked out up to $5 million each for a slice of a new luxury tower of flats in South Yarra.

Young Richo has Tiger's fighting spirit
KIAN Richardson has beaten all the odds just to make it to seven months old.

Bendigo workers face jobless Xmas
ABOUT 100 workers at a Victorian defence vehicle manufacturer will be out of a job before Christmas.

No blame in grisly end to love triangle
THE prime suspect in a vicious murder has escaped blame after a coroner found insufficient evidence that he stabbed his love rival.

Three bailed over strip club attack
THREE men with links to an outlaw bikie gang have been bailed over an assault at a city strip club that left five in hospital

Woman mauled by pit bull in backyard
A WOMAN has described being attacked by a friend's dog as the most terrifying event in her life.

Inverbrackie refugee planning begins
A HIGH-LEVEL group to co-ordinate the provision of services for refugees at Inverbrackie, near Woodside, has been established by the State Government.

New approach to heritage
ADELAIDE'S hundreds of heritage-listed buildings are preventing it from adapting to the state's changing economy, a peak industry body says.

10-storey housing gets nod
HOUSING up to 10 storeys high can now be built on the former Channel Seven studio site at Gilberton.

Threat of massive Port blast zone
AN explosion caused by fertiliser stockpiles at Port Adelaide would produce a blast zone kilometres wide and cause mass devastation, documents reveal.

Barons snap up more pokies
POKIE barons are increasing the number of machines in their venues by snapping up those put up for sale by not-for-profit clubs such as the local RSL branch.

Oval to pass test of limited time
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will be among the first to enjoy high-class hospitality in Adelaide Oval's new western grandstand, during December's Ashes Test.

Cancer fear leads to dangerous remedy
WOMEN frightened by links between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer are turning to an unproven, expensive and possibly fatal alternative.

Zero interest in kids
THE state's biggest bank is rolling its school-banking customers into accounts that pay zero interest.

No weir before 2014: Rann
PREMIER Mike Rann has pledged to stop the construction of the controversial Wellington Weir until at least 2014.

Secrecy order on Burnside
THE Supreme Court has gagged all debate about the Burnside Council report, declaring both the document and any account of it "forbidden".

Health boss admits to misconduct
A SENIOR WA health official tried to instruct his daughter and her fiance what to say to corruption investigators looking into his conduct, an inquiry has heard.

Man on teen car-wash sex charges
A FORMER manager of a northern suburbs car wash has been charged with a string of child sex offences against young girls he employed at the business.

RAC chopper rescues injured rider
A MAN is being flown to Royal Perth Hospital after being severely injured in a horse riding accident 5km south of Pingelly, about 160km south-east of Perth.

Gun missing but steroids found in bikie raid
A RAID on the Bunbury headquarters of the Coffin Cheaters bikie gang earlier today has proved fruitless for the Gang Crime Squad, despite one arrest.

Officer charged after shots fired
A DERBY police officer has been charged with unlawfully discharging his police revolver after firing several shots during a high-speed chase in February last year.

People smugglers, Afghans brawl
INDONESIAN people-smuggling crew on Christmas Island have brawled with Afghans inside a compound for families for the second time.

Mining tax risks 'years of litigation'
THE complexity of the Gillard government's proposed mining tax could lead to years of litigation.

Gun, knife used in robberies
POLICE are hunting three armed robbers after two holdups overnight.

Nothing new
=== Journalists Corner ===
Rand Paul Responds to Violence Outside KY Debate
Tensions ran high before a Senate debate in Kentucky when a protester from was stomped on by a Rand Paul supporter, after she attempted to approach Paul. Now, Rand Paul reacts to the incident making headlines.
Democrats on the Defensive!
The pressure is on for the Democrats to keep control of Capitol Hill. So, what's next in the GOP's offensive playbook?
Fired For Speaking His Mind
Does Williams have a case against NPR? "Is it Legal" investigates! Plus, Krauthammer's political predictions for the midterm elections!
The Midterms are a Week Away!
With seven days until election day, Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and the most powerful political team gear up for fair and balanced coverage on November 2.
On Fox News Insider
Coach Mike Ditka Calls Tea Partiers "Real People"
Courtney Friel's Top 5 Reasons to (Sorta) Love Being Pregnant
Democrat Tells President Obama to "Take Endorsement and Shove It"
Inside the Criminal Mind of Joshua Komisarjevsky
=== Comments ===
The Election and the Muslim Controversy

There is no question that the economy will drive the vote this year, as it should. America remains a bad jobs place despite massive federal spending.

But there is another component that may influence the upcoming vote, and that is the divide between liberal and conservative Americans. The recent Muslim controversy highlights that divide, as conservatives generally believe there is a major Muslim problem in the world and liberals tend to downplay the situation.

LISTEN TO THESE STATS: Since the attack on Sept. 11, 2001, more than 40,000 people have been killed by Muslim extremists worldwide, the result of more than 17,000 attacks. And we're not even counting the American troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Forty thousand human beings dead because of Muslim terror activity.

In addition, since 9/11, the USA has spent more than $1 trillion combating Muslim terror threats, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. $1 trillion in less than 10 years. And you're telling me there isn't a Muslim problem in the world?

Many Americans also remember celebrations after the 9/11 attacks. To be fair, they were brief and mostly Palestinian-driven, but the images are indelible.

So there is no question that most Americans are a bit uneasy about the turbulence in the Muslim world. That may not be fair, but it's reality.

It is testimony to the nobility of America that there have been relatively few anti-Muslim incidents in this country. There are far more in Western Europe, where the Muslim intrusion is causing a political divide in some countries. We don't have that here. Americans believe Muslim-Americans are loyal citizens, and indeed the facts prove that.

When voters show up a week from Tuesday, the Muslim situation will not be first on their minds; economic well-being will be.

But as the NPR fiasco and "The View" fracas prove, Americans are in no mood for politically correct nonsense about the Muslim threat. It is real. The Taliban is real. Al Qaeda is real. And the Islamic theocracy of Iran is perhaps the most threatening nation on Earth.

I rest my case.
Boats, boats, boats
Andrew Bolt
That’s 111 for the year so far:
A BOAT carrying 44 suspected asylum seekers has been intercepted north-west of Christmas Island.
Hope they can look after themselves there:
INDONESIAN people-smuggling crew on Christmas Island have brawled with Afghans inside a compound for families for the second time.

Asylum-seekers were injured when the fight broke out at about 9pm on Sunday (1am AEST yesterday).

The dispute—which took place partly in a corridor—lasted for about 30 minutes, The Australian has been told.
NSW says the price for saving us from global warming is too high
Andrew Bolt
NSW says it can only afford a little of the green power it claims will save the world from destruction:
EW South Wales is slashing the gross feed-in tariff for its solar bonus scheme because it is costing too much.

Premier Kristina Keneally today announced the government will cut the tariff from 60c to 20c per kilowatt hour, and introduce a total capacity cap of 300 megawatts…

Ms Keneally says the sharp takeup of the scheme, and the fact that solar panels had halved in price since it was introduced 2009, means the government has to act to slow down demand..

“The changes we introduce today strike a better balance between keeping down electricity cost for consumers, while still supporting renewable energy generation,” Ms Keneally said.
Beautiful. The closer we get to those renewable energy targets, the more politicians flinch from the pain.

(Thanks to reader John.)
Rudd warned Gillard her East Timor plan was a fizzer
Andrew Bolt
Even Kevin Rudd knew it was a turkey:
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd warned his successor Julia Gillard that attempting to set up an asylum seeker processing centre in East Timor would not work, according to a new book.

Veteran Nine News political reporter Laurie Oakes writes in his new book, On The Record, that Mr Rudd attended a meeting about asylum seeker policy in June in which the East Timor option was raised.

Speaking about his book, Mr Oakes told Nine News on Tuesday that Mr Rudd studied the policy and said: “It looks very much like the Pacific Solution under another name."…

Mr Oakes said Mr Rudd later told Ms Gillard: “It will go off like a firecracker in East Timorese domestic politics.”
It’s not just that it won’t work, but will never be built.
Why are schools promoting this deceitful film?
Andrew Bolt
The film is error-riddled and alarmist, and the work of a prize hypocrite and deceiver who dodges any attempt to hold him to account. Even an otherwise sympathetic British judge says the film contains so many errors that it should not be used in classrooms without a health warning.

But in Australia....
CLIMATE change documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ will be included in the national curriculum as part of a bid to educate students on environmental sustainability across all subjects.

It would be the first time the film, which follows former US vice-president Al Gore’s climate change campaign, has been included in the school English curriculum…

The curriculum, which is due to be finished in December, will contain lessons on climate change and sustainability across English, maths, science and history. Under a draft modern history curriculum, there would be lessons on environmental history so “students come to appreciate the demographic and environmental consequences of growth"…

An Inconvenient Truth was not a required text, but teachers could use it to get students to undertake their own research into its claims.
How stupid are we already? When deceits are now taught as truth, has much more stupid will we be?
The uniform activist, down to his clown shoes
Andrew Bolt
Exactly how many stereotypes of the Leftist protester is shoe-thrower Peter Gray trying to confirm? We already have his hippy hair, his resort to violence, his failure to consider consequences, his intolerance, his bog-standard anti-war posturing, his Howard-hating and his gravitating to the ABC. Now more:
A 30-year-old Novocastrian with a university degree in classics..... Mr Gray, who refused to nominate an occupation or employer, is well known in the Newcastle region for his activism.

A member of Rising Tide, a local climate change action group, he won a landmark court victory in 2006 after successfully arguing that the environmental assessment for an open-cut coalmine in the Hunter Valley should have considered the climate change impact of burning coal.

After Mr Gray climbed on the roof of a car carrying then NSW premier Morris Iemma in a 2007 protest over coal exports, he pleaded guilty to maliciously damaging the vehicle and was ordered to pay $9130 in compensation as well a $700 fine.
Are there training courses in how to be the model of a modern agitator general, or did Gray just fluke the full set?


Oh, and a hypocrite, too. From the Rising Tide website:
About us.

Rising Tide Australia is a grassroots Newcastle group taking action against the causes of anthropogenic climate change and for equitable, just, effective, and sustainable solutions to the crisis. We are committed to the principals of Non-violent Direct Action.
(Thanks to readers Simple Simon and Arnie.)
The ultimate danger sex
Andrew Bolt
The banker’s heart must have truly been pounding:
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, is “ready to go to war” to silence allegations that his wife Grace cheated on him.

Sources close to the 86-year-old president say he is livid about the claims that Mrs Mugabe, who is 41 years his junior, had a five-year affair with Gideon Gono, one of his closest friends and the head of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank…

Mrs Mugabe is said to be “extremely upset” and has left Zimbabwe to stay at the family’s 4 million pound ($6.48 million Cdn) home in Hong Kong, where their daughter Bona attends university.

She and Dr Gono, who is married, were alleged to have met up to three times a month at her farm, friends’ houses or at hotels in South Africa and Malaysia, and to have intended to set up home together after Mr Mugabe died… Dr Gono could not be reached for comment yesterday
The Daily Mail:
It is not the first time Mugabe’s wife, who is widely reviled inside Zimbabwe for her lavish tastes and expensive shopping sprees, has conducted affairs behind her husband’s back.

One former lover, Peter Pamire, died in a mysterious car accident. Another, James Makamba, fled the country.
Fewer of us and more of them
Andrew Bolt
Let’s breed ourselves out and hand the country to someone more deserving:
FAMILIES should have no more than two children to limit their environmental impact, one in three Australians say…

The Australian National University survey found most Australians want the population to stay at or below current levels, suggesting Julia Gillard hit the right note by rejecting Kevin Rudd’s “big Australia” push.

But there were also concerns that skills shortages could hold back the economy, with 83 per cent of respondents calling for more skilled migrants to be allowed into Australia.
Costello: Howard too selfish
Andrew Bolt
Peter Costello, sorely provoked, unleashes on John Howard:
(His new autobiography could) have been the book of an elder statesman. He could have shown a spirit of generosity… But it is not the nature of the man.

Howard wants to claim all the achievements of the Coalition government and does not intend to share the glory. He will not take responsibility for the defeat of the government in November 2007 or losing the seat of Bennelong where he had been the incumbent for 34 years. He will not take responsibility for what the whole of Australia knows - that he stayed too long…

How Howard was going to lead his party to victory when he could not hold his own seat is a question of great mystery.

Now for the first time he “reveals” he intended to stand down as Liberal leader in December 2006 but was prevented from doing so - mainly by me, but also by his colleagues and then by Kevin Rudd and lastly by his own family.

So if you want to know who caused all this catastrophe it is Peter Costello… He couldn’t go, he says, in July 2006 because I pushed him too hard; he would look as if he was running from me…

George Bush described him as a man of steel. He sent troops into combat. But he couldn’t carry out his planned retirement because he might have received a few taunts from his enemies?..

There is not a skerrick of objective evidence to support his supposed retirement plan. He told no one…

John Howard was never going to stand aside for anyone.. This might have been the right thing, according to his family. But that was not the point. The point was whether he did the right thing by those MPs who would go on to lose their seats in the 2007 election. Some of them have never had a job since. And more, the point is whether he did the best thing for the Liberal Party and the best thing for the country?
Sartor’s amazing coincidence
Andrew Bolt
Hands up who believes Sartor:
THE wife of Environment Minister Frank Sartor wrote to Kogarah Council over a developer’s “existing use” rights to build behind her Kogarah home, two weeks before Mr Sartor, then minister for planning, abolished the loophole.

Mr Sartor maintained yesterday his decision to abolish developers’ ability to use “existing use rights”, gazetted on March 29, 2006, had nothing to do with a development behind his home.
(Thanks to reader CA. Sartor’s house has the orange roof, and the development is to the right.)
The shoes of a clown
Andrew Bolt

NO wonder John Howard guffawed as Peter Gray’s Dunlop Volley trainers sailed harmlessly past.

Seeing they were in fact a clown’s shoes would have only made the former prime minister laugh harder.

See, if there’s one thing we war-mongering, planet-raping poodles of Uncle Sam love, it’s to have a Leftist feral make such a fool of himself that we look reasonable by comparison.

And Gray did just that for Howard on Monday on the set of the ABC’s Q&A.

In just 30 seconds, the anti-war shoe-tosser from the Hunter Valley confirmed every negative stereotype of the Leftist ideologue, right down to his hippy hair.

What’s more, in doing so he also inflicted deserved collateral damage on the Leftist ABC, which must now explain why it incited exactly the assault on Howard it now deplores.

What a fine “teachable moment” this is, so gather around, my young conservatives, and let me explain the Four Lessons of Peter Gray.

First, though, the chronology.

Howard was the sole guest on Monday’s Q&A to promote his new autobiography, Lazarus Rising.

Naturally, this being the ABC - and especially Q&A - the producers took some pains to embarrass the conservative. For one, they arranged for him to be asked a pre-taped question by convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks, who gladly whinged about his alleged torture by wicked Americans.

Naturally, Hicks was introduced by host Tony Jones as “formerly of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba”, rather than as “formerly of an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan”, which would have put his question into much-needed context.

And then, 34 minutes and 34 seconds into the show, as Howard answered a question on the Iraq war, the producers superimposed on the TV screen some viewer’s tweet: “Will someone throw a shoe at this guy NOW.”

Just why the ABC felt this exhortation to violence against Howard was fit to broadcast under footage of his face is beyond me. Perhaps it’s just one more sign of the growing barbarity of the Left, and the failure of the ABC to stand against it, or even recognise it.

But the ABC must now answer. Why did it broadcast that tweet?

I understand that Gray, handily sitting in the front row with a clear shot at Howard, could not see a television monitor and read this appeal to throw his shoes at the former prime minister.

But one minute and nine seconds later, that’s precisely what he did, while shouting about the Iraq war. Yes, no sooner had the ABC broadcast a call to attack Howard than it was done.

But here we get to the Four Lessons of Peter Gray - the four ways he confirmed all the familiar weaknesses of the Leftist activist of which he is such a stereotypical example.
Gillard’s three big lies
Andrew Bolt
Terry McCrann on the lies that got Gillard into government:
JULIA Gillard made three big and very desperate promises in the election campaign. Every one of them has turned into a lie. Three big promises, three Big Lies.

The most obvious and all too visible is the boats. I will stop them coming, Gillard thundered. I will wreck the people smuggling trade by “removing the incentive for boats to leave their ports of origin in the first place”.

Apart from the obvious - they’re still coming - what she has actually done since the election will do the exact opposite: provide a specific incentive for the boats to leave port…

The only thing that might deter the people smugglers, that might deliver on her promise - re-opening the Nauru detention centre - is ruled out, making the deceit intentionally deliberate.,,

The second Big Lie was “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”. In the timeless words of former US president Richard Nixon’s press secretary, that is “no longer operative"…

Third is the mining tax. The deal the miners signed off on with candidate Gillard to get them off her back in the campaign is not the one that Prime Minister Gillard has just delivered.
Bolt inflates another issue to attack conservatives over nothing
Why is your marriage your boss’s business?
Andrew Bolt
JUST when did your marriage become the business of your boss?

Answer: this year, in fact, when the ACTU decided to back a mad campaign for “domestic violence leave”.

One employer, the Torquay Surf Coast Shire Council, has already been signed up, agreeing to give its employees up to four weeks of leave a year to deal with “family violence”.

And don’t think family violence means just being bashed - which you’d think is covered by the usual sick leave provisions, plus a report to the police.

No, under this deal it also includes “sexual, financial, verbal or emotional abuse by a family member”, which presumably includes anything from being yelled at, driven to drink or left without the rent after your husband bet your wages on the horses.

And God forbid the boss signing your leave application dares ask many questions, especially of other staff who might well know if he’s being ripped off.

As the Surf Coast Shire deal with the Australian Services Union says: “All personal information concerning family violence will be kept confidential ... no information will be kept on an employee’s personnel file without their express written permission.”

At most, a boss might ask for a note from a doctor, lawyer or social worker. Other than that, he (or she) must not poke his nose in - even though he (or she) is paying the bills for a worker’s dysfunctional private life.

Having looked over this deal, so ripe for rorting and such a presumptuous imposition on a boss, I thought the only thing that could justify it was an epidemic of domestic violence so horrific as to make the average home resemble a war zone.

Sure enough, that’s just how the ACTU sells it, with president Ged Kearney claiming family violence costs the economy $500 million a year.

But in her excitement, she misrepresents already questionable research from VicHealth and adds: “Violence perpetrated by an intimate partner is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.”

Define “contributor to”. Cars, for one, contribute to many more deaths.

In fact, just 79 Australian women died in 2008 from assault, whether by a partner or stranger, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
No way to put Aborigines in work
Andrew Bolt
IF only ending Aboriginal unemployment were as easy as we were sold this week.

The goodwill is sure there. Australia’s big media players donated $4.1 million of media time on Sunday to run a two-minute ad on every free-to-air TV channel to back an inspirational plan by Andrew Forrest.

The mining tycoon has created GenerationOne, to nag bosses into giving 50,000 Aborigines a job, and there’s no doubt we have a crisis to fix.

Aboriginal unemployment three times the national average, and getting even worse. But what did Sunday’s ads really achieve?

We saw Madeleine Madden, 13, an indigenous girl, speak of this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to you, Australia, about my people ...

“With a job, a real job, you can look after yourself, your family, and help your community.”

True, but back up a bit. “My people”?
And is Bob Brown still really the leader?
Andrew Bolt
More secretive than a vote in the Politburo:
GREENS senator Sarah Hanson-Young has declared her support for the party’s leadership after it emerged she unsuccessfully challenged for the deputy’s position.

It was revealed today the 29-year-old challenged Senator Christine Milne for the deputy leadership on September 8, after the August election, but lost by a “clear majority”.
(Thanks to reader Owen.)
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