The Australian newspaper heard the interview with Alan Jones. Maybe someone can photostat this article from the paper for the ABC people.
Monday - the Chief Magistrate of Victoria finds that in every instance communications between Bruce Wilson and his lover/girlfriend/lawyer's law firm Slater and Gordon were made or documents were created in the furtherance of fraud. The Chief Magistrate's Ruling tells us police believe they have evidence to charge Wilson, Blewitt and others with offences including conspiracy to cheat and defraud.
Tuesday, Australia's independent news media reported on the developments. I was interviewed by Alan Jones on 2GB. Philosophically encumbered news media beholden to their financial masters like the ABC did not report it.
Today, The Australian's Cut & Paste section laments the ABC's lack of anyone with a notepad, shorthand skills and a typing speed of at least 100 words a day.
THE ABC charter is to report news, but it's been strangely quiet about the AWU slush fund scandal.
Alan Jones, 2GB, yesterday:
THE ABC, apart from a minor entry in the Victoria edition, has not once reported the continuing police investigation into the slush fund this year. What does it say about the ABC?
Ex 2UE broadcaster Michael Smith has no doubts. 2GB, yesterday:
IT is scandalous. Their charter is to report the news and it is unquestionably newsworthy that a sitting prime minister, and in May this year that is exactly what Julia Gillard was, was the subject of a search warrant in which she was named, the search warrant was executed on her former offices and we now know that police have formed the view that the documents they seized, seized from her former unit, were created for the furtherance of fraud.
Sounds like a good story. Michael Smith again:
THE fact that the ABC did not consider that newsworthy, particularly at the time when the ABC had a submission into the federal government for $190 million in extra funding, which it was successful with, Miss Gillard made that grant to the ABC in June of this year, raises significant doubts about whether the ABC has lived up to its charter and Mark Scott, the editor-in-chief, has to take responsibility for that failing.
Last word from Alan:
And many others.
The ABC is far from silent on Holden. Fran Kelly, Radio National, yesterday:
THE government couldn't be clearer ... the future of the car industry is in the hands of the car industry. There are few champions of subsidies in this government.
Cross to Network Ten's Paul Bongiorno, who has been reading up on the subject, Radio National:
THERE is a brilliant piece in today's Age in Melbourne penned by Tim Colebatch, the respected economics writer. He says that if the car industry fails in Australia the chances of Australia going into recession are high. He points out that the high Australian dollar is the main culprit and he also points out that we have just signed a free-trade agreement ... but government is bracing itself for Holdens made in Korea to be exported duty-free to Australia. This is the kind of bind we are in.
Bongiorno, still channelling Colebatch:
THE other figures worth thinking about is that the car industry holds governments, Labor or Liberal, to ransom. Tim Colebach points out that the subsidies cost $400 million a year ... we actually pay $3bn a year to mining companies for diesel fuel rebates. Writers like Colebatch and other economists point out that we should be fighting hard to keep Holden and Toyota in this country.