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The Conversation publishes yesterday's views about yesterday's Prime Minister

Dennis Muller doesn't know you.   I'll write to him about you in a moment.  In the meantime, Dennis writes about yesterday's media here:

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You'll find the article here at The Conversation's website.

Dennis starts with this claim;

An integral power of the media is that of portrayal: the act of determining how people, events, ideas and organisations are described to the public, and therefore how they are perceived by the public. In this way, the media constructs for us our understanding of the world beyond our personal knowledge and experience.

For those of us who have never met Julia Gillard, our perceptions of her are based almost entirely on what we see, hear and read of her in the media. These perceptions are then reflected in public opinion polling, and the publication of these poll results tends to reinforce the perceptions. It becomes a self-perpetuating cycle.

Dennis doesn't know about you.   About how you demand source documents, and how you won't accept someone else's interpretation.

See Dennis, there are about 200,ooo opinion leaders who have read the bulk of the 2,500 odd posts I've published here.   Those people have generated 95,000 comments that I've published, I've rejected many more.

The people who come back to the website day in day out are suspicious of media commentary.  They make their own minds up - based on source documents, source information.

You'd be surprised, I think, at their influence.   And I'd suggest to you that it's simply not possible to review all of the documents about the course of conduct displayed by the suspects in the now well advanced Victoria Police Major Fraud Squad's investigation into the apparently criminal conduct of Julia Eileen GILLARD, Bruce Morton WILSON and Ralph Edwin BLEWITT - without forming an advserse opinion about Ms Gillard.   You don't need an "ethical lapse" by a journalist to come to that view.   Just the facts.


Lovely places to retire to after a prime ministerial career - got any other suggestions?

It'd be nice to set up home in a place with little reminders - coming home from the shops past this sign would have to trigger pre-Prime Ministerial warm and lovely memories in the post-Prime Ministerial retired mind.   Got any others that might help as a public service oriented philanthropist prepares to help the community to reunite union members with their long-lost money?



I think the little girl's treatment has been unspeakable - but I don't think Rudd has a case to answer. Heiner.

The Cooper Government set up a flawed commission of enquiry.

It appointed an old school Magistrate, not a judge, not a QC.   His enquiry did not do the little girl justice - as best I can make out Mr Carmody will.

I hope the young lady finds peace and compensation for what she suffered - none of that suffering was occassioned by any act or omission on Kevin Rudd's part.

I see Rudd's actions as probably reasonable and here is why.


Your Majesty, it's a Mr Mathieson and his, ah, mates the Shep Boys. He wants to come in and show them the carpet, where, oh, nothing your Majesty.....

Patrick Lion in the News Limited press has some classic Tim quotes, including such hitherto unknown gems as:


the "Shep boys" camped out in the park next door to The Lodge ready to come in for card nights which he enjoyed during his three years there.

"Just waiting for the call to come in," he said.

"We keep it good, have a couple of beers and watch the footy."


On the occassion of the search for an Asian lady doctor with small fingers for the purpose of facilitating an ease of inspection:

the West Indian cricket team "love me" over the joke about getting a small Asian female doctor to examine their prostates before a Prime Minister's XI game this year.

"They reckoned that was pretty funny, and, you know, so do I actually," 

On the matter of his belief that the invitations to major sporting events, you know, hopefully, won't stop:

Mr Mathieson hosed down suggestions he had over indulged in the gravy train, saying "most of the time I say no".

"I don't think my PA even exists anymore so they might stop coming in," he said.

"I still have that little thing that goes around your neck that says VIP to the V8 Supercars.

"I am an aficionado of V8 Supercar Racing. I love coming to the footy and I love watching the Storm. So those three, hopefully, won't stop."

On the occassion of the presentation of the gift of a certain Mansfield Eagles Football Club Jersey and number one ticket for the club's games to  His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales by a Mr Tim Mathieson of "Shep":
"I've actually just found he's the number one ticket holder," he said. "It's got Prince Charles on the back of it. I just didn't end up giving it to him. I might keep that one for myself and see if they let me in with it."