NEWS AND VIEWS
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
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A Hillary win discounted.
This morning's big win by Hillary Clinton in the Kentucky primary this morning has not influenced the people with money one iota. The Crikey election indicator has moved even more in favour of Barack Obama with the probability a bout him becoming the Democratic Party nominee now assessed at nearly 93%.
Owl readers watch morning TV!
That the Owlhas all kinds of readers is now clear to me as one has sent me details of an appearance by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the Mornings with Kerri Anne show on Nine last week where the subject of that peck on the cheek of Treasurer Wayne Swan (Crikey yesterday) was raised in an interview. Here is the transcript of the important exchange:
According to my informant, who rises far earlier of a morning than me, this incisive exchange followed an original disclosure on the Today Show which preceded it from 5.30am onwards. The staff of Rove Live, it seems, are Channel Nine watchers!
Tony gets an earn?
Tony Abbott made no secret of the pains of adjusting to the loss of a minister's income which perhaps explains his somewhat plaintive plea on a blog he contributed yesterday on the site of the Sydney Daily Telegraph. As a man who once earned a living writing editorials for The Australian, backbencher Abbott had no trouble putting a few words together about his shadow portfolio of indigenous affairs and the Northern Territory .
He ended his contribution with these words: “Thanks everyone for your questions. I'm sorry I didn't get to them all but would be happy to come back. Please tell the Tele you'd like that to happen - cheers Tony”. Now that reads like a job application to me.
The Daily Reality Check
Something for Age journalists to think about this morning. The third most read item on the paper's website this morning was not written by one of them or even one of its paid contributors. This craven move should frighten us which attracted such attention was a letter to the editor from Ray Wyatt, associate professor, school of resource management, University of Melbourne . Good to see the argument that “when academic freedom - a fundamental principle of democracy - is compromised by a Labor government, it is time for all thinking Australians to be afraid” can get academics clicking on an item to send it up the popularity list. Must be following the example of the paper's management who did so well yesterday with the report on how well Fairfax is dloing.
The Pick of this Morning's Political Coverage
Reserve fuels rate rise fears as dollar breaks US96c – David Uren and Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
Visionless leader floundering – Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian
Mal Brough supports Liberal-Nationals party merger – Greg Stolz, Brisbane Courier Mail
$1.25m ‘bribe bid': Second Brown bribe alleged – Sue Neales, Hobart Mercury
OPPOSITION IN TURMOIL: Liberals' blood-letting put on hold – Andrew Fraser, Canberra Times
Treasury gives nod on more rates pain – Peter Martin, Canberra Times
Turnbull tried to get Bishop to WA Libs – Andrew Probyn and Amanda Banks, West Australian
What the world is reading on the net
UK – The Independent: Name that cathedral - the answers
OK- what cathedral is it. (Answer can be found here )
UK – The Times: Obesity fuels growing ‘boy-boob' problem
United States – LA Times: Obama's organizing skills now face a bigger test
United States – USA Today: Pop Candy Blog - 'Death Note' comes to your town
China – The People's Daily: Cheer up, China! Cheer up, Wenchuan!
Singapore – The Straits Times: World Bank official urges S'pore to relax social controls
Canada – Toronto Globe and Mail: Clinton takes Kentucky by wide margin
India – Times of India : Army losing charm, colonels shun elite course
Australia – The Australian: Moderates stage coup at Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
Quote of the Day
Barry Cohen, former Federal Labor Minister in Some of my best friends anti-Semitic