Archive for March 30th, 2007

Messy Cabinet

Good evening Stuart,

Just wondering, why did former Rural Fire Service commissioner Phil Koperberg get appointed to Environment, Water and Climate Change, and Nathan Rees got Emergency Services and Water utilities?

Surely Mr. Koperberg is more experienced in Emergency Services than a former staff member of Morris Iemma, and wouldn't it have made sense to consolidate Water and Water Utilities? Also, what exactly does a state minister for Climate Change do that isn't already covered by a federal ministry?

Perhaps I'm missing something, but I can't see the logic in those cabinet appointments.

P.S. Somehow I managed to tip every game tonight correctly…could this be an omen for the rest of the weekend?

Have a great weekend,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

March 30th, 2007 at 11:30pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips

NRL Round 3
Broncos V Panthers
Bulldogs V Titans
Dragons V Cowboys
Eels V Tigers
Raiders V Knights
Roosters V Sea Eagles
Sharks V Rabbitohs
Storm V Warriors

AFL Round 1
Demons V Saints
Kangaroos V Magpies
Dockers V Power
Lions V Hawks
Swans V Eagles
Crows V Bombers
Bulldogs V Cats
Blues V Tigers


March 30th, 2007 at 03:18pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips: Results

OK so I don’t have time for the graphs…

Week Total
NRL Round 2: 3/8 (37.5%)

Year Total
NRL: 5/16 (31.25%)


March 30th, 2007 at 03:13pm

So less people have ears? – Canberra Radio ratings #1 for 2007

I’ll write the statistical rundown shortly (some time in the next 24 hours), but first an opinion piece.

Canberra’s first radio ratings have been released for the year, and I can only say that I’m shocked. The radio station for people without ears has won the ratings (666 ABC Canberra), with 18.5% of the audience.

Somewhat surprisingly Canberra’s two FM music stations did quite poorly…they both lost a fair bit of ground. FM 104.7 down to 18.4% from 22.2%, and Mix 106.3 dropping even further to 18% from 22.2% (they were equal leaders last survey).

2CC lost a little bit of ground, 8.9% from 9.3%, which is interesting considering that the programming is an awful lot better than on 666.

JJJ were next, gaining ground to 8.7% from 7.0%, followed by more strong gains for the ABC, Radio National 8.2% from from 5.8%, and Classic FM 7.3% from 4.8%.

2CA were the only commercial music station to gain, 4.3% from 2.9%. I’ll miss the AFL on 2CA this year, but it’s good to see 2CA gaining ground again.

I can honestly say that NewsRadio being the only ABC station to lose ground does not surprise me, it’s a station designed for 15-30 minute listeners and it requires too much attention for most people. It should have stayed on AM and left room for 2CA to move to FM. NewsRadio dropped to 2.7% from 3.1%.

Unlisted stations attracted an audience of 5%.

The amazing swing towards ABC stations in these ratings, and away from the commercial FM stations, indicates to me that the sample group may not have been particularly similar to the one used last time. Perhaps not enough people are receiving the ratings books for the sample groups to be consistent.

Whilst it is possible that this is an accurate reflection of the radio audience in Canberra, I find the large swings just a bit unusual, and I fail to see how such a large number of Canberrans could all change to the ABC (or any other group for that matter) in the one survey. Perhaps these ratings are truly reflective and previous ones weren’t, perhaps it is the other way around, I don’t know. But what I do know is that if these ratings are accurate, that I live in a town filled with a lot of people who don’t use their ears.

(Statistics to follow)


4 comments March 30th, 2007 at 03:09pm

Three Cheers for Pru Goward!

Pru Goward, the only candidate to doorknock every home in Goulburn, has been elected to the New South Wales parliament as the Liberal member for Goulburn.

It’s a pity that her side didn’t win the election though as they had a fantastic water policy.

Ms. Goward has ruled out a front bench role for at least a year so that she can focus on the issues of her electorate. It’s good to see a good candidate get elected and do the right thing by the people who voted for her.

Meanwhile in Monaro, they had a good result too, with Labor member Steve Whan being reelected. Steve seems to be doing a good job (especially impressive with the poor government he had to contend with) and deserved to win.

If next year’s ACT election mirrors the good outcomes of Goulburn and Monaro, then we will never have to hear from Jon Stanhope ever again. Still, I’d be happy with having him in opposition…still have to hear from him but at least he wouldn’t be able to drain the budget.


March 30th, 2007 at 02:43pm


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