Archive for May 26th, 2009

Media Watch gets it right, and then gets it wrong

All in the space of two consecutive segments.

First up, their excellent report in to the media management and manipulation of the Rudd government, which press gallery journalists seem to agree is much worse than it was under the Howard government.

And then a peculiar beat up about questions which Alan Jones didn’t ask of Cronulla Sharks CEO Tony Zappia.

The point which Media Watch seem to have missed here is that the interview was about Cronulla’s financial issues, not about Mr. Zappia accidentally hitting an employee some time ago.

Perhaps Alan could have asked the question, but it wasn’t what the interview was about, and it’s entirely possible that Alan ran out of time…after all, the interview did go for five minutes, which is fairly standard for an interview during a breakfast show.

The analogy here is that if I was interviewing the manager of the local supermarket about their new checkouts, I wouldn’t ask him about the price of frozen peas…unless of course I needed to fill half a minute and wanted to buy frozen peas after work.

Anyway, go and check out the first link. The report in to the media management and manipulation of the Rudd government is quite excellent. I was watching ABC news on Sunday night and was wondering why they took a pot shot at Kevin Rudd asking himself questions…now I know.


May 26th, 2009 at 02:58pm

Fire fighters not to be held responsible for 2003 bushfire: Fire Service president

This just arrived in my inbox at 2QN (not sure why, but I also just received a press release about a power failure in far-west New South Wales, so it must be one of those days).


Brian McKinlay, president of the Rural Fire Service Association, the only recognised body that represents 70,000 rural fire fighters in NSW, said volunteer fire fighters are fully protected under the Rural Fires Act and expressed outrage at suggestions that volunteers were to be held personally liable for the deadly Canberra fires in 2003.

Mr McKinlay’s comments followed ACT Supreme Court legal proceedings last week in relation to the Canberra Fires in which it was suggested that volunteer fire fighters had been betrayed.

He said comments from “unauthorised fire fighting organisations and those with political agendas” caused undue stress and concern to members and indicated a complete lack of knowledge and expertise in fire fighting policy and management in NSW and other jurisdictions.

“At no time has it been suggested in or outside the ACT Supreme Court that our volunteers are not looked after in the event of being involved in legal proceedings. Rural fire fighters, particularly volunteers, are fully protected by the legislation which governs their activities.

“The misleading information is being promoted by people who have little if not any knowledge about the legal protection provided to our volunteers,” Mr McKinlay said.

He said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons also expressed his “unequivocal commitment to representing most vigorously the interests of all members against legal proceedings associated with the conduct of . . . fire fighting and related activities” in an open letter to all members.

Mr McKinlay said in addition to the protection provided to volunteer firefighters under the law, public liability protection is also available as well as a worker’s compensation scheme in the event of injury or death.

“The experience, dedication and commitment of volunteer fire fighters form a vital part in fire fighting in Australia and whose advice is crucial in terms of any ongoing fire management policy in this country.

“Our members do a wonderful job and, as President and a volunteer myself, I would be the first to react if I believed members were not being provided with the protection they so justly deserve,” Mr McKinlay said.

(contact details removed)

Press release ends

I’m feeling out of the loop on Canberra’s commotions and rumblings already.


May 26th, 2009 at 02:06pm

It’s on the move

Another one from the media unit of the Australian Federal Police:

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at a Giralang service station May 25, 2009.

A man entered the Mobile service station on Canopus Street about 8.00pm

In a break from standard procedure, the mobile service station then fled the scene on foot instead of the offender. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing mobile service station is asked to contact Crimestoppers.


May 26th, 2009 at 01:55pm

Useless Information

Gavin Wood (of Countdown, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and more lotto draws than I care to count fame) was one of the executive producers of Wheel Of Fortune during Tony Barber’s brief time as host in 1996.

Gavin Wood


May 26th, 2009 at 11:43am

2QN/Classic Rock regional news headlines: May 26, 2009

The future of the red gum logging industry remains uncertain, with the Rivers and Red Gum Alliance saying that federal environment minister Peter Garret has not lifted a ban on logging in the forests.
Discussions between the New South Wales government and the Federal government are continuing.

Police are asking for public assistance after a string of vandalism attacks over the weekend.
Windows were smashed at a business in Jerilderie, a business on Perracoota road in Moama and a sporting facility in Finley.

The region experienced some decent rainfall yesterday, with Deniliquin recording 7 millimetres, and Echuca 13 millimetres, however the bureau aren’t expecting any more decent falls this week.

Hay Shire council are meeting today. Items on the agenda include funding for bicycle paths, delays in the reconstruction and sealing of Kangaroo Lane, progress reports on a large number of works which are currently underway, and a public question time.

A 40 year old Tocumwal man will face court at a future date after police allegedly found him in possession of a quantity of Cannabis.

The Central Hot Shots will clash with the Easy Beats in the grand final of Deni mixed netball next week.

The Tocumwal Golf Club champion for 2009 has been announced as Nathan Matthews. This is the second time that Nathan has taken the title.

The venue for this weekend’s clash between Numurkah and Moama in Round 8 of Murray Football has changed. The match will now be played at the Katunga Football Club ground.


May 26th, 2009 at 10:24am

On 1WAY FM this morning at 7:45 with James Scott

Rain in Deniliquin and surrounds seems to have everyone excited, and if time permits, you can’t escape crime by visiting a rural area.

That’s this morning on the 1WAY FM breakfast show with James Scott at about 7:45am, via telephone from the studios of 2QN Deniliquin.


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