Month: January 2013

Mark The Date – Australia Votes – 14th September 2013

As you’ve probably heard, Prime Minister Gillard has announced that the next Federal Election will be on the 14th of September, 2013.  The announcement was made at the National Press Club in Canberra this afternoon, during her address to the Canberra Press Gallery.

I’ll be writing more about this later today, though in the meantime tune into ABC News 24’s live stream (embeded below for Australian viewers) and ABC NewsRadio for the latest.


A Royal Cover-up of Southern Cross (Austereo) Proportions….


Mel Grieg and Michael Christian - Courtesy of
Mel Grieg and Michael Christian – Courtesy of

In an interesting twist of events yesterday that feels like a quiet covering of bases, Southern Cross Austereo’s CEO Rhys Holleran stated that the Hot30 Countdown on 2dayFM would be scrapped, with the two hosts involved in the now infamous Royal Prank on the Duchess of Cambridge being moved onto other shows.  Needless to say, I doubt that the news that Michael Christian and Mel Grieg are going to be back on the air-waves of Sydney is going to be of any solace to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, who was the nurse that committed suicide soon after the prank call to the Duchess’s ward at King Edward VII Hospital in London was made.

Soon after Saldanha committed suicide, the following comment was made by Michael Christian in regards to the incident:

‘We just made the phone call and that was it. We don’t get to make those decisions, we don’t get to make those calls, that’s done by other people. Our role is just to record and get the audio and wait to be told whether it’s OK or not OK.”

This statement was further compounded upon, when Mel Grieg confirmed the procedures.

”It’s not up to us to make that decision. We just record it and then it goes to the other departments to work out. I don’t know what they then do with it. We just do what we do, which is make those calls.”

Now whether you believe the story put forward by Christian and Grieg or not, it is now evident that Southern Cross Austereo are trying to reduce the license conditions placed upon them by effectively renaming the Hot 30 Countdown and moving the presenters onto new positions (or waiting till the scandal surrounding them fully subsides). Given that the Hot 30 Countdown was already the subject of additional licence conditions for 2DayFM from an on-air incident with Craig Lowe and a porn star in 2005, Southern Cross Austereo would’ve undoubtedly been anxious to avoid having two major shows with multiple black marks put against their names by ACMA.

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A wander down “Jubilee Street” with “Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds”

Late yesterday my old friend John Murch (aka RadioNotes) from Radio Adelaide gave me a heads up about Nick Cave’s new down-beat track, “Jubilee Street”.  Now given the amount of times that I’ve pestered him (and Triple J’s Rosie Beaton) over the years with requests for songs by “Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds”, it’s pretty obvious that John knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation of hearing something from their new “Push The Sky Away” album for long.  And as you can see from the album cover below, the sexual innuendo within “Push The Sky Away” is going to be rather high.

"Push The Sky Away" Album Cover, courtesy of
“Push The Sky Away” Album Cover, courtesy of


(Video after the jump)

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Hope + Politics + Culture = Twitter Wars

Last Friday morning there was a little war of words between Mark Textor (of Crosby|Textor) and Chris Murphy (of Murphy’s Lawyers) on Twitter that made me sit back and get all philosophical for a moment. As the day wore on, the tension between the two men developed as follows:
















Now normally I don’t get involved with online brawls on Twitter, regardless of the topic that’s at hand. That’s predominantly because I think of such arguments as the adult equivalent of primary school “sword-fights” in the boys toilets. While the use of that particular metaphor is rather gross, it is an accurate description of the psychology behind most of the fights that occur on social media and also in real life on a daily basis.  Needless to say, I steadfastly refuse to take sides in such brawls as well.

After reflecting upon how quickly the nature of this conversation turned ugly for a while though, from a purely academic standpoint I started to wonder if the current political environment within Canberra is really as toxic as some people make out, or if it only appears that way simply because that’s how we want it to be. That in turn made me wonder if politicians are really as embittered as we think they are, or if the blind ideological battles between some elements of the electorate have turned their images into unrealistic caricatures of what no human being could ever be possibly like.

Now as many of you know, I recently produced a radio documentary for FBi Radio’s “All The Best” program on the “Parliamentary Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Australians” group within Parliament House, as well as its co-chairs from both the Greens, Labor and the Coalition.  Given the amount of content that I was able to produce for both this documentary and others while I was down there, I decided to put a few of the concepts that I referenced above to the test.

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