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Good morning pollie watchers! The #Insiders host this Sunday is Fran Kelly. The interview is with hi-viz-wearing, climate-change-denying, coal-corporation-spruiking, Barnaby Joyce protégé, Queensland LNP Senator, and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan.
also on #Insiders this week are Laura Tingle (ABC 730, Nine-Fairfax AFR), David Marr (The Guardian Australia) and Phil Coorey (also AFR).
The “drought galvanised the National Party” says Fran “demanding more money and more political credit”. This is the story that centres Joyce as tho he was not forced by scandal to resign the Nationals leadership, the deputy prime ministership, and several ministries #Insiders
We are told that the Nationals are more concerned about themselves than the drought as this that is some kind of anomaly lol instead of absolutely routine for every member of every Coalition government ever formed #Insiders
as *though* self-serving political ambition from Nationals [and Liberals and LNP] politicians is some kind of anomaly instead of absolutely routine #Insiders
Coorey on wages stagnation. Unemployment has remained high despite slashing wages of the lowest paid most precarious workers! Apparently employers pocketed the difference instead of employ more people [on paper] despite what the Liberals and media said would happen! #Insiders
Tingle on the back-of-the-envelope “first home owners” carrot the Liberals threw at the property market just before the election. Five months later and it is “almost” implemented. Maybe get back to us when the government has in fact implemented a policy ay #Insiders
David Marr in his classic quiet outrage voice clocks in on the 97 Serco staff guarding a family of two adults and two children on Christmas Island. The cages, the lies, the cost, the despicable human rights-violating torture of it all #Insiders
Hi Matt. The Nationals look to be in trouble. Do you have leadership ambitions? Hokey folksy Rocky lovely family man me [paraphrased] says Canavan #Insiders
Everybody loves dams now, says Canavan in that way white males with power have of calling their compadres “everybody” because nobody else counts to them #Insiders
nobody can say how long “the drought” will last, Matt adds. He is more interested in keeping people on the land than exit packages, he says. Public departure from mentor/backbencher Joyce there. Which doesn’t mean he is not doing numbers for Joyce on the side. #Insiders
regular reminder that framing climate catastrophe as plucky white pioneer sunburnt country droughts and flooding rains colonial mythology is doing the Liberals and Nationals work for them #Insiders
we’ll send those rocks overseas says the actual Resources Minister about coal and bauxite exports, still slathering on the folksy nonsense. Honestly. This man has a first class Honours degree in economics. #Insiders
Canavan gets in a bit more spruiking for coal and keeping [largest users of coal fired power in the country] aluminium smelters open and he’s off. Cut straight to footage of Joyce because remember Barnaby is RetailPoliticsGenius™️ #Insiders
ahahaha right on cue. After a bit of mumbling from Coorey #Insiders goes to ANOTHER clip of Joyce, bookmarked by Fran saying how good Joyce is at getting the message through. As tho Joyce “gets the message through” independently of blanket coverage of his every bumbling word😂
more chatter about the Nationals “brand”. This derivative discussion is secondary to the drought which is secondary to climate crisis but carry on #Insiders. In the end “you’re” throwing money at a problem, says Coorey. He means the government, which he never holds to account.
the redundant Nationals branding chit chat segues to Labor leadership via - DRINK - Setka. Marr notes that a leader who takes over after an election loss does not lead the party to victory and become Prime Minister #Insiders
the union busting bill is framed in terms of what Jacqui Lambie will do when what matters is that the government is a rabid union-hating worker-hating rabble overseeing stagnant wages in a flailing economy but ya know. Lambie. Setka. DRINK. #Insiders
here we go. Angus Taylor. It came out of nowhere says Fran haha yeah mate no form at all there *cough* #Grassgate *cough* #FarmerFromYass *cough* #Watergate etc etc. It’s an apology but not conceding wrongdoing, says Tingle. #Insiders
stronger criticism from Tingle. Contempt for accountability, she says. Taylor is not taking responsibility seriously. Her tone is mild but the critique is damming. Coorey does not believe Taylor is “daft” enough [read: not tech-capable] to alter the documents himself #Insiders
Marr describes Taylor as a golden boy landed gentry GPS (Greater Public School - the English usage, ie very expensive private boys school) Rhodes scholar who has always created his own reality and now he is in a position where he can’t (spoiler - he is still a minister) #Insiders
footage of Morrison. Footage of Dutton. I missed the PM’s point. The walloper was sneering nastily at Kristina Keneally’s efforts to bring attention to asylum seekers arriving by aeroplane. She clapped back on twitter, the #Insiders tell us. That platform they cite when it suits.
oh yeah the audio of Roy Ah See 🔥👏🏼🔥👏🏼 telling Wyatt to listen to Aboriginal people on #UluruStatement. Typically, #Insiders make this about antagonism etc “not a great start to co-design” says Fran.
also typically, the confusion of *the press* about #UluruStatement is deflected onto Aboriginal people. If journalists just read the statement, and listened to what Wyatt says, they could resolve their own confusion about pre- and post- Uluru Convention proposals #Insiders
#TalkingPictures gives Angus Taylor the scorn and derision he deserves👍🏼 #Insiders
#FinalObservations. Tingle has another rebuke, noting how Morrison has added thanking the military to Welcome to country [she means acknowledgment of country, Morrison is not a true owner so can not do a Welcome]. There is a lot of signalling going on there, she says #Insiders
This has been another edition of watching #Insiders so you don’t have to👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼
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