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Rupert Murdoch wants his readers votes

Editorial - The Sydney News.Net Saturday 3rd August, 2013

The honeymoon for Kevin Rudd and Australia's Labor Government is over.


Rupert Murdoch's network of Australian newspapers has thrown down the gauntlet, just as they have in past years.

August 3 2013 is the day. The day the Murdoch-controlled newspapers kicked off their campaign to boot Rudd out of the lodge.

On Saturday August 3 almost half the front page of The Daily Telegraph is taken up with three words "Price of Labor." In large text underneath in red are the words "Another huge budget shambles, now we're $30b in the red."

A photo of a hapless looking Rudd accompanies the so-called story which is a teaser with a paragraph about "Australia haemorrhaging under a $22 billion budget blowout in 80 days, and warnings of decade-high unemployment."

The teaser takes readers to pages 4 and 5 where the News Corp strategy is laid out with a string of negative articles. The largest blazoned by a huge headline in capital letters across the two pages is titled, "LABOR'S DEBT AND JOBS CRISIS."

Other headlines include, "Soaring costs are big issue for voters," "Debt pushes us to edge of the fiscal cliff by Christmas," "Stop being childish and start running the country properly," and "No safety in these numbers for Rudd." That was just pages 4 and 5.

Elsewhere in the newspaper we see, "Sending refugees to PNG costs $1b," and the lead story in the Business section, "Elect Rudd if you want higher taxes and deficits."

The second most prominent story on the page is, "Muddled strategy threatens prosperity."

On the opinion page is a photo of Treasurer Chris Bowen gritting his teeth and a large opinion piece headlined, "Mr Tough Guy, eh?" Adjacent to that is the newspaper's editorial for the day, attacking the Labor Government.

The headline is, "Labor leading us into a black hole."

It blasts the government over its economic forecasts, how they've changed estimates since the May budget and it sends up Bowen's characterisation that Australia is not in crisis but is in transition mode, and that it needs careful economic management.

The Telegraph is the most influential daily newspaper in Australia's biggest state. It normally focuses on human interest stories, sport and entertainment.

Its readers must be left wondering why they're being inundated with negative stories about the economy and the government. Well they should get used to it. This is the first of a barrage of articles, headlines and editorials to come in Murdoch's quest to rid itself of the Australian government. Rupert Murdoch wants and needs every Daily Telegraph reader's vote. News Corp wants a government that suits its commercial interests and it clearly intends to influence its readers in every way it can.

What has appeared in The Daily Telegraph on August 3 is appearing in one form or another in every Murdoch newspaper across the country and that counts. Why? Because News Corp controls two thirds of all daily newspapers in Australia.

In the group's national newspaper The Australian the lead story is headlined, "Bad news on jobs, deficit and growth." Below that is an 'exclusive,' titled "Revealed: How Rudd blew $250bn." Next to that is a red background teaser "Budget Turmoil," pointing to several articles elsewhere in the newspaper. Stories such as, "Let's face it: Treasury, Bowen have no clue," "Another set of 'rushed proposals," "Treasurer's assumptions are flaky," "ALP to lift ceiling for its deficits," "Cost of Rudd's PNG Solution will be a topic of hot debate," "Tough disability rules to save Canberra $457m," "Union snubs Labor campaign," "Rivers of cash in pre-poll spend," "Bowen using development funding as a 'honey pot'," and "Unemployment to hit GFC high." The front page of the newspaper's 'Inquirer' supplement is headlined "The $250bn cost of Kev," and goes on to outline the views of two economists who have determined "The prime minister's time in office has been marked by waste and spending on an extraordinary scale."

The main story meantime doing the rounds on News Corp websites News.com.au, The Sun-Herald and The Courier-mail is titled, "Tony Abbot says the Coalition is ready for the 2013 election." So too it seems is Rupert Murdoch.

(Footnote. In November 1975 all 109 journalists at The Australian went on strike in the middle of the federal election campaign arguing their newspaper was biased. Seventy five of the journalists signed a letter to Rupert Murdoch complaining of, "the deliberate and careless slanting of headlines, seemingly blatant imbalance in news presentation, political censorship and, more occasionally, distortion of copy from senior specialist journalists, the political management of news and features, the stifling of dissident and even palatably impartial opinion in the papers' columns.").

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3 days ago John Robertson said :

The Murdoch empire is a tax evader. During the 1993 Election The Cairns Post lied by publishing that the Oz One Party was a 'No Tax Party' when the policy was to stop tax evasion. The High Court of Australia link is: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1993/50.html


2 days ago John Robertson said :

The Oz One tax policy provides a framework to replace inefficient and distorting taxes with a single easily understood and unavoidable tax - a flat tax on all legally binding transactions the rate of which is adjusted to compensate for existing taxes as they are abolished and budget pressures as they occur.


2 days ago John Robertson said :

EXTRACT from email to Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, Subject: PAYE wage and salary earners are soft targets for Commissioner of Taxation - an immediate correction s available Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:33:30 From: John Robertson My personal target is Rupert Murdoch whose Cairns Post defamed and destroyed my Ozone Party at the 1993 General Election. Some of Murdoch's reporters recently recorded him saying he knew his newspapers bribed police. This causes me to tell you of my 1993 High Court Action so you may encourage the Commissioner of Taxation to collect US$8.3 Billion of evaded tax from the Murdoch Empire. My concern is that Murdoch is too big to tax, the Commissioner will prefer to continue attacking everyday people.


2 days ago WarHawk said :

It is about time Murdoch got stuck into Comrade KRudd and the rest of the communist labor government. If only they would also turn against Abbott and all the other globalist parties that have driven Australia down to the level it is now. Australia needs some Nationalist governments that will govern Australia for the good of AUSTRALIANS instead of continuously kow towing to the UN and the one world government adherents. The Australia I loved and owed allegiance to died in the late 60's to me replaced by this multicultural cesspit.


2 days ago John Robertson said :

Hi Warhawk, The good 60's were before Rupert Murdoch bought a British newspaper in 1969 that was already bribing police. Then in 1981, Murdoch had a secret Sunday lunch with lawyer, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, to set up his newspaper monopoly. Political parties rely on donations which are really bribes. Communist parties and Globalist parties are both wrong, Clubs are the right size. Shall you and I start the Oz One Club?


2 days ago jpm said :

those 1975 reporters were upstanding people fighting for the right of fairness and unbiased reporting, thus I believe todays reporters are lower than pedophiles in the community, and have no credibility at all in the way they are now kowtowing to their bosses


2 days ago John Robertson said :

Hi jpm, In 1975 the reporters had a choice of bosses, now Murdoch owns 70% of Australian media. Whoever wrote the editorial is not kowtowing, but how many readers do we have? Ozone Party had a solution in 1993 and it is still sound - but who wants solutions? Bribers rule the world.


1 day ago John Robertson said :

The bribing of political parties (donations)has caused all of the world problems, the solution is for private enterprise to collect tax fairly and efficiently. The Taxation Office will then start changing roles to become responsible for paying salaries to political candidates and the expenses of political parties. The changeover can be phased in by starting the Oz One flat rate transaction tax at 0.001%; all existing taxes will remain as they are. Parliamentarians and political parties must sort out themselves first and raise the tax rate if necessary. Parliamentarians must then settle down to increasing the tax rate and eliminating all obsolete taxes such as income tax and goods and services tax. Nations that have more High Frequency Traders will have a lower Oz One tax rate so the objective is to educate more people to be HF Traders. This is a Full Employment Policy and there is no excuse for not using it.


1 day ago John Robertson said :

Abbott is not debating Rudd and the Murdoch Empire is not debating me.


1 day ago John Robertson said :

Huh! Where are the Emperor's clothes? Where are Rupert Murdoch, Col Allan, Robert Thomson, Kim Williams and all the editors hiding? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Coming ready to find you. See You! You're He. Now debate. Explain why your empire should not be confiscated to pay for all the tax evaded since 1993.


1 day ago John Robertson said :

The Ozone Party Tax was invented to stop Australian taxation officers from extorting tax from corporations and people. It happens to also stop tax avoidance and evasion. Murdochs and all good corporations will make more profit for shareholders, not less, with Ozone tax - and there will be full employment. Murdoch's Cairns Post editor was stupid to defame the Ozone Party.


16 hours ago John Robertson said :

Hi Las Vegas, The Ozone Tax is modeled on a Casino taking a very small slice off the top! We should scrap Income tax with all of its record keeping and tax havens. Just tax the money turnover at a tiny rate. To start, the rate should be 0.001% We should form a syndicate and collect the tax for the Government. Rupert Murdoch is merely an example of how bad Governments tax. If you are interested - Have your say - and make Your comment:


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