Alan Jones, inciting racial violence and the 2GB media whores

10 04 2007

The ACMA has linked Alan Jones to the Cronulla violence. The ACMA has found that 2GB and Alan Jones have breached the Commercial Radio Code of Practice in 2006, with their broadcasts on the Cronulla riots.
The regulator has ruled that both that and other broadcasts encouraged violence and brutality and were likely to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle Eastern background on the basis of their ethnicity.
ACMA says while the issue being discussed was in the public interest, the comments were not presented reasonably or in good faith.
It has not announced what action it will take against the broadcaster.

Let’s hope that the ACMA hands out a serious monetary penalty, as well as removing the broadcasting license of 2GB. The days of media whores making money from inciting hate, violence and bigotry has to come to an end. I’d also like to see a list of advertisers who pay money to these people [Update: here it is – These messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village, who all buy advertising from 2GB. Corporate Social Responsibility is more than a buzzword.], they’ll all be making my “do not buy from, ever again” list.
ALAN JONES: My suggestion is to invite one of the biker gangs to be present in numbers at Cronulla railway station when these Lebanese thugs arrive. The bikie gangs have been much maligned, but they do a lot of good things.
It would be worth the price of admission to watch these cowards scurry back onto the train for the return trip to their lairs. And wouldn’t it be brilliant if the whole event was captured on TV cameras and featured on the evening news, so that we, their parents, family and friends can see who these bastards are.
Australians old and new shouldn’t have to put up with this scum.
ALAN JONES: I’ve been a police officer for 16 years. And unfortunately the only language the Middle Eastern youth understand is a good hiding. I know it’s not politically correct, but until we’re allowed to discipline them with a good smack, these problems’ll get worse.
Police are too afraid to act due to the complaints system. If we were allowed to act the way we want to we could solve a lot of problems. The way I see it is, once you break the law you use your rights to be treated with respect.
These Middle Eastern people must be treated be treated with a big stick, it’s the only thing they fear. They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.
ALAN JONES: Yeah, lets not get too, lets not get too carried away Berta. They’re not, we don’t have Anglo-Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney. So lets not get carried away with all this mealy-mouthed talk about there being two sides, I can tell you.
Because my correspondence here, from mums and dads, I am inundated and I don’t hear people complaining about Catholics and Protestants and Anglicans.
I’m sorry, but there’s this religious element in all of this and we’ve got to make sure that we welcome people into our community but we welcome them in on certain terms and certain standards, and those standards are not being met.

This is the crap they are supporting with their advertising money. 2GB is getting rich on the pain and suffering of others.
EMMA ALBERICI: While the Authority did find that the issue being discussed was in the public interest, it found that those comments were not presented reasonably and in good faith.
In its findings, ACMA noted that this is the third time that 2GB has been found in breach of the vilification provision of the Code in the last six months, for broadcasts in the past two years.
Announcers Malcolm Elliot and Brian Wilshire were also found to have breached Clause 1.3 of the Code, which says that a licensee must not broadcast a program which is likely to incite or perpetuate hatred against, or vilify, any person or group on the basis of a number of attributes including ethnicity.

In a separate matter, Jones is facing 12 months jail and/or a fine of up to $5500 for naming on air a child witness in a murder trial.
Hopefully Alan Jones will join the other media whore who went to prison for their contempt of the legal process, Derryn Hinch, who commented on a case before the courts, creating prejudice in a running trial.
Fines of such a low figure are ridiculous, given the purported six figure salaries earned.

“They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.”

Sound familiar? Naming a child witness in a murder trial and asking bikie gangs to beat up ethnic kids at a beach is the worst kind of media rubbish. It will be interesting to see if the Today morning show continues to keep Alan Jones’s “daily editorial comment” [Update: not only did they keep him on, they let him defend himself as his daily comment]. Is John Howard going to continue to appear on Alan Jones’ show?
Read the findings – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) MR35/2007

[Updated 21st April 2007: Well it appears crime really does pay in Australia for the media whores at 2GB – a $1000 fine and nine month good behaviour bond for Alan Jones, $3000 fine for Harbour Radio and $4000 fine for the Telegraph. Nice to see our justice system protected. I’m sure witnesses will feel secure giving evidence while under age as long as Alan Jones is on a good behaviour bond. His actions could easily have resulted in the murder of the juvenile witness in a murder trial. He’s not sorry, he’s telling regulators to get stuffed! Alan Jones needs a stint in jail, not a slap on the wrist. You’re responsible for your actions Alan Jones, take some responsibility for them like a grown man.

On another note, the following advertisers are *still* giving their money to 2GB, these messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village and have recently added Parklea Markets and Robemaker to their list of bigotry supporters. Do you think these two new advertisers have brought in more money than the fines took out? Way to go ACMA, you’ve sold our airwaves out, hope you’re getting a cut.]


Explosion in Melbourne’s Burnley Tunnel, huge fireball, lives lost

23 03 2007

Burnley Tunnel Explosion

If you normally travel via Melbourne’s Burnley Tunnel, you may need a new route over the next couple of days: Three die in tunnel fireball, at least one death is confirmed by the police Update: death toll is now confirmed as three. There may be additional lives lost. There have been reports that sprinklers did not activate, if you know anything about this, report it. Some people got out safe, some people posted about the Citylink Webcams (these have been temporarily disabled), some people are just covering the news, Update: witnesses tell of collisions, city traffic in chaos, photos of the Burnley Tunnel, video from The Age, The Age reports “the fire caused by the multi-vehicle pile-up inside the Burnley Tunnel in which three people have died, was so hot that it turned the cars involved into molten wrecks”. Another Update: Vic Roads will have information for drivers, there are some instructions up already.

Why Aussie geeks should not support Kevin Rudd’s broadband plan

23 03 2007

Geeks, techies, educators and innovators across Australia were excited to hear about Kevin Rudd’s plan for a high speed broadband optical fibre rollout to 98% of Australia. There is no doubt that Australia is a “broadband backwater”. The horror quotes from the Luddites of Australian politics, such as Ron Boswell’s “We’ve got adequate broadband for the people out there”, Helen Coonan’s “Internet users in most Australian capital cities should be happy with the speed of their broadband connection” and (my favourite, the biggest luddite in history), Richard Alston’s “Well for example, people will tell you that pornography is one of the major reasons why there’s been a high take-up rate in South Korea. I haven’t confirmed that at first instance but I’ve been there, I’ve looked at what’s happening.”, say it all. Our politicians don’t have a technical clue.
However, while I fully support the idea of optical fibre to 98% of Australia, it has to be funded and planned in a responsible manner. You may have read this little gem: “The Future Fund is full of money from telecommunications from the sale of Telstra, so in a way it’s not inappropriate that money is spent on telecommunications” from Democrats leader Lynn Allison. The origin of the money in the Future Fund is not the issue Lynn Allison, it’s what it’s been earmarked for. Labor cannot guarantee to cover public service superannuation liabilities, not if it’s going to be spending that money. There are no guarantees in investment. This is Superannuation money that people have been paying their whole lives. If it was my money, I would not want anyone spending it and promising they’ll pay it back by 2020. I doubt Kevin Rudd will be leaving his Superannuation in there until 2020, so he personally won’t be paying any price. This plan is a carrot dangled for the younger generation, who aren’t owed any money by the Future Fund. The Future Fund is not spending money, it’s a debt owed by the government that they have an obligation to pay. The Australian Government made a mistake a long time ago, by not putting aside money for their future superannuation obligations for retiring workers, just like General Motors. What do you think will happen if a large number of public servants don’t get the Superannuation they need for retirement? They’re going to be an additional drain on taxpayers in the welfare system. This money is not just for politicians, it’s for teachers, police, doctors, nurses and other staff working in the public sector, paid by the government. For Generations X & Y, this may mean your parents moving in with you when they’re no longer able to work, as they can’t afford housing without their Superannuation and welfare money will be limited with a reduced workforce. Don’t be fooled by this shiny offer, read the fine print. I want that dream broadband network too, I just don’t think this is the way to fund it.
We don’t just need faster broadband, we need a complete project plan for ongoing infrastructure building, maintenance and future upgrades. This is not the last time a communications network will require upgrades, how do they intend to pay for the next one?
Optical fibre is a great plan for Australia (we need Fibre To The Home (FTTH) not Fibre To The Node (FTTN), but stealing from the future to pay for the mistakes of the past doesn’t work. It’s how we built this broadband backwater in the first place, by cutting corners and hoping someone in the future will fix it. All Australian politicians need to use greater foresight in policy, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, not just planning ahead until the next election. Each side doesn’t want to do too good a job, for fear a future opposition might take the credit. Get your bloody act together Labour and Liberals. Try working together to actually solve a problem for the good of the country, instead of wasting time name calling, chest beating and buggering around instead of actually getting things done.