I am yet to discover what the Prime Minister talked about with world leaders at the Asia-Europe meeting in Brussels. It sounds like a pretty important meeting, yet all I’ve learned from the Australian media is that she got eight hours of sleep, made a joke about her accent, and denied she was having a dig at Tony Abbott:
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has wound up her hectic first trip to Europe – but was forced to spend her last couple of hours in Brussels denying she had played politics over Afghanistan in the wake of Tony Abbott’s jet lag gaffe.
Forced by Australian journos who must find conflict in everything, rather than report the news. That the Prime Minister and Opposition leader disagree is not news.
Tony Abbott was in the UK for the British Conservative Party conference, but all I know from the Australian media is that he didn’t go to Afghanistan with Gillard because he didn’t want jetlag before the conference, but saying so was a “gaffe”:
The Leader of the Opposition was forced to apologise for his ill-timed comments overnight although senior Liberal colleagues insisted privately that he had already locked in a date to visit Australian troops and that Ms Gillard was guilty of “low rent politics” as she was aware of this.
Australia has a lot of really intelligent journos who are very good at their jobs, so why are they dishing up this rubbish? And why are we, as their audience, putting up with it? Actually, we’re not – we’ve stopped buying their papers and I doubt many of us will bother with paywalls. That’s why the MSM is in trouble – they’re just not willing to consider that their product sucks.