Keating vs Albrechtsen - It's On!

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Former PM Paul Keating gets stuck into Opposition Oracle journalist Janet Albrechtsen in Friday's The Australian. Janet has already replied, lol.

http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/letters/index.php/theaustralian/comments/keating_breaks_his_silence_on_newspaper_commentator

Keating breaks his silence on newspaper commentator
February 29, 2008


OVER the years and in the many pieces Janet Albrechtsen has written where she has mentioned me, I have never responded to her provocations.


No articles, no letters to the editor, nothing.

But on Wednesday, she was at it again, warning Kevin Rudd that Keating’s embrace of sophisticated elites is the road to electoral oblivion because the Keating agenda was anathema to the wider electorate. People must be so tired of this nonsense.

Were the 2.5 million people who got jobs during my years not part of the wider electorate? Were the children whose retention to Year 12 going from three in 10 in 1983 to nine in 10 in 1996, not part of the wider electorate? Were the 10 million in the workforce who got access to national compulsory superannuation, for the first time, not part of the wider electorate? Or the people given a leg up from long-term unemployment under the unique Working Nation programs, not part of the wider electorate? Were the millions of women and young people protected by the safety net under the Keating government’s 1993 enterprise bargaining legislation, not part of the wider electorate?

Albrechtsen’s journalism is nothing more than belligerent and partisan fiction. She is simply a blackguard. And an exceptionally dull one at that.

Albrechtsen, for her own part, of course, was not part of any elite. The ear of a prime minister and a cabinet for a decade, which finally enjoyed control of both houses of parliament; membership of a clique of journalists, sharing common cause, with unfettered access to the opinion pages of the broadsheet newspapers of the country - nothing elitist about that.

Albrechtsen was, until the last federal election, among the most elite of the elite, yet she seeks to stigmatise people who have dedicated their lives to the interests of the broader population including and especially, the disadvantaged.

Albrechtsen’s beef is with that group which forms the cosmopolitan core of the country. The Oxford dictionary describes cosmopolitan as of or from or knowing many parts of the world; free from national limitations or prejudices. In other words, people of the world, unprejudicial of others, appreciating cultural differences and attitudes. In general, being tolerant, understanding and respectful of other people, including their origins and beliefs.

These are the people Albrechtsen and her bigot mates brand as elites. People not of the mono-culture; of the old Australia; of the Howard world of Sunday schools and scout jamborees and Menzian regard. The people who knew their place. An objection to the very same people who Hitler, as party leader of the national socialists, described in his 1929 editorial in the Volkischer Beobachter as the cosmopolitan 10,000. The very same lot. The natural enemies of jingoism.

Albrechtsen’s objection is to cosmopolitan Australia; to those people who will not accept the tawdry name-calling and labelling that are part and parcel of her political incorrectness.

Will someone at The Australian take this loony tune off its pages? Her journalism is not national debate. It is not reasoned argument. It is not even polite difference of opinion. It is vilification of the most addled variety. The Australian celebrates itself as a right-wing newspaper priding itself on some intellectualism. Even in its terms, it should draw the line somewhere.

Albrechtsen is a no-talent proselytiser for causes overtaken by history and events.

If not for the rest of us, perhaps for the paper’s own sake, will someone summon the courage to give her the pink slip?
Paul Keating
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Albrechtsen just represents the 9% remaining of Australians who are stupid and shallow enough to still support the Loopy Liberal party.

They'll soon be as mythical as Hobbits. But much less fondly thought of.

Nasty little creatures.
 

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Keating was the 2nd worst prime minister this country had after Whitlam.

The fact that he posts stuff like this proves he is still is in his fantasy land.
He is the Patrick Smith of politics, so filled with hatred for the Liberal Party that he can't accept the facts as they are.

Keating, keep believing you were the new emperor, keep believing you did some good - because in reality you were crapp.
 

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summed her up superbly...I'm sure your all familiar with her husband and his position at Freehills? that same legal firm that drew up "workchoices"...
 

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Keating was the 2nd worst prime minister this country had after Whitlam.

The fact that he posts stuff like this proves he is still is in his fantasy land.
He is the Patrick Smith of politics, so filled with hatred for the Liberal Party that he can't accept the facts as they are.

Keating, keep believing you were the new emperor, keep believing you did some good - because in reality you were crapp.

No one with any intelligence and knowledge of Australian History or economics could possibly believe that
 

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Keating was the 2nd worst prime minister this country had after Whitlam.

The fact that he posts stuff like this proves he is still is in his fantasy land.
He is the Patrick Smith of politics, so filled with hatred for the Liberal Party that he can't accept the facts as they are.

Keating, keep believing you were the new emperor, keep believing you did some good - because in reality you were crapp.


Wrong! the worst were

1 Hughes (ALP), 2 McMahon (Lib), 3 Bruce (Nat)
 

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Keating was the 2nd worst prime minister this country had after Whitlam.

The fact that he posts stuff like this proves he is still is in his fantasy land.
He is the Patrick Smith of politics, so filled with hatred for the Liberal Party that he can't accept the facts as they are.

Keating, keep believing you were the new emperor, keep believing you did some good - because in reality you were crapp.
Howard was the worst PM this country has ever seen.
Keating was faaaaaaaaaabulous,at least he had compassion, not
lies and codswallop and misery, and worry about the future, or a job
with doubt to your rights,sending people for false reasons to war in the M.E.
Living in a mindset of his own, from the 50's . Also being smart enough to keep
gutless "tickerless" treasurer Mr Smirkaridiam from ever being PM, was about the only good thing that miss guided little fellow ever did.
 

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Howard was the worst PM this country has ever seen.
Keating was faaaaaaaaaabulous,at least he had compassion, not
lies and codswallop and misery, and worry about the future, or a job
with doubt to your rights,sending people for false reasons to war in the M.E.
Living in a mindset of his own, from the 50's . Also being smart enough to keep
gutless "tickerless" treasurer Mr Smirkaridiam from ever being PM, was about the only good thing that miss guided little fellow ever did.


I disagree with you, Keating showed no compassion to those without a Job and he lied just as much as Howard
 

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I love it when Keating makes a showing. I have tremendous respect for the man, who put Australia back on track after the disasterous days of the Howard treasury.

Miss that man in Parliament, he knew how to get up the Liberals goat. :)
 

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summed her up superbly...I'm sure your all familiar with her husband and his position at Freehills? that same legal firm that drew up "workchoices"...


Ask said Freehills Partners first wife what she thinks of her! She is not a mammal but a spitting reptile
 

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If you are going to attack Keating you better bring your A Grade game to the table. Janet, you are way out of your depth here. You really should just disappear quietly into the sunset just like your dear old JWH did.
 

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The left have to reclaim the word "elite" - I love how Albrechsen, and those two knock about blokes Davo Flint and Dr. Gerard Henderson use that word - of course none of them are in an way to be understood to be part of an "elite"
 

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The left have to reclaim the word "elite" - I love how Albrechsen, and those two knock about blokes Davo Flint and Dr. Gerard Henderson use that word - of course none of them are in an way to be understood to be part of an "elite"
Orwell foretold it.
 

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