Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Setting up an inquiry into manufacturing was a bad idea because everyone knew, including Julia Gillard, the likely outcome; namely more subsides and protection. Probably armed with sensible advice from Treasury, PM Gillard knocked the idea on the head.
Likewise she must know that the Greens idea of an inquiry into the media, run by Labor and the Greens, will certainly make recommendations adverse to the freedom of the press. So the only reason that this waste of money is proceeding is because Gillard is too weak to say 'no'. The trouble is that if she cant say 'no' now then it might be harder later having given the Greens the platform to espouse their views on curbing press freedom.

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