Herald Sun

Dec 1, 2011

So she is scrapping the thing we said she wouldn’t scrap. Quick, attack her for something else!

Trumpeted the Herald Sun on Wednesday,

Pure Poison IconTrumpeted the Herald Sun on Wednesday, “PM hits families but won’t stop MP rorts“, exposing the darn gold pass scheme they were certain was going to stay:

Julia Gillard hits families, but won’t stop Gold Pass travel scheme

…despite the pressure on the Budget, the Government made no change to the Gold Pass free travel scheme for retired politicians, although Special Minister of State Gary Gray said he wanted to scrap it because it was”an unjustifiable perk”.

Only turns out it isn’t, as they without the faintest hint of embarrassment admit today:

JOY-riding former MPs are to have their wings clipped by Prime Minister Julia Gillard under plans to slash the controversial Gold Pass scheme.

The retirement travel perk will be scrapped for all future federal politicians.


How to reconcile these two contradictory reports, given that they make no effort to?

Two possibilities: one, the PM changed her mind subsequent to the Herald Sun‘s sterling campaigning – in which case, funny that they’ve not claimed it. The other – the Herald Sun simply didn’t bother asking the government about its plans for the Gold Pass scheme and missed that they were going to drop it.

It must be the first, because if it was the second, and the Herald Sun had based its whole front page smear on the PM on something so wrong and so easy to check… well, that would be humiliating for them.

Which reminds me – I don’t think the word “exclusive” means what the Herald Sun thinks it means:

I think the word they’re looking for is “news”. As in “news that every single news outlet will cover, since it’s basically a public announcement”.

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8 thoughts on “So she is scrapping the thing we said she wouldn’t scrap. Quick, attack her for something else!

  1. Lord Barry Bonkton

    By the time they cancel Howard’s gold card , he would have clocked up another $165,000 debt to the country.

  2. Sammy Jankis

    Herald Sun Exclusive

    Julia Gillard cures cancer while AIDS victims suffer

  3. Ravenred

    Forgive my ignorance, but I thought the review was an independent one rather than one within the purview of the Government of the day.

  4. Marty

    What does that have to do with this story Marilyn? I’m pretty sure that relevance is part of Crikey’s comment policy, wouldn’t this be better placed in an open thread or one actually about refugees?

  5. Matthew of Canberra

    It’s just like the last election again.

  6. shepherdmarilyn

    And how can Gillard and Bowen and the right of the ALP still insist there is such a thing in law as offshore refugee protection when the fucking idea is not to assess the frigging claims at all.

  7. SHV

    Why does this:


    seem so apt right now?

  8. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    News Flash! — Media organisation improvises narrative!

    Inevitably there will always be moments when a ‘professional’ media organisation such as the Herald Sun exposes itself as a desperate effort by a bunch of amateurs. Really, you’ve got to admire their ‘seat of the pants’ chutzpah, if nothing else.

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