Nine gives judge the flick

We bitter old hack scribes behind The Bug and The Glass House would think it very newsworthy if a federal court judge accused a minister of the crown of criminal conduct.

But my, my … aren’t we dinosaurs, obviously?

Federal Court judge Geoffrey Flick had more than just a piece of acting immigration minister Alan Tudge and Channel 9 Sydney’s 6pm news last night couldn’t find just 25 seconds for a quick summary.

The Glass House waited patiently as newsreader Peter Costello – sorry, Peter Overton – introduced each segment.

All sorts of yarns made the 40-odd minutes available to general news but not the flensing Flick gave Tudge.

For those who missed it, here’s what Mr Justice Flick said of Tudge’s actions over the non-granting of a visa application of an Afghan refugee….

“The minister cannot place himself above the law and, at the same time, necessarily expect that this court will grant discretionary relief.

‘The minister has acted unlawfully. His actions have unlawfully deprived a person of his liberty. His conduct exposes him to both civil and potentially criminal sanctions, not limited to a proceeding for contempt.

“In the absence of explanation, the minister has engaged in conduct which can only be described as criminal. He has intentionally and without lawful authority been responsible for depriving a person of his liberty.”

Ouch! Not newsworthy, according to the editors and producers at Channel 9 news, part of Nine Entertainment chaired by Peter Overton – sorry, Peter Costello.

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Earlier this week we noted that The Australian carried a Newspoll whose results showed clearly that the good people of Victoria backed Premier Dan Andrews and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also showed beyond doubt that the populace of the Sunshine State overwhelmingly supported Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government’s efforts to control the deadly virus.

Yet elsewhere in the News Corp Australia empire there was silence (maybe stunned silence) at the results.

Normally even after The Australian as the commissioning outlet has given its results a run, there are still numerous angles for others to follow up once it is on the public record.

The Murdoch turdbloid has found hectares of space on its pages to attack Premier Andrews from all angles.

But oddly enough there was nothing at all mentioned of the Newspoll results by the Herald Sun in Melbourne (pictured as we interpreted its coverage).

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Like its Victorian counterpart, Brisbane’s News Corp daily turdbloid The Courier-Mail has an election to win for the Queensland LNP so didn’t mention a word of the positive Newspoll results yesterday for Andrews and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

But they did have a big story the day after the Newspoll results on their own “sentiment survey” (pictured).

It showed 48.4% of respondents were not satisfied with the response to the pandemic by “the government and health authority leadership”, 40.1% were happy with the response, and the other 11.5% couldn’t give a flying fuck — or words to that effect.

We see a couple of problems with this survey.

For starters who or what is the “the government and health authority leadership” — is it the state government and Queensland Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Premier Palaszczuk, the federal government health bureaucrats, or PM Morrison and his team?

More importantly it was a self-selected survey which means people opted in to respond to the list of questions asked via the paper’s website.

We could provide a long critique of the value of self-selected surveys, but to save space we have instead provided a picture (at right) of what such surveys are worth.