Long-serving business writer at The Australian, Robert Gottleibsen, is taking his turn to sit at the right hand of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Liberal Party election strategy meetings along with his colleagues. (main picture)
That’s the only explanation our Media Glass House teams can come up with to rationalise Mr G’s latest effort uploaded to The Oz’s website yesterday arvo. (pictured)
We won’t bother you with the intricate details of the yarn, suffice to say it involves work under way within the Australian Taxation Office which, if implemented, would impact family trusts now used to lower a family’s tax burden – in other words, make them pay more tax – and hit their tax accountants too.
This, according to Mr G’s story, is all the fault and responsibility of the Labor Party and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese because if he wins he might implement the new arrangements.
But hang on. Isn’t the work by the ATO being undertaken now under the Morrison Government, on the watch of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg?
In his story Mr G even writes: “Late last year a section of the Australian Taxation Office began planning one of the most vicious attacks on family businesses and tax accountants ever attempted in Australia and the world.”
Whatever the ATO is up to, it is the clear responsibility of the Morrison Government.
Our MGH teams think a better approach to the story by Mr G would have been for him to ask Mr Frydenberg if he was aware of the ATO work, why it was being undertaken, and again why it was being done if he had no plans himself to implement it?
Our researchers believe that on such a politically sensitive issue nobody at the ATO would be stupid enough to launch a rewrite of family trust tax laws anywhere near an election year without the Treasurer’s knowledge.
They also say that a more obvious answer to the questions surrounding his story is that Mr G is just bending the facts to use his position to blatantly dump a bucket of anti-Labor shit on Albo.
We tend to favour that analysis.
Don’t you just love a level playing field in Australian politics? The reporting of it, at least.
Here are assessments given this past week on Anthony Albanese’s character – The West Australian on the left and The Courier-Mail on the far right.
Looking at the Courier splash and the copy written by James Campbell, we at the MGH are just thankful that Lachlan Murdoch crossed his heart and hoped to die recently when he promised all Newscorpse mastheads would be fair and balanced in their election coverage.
A big shout-out by the way, to Mike Carlton, who saw the Courier yarn and in a tweet described Campbell and his musings as “this fabulist drivel from The Human Meatball, the small and globular James Campbell, stains the Murdochracy tabloids today. It’s the NSW Liberals who are actually fighting like ferrets in a sack, but not a mention”.
We at the MGH really don’t give a flying fuck what Campbell and whoever penned the article beneath The West Australian splash call themselves as long as it isn’t a journalist.
Likewise, we could care less about what Kerry Stokes and Seven West Media and the Murdoch suckholes at News Queensland call their respective products, as long as they don’t call them newspapers.
As a friend of The Bug said recently: “The Courier-Mail is like buying toilet paper with the shit already on it.”
News Corp Australia (aka the federal Liberal Party’s ad agency) has run big this week on a report given to one of its reporters on an exclusive basis which allegedly torpedoes Labor’s policy to invest in the electricity distribution system to help lower power bills.
Labor has said its plan to fund new “poles and wires” would cut bills in the long run.
The News Corp stories (pictured) claim the exact opposite – Labor’s plan would cause power bills to rise.
The main source for the attack on Labor’s plans? Turns out to be “government modelling”.
That would be economic modelling by the Coalition government that is trying to stop the Labor Party from becoming the government, would it not?
It is no wonder the old “exclusive” banner was dusted off by News Corp Australia to add to the top of the story in some of its turdbloids.
We like to think it was an exclusive because no reporters worth their salt anywhere else on earth would have given it much credence.