The Pickering Post
Friday, 19th October 2018

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Don Smith

Don is no-nonsense bloke with a background in the arts and business. He pens unique Aussie banter and has an interest in all things controversial


I opened my copy of this morning’s Oz newspaper to be greeted with this headline: “Allow ABC to charge for content”. Well, my immediate reaction was, “Bloody Palmer, that moron! Just another of his hare-brained ideas”. But hey! I was completely off base, it was some committee’s recommendation. “Savings and revenue stream options.”

“Pay per view”, they say. An efficiency review initiated by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, conducted by former Seven West Media’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Lewis.

 Hmmm, didn’t Seven West Media nearly go bust? Pay per view... the ABC? If they think it would be a suitable initiative to get people to watch the ABC, well yes, I would go along with that, though it depends on how much they were going to pay me to actually return to our public broadcaster.

Would that be payment for every show I watched or a blanket weekly payment provided I watched so many shows per week? Seems like a funny way to fix the ABC actually, because I thought they were not going to spend any more money at the ABC.

No. Not on your life Malcolm, no matter how much you pay me I could not watch that horrible drivel called Media Watch... no, no! Never!

Seriously though, once upon a time, ten years or so ago, the ABC was a great place to be. Then, through the unions and the usual subterfuge, the socialist Left got hold of it and stuffed it.

Just like they got hold of the hospitals through Whitlam and stuffed a world-class system supported by huge amounts of money from the private health funds... pretty much rooted it and it costs a bomb to run, employing more pen pushers than doctors and nurses.

Then there was the education system which began with universities through Whitlam and started churning out socialist rat-bags instead of well-balanced educated people.  Those socialist rat-bags filtered through to the teaching profession... and now look at the state of things! Who runs the education system now? Damned unions in every State and our international standing just keeps falling each year right across the board.

But the great social agenda did not stop there. Our highly honest, forthright unions have also taken to our manufacturing industries as well. “Manufacturing industries”, you say? What bloody manufacturing industries?

Yep! Unionised and bastardised into oblivion, the once efficient producers of high quality, innovative, Australian-made product...  gone to Gowings! Priced out of the market by continuous wage demands, EBAs, demarcation disputes and antiquated, non-productive work-to-rule restrictions.

Everything the great social experiment has touched has turned to shit... and the ABC is no exception. Remember those great days when it was actually “our ABC” and did not belong to the ALP?

I recall a balanced and highly-informative 7pm news bulletin, followed by a never-miss 7:30 Report with Kerry O’Brien. An absolute must was 4 Corners, along with Foreign Correspondent, and you actually had balanced reporting on Late Line.

What about the great Aussie shows like ‘McGooley’, ‘Mother & Son’ and ‘Brides of Christ’, just to name a couple, but there were many more. Terrific television, and the ABC would consume at least 35 per cent of your weekly TV time.

What do you get now? Re-runs of ‘Midsummer Murders’ and ‘Agatha Christie’! Just how many bloody times can you watch re-runs of Hercule Poirot?

 “These days you would be lucky if the ABC was 10% of your TV viewing time and that’s on a good week.” Hmmm... pay per view? Dunno if they could pay me enough to watch the crap being churned out by that ALP propaganda machine anyway. Well, come on Malcolm, put a figure on it... how bloody much are you willing to offer me?

Just remember this though, Malcolm. Tony Jones ain’t no George Negus... Uh! What do you mean, I got it wrong? “They want me to pay to watch the bloody ABC?” Ha ha ha ha ha!

“You’re pullin’ my leg?”

This idiot called Malcolm thinks people would actually pay money to watch the ABC! What a fuckwit! We already pay a bloody motza and what are we getting for our outlay now?

An electronic version of Pravda! 


Speaking about the Biased ABC;
A Harley biker is visiting the zoo in Taronga Park , Sydney , when he sees a little girl leaning into the lions' cage.

Suddenly, a lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch

Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents who thank him endlessly.

A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter, addressing the Harley rider, says, “Sir, this was

the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and did the right thing.”

The reporter says, “Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed.

I'm a journalist, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies, “I'm an SAS soldier just returned from Afghanistan and a Liberal party supporter.”

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:


And - That pretty much sums up most of the media's approach to the news these days.

I'm completely confused now???
Who's PAYING Who?
I'm CERTAINLY not paying the ABC ........
I'd rather have Root Canal than watch those biased shows.
Shaun The Sheep is about my limit.

If there was ever a takeover, undermining and betrayal by Stealth through the media,it is the continued endorsement of the ABC by Turnbull.
There has never been so much time given to the opposition to air their grievances, spin destructive lies, all helped along by commentators to destroy the Government. Is Tony Abbott missing all this? The Agenda is obvious and people are believing the lies. Twelve months of brainwashing should see ALP back in power again. Turnbull will bring down the Government through the ABC, while they are all BUSY laughing at his performances in parliament.

In February 2001 when I appeared before the Cabramatta inquiry, I gave evidence which at the time was controversial and attracted the usual claque of ratbags and lunatics from the ABC and their associates at the Sydney Morning Herald as well as that fruit loop Mike Carton from 2UE. I said that this city is going to be torn apart by gang warfare the likes of which we have never seen before. In 2003 I was finally proven right, but I take no comfort from that. However, the criticism I received was unprecedented. I was a nutter, a liar, a racist, a disgruntled detective - but I was right.

Bit of a laugh ah? See Foxtel has snavelled up some ABC shows - Aussie dramas - thank goodness - the ABC makes me vomit - well used to - never watch it - sickening biased left wing overpaid nutjobs - starting with Q & A - which I watched once - shut the darned channel down - any good shows, dramas, will be snatched up by Foxtel.

The ABC TV are oxygen thieves? That's this bunnies take on it, anyways?

yrve either got to be 1 or the other---maybe hes a BI-politician

IMO The ABC does no good whatsoever for Government (which provides the funding) or for the people who look to it (the ABC) for unbiased reporting on news events of the world. The simplest method of fixing this problem (another of those inherited by this Government) is to simply close it down and terminate all employment. If considered advantageous, start again from the top.

Yes, pay per view for sure I'd support it. They'd be shut down in about three months max. Yeay, way to go Malc!

pay-per-view the way to go.

I cant say any more, except you hit the nail on the head

History of ABC

Would like to be a fly on the wall and listen to it . TA will have to be very careful what he says . Palmer will be on ABC talking about it within 24 hours and it will be his usual distorted version

And apart from those small matters all is well. Ok.

There is more to the Palmer Gore incident than meets the eye

We already pay for 100% of this drivel on ABC & SBS!

Who really knows what were going to get from Clive Palmer,hes all over the place with his logic.Think, hes a pretty strange sort of bloke.My observations is that hes the sort of bloke that changes from day to day,the thought bubble type--

2gb now Alan Jones talking about Gore and Palmer

ggofoz: Are you the only one awake to what seems an obvious possibility? If the ABC (like Foxtel) starts charging for its programming, who'd watch? The FTA channels know full well that average Aussies baulk at paying for content, which indicates that the ABC has Buckley's chance of reaping viewer revenue. And so another obvious possibility arises: Could this be Turnbull's sneaky scheme to scuttle the ABC? And has he had it up his sleeve all the time? If the ABC's propaganda machine is out of action before the next election, what happens to Labor's chances? Just asking...

Much on the ABC this morning about stopping the Opera House speech morally justifying honour killings. I think the speech should have been allowed to go ahead.

The only way we're ever going to shake the Lefties from their suicidal Political Correctness is to allow the crazies among the Islamists to dig themselves a hole so deep that even the Lefties and the village idiots like SHY simply can't ignore it.

I for one would simply LOVE to hear how honour killings can be acceptable or... what was the title? Morally justified.

The feminists and the lefties need to see what a ***ed up 'religion' this really is and how it is an inescapable fact that Western society as we know it cannot survive if it allows Islam to continue its inexorable incursion into our society.