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IT’S WALKLEY TIME

Tune in to SBS for coverage of this year’s awards. Updates to follow.

UPDATE. The prize for social equity journalism (!!!) goes to Hedley Thomas. Well, it should have; instead it’s been won by Frank Moorhouse for some essay about how we “can’t say things or know things” in the Age of Really Evil Conservative Governments. Thomas wins a print prize for Haneef coverage.

UPDATE II. It sounds as though only 30 or so people are present. Audience isn’t miked up at all.

UPDATE III. My pal Paul Toohey robbed!

UPDATE IV. Because the crowd can’t be heard, every single presenter gag seems to be getting no laughs at all - not even polite giggles.

UPDATE V. Well done, Walkley organisers! They’ve posted the winners before the delayed telecast has run even 30 minutes.

UPDATE VI. Cathy Wilcox’s winning cartoon was direct and fun; according to judges, however, it had “the power to chill”.

UPDATE VII. To hell with this. I’m falling asleep here.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/29/2007 at 07:01 AM
  1. Is it live, Tim? All the awards seem to have been announced already online here.

    Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 11 29 at 07:22 AM • permalink

  2. Has there been any biffo yet?

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 07:24 AM • permalink

  3. Has there been any biffo yet?

    Not till last drinks are called.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2007 11 29 at 07:25 AM • permalink

  4. Is the world’s most pompous shareholder activist there? A Liverpool kiss would be appropriate tonight.

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 11 29 at 07:28 AM • permalink

  5. Hedley done over again.


    Results posted already? Goodie, I can see the wankers winners before I go to bed.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 07:32 AM • permalink

  6. Did they just equate Australia with Burma in terms of suppressing freedom of speech?

    Nice juxtaposition!

    Idiots.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2007 11 29 at 07:37 AM • permalink

  7. The Walkleys were established in 1956, with five categories, by Ampol Petroleum founder Sir William Gaston Walkley. William Walkley appreciated the media’s support for his oil exploration efforts.

    Media support for oil exploration!

    Poor old Walkley must be rotating in his drill casing.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2007 11 29 at 07:39 AM • permalink

  8. Someone give Glen Milne another drink.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 11 29 at 07:45 AM • permalink

  9. zzzzzzzz ... Wazzat? Update VII, oh ... zzzzzzzz

    Maybe there were no cheers cos the audience was asleep, too?

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 29 at 07:49 AM • permalink

  10. Ampol supports other boring enterprises ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 29 at 07:52 AM • permalink

  11. What a pack of no hopers. Not one single punch up, at least not in the public view.

    The “People’s Choice” Golden Gloves Walkley will forever be owned by Glen Milne, unless Alan Jones or Lawsie gets up on stage with a sawn off shottie and cleans out the gene pool.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 11 29 at 08:00 AM • permalink

  12. I hate award ceremonies, in fact I hate awards. It seems that these days it’s not enough to do a great job, or write an amazing book, or act in an awesome movie, or make a scientific breakthrough, or even be a good citizen.

    Apparently we need committees to tell us these things.
    The only time award ceremonies have validity is when they’re telling us what they already know. Other than that, it’s for paybacks, or in-crowd-networking, or pushing your world-view.
    Case in point: Gladiator was a great movie. An Inconvenient Truth was not. Both got Academy Award gongs.

    Lefties love them of course, especially if you can give an award to something that’s subversive.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2007 11 29 at 08:03 AM • permalink

  13. #12
    We are now the subversives…

    Posted by lotocoti on 2007 11 29 at 08:37 AM • permalink

  14. We weren’t before? This cult sucks. I want my soul back.

    Posted by wreckage on 2007 11 29 at 08:58 AM • permalink

  15. O/T, Lindsay Tanner on Lateline at the moment, and has issued thinly veiled threats to employers (and employees) who sign long-term AWAs to thwart the reunionisation and removal of flexibility and rewards for effort from industry.

    Also used the line regulate several times, giving the new ministry of deregulation true doublespeak status.

    The next three years are looking uglier by the minute.

    I’m also still waiting for a journalsit to remind incoming ALP front benchers who snork on about their clear mandate is based on a primary vote difference of less than 2%, and that the state with the highest ratio of AWAs to awards voted solidly against their “clear mandate”. (The only way they got a mandate was from Bob Brown, a source of distasteful gags which I for one will not sink to just yet).

    I think I’ll still be waiting when PM Yobbo is being sworn in as leader of the LDP, sometime after the ice age starts to bite.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 11 29 at 09:04 AM • permalink

  16. And the Wankleys- Hedley Thomas gets a gong for mis-reporting and selectively publishing information about a sloppy but necessary action against a potential mass-murderer, unperterbed by the aid and comfort he’s given our enemies (and fully aware that any information that would make his story of big bad AFP, ASIO and Immigration picking on surgical saint is confidential and cannot be released without compromising ongoing investigations).

    Snow Cone Tone got best broadcast interview- not sure if it was for his efforts to slip his tongue so far up Kevvie’s bot that the dork who would be king looked like a lizard with a forked tongue every time he licked his scaly lips, or his efforts to talk over, interrupt and sneer at any member of the Howard government.

    Posted by Habib on 2007 11 29 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  17. That he was stupidly aggressive with Coalitionites proved he could be tough. That he was revoltingly fawning with Kevites proved he could be nice. That he always chose to be nice or tough along party lines proved he could be consistent. That he didn’t fall off his chair proved he was balanced….

    Posted by wreckage on 2007 11 29 at 09:25 AM • permalink

  18. ABC Radio National’s PM programme welcomes new liberal leader and wastes no time trying to destabilise his position.

    Surely Mark deserves a Wankley for this dismal effort.

    MARK COLVIN: The new Leader of the Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson, joins me now.

    Dr Nelson, are you going to need eyes in the back of your head?

    BRENDAN NELSON: The most important thing I’m going to need Mark, is vision, determination energy, and also putting interests of everyday Australians ahead of everything else.

    MARK COLVIN: Do you think Malcolm Turnbull will wait long?

    BRENDAN NELSON: Well Malcolm, I have offered and he has accepted the Treasury portfolio. As you know, he will do a superb job in that regard, and I think he will be more than a match for Mr Swan.

    MARK COLVIN: Tony Abbott has already said that he hasn’t given up on the idea of being leader.

    BRENDAN NELSON: Well I … look Tony has expressed those views, and I would think in the long-term, that there would be a number of people who quite reasonably and quite rightly would keep aspirations at some time to be the leader of the party, but -

    MARK COLVIN: Julie Bishop would like to be the first woman leader of the party?

    BRENDAN NELSON: Mark, well Julie is being chosen Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. We’ve had a ballot today for those two positions, and I can assure you Mark, they will be working very, very hard to make sure that we’re not only competitive as an alternative government in three years, but we’re actually in a winning position.

    MARK COLVIN: Peter Costello is still in the parliament, and John Hewson says that might have another … he suspects that Mr Costello is keeping his powder dry?

    BRENDAN NELSON: Well look, I’ll be talking to Peter and Alexander Downer and a range of other people about what they may or may not do over the next little while. But I think those sort of fun and games Mark, are not things that are appropriate to focus on. I think the most important thing is we should be proud of what we have achieved over 11.5 years.

    We need to understand what the lessons are from the change of government and learn from them. We also need to articulate a very strong vision that’s based in hard work and self-sacrifice to our core supporters, Liberal Party members, supporters, small businesses, people at work at all kinds of jobs the length and breadth of the country, to put Australia first, to strongly support Mr Rudd where it’s good for Australia, and then to oppose him if it’s not good for Australia.

    MARK COLVIN: Speaking of lessons, you’re born in 1958. You’d be too young really to have consciously lived through the ructions that went on after the retirement of Robert Menzies and the death of Harold Holt. But your party is capable of really tearing itself apart, as it proved during that period ‘69 to ‘72, isn’t it?

    BRENDAN NELSON: Well, the Liberal party is capable of doing extraordinary things, particularly when in coalition with the National Party -

    MARK COLVIN: Extraordinary things to each other?

    At least the ABC is proving how balanced it is by turning its guns on the opposition for the first time in eleven years

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 11 29 at 09:34 AM • permalink

  19. full transcript for interview at #18 here

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 11 29 at 09:36 AM • permalink

  20. Why doesn’t that mongrel Colvin just wear a Kevin07 T shirt and be done with it? Nelson must have the patience of Job to put up with that shit.

    Just as well I’m not in Parliament, I would have knocked a few sets of teeth down some “journalists” throats by now.

    Gawdalmighty, can’t they even show a semblance of being unbiased?

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 11 29 at 10:11 AM • permalink

  21. Ignore me.  Just testing.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 11 29 at 10:22 AM • permalink

  22. #6 Of course there is suppression of liberal speech in Australia!  That’s why this is being filmed in a secret bunker under Nullarbor Plain with all the faces blurred and voices digitally altered.

    Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2007 11 29 at 10:27 AM • permalink

  23. Chris Masters slimy character assassination ‘Jonestown’ got best nonfiction book

    The judges say it’s “A finely written, well rounded portrait of the Sydney broadcaster. Undertaking this particular subject and managing to get the resulting book published against considerable opposition reveals a courage in Masters that is inspiring to fellow and aspiring authors”

    The judges included Sandy McCutcheon and Carmen Lawrence so it must be true.

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 11 29 at 10:38 AM • permalink

  24. Ignore me.  Just lurking.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 11:27 AM • permalink

  25. #21 RebeccaH -

    Ignore me.  Just testing.

    Does anyone know why Rebecca is holding a geiger counter?

    Posted by wronwright on 2007 11 29 at 11:36 AM • permalink

  26. Maybe she is posting from Slovakia today.  Blairistas are just jet settin’ fools.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 12:10 PM • permalink

  27. Sorry.  A previous thread wouldn’t let me comment, so I was just testing to see if I Tim and Andrea finally got tired of my nonstop opinions and kicked me out.  Apparently they haven’t caught on to me yet.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 11 29 at 12:11 PM • permalink

  28. Oh, and the geiger counter is just for show.  Really.  We didn’t knock anything over, or spill anything, and just ignore the blue glow.  It’ll go away in a little while.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 11 29 at 12:13 PM • permalink

  29. 28

    It can be told, RebeccaH, IS A CIA Agent. I might add, just returned from the Black and Caspian Sea areas. Believe the word was, a beluga sturgeon fact finding mission.

    Sure Rebecca.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 12:26 PM • permalink

  30. #28

    Ha!  Fat chance.  You can’t fool us.  Most of us have seen the “Invisible Ray”.  Just seek help quickly.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 12:53 PM • permalink

  31. The blue glow?  You mean the water cooler?

    Posted by wronwright on 2007 11 29 at 01:14 PM • permalink

  32. Sudan sentences Brit teacher to 15 days

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A defense lawyer says a British teacher has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan.

    Well Brits, ball is in your court. Start deporting Islamists.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 02:27 PM • permalink

  33. What? Nothing for the brave Penberthy who made an “Editorial decision’ to gut Howard and support Rudd without informing HQ.

    Best fiction pretending to be news?

    Posted by watty on 2007 11 29 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  34. “Start deporting Islamists.”

    Like that is going to happen.  They will probably import more as a “goodwill gesture”.
    Couldn’t see them giving her forty lashes, not because they are above that, but rather I’m sure someone in that gov’t has some PR sense.

    How is the golf game going El Cid?

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  35. Wow, I’m, uh, so upset that I missed the Walkley’s.

    After I flicked over last year, just in time to catch Glen Milne’s efforts, the Walkley’s will never be good again.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 29 at 03:22 PM • permalink

  36. After looking at the winners, I can’t say I’m surprised with any of them.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 29 at 03:26 PM • permalink

  37. O/T

    DNN(some of you still call it CNN) just showed video of the demonstration against the Hugo-NOT in Venezuela.  That is one beaucoup large demo.  Go for it!

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 03:38 PM • permalink

  38. #37: The Washington Times had a picture on the front page this morning of a giant, Macy’s-Parade-size Hugo Chavez balloon. What a dork (a very dangerous dork, that is to say).

    Posted by paco on 2007 11 29 at 04:53 PM • permalink

  39. Well yojimbo, since my little mishap stupidity move of falling and screwin’ up the left arm/shoulder, it’s just a tad off...:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 05:24 PM • permalink

  40. #16, Habib

    ...mis-reporting and selectively publishing information about a sloppy but necessary action against a potential mass-murderer ...and fully aware that any information that would make his story of big bad AFP, ASIO and Immigration picking on surgical saint is confidential and cannot be released without compromising ongoing investigations”.


    Spot on, Habib!

    Maybe we have to wait for the first 9/11 or 7/7 on home soil before some people - particularly in the media - grow up?

    Posted by ann j on 2007 11 29 at 05:58 PM • permalink

  41. Well Damn. Think I fixed it, yojimbo.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  42. #41
    Well, El Cid, it’s pretty, and it’s very steep.
    Not as steep as my place, though.

    He he.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:19 PM • permalink

  43. In follow-up to #16 and #40, this today in The Australian. Al-Qa’ida plot

    Don’t know how much liar and sniveller Mamdouh Habib can be believed about anything, but there probably is a large grain of truth in what he’s now saying to save his own skin.

    I look forward to the day that serious journalistic efforts are made to investigate the Mamdouh Habibs, rather than writing supposed exposés of the evil activities of ASIO and the AFP.

    Posted by ann j on 2007 11 29 at 06:21 PM • permalink

  44. #43 Links busted removing extra http etc doesn’t work. Try this.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:26 PM • permalink

  45. Say what you like, Moorhouse is a good writer. From the sound of it, his piece about how we “can’t say things or know things” is a hark back to his 1970s days as a campaigner for free speech.

    His recent (and very funny) book, ‘The Inspector General of Misconception’, is quite conservative in tone and when he does write about politics his approach is usually bipartisan and fair minded.

    Posted by TimT on 2007 11 29 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  46. # 15, Habib,

    The only way they got a mandate was from Bob Brown, a source of distasteful gags which I for one will not sink to just yet

    Ummm ... mandate?

    Actually today is the first time I’ve ever seen the possibilities in that word.  Must have led a sheltered life.

    Posted by Janice on 2007 11 29 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  47. The Daily Telegraph’s reporting on Rudd’s announcement of his Cabinent yesterday was appalling and the Liberal bias showed through quite clearly. I can’t work out how they gave their vote to Rudd before the election, yet come up with thks sort of trash.

    I believe that Rudd will grow into his role as PM over the coming months. Do you all think JWH was the full Prime Minister package all the time; particularly during his first months.

    For those people on here who miss the good ol’ days of JWH you might enjoy John Howard-Macho Man.

    Posted by agile on 2007 11 29 at 07:56 PM • permalink

  48. #47 - Jeez, it’s good to have you bobbing up up an offering your two cents worth. I’m sorry the Tele’s coverage wasn’t to your liking. Maybe you could ask them to email you any further correspondence to get your tick of approval.

    I can only speak for myself, but I find your contribution to this blog as useful as the tittle on the letter i in the word shit.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 11 29 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  49. #47 the Liberal bias showed through quite clearly
    I’m so glad you can spot bias.
    So… what are your thoughts on the ABC?
    (that’s a rhetorical question, by the way. I’m actually not interested in your thoughts on the ABC)

    Posted by daddy dave on 2007 11 29 at 08:46 PM • permalink

  50. Habib - the ONLY media watch segment which scored a major point was its deconstruction of Hedley Thomas’ selective extract from the 2nd interview, when he tried to make out the police hand wrote diary entries to claim Haneef wrote them.  It was a total fraud piece, for which The Australian has never corrected or apologised, and for which I’ll never hand over any $ for that piece of crap paper, ever.  And then he gets the Gold Walkley for his Haneef coverage?!?!  WTF?  It was a prime example of the power he had going to his head - Some of his earlier reports were good, but to reward that hatchet job is a big mistake.

    agile - it wasn’t a Daily Tele run headline / story, but a news wide story.  Was quite funny seeing the Labor reactions.

    The fact is we ALL know the team members of Rudd’s ministry and didn’t need Rudd spewing forth for 30 minutes about how great they were.  He could have announced the positions, said how great they all were (collective), and gone on to questions, in about 5 minutes.  No wonder the media thought it was like listening to a bureaucrat talking about their latest policy change.

    Seen the “positional” description of any government job lately?  Welcome to the world of Rudd.

    Posted by peter m on 2007 11 29 at 08:57 PM • permalink

  51. agile,
    Stick around, we could use more informed and fair-minded contributions from you. 

    Its interesting you notice a Liberal bias in a newspaper article; it stands out against the pc, labour-favouring dreck that passes for informed commentary in most of our media.

    Posted by ChrisPer on 2007 11 29 at 09:02 PM • permalink

  52. 42 Lady Kae

    Not as steep as my place, though.

    OH, do tell?...:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 09:20 PM • permalink

  53. El Cid, your memory is as bad as mine… remember?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 09:27 PM • permalink

  54. Gee.  Yet another masturbatory leftist awards ceremony.

    *zzzzzzz*

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 11 29 at 09:49 PM • permalink

  55. I won! I won! I won!

    Posted by 1.618 on 2007 11 29 at 10:39 PM • permalink

  56. EL Cid

    Good grief, be careful!  Stay on the flat part.  That’s what flat parts are for!

    Did I spot some maple in the background?

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 11:45 PM • permalink

  57. #53 oops links are different on videos.
    remember?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 30 at 12:10 AM • permalink

  58. #57 didn’t work again, I don’t know what’s wrong with it when I preview it it works. hmm Last try.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 30 at 12:12 AM • permalink

  59. 56 yojimbo

    Yep, maples. Flat spots…hmmmm, I guess that be the house. Damn good idea, my friend…lol.

    57 kae
    God, you’re one hot lady, Kae

    I still wear that tan shell, since it was found in my car…:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 30 at 12:26 AM • permalink

  60. hm, no El Cid, I can’t link the video… dang it.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 30 at 12:30 AM • permalink

  61. #44. Thanks, kae!

    Just got home and noticed you helped out with my “missing” link.

    Appreciate it.

    Posted by ann j on 2007 11 30 at 02:14 AM • permalink

  62. Big Jim, you’ve won the prize for best ‘social equity journalism’.

    Thank you. Just a bottle of whiskey and my service revolver, please.

    Posted by Big Jim on 2007 11 30 at 02:17 AM • permalink

  63. #61 Ann J well worth of reading! That slippery spiv needs to get a lot of bad publicity.

    (and sort of makes up for the photobucket video link that I couldn’t get to work)

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 30 at 05:10 AM • permalink

  64. #18 - too true, eenie. We are entering the zone where (during the 1980s and early 1990s) any manner of policially correct manipulation of society was given a free pass by the media. I am thankful that blogs now exist. The MSM is yet to prove trustworthy, even with token conservatives. Some of them ended up bagging Howard - for brownie points? Not a lot of alternative reasons apparent in the output.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 11 30 at 05:54 AM • permalink

  65. Jones should have been given a special award for Exemplary Zeal In Smiting Climate Change Heresies for his (and many others at the the ABC) work against The Great Global Warming Swindle.
    The ABC’s credibility went right down the tubes with Jones. What was left of it, anyway. I cannot forgive them for that, nor for their daily propaganda efforts which distort the debate in this country to a shameful degree.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 11 30 at 06:28 AM • permalink

  66. #65, re the ABC.

    I saw Peter Costello’s interview on Sunday after the election. When someone asked if the “Lindsay affair” (those fake Islamic brochures) had an effect on the outcome, he listed the amount of air time that was given to it by all the ABC news and current affairs programs. Listed the actual number of minutes they devoted to it.
    Implied message: the Lindsay affair gave the ABC the chance they’d been looking for to slip the knife into the Coalition near the end of the campaign.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2007 11 30 at 07:28 AM • permalink

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