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(generated from captions) achieve as literacy to be achieved, for something as difficult to of doing it. not just one single method this is why when people come in And, you know, analysis, with the kind of single type cause solution, which leads to single cause they're destined to failure. And the children just miss out. death situation for Aboriginal kids. But the missing out is a life and how far there is to go. TV: But Lajamanu also shows home is still a humpy. For many people here, And many of the houses... (LAUGHS) That's Lilly. For the people of Lajamanu, did hold a lot of promise. in the 1980s bilingual education in a short time. But a lot has changed here in the Tanami Desert For some, the leap from a childhood

is almost inconceivable. (SPEAKS WARLPIRI) At Lajamanu's school, Warlpiri culture after lunch, Jerry Jangala still teaches for the last hour of the day. But by the time he gets there, have disappeared. most of the children (SPEAKS WARLPIRI)

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they'll wear itsy bitsy black bikinis And when they do,

and carry very big guns. but good web marketing. Idiotic, of course, as news -

Aussie blokes, like Pavlov's dogs, The idea is that good ol'

to see if there's a bigger pic will click on the headline illustrating the main story. of the well-armed bikini babe Sucked in, fellers. There wasn't. I'm Jonathan Holmes. Welcome to Media Watch. that attracted a lot of clicks And here's another headline of the Adelaide Advertiser. for Adelaide Now, the website lots more salacious detail. The story contained of an indecent assault trial. It was a report was just 12-years-old. The alleged victim would read something like this: You'd have thought the headline Whereas, with the magic words: But that might have put readers off. in the headline, story topped the list of... for two days this sordid little

..on the Adelaide Now website. headline-writer's art. A triumph of the online In cyberspace, sex rules. former Treasurer Peter Costello, On the ABC, according to lefties rule. of course. It's hardly a new complaint, has given Mr Costello But imminent retirement the freedom to join the chorus. three weeks ago: As he put it in The Age output leans to the left - The ABC has always denied that its of derision by its Coalition critics. a denial greeted with hoots

just a few days later, Coincidentally, from Melbourne Uni and the ANU a couple of academics published a study which attempts, mathematical formulae, using some impressive looking to answer the question: Using... is "not very partisan at all". finds that the answer television, says the study, Most newspapers, radio and take a centrist line. that must have amazed Mr Costello, But in a finding the authors add:

Well knock me down with a feather. Pro-Coalition? is in the eye of the beholder Bias, like beauty, and just as hard to quantify. But maybe the good professors to this little conundrum. could put their minds the ABC's Midday Report About ten days ago, brought us this piece of news: far-right militant group called Police in Greece say a

could be behind a bombing 'Revolutionary Struggle' outside the Athens stock exchange. 'Revolutionary Struggle' The problem is, militant group in Greece. is a far-left Been around for years. demonstrate left-wing bias, Now, does that little error or just that someone made a cock-up? or right-wing bias,

Fox News would say: As America's studiously impartial We report, you decide. And now for a tale of two apologies. Seven's Today Tonight On the 20th of August, about tourists behaving badly. ran a story Gangs of them. We're talking about pickpockets. for so-called working holidays. Coming to our capital cities

Jonathan Creek, According to reporter gypsies from Romania and Bulgaria the pickpockets are highly-skilled and it's easy for them to get visas. is booming for the gypsy gangs. Across our capital cities, business denies it, The immigration department of pick-pocketing gangs but the presence since Bulgarians and Romanians has increased dramatically for tourist visas online. were allowed to apply

of Immigration, it doesn't deny it. Well, according to the Department was introduced in October last year. The new visa system the Department of Immigration Within months, of the pick-pocketing problem. had become aware

Sandi Logan told Media Watch: National Communications Manager

says Mr Logan, If Today Tonight had asked, they'd have been told that: far fewer online visa applications The result has been that are now approved. from Romania and Bulgaria The next day, correction from Today Tonight. Sandi Logan asked for an on-air He didn't get one until tonight - after the segment aired more than three weeks started asking questions. and some days after Media Watch Today Tonight aired an apology Interestingly, much more promptly for this episode: I'm ok, tie's ok etc? for the Department of Immigration. Sandi Logan is the spokesman Concern over his tie is unimportant, a metaphor for a Department except for its ability to serve as with image than substance. seemingly more concerned at the end of an interview Mr Logan had been surprised, by a question about a man suspected on a different topic, against humanity in East Timor. of committing crimes the most serious crimes in society. You are alleged to have committed Today Tonight reporter James Thomas For a year, questions about why Guy Campos has been asking has been allowed to live in Australia. He's pursued the story with passion and persistence and has upset a number of people in the process. Excuse me Prime Minister, Prime Minister, James Thomas from Today Tonight. People considerably more powerful than Sandi Logan. I don't actually expect to be jumped

when we're actually doing really good work with you guys. But two days after that story went to air, Today Tonight presenter Matt White offered this apology, if you can call it that, to Sandi Logan. Well, Mr Logan contends that the remark about his wardrobe adjustment was a cheap shot. Now we don't argue with him on that one and we do regret it, but we make no apologies for chasing down any politician or public servants who through inefficiency and inaction have allowed an accused war criminal to enjoy his freedom on our shores. And be rest assured we will continue that chase. Not exactly a grovel. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Because Media Watch understands, from excellent sources, that some folks in the Department of Immigration were so upset about the treatment of Sandi Logan that an extraordinary threat was made to Seven. Seven's behaviour, it was hinted, could jeopardise the Department's co-operation with the producers of the documentary series, Border Security. Australia, you've been waiting for it. That would have been a powerful threat. Border Security, which returned to Seven's schedule last night,

has been a huge ratings-puller for five years. And it couldn't be made without the Department of Immigration's co-operation. We asked Seven's News boss, Peter Meakin, whether such a threat had been made to anyone at Seven. He dodged the question:

And we asked Sandi Logan. He dodged it too.

Neither of them denied it outright. Whether the threat made a substantial difference, we don't know. Seven might well have aired its apology anyway. Mr Meakin told us: Be that as it may, it seems extraordinary to me that anyone in a government department would even think of using an unrelated reality series, one that's brought more good publicity to Customs and Immigration than a thousand Today Tonights, as a lever to secure an apology for a perceived slight to its spokesman. As James Thomas remarked in his original story, it suggests: ..a department seemingly more concerned with image than substance. And now to an image that should never have been published. It's an interesting enough story. The Royal Perth Hospital and the W.A. Department of Corrective Services

were keen to get coverage of their innovative attempt

to show young arsonists the consequences of their actions. The problem was the photograph that accompanied the story. We've blurred the 16-year-old boy's face. The Perth Sunday Times didn't. His father complained to the Press Council. In the paper's defence, its editor wrote: Well, it's true that people who didn't already know the boy would be unlikely to recognise him from the picture. But plenty of people who do know him, but didn't know that he had deliberately lit a bushfire,

recognised his photograph all too easily. As his father told the Press Council: It should never have happened.

The interview was arranged by a media officer from the Department of Corrective Services, who wrote to the boy's father: But the media officer wasn't there for the interview. The Royal Perth Hospital's public relations person was. The hospital wrote to the father: Everyone's apologised. The Press Council has offered mediation. But, as so often in these matters,

the damage is done and can't be undone. And it was so unnecessary. It was a good story, well worth telling. A silhouetted picture of the boy would have been ample illustration.

For the editor of The Sunday Times to write... to miss the point entirely. It's the minority of readers that matter - those who know the boy, his school friends, relatives, the families down the street. And no newspaper should need to be told that. Just time for a couple of quick geography lessons. The subbing at the ABC's Midday Report seems to be slipping. Not only are far left Greek terrorists being shoved to the far right, but just across the Aegean Sea... The death toll in flash flooding in Turkey has reached 30. Torrential rain lashed much of the north-west, including the capital, Istanbul, in the country's worst floods in eighty years. Uh, Ros, the capital of Turkey is Ankara. Istanbul is just the biggest city.

Think Sydney and Canberra. Seven News was just as bad... At least 31 people have been killed in floods which have swept through Turkey's capital, Istanbul. The day before, over on Sunrise, Kochie put his apes on the wrong continent. Tomorrow the All Saints stars fighting for the future of Africa's orangutans.

It'll be a hard fight. Africa's gorillas, yes. Chimpanzees, sure. But orangutans? Borneo, Kochie, Borneo. Oh, and Sumatra too. That's it for this week. Keep those tips coming. You can send them through our website. 'Til next time, goodnight. THEME MUSIC Closed Captions by CSI

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Good evening, a court has

been told that Dianne Brimble

could still be alive if she'd received medical treatment received medical treatment

earlier, the Brisbane mother

died on a cruise ship in 2002

after mixing alcohol and the

drug Fantasy. South Australian

man Mark Wilhelm faced a Sydney

court today accuse of her

manslaughter and supplying manslaughter and supplying her

with the drug. The WorkChoices

debate may be back from the

dead. The Government pounced on

comments made by the Opposition Leader over the Leader over the weekend.

Malcolm Turnbull refused to

rule out the reintroduction rule out the reintroduction of

individual work contracts, but

he's accused the Government he's accused the Government of

reviving the issue to distract

attention from other problems.

Firefighters battle a blaze in

a plastics factory in

Adelaide's inner north, the

fire breaking out just been

6:00 local time. Nearby

residents have been evacuated.

Those not evacuated were told

to stay indoors because of

toxic smoke. One half of the

legendary Leyland legendary Leyland brothers,

Mike Leyland has died. Mike and

his brother Mal were best known

for their TV show. He suffered

Parkinson's disease, he was 68.

More news in Lateline at 10:30.

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