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John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on the politics of the World Cup.


KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Time now for John Clarke and Bryan Dawe caught up in the spirit of the
World Cup.

BRYAN DAWE: Thanks for your time.

JOHN CLARKE: It's good to be talking to you, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: How are things at the World Cup there?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, it's fantastic. What a great supporting event this is. It's probably the
greatest sporting event in the world.

BRYAN DAWE: It's great it's in South Africa.

JOHN CLARKE: It is. It's fantastic. What an amazing country South Africa is.

BRYAN DAWE: It's a nation of contrasts, isn't it?

JOHN CLARKE: That's very good, Bryan. A nation of, that's a nation of contrasts. That's very
astute, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: How much of the country have you seen so far?

JOHN CLARKE: Oh, most of I think. I was at a lion Park on Tuesday.

BRYAN DAWE: That would have exciting.

JOHN CLARKE: Oh it was fantastic. It's absolutely amazing country.

BRYAN DAWE: A nation of contrasts.

JOHN CLARKE: It's a nation, very good, a nation of contrasts.

BRYAN DAWE: And tell us about Australia, how are we going? We didn't get off to an ideal start, did

JOHN CLARKE: Well, look the first match frankly didn't go well, Bryan.

BRYAN DAWE: Well, that was an absolute shocker, what went wrong?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, we just didn't put it together on the day. It doesn't matter how much training
and preparation you do, you've got to put it together on the day. We didn't do that.

BRYAN DAWE: ... put it together on the day. We expected more of Rudd though, didn't we?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, there's been criticism of Rudd but if you look at it again you'll find he didn't
have a lot of opportunities.

BRYAN DAWE: Oh, come on! He was unmarked all day.

JOHN CLARKE: No, hang on.

BRYAN DAWE: Come on, he had more of the ball than anyone else. He just made some shocking

JOHN CLARKE: Well, look maybe too much has been expected of Rudd. There's a huge amount of pressure
on Rudd. It's relentless.

BRYAN DAWE: Well hang on, hang on a second, he did tell us he was going to win the tournament.

JOHN CLARKE: That's right, he has said some silly things. Yes.

BRYAN DAWE: And then he doesn't deliver.

JOHN CLARKE: Well, I don't know that you can say that he doesn't deliver at all.

BRYAN DAWE: No, hang on. Tell me something. Why didn't we put Gillard up the front?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, because look, he was selected as centre forward and they went in with a match
plan and they kept to the match plan.

BRYAN DAWE: But Gillard was all over the opposition. I mean she was, she's strong, she's stylish
and she's a known striker.

JOHN CLARKE: Look, they went in with a plan and the plan was to put the four strongest players in
the coach's estimation right up forward. They did that and they did it all day.

BRYAN DAWE: Yeah, well the plan's not working, is it? I mean did we have the best team on the park?

JOHN CLARKE: Well, you'd like to think you've fielded the best side and obviously we've got some
injury worries. There's no getting around that.

BRYAN DAWE: What are they? What about Joe Hockey.

JOHN CLARKE: Well, you know, torn hamstring.

BRYAN DAWE: Bob Brown?

JOHN CLARKE: Dislocated shoulder.

BRYAN DAWE: Tony Abbott?

JOHN CLARKE: Corked head.

BRYAN DAWE: Barnaby Joyce?

JOHN CLARKE: Well Barnaby was okay but he ran into a post, a goalpost, in training the other night.
A bit of a vision problem there with Barnaby, I think we'll all agree. And we've got some injury
worries and it's a very tough group.

BRYAN DAWE: So maybe it's not our year?

JOHN CLARKE: Well look hang on, don't write us off yet. We're not derailed yet.

BRYAN DAWE: What are you saying? We've got some more defeats to come?

JOHN CLARKE: I'm saying don't write us off until I say write us off now.

BRYAN DAWE: By the way, what's that noise? Have we got a sound problem here?

JOHN CLARKE: Just a moment, yes, hang on. Can you shut the window please? No it's not a sound
problem. Shut the window.

BRYAN DAWE: Is that those trumpets? The vuvuzelas or whatever they're called?

JOHN CLARKE: No, no, no, Kevin Rudd's giving a press conference. Can you shut the window!

BRYAN DAWE: It's a terrible noise.

JOHN CLARKE: It is. We've had it for 3 years. It's terrible. Well, tell him to shut up!

BRYAN DAWE: Thanks for joining us.

BRYAN DAWE: Sorry, I can't hear you, Bryan.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And that's the program for tonight and the week.