Politics

Clive Palmer speaks to Betoota about political corruption – and dingoes

10 February, 2015. 12:15 EDITORIAL | Contact A very successful start to the week saw The Betoota Advocate’s editors making the most of their 28-hour drive to Canberra with an array of timeless interviews. No one was safe from the gritty journalism that our humble Outback newspaper is famous for - with some of Australia’s biggest and brightest political and media identities being...

#BetootaLive: Breaking news from Parliament House

9 February, 2015. 13:30 EDITORIAL | Contact Prime minister Tony Abbott has declared the Liberal leadership speculations are now over, after he survived the crucial secret ballot vote in the party room this morning. Liberal MPs voted 61 to 39 against making the leader's position vacant to contenders. Media commentators have suggested the result was set in stone after a long weekend working the phones - making...

The Daily Telegraph forced to defend itself against support for Tony Abbott allegations

4 February, 2015. 15:21 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THE DAILY Telegraph has been called out by media commentators for "trying to muster support for Tony Abbott's leadership". As the leader's popularity is still in free fall, every media outlet in the country is trying to distance themselves from the 57-year-old Roman Catholic. Yesterday's cover of the Telegraph was predominately dominated with an...

PM Tony Abbott unveils “Labor dirt file” during National Press Club address

2 February, 2015. 13:30 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THE Prime Minister says he's in possession of a "Labor dirt file" and plans to use it to discredit the opposition when parliament returns next Monday. Uncovered by staff at the National Library of Australia, the "secret dossier" contains details of party infighting and dissent among both cabinet ministers and backbenchers. Mr Abbott...

STUDY: Country Queenslanders lead state in foreign name pronunciation

1 February, 2015. 13:01 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact QUEENSLAND is the nation's self-proclaimed "smart state" - yet over 90% of Australia's "sun-kissed minority" cannot pronounce the name of their likely new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. While the more cultured and progressive states have been battling with Polish names for decades, this is the first example of Queenslanders having to learn a...

Miley Cyrus, Bob Dylan “leak” nudes to coincide with upcoming album releases

15 Janurary, 2015. 13:06   ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact INTERNATIONAL pop sensation Miley Cyrus and underground hero Bob Dylan have both had intimate photos leaked - just days before their albums go on sale. Shockingly, representatives for Dylan have yet to answer requests for comment. The 73-year-old's Instagram account and Twitter have fallen silent in the past 12 hours as his team...

Recent crash in oil price forces ISIS to use stolen hybrid vehicles

10 January, 2015. 15:04 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THE Islamic State is reportedly being forced to start using hybrid vehicles as their fuel supply begins to run out. Since July, the US has been targeting oil infrastructure inside ISIS-controlled Iraq and Syria to remove their capability to refine oil in to fuel. Toyota has been planning a diesel-electric version of its...

MH370 and AirAsia mysteries trigger worldwide shortage of tin foil

30 December, 2014. 13:09 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THE LATEST DISAPPEARANCE of an airliner is causing a worldwide shortage of tin foil as millions around the world begin fashioning hats made from the malleable metal. The hats have entered vogue with everyday people as the latest airline vanishing has made it socially acceptable to harbour even the most wild conspiracy. Traditionally,...

News Corp forecast profit jump in light of recent tragedies

20 December, 2014. 13:39 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact News Corp forecast to make company record profit in the Christmas quarter. Multinational media outlet accused of "profiteering on the collective pain and sadness of millions". Rupert Murdoch reportedly unapologetic but offers condolences to "loved ones". Murdoch: "We're not the only ones reporting the news - everybody else is doing it". TRANS-GLOBAL MEDIA ORGANISATION News...

Staff at 2UE are “sick and tired” of being asked if they work with Alan Jones

17 December, 2014. 16:30 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact STAFF AT SYDNEY radio station 2UE are growing weary of being confused with rival broadcaster 2GB. In what's become a daily occurrence, the team at 2UE have to continually endure the eternal question asked by misinformed friends and family. Do you work with Alan Jones? The year, 2UE has increased its ratings share by 0.8 points...

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