Peppa = Washington Monument

What a joke?  Mark Scott, MD of the ABC, threatens to stop broadcasting Peppa the Pig because of a funding cut that is so minor that a packet of bandaids is not required to cover the scratch.

It is akin to the US case where any cut to government funding is met by threats to close the Washington Monument, all Smithsonian museums, all national parks, etc. etc.

Of course, last year with the short term budget blockage, this manipulation by public servants was in full flight.  The decisions by the people to take matters into their own hand (eg. Vietnam war memorial in Washington) and some of the states to provide temporary funding to keep these sites open put paid to the cynical tactic.

Actually, I’m not sure why Peppa is so popular.  Joe, now 18 months old, quite likes the show (and books), although he is not much on TV generally.  But why the fuss?  An ordinary pig family – very traditional, with mum doing all the work – doing ordinary things.  Que?

In any case, let one of the commercial channels pick up Peppa; I’m sure they will be only too happy to oblige.

Suck it up, Peppa on the ABC, I say.

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146 Responses to Peppa = Washington Monument

  1. lem

    Brilliant work, Scott, you have succintly demonstrated your management incompetence, with the beautiful metaphor of ripping a snout from the trough.

    Demission, maintenant!

  2. Senile Old Guy

    One of the things I find most enraging about the ABC is that I pay Mark Scott’s salary when he refuses to ensure that it follows its charter and, at any sign of funding cuts, pulls out the “think of the children” line. Any competent government would sack him.

  3. danger mouse

    My three year old loves it, but doesn’t need the ABC to watch it. Just YouTube.

    Scott is playing politics and it is despicable.

  4. phil

    Meh, ABC 4 kids is the only decent thing about the ABC. It does fill a market failure – kids tv on the commercial channels are almost purely hard-sell advertising.

    It’s nice to be able to let the kids watch a bit of telly without being constantly hounded to buy this or that when out shopping.

    Start the cuts with Insiders and QANDA. Would reduce the moaning around here at least…

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ABC budget cut is less than 1% or about $10,000,000 pa.

    Which you could easily achieve by halving the salary of the top 100 earners in the ABC workforce.

    The ABC rails about inequality and the rich, and supports increased taxation for such people. Therefore I think it would be an excellent example of walking the talk that they volunteer this selfless action, thereby saving Peppa Pig.

  6. Wouldn’t it be great if their ABC went on strike, Joe stops paying them, and just keeps on not paying them.

  7. Kruddler

    They should start saving money by axe-ing any future ‘Two men in (insert tourist destination)” programs starring our very own Tim Flannery and Roy. Execrable IMO.

  8. Senile Old Guy

    So nice Mr Scott has concerns about the ABC budget and how to keep paying for Peppa Pig. Being the helpful sort of chap that I am, I’m going to offer some advice: fire Jon Faine. Problem solved.

    But, since this is a massively important public interest issue, we should run a survey.

    The ABC has to save some money, who should it sack?

    (a) Peppa Pig.
    (b) Jon Faine.

    I reckon the most common response would be “John who?”

  9. MartinG

    A fiendish yet devilishly clever plan.

    - Give us more money or the pig gets it. -

  10. Combine_Dave

    You can always watch it over IPTV if the ABC decides to can it.

    My son watches it (Peppa Pig) quite a bit on Yoyo Tv.
    http://www.indovision.tv/channel/detail/50/yoyo-tv-asia

  11. Malachi

    Shows on ABC that could be cut before PeppaPig

    Media Watch ( aka 2GB Watch )
    QandA ( aka Left of Left of Left Weekly )
    QI ( good show but mostly reruns )
    730NSW ( aka NSW Greens, Nimby’s and unsuccessful Artists half hour )
    Movie Show ( expensive location shoots )
    ABC TV 2 ( entire network catering for the counter culture )
    John Faine ( shock jock with cameras but no advertisers )
    Triple J ( do we really need commercially released music played at taxpayer expense )
    ABC Online ( more opinion than news )
    ABC Head Office Inner Sydney ( owns plenty of suburban & regional offices share it around and sell Ultimo )

    That was just the Low Hanging fruit at #TheirABC #TheirFatABC

  12. Shows on ABC that could be cut before PeppaPig

    We could spend all day, Malachi, on that fruitless exercise; a more efficient use of our time, and a very brief exercise, would be to list the shows on ABC which ought to be retained.
    I’ll start:

  13. phil

    I’m pretty sure that techically it’s breaching some copyright law to watch Peppa via youtube/dodgy ip tv, so it’s hardly a long term solution.

    Maybe I’m alone here in thinking that kids tv is one thing worthy of taxpayer funding.

  14. Fibro

    Increase efficiency dividend to 57%

  15. Senile Old Guy

    We could spend all day, Malachi, on that fruitless exercise; a more efficient use of our time, and a very brief exercise, would be to list the shows on ABC which ought to be retained.
    I’ll start:

    Bowls, except they axed that already.

  16. Paul

    I suspect Peppa was always kind of disposable anyway.

  17. Leo G

    Is 1% a pig’s ransom?

  18. egg_

    Yes, we need a “Save Peppa Pig” grassroots campaign!

    Nominees for sacking has been Aunty journo’s (with salary)?

    -old Leathery ($)
    et al…

  19. Token

    Is there a way to get the ABC to confirm the amount it is paying for the rights to broadcast the Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (sourced from the same organisation)?

    Is there a way to find out whether the company providing the product, which Nick Cater has previously noted is a great commercial success on commercial TV in the UK, has raised the price?

    One suspects the ABC were about to lose the rights and Mr Scott is playing petty partisan politics in a manner similar to the disasterous claim about an agreement between TV Australia & the organ of the CCCP last month.

  20. Token

    You can always watch it over IPTV if the ABC decides to can it.

    Or go to Youtube and watch whole seasons compiled into single files.

  21. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Cut all salaries by 75 per cent,close all political comment ,just keep straight news with no comments or clapped out narxist uni types,and re runs of excellent UK shows which are actually funny,unlike Aussie “narxist comedians” ,and police detective shows,really well written non political entertainment.demote all highly paid staff to cleaning,cut Admin to bone,sell prime sitesmove HQ to Bourke.with a branch at Fitzroy Crossing WA mwfere they will be able to really interface with our aboriginal comrades.

  22. Fibro

    Person with nose in trough holds ransom for animal with nose in trough.

  23. Leo G

    we need a “Save Peppa Pig” grassroots campaign!
    Nominees for sacking has been Aunty journo’s (with salary)?

    Peppa Pig pro quo- pick a peck of pampered pinko puppets.

  24. lotocoti

    If they don’t drop Peppa they might be forced cut the first series of the upcoming Julia Gillard Story back to just twenty-four 90 minute episodes.

  25. .

    The internet has made public broadcasters redundant. No further argument is required.

  26. Porcelain Monkey

    Add to all the above, esp Token. The ABC does not make, produce or contribute to Peppa the Pig. It buys it at a commercial rate.

  27. If I was Peppa, I’d be taking my business elsewhere. Poetic justice for Mark Scott to be told “suck it up, princess” by Peppa Pig.

  28. Frederic

    Via the MBS freeze the govt is cutting my income by 10% not 1%

  29. Chris M

    Well it’s insensitive to Mooslems and Ali is uncomfortable with it, can’t have that. With these savage cuts who will be left to tell the daily porkies on ABC?

  30. Habib

    The fact that Scott’s still occupying his position, given the litany of failure, poor management and incomptence shown illustrates the impotence and cowardice of this worthless excuse for a “conservative” government. Desperate to not upset the chattering classes, they do nothing and are hated anyway; all they’re doing is making the sensible and sentinent detest them as well. Pathetic, spineless blobs.

  31. Habib

    Phil, you are on your own. Plenty of rug monkey cobblers on cable, why should we have to entertain your curtain tuggers?

  32. john constantine

    saving abc cash?.

    just go back to the old days of paying a wage to much loved abc figures. stop letting the ‘mates’ sell overpriced content from their production companies to the abc at mates rates.

    –do we see the open market running high priced crap from abc mates production companies, price established through the free market?

  33. Token

    The internet has made public broadcasters redundant. No further argument is required.

    Once the NBN is in place, this is true.

    We stream kids programs from Youtube regularly for the many hours ABC for Kids pads out the line up.

    It is only once a good program gets popular in the US is it removed. Up until that time, the kids can watch whatever they want on an Ipad, Internet TV or PC.

  34. Token

    …stop letting the ‘mates’ sell overpriced content from their production companies to the abc at mates rates.

    That is a good description of much of the kids content sourced from Australia.

  35. Up The Workers!

    If Mark Scott has plans to “cut” “Peppa Pig”, I do hope that he has discussed it with Olivia Wirth, first.

    She and Paul may have had plans to start a family.

  36. Malachi

    I think the leaked salary list suggested Quentin Dempter hosting the 30 minutes a week 730NSW of Friday Night gets paid over $180,000 a year

    That would probably pay for PeppaPig and a Regional Journo …. #TheirABC Mates and Priorities

  37. Kate

    Is Peppa halal? Has the ABC run it past the cultural sensitivity department?

  38. Alfonso

    Not OT .

    It’s certainly culturally reassuring that although Kraft attempted to force me to pay for the Vegemite Halal certification scam, they have excellently and subversively included some pork product in the black paste.

    Keep this up and the switch from Marmite (no Halal symbol so presumably culturally safe for infidels) is on.

  39. Alfonso

    Maybe that was Cadbury’s…silly me.

  40. Roger

    Token
    #1324222, posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:11 am
    It is only once a good program gets popular in the US is it removed.

    Actually, it is when the legal owner/copyright holder complains that the program is removed by You Tube. Uploading copyrighted material to You Tube without the owner’s permission is illegal; downloading it is too and probably streaming under present copyright laws, but they don’t go after the little guy, although last I heard George Brandis is contemplating a new regime which will see ISPs required to suspend the accounts of repeat illegal downloaders. True…some copyright holders turn a blind eye because they benefit from the exposure in the market place, but then that is their prerogative.

  41. JC

    The government should remain silent on what the ABC does in terms of threatening the show. Let them announce they are cutting it. When they do the government should provide specific funding for the show and then cut off even more money from them to compensate.

    Let Scott make the first move, then grab him by the neck hand stick his head in a trough of water.

  42. Dr Faustus

    Turnbull to the rescue – although, as usual, it is not clear who he is rescuing…

  43. Max

    “Which you could easily achieve by halving the salary of the top 100 earners in the ABC workforce.”

    The Dux of my primary school and the top of every year thru highschool is a brilliant and vibrant woman that everyone loves, she also happens to be a lefty and producer at the ABC.

    I was only ever in the Top 20 kids

    I have known and admired this person since we were 5 years old. She Did Law/Politics and started munching carpet. I did Accounting, started a Christian family in my early 20′s and went into the business world.

    My net worth is easy 4 times hers. My Family much happier. She lives in a real shitty part of town under the flight path. I am Harbourside and my kids go to the GPS schools.

    The life of Leftie Lies cost them personally big time.

  44. H B Bear

    Lord Turnbull of Wentworth dons the leather jacket of cultural superiority and swoops down to placate the bleatings of the Left.

    Yet again.

  45. Steve D

    I can only presume the reason Mark Scott went to the Pig is that many realise the bananas are no longer in production. No mention of The Drum, which is eating Fairfax’s lunch; ABC radio, which is also eating Fairfax’s lunch, though with perhaps less impact, and ABC TV, which is trying to eat the lunch of all the commercial stations. While having none of the restrictions imposed on the commercials regarding market coverage or numbers of channels.

  46. H B Bear

    The Magic Negro already tried this on with Romney and Big Bird.

    Just a variation of the usual Lefty slogan that every cut in inexorable growth in government spending means job cuts for teachers, nurses and police.

  47. Gab

    The ABC is being deliberately insensitive to the rules of multi culti, diversity and tolerance. It should immediately cancel Peppa Pig as the show is offensive to muslims.

  48. Infidel Tiger

    Maybe I’m alone here in thinking that kids tv is one thing worthy of taxpayer funding.

    Table of one, for Phil.

  49. Token

    Maybe I’m alone here in thinking that kids tv is one thing worthy of taxpayer funding.

    Wow, what is it like living like it is 1980′s in the 2010′s?

    Are you still driving an 80′s Commodore and ask the barber to do it long at the back & short at the sides like you did back then?

  50. C.L.

    Maybe I’m alone here in thinking that kids tv is one thing worthy of taxpayer funding.

    The only thing I’d be willing for the state to fund would be a free copy of Huck Finn and Moby Dick for every child. The latter is free of copyright so it won’t cost much.

  51. phil

    Habib,

    To be honest I haven’t looked at foxtel for years, but when I last did it was absolute shit and I cannot comprehend how they manage to stay in business. Endless repeats of shit movies, garbage channels. Also, no way will I pay for a service AND cop ads.

    Peppa Pig on youtube is not legit and always gets taken down.

    Is there any decent and legit option for kids tv, paid or not? I’d really like to know.

  52. Token

    True…some copyright holders turn a blind eye because they benefit from the exposure in the market place, but then that is their prerogative.

    Something tells me that part of the reason the content providers are looking to remove it from the ABC is it is impossible to demand people pay for it when the public broadcaster gives it away for free.

    I stand by my suggestion earler that the Senate demand Mark Scott confirm whether the issue around Peppa Pig is due to the owners of the rights wanting more money or limits on the way the ABC provides access for free.

  53. Frederic

    Maybe I’m alone here in thinking that kids tv is one thing worthy of taxpayer funding.

    Yes because it is so friggin important for children to watch TV that I should be paying other peoples kids to watch it.

  54. Token

    Is there any decent and legit option for kids tv, paid or not? I’d really like to know.

    Go to a library & see what you can borrow.

    If you have friends who have bought the DVD’s swap them with your DVD’s so you can rotate the content.

    On Ebay purchase libraries of DVDs from people whose kids have outgrown the kiddies stage.

    Get an account with the online streaming services like Hulu & Netflix which charge a small monthly rental a fraction of the price of Foxtel (you usually need to purchase the add on which will allow you to legally stream programs into Australia)

  55. Infidel Tiger

    The only thing I’d be willing for the state to fund would be a free copy of Huck Finn and Moby Dick for every child. The latter is free of copyright so it won’t cost much.

    The government should gift every male child a copy of The Dangerous Book For Boys and force the parents to teach the child all its lessons.

  56. Frederic

    Is there any decent and legit option for kids tv, paid or not? I’d really like to know.

    Buy an Apple TV box if you are happy to pay for content and for the price of a month of a complete foxtel package you could download around a hundred hours of kids tv

  57. phil

    Yeah well I’m old enough to remember when the ABC used to provide a good service. Just because the current management is crap doesn’t mean the concept is not worthwhile.

  58. Rabz

    … every cut in inexorable growth in government spending means job cuts for teachers, nurses and police.

    Yes, that twilight zone when PS filing clerks and diversity officers are magically transformed into heroic “frontline wukkas”.

  59. The “Peppa Pig: Piggy Back Pack 1” DVD set costs $12.95 at Big W.
    The “Peppa Pig: Piggy Back Pack 1” DVD set costs $19.95 at the ABC Shop.
    Yep, we really need the ABC.

  60. phil

    I’ll check out those mentioned streamers. Do they play like a channel or do you have to pick a show at a time?

    It’s good to plonk them like potatoes while making dinner without constant interruptions to select the next show.

  61. Rabz

    Dedders, the seven dollars is a smugness premium for inner city wankers.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Every Peppa episode made is free on YouTube 24/7.

  63. Kruddler

    Has Peppa been Halal certified?

  64. Frederic

    They play like a channel and cost like $12 a month. Apple TV has things like US ‘real housewives’ and the other junk they have on Foxtel. You might need a US account though due to licensing laws.

    Phil high earners would be shouldering a bill of $500 or so each per year for the ABC. It might be worthwhile to you but I don’t watch the ABC, I don’t watch TV and don’t need the expense. I’m basically paying to produce morbidly obese lazy people and then I will have to pay for their gastric banding too.

  65. James

    Is there any decent and legit option for kids tv, paid or not? I’d really like to know

    They are all available on DVD

  66. harrys on the boat

    Just get Foxtel, FFS. They now have the Disney Movie channel.

    I watched Toy Story 3 for the first time a week or so ago. Thankfully the eldest at 21 months couldn’t quite grasp the enormity of when the toys were almost incinerated.

  67. Senile Old Guy

    Under the Abbott Government’s budget, the public broadcaster’s funding has been trimmed by one per cent over the next four years.

    One percent over four years. So it is actually 0.25% a year for the $1 billion ABC.

  68. .

    Great rant Max…but what has playing with the old man in the boat got to do with the obsolescence of the ABC?

  69. Lysander

    Thanks Dedders:

    -Peppa Pig Spaceship Big W: $48 at ABC $49;
    AND PLENTY OF MORE EXAMPLES…

    -Peppa Pig My Mummy: $7 at Target whereas $10 at ABC (abc also stock my two mummies)

  70. Lysander

    oh; and you can vote here on whether you’d prefer to axe QandA or Peppa:

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/television/future-of-peppa-pig-on-abc-in-doubt/story-fni0cc2b-1226934648643

    86% in favour of axing Qanda so far!

  71. Habib

    As others have advised, get an Apple TV box, they’re about $80 these days. Shitloads of content. Or get an android dongle, or smart TV, and stream off teh interwebs. Likewise, join your local library, they have shelves groaning with dvds for dwarves. The ABC is so far beyond its use-by date they’d be flat out getting a buyer; Ch 10′s not far off calling in the recievers. I’m surprised its new owners haven’t sen the gap in the market created by the leftward spiral of the ABC, a channel aimed at intelligent conservatives (a tautology, I know) with a lot of the content abandoned by the ABC would attract all the top-end advertising dollars, and be a winner for as long as FTA’s viable. It’s on its last legs anyway.

  72. .

    Phil

    You legend. Giving it to those overpaid ALP clerics at the ABC. it is good to see their salaries in that Adelaide Adv. article comments. Plenty of cuts, cuts, cuts to be made.

  73. eb

    To the commenters above that have been ranting at the Govt to sack Scott, isn’t only the Board of the ABC that can sack him?

    Also, ain’t it funny how the back room paper-shufflers are never the ones in the firing line for sackings, nor are the salaries of the grossly overpaid ever considered for reining in, its always the poor/moderately paid frontline staff that must get the chop when PS downsizing is threatened.

  74. Wozzup

    Speaking as a 40 year public servant, this is the oldest trick in the bureaucrat’s bag of tricks. When the Minister tells an agency’s Chief Exec that the agency is to take a budget cut and asks the CE to consider which programs should be cut the CE always offers up the most popular, politically sensitive programs first. All senior public servants love to put politicians in a position of having to make “courageous” decisions when they do not want them to make those decisions. P#ss poor, surely they can dream up a better more creative response than this old cherry. These days the CEs are all on contract to the Minister so its a bit more risky to play this game. Sadly that’s not the case with the ABC. Perhaps the appropriate response of the Government is to say “we might as well be killed for a sheep as a lamb” and to double the meagre cuts they have already made to ABC. I for one would love to see that apparatus of leftist propaganda cut back to rump or made to pay its way by accepting advertising – that would put them under pressure to be more balanced in their reporting” and to adhere to their charter. Until Abbott and his Cabinet “grow a pair” and start acting like a real government they will continue to be gainsay-ed by these leftist apparatchiks and made to look like inconsequential dolts.

  75. Bern1

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/striking-workers-homes-on-line/story-fn59noo3-1226935149535
    O/T I know but could be the start of something good for a change.
    Hope the link works,not especially good at this.

  76. Rabz

    Ch 10′s not far off calling in the recievers.

    Nine is also thrashing around in a tar pit following the meteorite strike.

    I will be cracking a bottle of Champagne following their long overdue collapse.

  77. Mater

    Actually, I’m not sure why Peppa is so popular.

    Easy. The characters burp and fart. That does it for the children.
    For me, I come to the Cat and enjoy Infidel Tiger.

  78. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    The board of crypto communists are running the show,and putting this useless lefty poofter scott up as patsy.this guy gets 300 k more than ypthe Bloody PM ! Even though the last three PMs have been useless articles ,this green commo clownscott is paid this huge salary fir doing Bugger All,if he was off sick for a year the alp propaganda machine would still pour out vitriol(not vitrioli the other one) hate and sheer unadulterated lies DEFUND NOW!

  79. Combine_Dave

    Also, ain’t it funny how the back room paper-shufflers are never the ones in the firing line for sackings, nor are the salaries of the grossly overpaid ever considered for reining in, its always the poor/moderately paid frontline staff that must get the chop when PS downsizing is threatened

    Unfortunately very true.

  80. Infidel Tiger

    Easy. The characters burp and fart. That does it for the children.
    For me, I come to the Cat and enjoy Infidel Tiger.

    Goodness!

    I’m not a fan of Peppa. My son has taken to calling me “Silly Daddy”, “Naughty Daddy” and “Messy Daddy”. Sleeping in the garage seems to be curing him.

  81. MemoryVault

    Is there any decent and legit option for kids tv, paid or not? I’d really like to know.

    Yeah.
    It’s called “outside”.
    Just keep opening doors until you see a bright light.

    You may have to encourage the anklebiters to try “outside” for the first time.
    Go to K-Mart or Target and ask for something called a “ball”.

  82. egg_

    The “Peppa Pig: Piggy Back Pack 1” DVD set costs $12.95 at Big W.
    The “Peppa Pig: Piggy Back Pack 1” DVD set costs $19.95 at the ABC Shop.
    Yep, we really need the ABC.

    So, you can pick a Pack of Peppa Pig cheaper at a Department store than the Oz gummint distributor?

  83. calli

    Easy. The characters burp and fart. That does it for the children.

    Best burping and farting cartoon for small boys is ‘Fanboy and Chum Chum’.

    Rainy days only. Otherwise it’s off to the park.

  84. Token

    So, you can pick a Pack of Peppa Pig cheaper at a Department store than the Oz gummint distributor?

    What is it that ABC News department calls an organisation which tries to sell something to the public for a profit?

  85. Frederic

    rainy days only

    No offense but your family sound like wimps. TV during lightning storms only. And then they have to watch Cosmos

  86. Mater

    Calli,
    For bedtime, try the various adventures of Walter the Farting Dog.

  87. Notafan

    The same luvvies railing against children’s TV since the 1970s are now shock horror that the ABC might stop paying for a commercial childrens product that another channel might show?
    How about the ABC axes all those programs that have consistently low ratings and stop buying rubbish from Chris Lillie, Chaser Boys, Kerry O’Brien et al.
    Btw imagine if anyone else stereotyped say Aborigines like white boy Lillie does to Tongans?
    Fast forward to 2034 and Lillie will still be doing Jamie and Jonah exactly the same way.

  88. thefrollickingmole

    Gillard: Knit the kangaroo
    Fonzie: Jump the shark
    Scott: Butcher the pig.

    Pattern emerging here.

  89. nic

    No offense but your family sound like wimps

    i’m not sure that’s entirely fair. I think Calli means that getting outside and running around is better for young boys than watching cartoons. I agree.

  90. nic

    Easy. The characters burp and fart.

    Such pigs! Oh wait…

  91. calli

    No offense but your family sound like wimps.

    I knows it. I tried to get the little fellas interested in a dig up, but they wanted to make mud pies instead.

    There was a father and child at the park yesterday with a couple of high octane remote control cars. Lots of fumes and dust as they tore around the grass. In the little blokes’ eyes, he was a minor deity.

    Something more for the Christmas list.

  92. stackja

    TV had just started and kids watched Eliot Ness. Tommy guns were the talk of the school play ground.

  93. MemoryVault

    Something more for the Christmas list.

    Calli,
    Save yourself a lot of grief – not to mention the fumes, forget Target and K-Mart, and get something decent in the electric range from a reputable dealer - like here, but plenty more online if you google.

    No fumes, less noise, more reliable, spare parts available, customisable, and as fast – in many cases faster – than comparable petrol models.

    Just remember to get two, so they can be raced, with a spare battery for each.

  94. cuckoo

    ABC is planning to cancel Peppa anyway, and commission a new series of Pioneers of Tomorrow, starring the late Farfour.

    And I share the bewilderment at Chris Lilley in general and ‘Jonah’ in particular. In the age of Instant Grievance, how does he get away with a blackface act aimed at an ethnic minority? What would happen to even the Chaser Boys if they tried this? Could it be a case of the Little Britain Rule in action?

  95. Rudiau

    No fumes, less noise, more reliable, spare parts available, customisable, and as fast – in many cases faster – than comparable petrol models.

    Bloody greenies.

  96. MemoryVault

    TV had just started and kids watched Eliot Ness. Tommy guns were the talk of the school play ground.

    Ah, the good old days.
    I remember when this was a cult movie.

    These days it would cause an epidemic of exploding leftie heads.
    I doubt if Jodie Foster’s Tallulah would even make it past the PC censors today.

  97. Des Deskperson

    ‘…its always the poor/moderately paid frontline staff that must get the chop when PS downsizing is threatened’

    And largely a myth, both anecdotally and statistically. In 2012-13, 47% of all redundancies in the Australian (Commonwealth) Public Service were EL1s and EL2s, that’s the top levels of middle management ‘getting the chop’ and that’s pretty much the pattern that I’ve observed over the years, including in the big Howard era downsizing in 1996. There are, of course, reasons for this and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but that’s it’s the way it is.

    And as for ‘nurses, teachers and police’, well, they might be essential professions, but that only means that jurisdictions are reluctant to hold individual members to account for their performance.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fascinating move:

    Malcolm Turnbull launches Parliamentary Friends group to defend ABC

    This means that the ABC is severely on the nose in the LNP party room or Turnbull wouldn’t feel the need to do this. Shows that even he has noticed that Scott has grown fangs and now has Karl Marx tattoos all over his bum.

    Lord Wentworth is angling to lead the ALP into the next election, that’s clear.

  99. MemoryVault

    Calli,

    That’s the way.
    Turn your mud pie makers into dam builders.
    Just remember, as far as kids go, every built dam eventually needs a dam buster.
    Localised flooding of the back patio is always a danger.
    As I learned recently with my eight year old grandson.

    Rudiau

    Not green – just easier – speaking from experience.

  100. Infidel Tiger

    Calli, the best present you can get young boys is 6 inch of PVC pipe, the finger off a rubber glove and some electrical tape.

    Before you know it they’ll be spending all day outside and the neighbours cat will no longer be pissing on your lawn.

  101. .

    And as for ‘nurses, teachers and police’, well, they might be essential professions, but that only means that jurisdictions are reluctant to hold individual members to account for their performance.

    We could cut education by 25% and pay teachers the same and have the same outcomes (or even better…). The myth is also a sick joke.

  102. Rudiau

    Rudiau

    Not green – just easier – speaking from experience.

    ‘Twas said with tongue in check.

  103. Notafan

    For those interested in monitoring APS redundancies you can go to http://www.apsjobs.gov.au
    select
    find outcomes
    and then select notice type
    retirement/termination

  104. egg_

    ‘…its always the poor/moderately paid frontline staff that must get the chop when PS downsizing is threatened’

    And largely a myth, both anecdotally and statistically. In 2012-13, 47% of all redundancies in the Australian (Commonwealth) Public Service were EL1s and EL2s, that’s the top levels of middle management ‘getting the chop’ and that’s pretty much the pattern that I’ve observed over the years, including in the big Howard era downsizing in 1996.

    “Overpaid officers” are always the most under threat, according to US advice on the matter.

  105. Chris M

    My son has taken to calling me “Silly Daddy”, “Naughty Daddy” and “Messy Daddy”. Sleeping in the garage seems to be curing him.

    So he discovered the underlying not-so-subtle feminist message from ABC?

  106. ‘Defend’ the ABC – from what?

    Every single one of them is on the public teat.

    They are not some struggling organisation being – shall we say – threatened with industrial action if they don’t pony up substantially to the Workplace Welfare and Re-Election Fund.

    They are not some poor maligned group of workers who are being – shall we say – exposed to union violence by having their personal contact details leaked to a union to which they do not happen to belong.

    They’re makin’ a freakin’ PROFIT. Under normal circumstances I’d be supporting this, except that it’s being done with my money and I’m not getting a share of it.

  107. Des Deskperson

    ‘Calli, the best present you can get young boys is 6 inch of PVC pipe, the finger off a rubber glove and some electrical tape’

    I remember the days when you could have hours of fun with a length of metal gas-pipe, a washer and a supply of ‘penny bungers’ and hexagonal nuts.

  108. The ABC’s budget was cut by $35.5 million over four years in the May budget – a one per cent reduction – and the government terminated the broadcaster’s $223 million Australia Network international broadcasting contract.

    Oh, the humanity. It’s right up there with the Toyota closures.

  109. Gab

    I remember the days when you could have hours of fun with a length of metal gas-pipe, a washer and a supply of ‘penny bungers’ and hexagonal nuts.</blockquote
    If you gave your kids stuff like that today, your kids would be removed from you for their safety – unless they were Aboriginal.

  110. Rudiau

    Think it was JC said Turncoat would not have introduced a wealth tax, Peppas arse.

    The Sunday Telegraph has confirmed Mr Turnbull approached at least six senior ALP figures, including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, actively seeking their endorsement to join the ALP at the time of the republic referendum.

    Beazley knocked him back.
    His stance with the ABC makes his position as CM untenable and substantiates his socialist credentials.

  111. Mr Rusty

    Lysander
    #1324328, posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:04 am
    oh; and you can vote here on whether you’d prefer to axe QandA or Peppa:

    So the choice is between cutting a program for infants with an undeveloped IQ, a childish worldview and replete with squealing or cutting ABC Kids Peppa the Pig then?

  112. Grigory M

    “Boom-tish” said Trioli this morning after showing footage of Joe Hockey saying “leave Peppa Pig alone” and Barnaby Joyce saying he didn’t know who Peppa Pig was. But – she very conveniently ignored the clear off-screen comment from a man during Barnaby’s segment, saying: “I’m a grandparent, and I can tell you – Peppa Pig would be no loss.”

    Boom-tish indeed, Virginia.

  113. eb

    Thanx, Rusty. I could see that one coming but still a goodie.

  114. Simon

    It’s got me buggered why they need to hire journalists at all, they aren’t a newspaper. Why can’t they just pay for freelance articles or continue their tradition of block reading ALP pronouncements. The public are paying for this “news” many times over. Poor Peppa Pig is cheap by comparison and stands out as barely a lefty at all.

  115. Mr Skeletor

    Have you actually watched Peppa Pig? That porker has “Socialist Alliance” branded on her behind.

  116. Dr Faustus

    Interesting timing for Turnbull to be publicly polishing both his ABC credentials and his friendship with Clive “the workers’ pal” Palmer.

    Surely he wouldn’t fancy his chances as a unity ticket PM to get a ‘sensible’, compromise liberal program through the Senate once Abbott/Hockey have been laid to waste and the Coalition backbenchers are reaching for their brown trousers.

  117. Lem

    Surely he wouldn’t fancy his chances as a unity ticket PM to get a ‘sensible’, compromise liberal program through the Senate once Abbott/Hockey have been laid to waste…

    If so, we’re talking more Icarus than Phoenix.

  118. Menai Pete

    Peppa is an imported show. What about an Australian sourced show for the little ones – How about Halal the Hog?

  119. harrys on the boat

    Just get fucking Foxtel, FFS.

  120. Notafan

    Not the first time Turncoat has wined and dined Puppy’s Australian cousin.
    Got Peppa autocorrected to Puppy and thought that would do.

  121. Aristogeiton

    Dr Faustus
    #1324723, posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    Interesting timing for Turnbull to be publicly polishing both his ABC credentials and his friendship with Clive “the workers’ pal” Palmer.

    If true it’s typical Turnbull; wrong issue and making his run too early.

  122. MemoryVault

    If true it’s typical Turnbull; wrong issue and making his run too early.

    A premature annunciation then?

  123. Aristogeiton

    MemoryVault
    #1324799, posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    If true it’s typical Turnbull; wrong issue and making his run too early.

    A premature annunciation then?

    I don’t think he’ll ever get up, is what I’m saying.

  124. entropy

    Maybe Bernadi should join turncoat’s parliamentary friends of the ABC. He could give the sort of advice only a best friend could.

  125. Greg James

    Could anyone possibly imagine, when the first Bill for funding the ABC was first passed through the Australian parliament, that any of the supporters of that Bill could possibly have imagined that it would eventually involve siphoning off money from hard working Australian taxpayers to fund something like Peppa the Pig?

    It is clear that the ABC left the reservation some years ago, supported by the left “intelligentsia”. It is now engaging in guerilla warfare with the legitimately elected government of Australia, knowing [as is certainly the fact] that the current government does not have the balls to do anything about it.

  126. Rabz

    How about Halal the Hog?

    Allah the Alsation?

  127. Notafan

    Death to all those who offend the Prophet
    has a certain ring to it, and it’s already a favourite with some children.

  128. James B

    This is the problem with Abbott. He just doesn’t get it.

    If he cut the ABC budget 10%, he’d get the same reaction as cutting it 0.1%. Same with the budget, same with welfare, same with everything.

    Changing a tiny amount won’t make people like you more or stop the screams of the left. So do what needs to be done, pussy.

  129. .

    Correction:

    Do what must be done, Lord Abbott. Do not hesitate, show no mercy.

  130. Free Advice

    Have you noticed all the flagship ABC news and current affairs shows seem to have white middle aged females and white middle aged males as presenters.

    Perhaps they shipped the “others” off to SBS in the early 80s never to return!

    Whilst I can understand that the passive middle class beta males dominate their staffing and hiring quotas, I don’t get the alpha middle class female types and why they dominate. Do the progs consider it sexy?

    And I love the way that full pay Paid Parental Leave is OK for the ABC reporterettes but not for the general public!

  131. iamok

    I turn on FTA TV and scroll through ABC, ABC2, ABC3 ABC4, ABC News 24 SBS1 SBS2 then maybe some non government channel, then I go back through all the variations on a theme from other reception areas and again I struggle to find a non-govt channel. Then I look at what’s on in terms of content and I struggle to find original, non-repeat Australian content. So what are we actually paying for?

  132. duncanm

    Iamok,

    give radio a go.. a dozen stations to choose from

  133. Couldabeen

    Mark Scott was once, and probably still is, a member of the Phil Pringle Church – motto when I knew them, “born again – born to win”
    Scott and his wife Briony are the very apotheosis of that class of Australians who try so hard to achieve at any cost because it is their birth right. Don’t get in their g-d anointed way!
    And how come they have not been treated to the disdain of the left? Because they accommodate, isolate and then annihilate anyone who gets in their way.

  134. Squirrel

    Keep Peppa and cut Mungo.

  135. boy on a bike

    Peppa Pig, the Entertainment One (eOne) brand, grossed over £200 million in UK merchandise sales in 2010, far exceeding the 2009 figure of £100 million. Additionally, for the first time in the brand’s history, NPD figures for the year reveal that Peppa Pig was the number one pre-school property in the total toy market for 2010 – moving up four places from its previous position in 2009. Now in its seventh year, new licensees continue to join the Peppa Pig licensing programme, which currently has 63 licensees on board.

    In addition to episode DVDs, a variety of licensed Peppa Pig products is available, including video games and other toys such as playsets, playing cards, vehicles, and stuffed toys. There is also a series of books based on the character, one of which, Peppa Meets the Queen was written to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The line has also been expanded to include household items such as bathroom products, bed-linens, food, drink, clothing, and jewellery. Licensees include Holland Publishing in the United Kingdom.

    Maybe Peppa could be convinced to buy the ABC?

  136. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Wonderful, lem, in first comment above – that ‘ripping a snout from the trough’.
    I think Peppa is so successful with littlies because they all like to know about a mum and a dad, doing ordinary family things. It reassures those who have both parents, and provides an important sense of also participating in what all kids see as a ‘normal’ family (in spite of leftish efforts to ‘normalise’ other family forms) for those who don’t have one. My own experience of coming from a fracturing and disturbed family certainly supports this viewpoint – I loved to read about, and see on TV, friendly, normal, together families. It made the world seem a saner sort of place for me. Onya, Peppa. I don’t think you are a brat; just a kid.

    Mark Scott is out of his tree on this.
    Peppa is one of the few things that bring families back to the ABC.

  137. Tel

    If he cut the ABC budget 10%, he’d get the same reaction as cutting it 0.1%. Same with the budget, same with welfare, same with everything.

    Changing a tiny amount won’t make people like you more or stop the screams of the left. So do what needs to be done, pussy.

    The job even comes with an instruction book:

    Hence it is to be remarked that, in seizing a state, the usurper ought to examine closely into all those injuries which it is necessary for him to inflict, and to do them all at one stroke so as not to have to repeat them daily; and thus by not unsettling men he will be able to reassure them, and win them to himself by benefits. He who does otherwise, either from timidity or evil advice, is always compelled to keep the knife in his hand; neither can he rely on his subjects, nor can they attach themselves to him, owing to their continued and repeated wrongs. For injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less; benefits ought to be given little by little, so that the flavour of them may last longer.

  138. Old School Conservative

    Peppa is one of the few things that bring families back to the ABC
    Quiet please Lizzie! You will alert Scott to a program which is opposed to his normal range of leftist, totalitarian propaganda.

  139. Tom

    THE ABC should merge backroom operations with the SBS in an attempt to extract tens of millions of dollars in savings from the public broadcaster.

    At risk will be staff on high salaries. ABC figures show there are 36 employees paid more than $300,000, 50 earning more than $270,000 and, in total, 226 employees are on a salary of more than $180,000 a year.

    “I think it is just a big try-on from ABC management to raise this sort of cut [to Peppa Pig]. It is ridiculous, frankly,” Joe Hockey said yesterday in response to Mr Scott’s comments, as SBS claimed its cuts would put its Tour de France coverage at risk.

    See the game these fat-arsed tax-eaters are playing?

  140. Token

    See the game these fat-arsed tax-eaters are playing?

    It was good to see the government is fighting back hard today.

    The article you quote, the facts on Labor & the co-payment (targeting the horrible hypocritical harridan Macklan) show the government is learning that if it is to survive, it has to communicate.

    It is like some of the advisers to Kennett in the early 90s have been found to explain some simple principles. I hope this is not another blip before they go back to sleep.

  141. Token

    Peppa is one of the few things that bring families back to the ABC

    Strangely enough kids relate to the story. Some might say it is the aspiration of every child.

    The world of Peppa Pig is one where the was only one single parent family (which was supported by the grandparents), but became once again a unit when the father returns from a life working at sea, committed to stay at home for his family.

    Every other family is one male, one female who are married. All the men are fully employed, and the mothers look after the children. Working class men / tradies are shown as important, with an ability to be gentle & caring to the children.

    Fact is I am stunned the ABC types have not demanded the show be taken off the air for not have a same sex couple or for championing the superiority of the single parent lifestyle.

  142. John Labaj

    Be careful Scot! If you ax Pepa you will loose 80% of your audience!!!!!

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