Lowering Australia to Rupert Murdoch’s Level

Posted on November 1, 2013


In the midst of the phone hacking trial in London, Australia prostituted itself to Rupert Murdoch.

“Rupert Murdoch will give the annual #LowyLecture in Sydney tonight. Watch LIVE on #ABCNews24 from 8:30pm AEDT” pic.twitter.com/OFb3lTPRE5

Rupert Murdoch will give the annual

Why did @ABCNews24 broadcast a speech by a man who has done so much damage in the world?

Immoral and criminal News Corp’s former employees admit to phone hacking and what does Australia’s publicly owned broadcaster @abcnews24 do? It broadcasts Murdoch lecturing to Australia’s politicians and businessmen at Sydney Town Hall.

ABC Radio 702 tweeted, “Miss @rupertmurdoch‘s @LowyInstitute talk night? Here’s @Peter_F_Ryan‘s report http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-31/rupert-murdoch-delivers-lowy-lecture/5062410 …

Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey is in photos with Rupert Murdoch. Why does @JoeHockey have his hand over his mouth? Is he embarrassed? Ashamed? We should have a caption competition for that photo. There’s a saying amongst Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, “Shame job.” Is Hockey worried about talking to Rupert in the midst of the phone hacking trial? That’s pretty low. Does he have a conscience? Were they discussing how The Treasurer of Australia could help Murdoch’s interests in Australia? It is absolutely disgraceful.

Murdoch and Hockey

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi for Guardian Australia

Murdoch in Sydney: Murdoch's table

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi for Guardian Australia

Mike Bowers ‏@mpbowers 31 Oct

“The Treasurer Joe Hockey talks with Rupert Murdoch before the #LowyLecture in Sydney tonight” pic.twitter.com/2XlbxRWypw


Joe Hockey lowers himself before the #LowyLecture

“Getting his instructions?” asked Maggie Atlas@maggieatlas

Oliver Laughland@oliverlaughland 31 Oct

“Murdoch is sat next to Joe Hockey. pic.twitter.com/tQv1HlAGof

Murdoch is sat next to Joe Hockey

Oliver Laughland ‏@oliverlaughland 31 Oct “Barry O’Farrell also on Murdoch’s table along with Lachlan: pic.twitter.com/U07pg6XWiW

Barry O'Farrell also on Murdoch's table alongApparently that’s Qantas Chief Executive, Alan Joyce at the table talking to Lachlan Murdoch. Last time I saw Alan Joyce was at the Qantas AGM at UNSW when a lot of Qantas staff walked out on the board. Joyce grounded the airline days later.


“James Packer came out for a fag a minute ago. He stood near kids dressed as skeletons. He’s not giving interviews.” Oliver Laughland ‏@oliverlaughland 31 Oct

NSW Premier @barryofarrell looked very uninterested in shaking James Packer’s hand http://www.theguardian.com/media/gallery/2013/nov/01/murdoch-sydney-lecture-lowy?index=9 …

James Packer is another unhealthy man. Premier Barry O’Farrell is not even looking him in the eye. Does it have anything to do with a casino Packer would like to build for high rollers on Sydney harbour?

O'Farrell and Packer

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi for Guardian Australia

Premier O’Farrell made quite an effort to get there: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/premier-more-into-murdoch-than-tearing-up-the-dance-floor-20131030-2whh1.html

“How far in advance was Murdoch’s #LowyLecture planned? Was it to coincide with the trial in London? To help Murdoch’s PR? @LowyInstitute ???” I asked.

Wendy Bacon@Wendy_Bacon

@FrancieJones @geeksrulz that and many other questions should be asked”

I haven’t heard those questions asked. Instead I saw that @abcnews24 broadcast the #LowyLecture Shame.

I know Rupert Murdoch is a Papal Knight (he donated $10 million to @CardinalMahony who protected paedophiles) and a friend of Israel but please can’t we have some morals?

The @LowyInstitute has associated itself with a criminal and immoral company News Corp. Murdoch’s “This one” is on trial – it’s very serious.

@mfullilove  “Why did the @LowyInstitute lower itself when immoral and criminal News Corp former employees admit to phone hacking?” I asked.

“The annual Lowy Lecture is the Lowy Institute’s signature event each year” http://lowyinstitute.org/events/2013-annual-lowy-lecture-dinner-rupert-murdoch-ac

“Is the annual #LowyLecture always broadcast on @abcnews24 ?” I asked. @LowyInstitute @mfullilove

Dr Michael @MFullilove is the Executive Director of the @LowyInstitute for International Policy and he has not answered any of my questions.

I wonder if the @lowyinstitute had a word to the ABC’s Managing Director Mark Scott to broadcast Murdoch’s #LowyLecture – Mark Scott’s mentor was Prof. Fred Hilmer, a mate of Frank Lowy.

“He joined Fairfax, the publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Financial Review, as an education reporter, and rose rapidly through the ranks under his mentor, the publisher’s former Chief Executive, Professor Fred Hilmer.

STEPHEN CONROY: There will be concerns over Mr Scott, because of his former working for the Liberal Party and whether or not that is an appropriate appointment.”


In 2004 Mark Scott supported Prime Minister John Howard:

“Word is quickly getting around The Age building that Mark Scott, Editor-in-Chief, has pulled rank and announced The Age will support Howard in our editorial to be published this Saturday, election day.

“This looks like a clear breach of The Age’s charter of editorial independence although Scott, a former Liberal staffer to the Greiner government, is nominally editor-in-chief of both The Age and The SMH.”


Murdoch and Turnbull

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi for Guardian Australia

Murdoch in Sydney: Lachlan and Packer

Photograph: Andrew Quilty/Oculi for Guardian Australia

Hilmer, Gonski, Lowy, Turnbull and co are very tight in Sydney’s eastern suburbs  at UNSW, at various companies and Jewish organisations. They are associated with the Liberal Party. Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer also live in the eastern suburbs. I’ve turned around and seen Lachlan, Sarah and their children at Laser Tag at Fox Studios.

Professor Fred Hilmer AO is President & Vice-Chancellor of UNSW:


David Gonski, AC is Chancellor of UNSW:


The Lowy Cancer Research Centre is at the University of New South Wales:


I’ve lived a lot of my life near UNSW, the centre of a lot of that networking. Scott worked with Hilmer at Fairfax and he was his mentor.

I have rarely been as shocked as when I was told about what happened when Prof. Hilmer started working at UNSW. From someone who saw it closely, there may as well be a Star of David above UNSW. If you wanted to meet with Prime Minister Howard, just call. Why did Hilmer recently award former Prime Minister John Howard with an honorary doctorate?

More information about Prof. Fred Hilmer:





Prof. Hilmer was on the Board of Directors of Westfield Group with Frank, Peter and Steven Lowy but that is no longer the case.

More information about David Gonski:





Some people who write for the Flat Earth Society arrived at Town Hall:


I am so grateful to @Bynickdavies @arusbridger @lisaocarroll and other great journalists with integrity:

Nick Davies ‏@Bynickdavies “Brooks and Coulson were criminally involved in plot to hack Milly Dowler, claim Crown.”

Peter Jukes ‏@peterjukes

“Lest we forget. Revealed today Old Bailey, Mulcaire’s invoice to NOTW was marked “Milly Dowler Messages” and was paid in full.” #hackingtrial

lisa o’carroll ‏@lisaocarroll

“Full story: Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had six-year affair, phone-hacking jury told” http://gu.com/p/3k2hv/tw  via @guardian

lisa o’carroll ‏@lisaocarroll

“Brooks letter to Coulson: The fact is you are my very best friend, I tell you everything, I confide in you, I seek your advice, I love you, care about you, worry about you, we laugh and cry together. Without our relationship in my life I am not sure I will cope.”

lisa o’carroll ‏@lisaocarroll

“News of the World hacked Mail on Sunday rivals to scoop it on John Prescott affair, jury told” http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/31/news-of-the-world-mail-on-sunday-phone-hacking …

The sordid affairs of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. People having affairs while hacking the phones of others having affairs.

Rebekah Brooks had a six year affair with Andy Coulson and they hacked Mail on Sunday rivals to scoop it on John Prescott affair, the jury was told.

Nick Davies ‏@Bynickdavies

“Brooks and Coulson had six year affair, claim prosecution.”


I don’t trust people who have affairs while they’re married. It’s one reason why I don’t trust Bill Shorten and hope he is never Prime Minister. It’s deceptive. Rupert Murdoch also had an affair with Wendi Deng while he was married to Anna Murdoch Mann and he asked his biographer Michael Wolff to change the date of when he met Wendi.

alan rusbridger@arusbridger 31 Oct

“The first day of the phone hacking trial by nick Davies, who broke the original story” @Bynickdavies http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/30/four-plead-guilty-conspiracy-phone-hacking …

Nick Davies@Bynickdavies 31 Oct

“Goodman and Coulson conspired to pay Palace police officer for royal phone books, say prosecution. “Goodman had 15 royal phone books”

Nick Davies@Bynickdavies 31 Oct

“Crown say Rebekah Brooks tried to destroy evidence – “a classic conspiracy to pervert course of justice”.”

Nick Davies@Bynickdavies 31 Oct

“Three NoW news editors have admitted phone hacking, say Crown – Miskiw, Thurlbeck and Weatherup.”

Nick Davies@Bynickdavies 31 Oct

“Paul McCartney, Lord Prescott, Will Young, Jude Law, Sienna Miller alleged to be victims of NoW hacking.”

lisa o’carroll@lisaocarroll 31 Oct

“Phone-hacking trial: three ex-News of the World staff plead guilty” http://gu.com/p/3kxj3/tw  via @guardian

“Phone hacking started when Brooks took over as editor [of News of the World] and continued when Coulson took over,” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/30/murdoch-s-news-of-the-world-editors-admit-to-phone-hacking.html …

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