||Issue No. 331||03 November 2006|
From Green House to Glass House
Interview: Common Ground
Industrial: A Low Act
Unions: The Number of the Least
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
Environment: Low Voltage
History: The Art of Social Justice
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
The Queen of Comedy
The decision to cancel the Glass House was a bold decision, but it had to happen.
Unlike the Libs, though, it was not the jokes about the Government that got the shed's goat; it was a case of too much of a good thing.
The show had definitely jumped the shark - that is to say it had passed its peak.
There's only so many times Dave Hughes can pretend to be something like a half-eaten banana and give witty responses like "ohhhhh, yeah" before it stops being funny.
The same goes with serial guest Molly Meldrum constantly making jokes about "coming out".
The final nail in the coffin was when Joe Hildebrand stopped his Wil Watch in the Telegraph.
But none of these reasons featured in John Howard's decision to cancel the Glass House.
For the real reason, you need go no further than Connie Fierravanti-Wells up in the Senate.
The intrepid Senator had done some research and discovered one of the show's hosts, Corinne Grant, was the public face of that evil Marxist campaign to have people paid a little more than a rock and a shiny thing - the Your Rights at Work campaign.
Of course, Grant rejected these suggestions, saying she merely appeared at a one event for the "NSW ACTU".
You would think the public face of the Your Rights at Work campaign would get the name of the peak union body in NSW right.
But this kind of logic won't get in the way of Crazy Connie, that's Connie not Corrine, who has decided to launch a Spanish Inquisition on public broadcasting in general.
It was revealed this week that a complaint from Connie resulted in an ABC radio presenter in the Illawarra being stood down.
She claimed the presenter had not explored alternative opinions when he interviewed South Coast Trades and Labour Council Secretary Artie Rorris about a protest outside her office.
Whether or not Connie was available for comment is beside the point; the ABC's managing director agreed the ABC has a duty to present different opinions and the presenter is now in an off-air role.
So it's Connie two - public broadcasting nil.
Now Connie has the SBS in her sights.
Connie attacked the multicultural broadcaster in Senate Estimates, accusing it of being hard-core on sex and soft-core on terrorism.
She said the station was "siding" with David Hicks.
Apparently there is no room for these kind of alternative opinions. According to Connie, there is only one alternative - conservative.
If you wanted a comedy to replace the Glass House with, you could probably just have a camera on someone like Connie explaining her logic.
Now that would be worth watching.
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