Not once: 1,066-word analysis doesn’t mention Joe Biden

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6 Responses to Not once: 1,066-word analysis doesn’t mention Joe Biden

  1. Cassie of Sydney says:

    La Shingle is not known for her objectivity.

    Ghastly ghoulish woman.

  2. Lee says:

    If Trump was still president she would never have mentioned (or blamed) him!

  3. Ivan Denisovich says:

    LOLing at the idea of Tingle providing analysis on matters Kremlin. Hendo:

    Laura Tingle: ASIO finds itself dragged into the political fray as it was in the 1950s.

    Archival Footage: The Royal Commission on Espionage would last 11 months.

    Laura Tingle: When the Menzies Government exploited the defection of Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov to set up what we would now call a national security election in 1954.

    Archival Footage: A big swing against the Labor government has taken place. [Note this is clearly a misplaced reference to the 1949 election which has nothing to do with the Petrov Affair.]

    Laura Tingle: Unlike the 1950s and the fear of just one foreign player, the old Soviet Union, [ASIO Director-General] Mike Burgess pointed out last night that there are multiple foreign players at work now.

    What a load of absolute tosh from La Tingle, who should know better. Vladimir Petrov was among the most important defectors from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He defected on 3 April 1954. The Federal Election for that year was held on 29 May 1954.

    Contrary to La Tingle’s assertion, the Coalition government, led by Robert Menzies, did not exploit the Petrov defection during the election. Indeed the matter was barely mentioned in the campaign. Moreover, there was no big swing against the opposition Labor Party led by Bert Evatt in 1954. Indeed, Labor won a narrow majority of the popular vote but failed to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. It was a close result.

    The fact is that there was a communist spy ring in what was then called the Department of External Affairs which attempted to forward Allied secrets to Moscow in the 1940s and 1950s. After the 1954 election, Evatt and the left blamed Labor’s defeat on the Petrov defection. In fact, Evatt ran a poor campaign at the time when the economy was recovering. And Australia had just experienced a two month Royal Tour with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

    Bert Evatt’s mishandling of the Petrov Affair after the May 1954 election contributed to the Labor Party split of early 1955. If there was a national security election in the 1950s – it was the election of December 1955, which the Coalition won easily.

    Contrary to La Tingle’s suggestion, ASIO was not “dragged into the political fray” in the 1950s. In fact, ASIO coordinated Vladimir Petrov’s defection because he was a most valuable source of intelligence during the Cold War. So was his wife Evdokia, who defected shortly after her husband.

    It is unprofessional for 7.30 to allow Laura Tingle to parade unchallenged her historical ignorance by peddling discredited left-wing conspiracy theories about Menzies, Evatt, the Petrovs and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

    If Ms Tingle had read the research on the Petrov Affair by such historians as Robert Manne and David Horner, among others, she would know this.

  4. Shy Ted says:

    Someone needs to get Sam Neill drunk and start a conversation, “you know, Sam, the problem with wymmins is…” Then wait.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I love the contortions that lefties do to avoid mentioning the damage that lefties do.

  6. Tom says:

    Of all the things that Laura Tingle is, “journalist” is not one of them. Her assertion that Putin’s fall is seen by his opponents in the West as a fait accompli is a comical fantasy.

    That is not the purpose or necessarily the result of siding with civilisation against a lawless barbarian. Like most pampered tax hoovers, Tingle sees the world like a spoilt 13-year-old.

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