Inaccuracy Costs Bombers Again

ESSENDON 6.1 8.9 12.12 17.14 (116)
PORT ADELAIDE 4.3 10.5 13.6 20.9 (129)

Essendon: Hooker 3, Laverde 2, Langford 2, Daniher 2, Heppell, J Merrett, Goddard, Hurley, Z Merrett, Zaharakis, Browne, Edwards
Port Adelaide: Ryder 4, Schulz 3, Wingard 3, Neade 2, Boak 2, Ebert, Boak, Westhoff, Lobbe, Gray, Moore, White

Essendon: O’Brien, Goddard, Stanton, Zaharakis, Heppell, Z Merrett, Browne
Port Adelaide: Boak, Ryder, Wines, Wingard, Gray, Lobbe

Essendon: Howlett (left knee)
Port Adelaide: Nil

Essendon: Shaun Edwards replaced Ben Howlett in the third quarter
Port Adelaide: Aaron Young replaced Angus Monfries at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Nicholls, Ryan

Official crowd: 23,705 at Etihad Stadium

North Too Strong For Gallant Bombers

NORTH MELBOURNE 2.4 5.5 10.7 14.9 (93)
ESSENDON 1.5 6.7 7.10 9.14 (68)

North Melbourne: Brown 4, Ziebell 3, Turner 2, Bastinac 2, Black, Goldstein, Waite
Essendon: Daniher 2, Howlett 2, Ambrose, Hooker, Edwards, Laverde, Hurley

North Melbourne: Goldstein, Brown, Ziebell, Harvey, Bastinac, Cunnington
Essendon: Hurley, Goddard, Stanton, Daniher, Z. Merrett, Hooker

North Melbourne: Mullett (hamstring), Macmillan (hamstring)
Essendon: Nil

North Melbourne: Aaron Mullett replaced by Sam Gibson at half time
Essendon: Jayden Laverde replaced by Kyle Langford in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Margetts, Meredith

Official crowd: 31,025 at Etihad Stadium

Gritty Bombers Back On Winning List

ESSENDON 1.3 3.4 9.7 10.9 (69)
MELBOURNE 1.3 3.9 4.13 7.18 (60)

Essendon: Daniher 5, Edwards 2, Howlett, Stanton, Heppell
Melbourne: Tyson, Howe, vandenBerg, Hogan, Jetta, Garlett, McDonald

Essendon: Hurley, Daniher, Stanton, Goddard, Heppell, Gwilt
Melbourne: Gawn, Vince, Jones, vandenBerg, McDonald, Dunn, Viney

Essendon: Alex Browne (concussion)
Melbourne: Nil

Essendon: Jason Ashby replaced Alex Browne (concussion) in the second quarter
Melbourne: Jay Kennedy-Harris replaced James Harmes in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Deboy, Schmitt, Mitchell

Official crowd: 38,861 at the MCG

Turnbull Still Failing Miserably On NBN

A year ago, I wrote an article criticising the lack of progress on the revised NBN plan, introduced by Malcolm Turnbull after the change in government in 2013.

I labelled it a “dismal” performance – and that’s exactly what it was.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam questioned progress at a Senate hearing on July 11, 2014, which revealed:

“Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN plan is in tatters after revelations in a Senate hearing today that not a single user has been connected to its Fibre to the Node trial, despite announcing the pilot nine months ago.”

In the nine months previous to July last year, not one user had apparently been connected to an MTM-based NBN service – not one.

You would hope that after an entire year that things might be moving along a little better, but how have things been going in the 12 months since last July?

“After nearly two years the revised agreements with Telstra has only just commenced, and the Optus agreement hasn’t. The rollout of FTTN and HFC is still in the trial phase and of the million premises made “serviceable” by the NBN, only 67 were served by an MTM technology.”

Only 67 in twelve months? After nine months with none?

Where is the media attack on this, after it mercilessly attacked the previous FTTP plan? A plan which was at least making progress, albeit more slowly than expected or hoped.


“Mr Turnbull’s commitment to telling the truth has resulted in the company saying almost nothing. The Strategic Review was heavily redacted, blacking out anything that involved forward commitments. It is now 34 months since NBN Co last issued a full Corporate Plan.”

No corporate plan in 34 months? Under the previous government, these were coming out generally once a year – and sometimes more often than that.

If these details are correct – and they do appear to be – some serious questions need to be asked. He promised a “value for money” NBN solution, and we’re getting nothing of the sort. We are getting redacted documents, and little or no transparency. Certainly, we’re also getting little or no progress.

Malcolm Turnbull is the responsible minister here, and the buck stops with him. Yet in every visible way, he is still failing dismally.

Yeah, So That Happened

ESSENDON 1.0 5.3 7.3 8.4 (52)
ST KILDA 5.3 10.8 17.9 25.12 (162)

Essendon: Hooker 3, Heppell 2,Cooney, Daniher, Hibberd
St Kilda: Bruce 5,Riewoldt 4, Montagna 2, Weller 2, Armitage 2, Sinclair 2, Membrey 2, Newnes, Lonie, Webster, Savage, Schneider, Dunstan

Essendon: Heppell, Hurley, McKernan
St Kilda: Armitage, Steven, Lonie, Roberton, Dempster, Bruce, Montagna, Longer

Essendon: Jason Winderlich (shin) replaced in the selected side by Ben Howlett, Adam Cooney (groin)
St Kilda: Nil

Essendon: Ben Howlett replaced Adam Cooney in the third quarter.
St Kilda: Luke Dunstan replaced Sam Fisher at three quarter time.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Ryan, Meredith

Official crowd: 38,020 at Etihad Stadium

Sunday Nerding: Stories That Stopped The World

Nerding has been away for a few weeks, but returns today with an ITV special on how television news handles breaking news stories.

Being presented by ITV, this documentary has a British flavour, but as a news nerd, I find this fascinating.

These are the “where were you when?” moments in life – and I remember many of them myself.

Jekyll And Hyde Bombers Go Missing In Second Half

HAWTHORN 2.4 5.8 11.14 16.18 (114)
ESSENDON 2.5 5.7 7.8 11.10 (76)

Hawthorn: Puopolo 4, Gunston 3, Hill 3, Suckling 2, Smith, Breust, Langford, Roughead
Essendon: Carlisle 3, J.Merrett 2, McKernan, Goddard, Melksham, Cooney, Dempsey, Daniher

Hawthorn: Mitchell, Gunston, Puopolo, Lake, Roughead, Gibson
Essendon: Hurley, Z.Merrett, McKernan, Heppell, Goddard

Hawthorn: James Frawley (shoulder), Sam Mitchell (corked leg, poor choices)
Essendon: Nil

Hawthorn: Matthew Suckling replaced James Frawley in the second quarter
Essendon: Elliott Kavanagh replaced Shaun Edwards in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stephens, Kamolins, Findlay

Official crowd: 62,500 at the MCG

Turnbull Sells Out – When Is The Exorcism?

Time for a quick waltz down memory lane.

Who else remembers the nonsensical plan by former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, for the mandatory filtering of all internet connections in Australia, to attempt to block all material online which had been classified “Refused Classification” (RC)?

The campaign against it was long and hard, and eventually Conroy shelved it once and for all in November 2012 after several attempts to save face and water it down.

Politically, Coalition MPs lined up one after the other to bag the plan:

  • Joe Hockey:

    “The filter does not work. The ISP-based filtering system does not work. Therefore it creates a level of assumption of trust that can’t be met by the technology.”

  • Jamie Briggs:

    “The Liberal party announces that we oppose the internet filter. A great victory for common sense!”

  • Tony Smith:

    “The Coalition did not implement a mandatory ISP level filter when we were last in Government because it was not workable or effective, and offered parents a false sense of security.”

Of course, one of the biggest opponents was Malcolm Turnbull, who succeeded Smith as shadow communications spokesperson, and later became Communications Minister in the incoming Coalition government in 2013.

“I am absolutely and utterly opposed to it — it really is a bad idea in all respects. I have nothing good to say about the filter. The best thing the Government could do is drop it.”

Turnbull said the filter would slow down the internet and create a false sense of security, where parents would believe it was safe to let their children use the internet without supervision because of the filter. He said the filter would not catch much of the objectionable content distributed online, because it would not be funnelled through the world wide web.”

Fast forward to 2015, and what has happened?

“The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, introduced into parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March to curb online piracy of film and TV shows, passed with the Coalition and Labor’s support 37-13.”

Sorry, what? Who introduced the legislation?

Malcolm Turnbull?

Of course – (to keep the context up-to-date) – the original Conroy plan was for the blocking of RC material, which is almost exclusively highly offensive content, and this new filter is about blocking websites that direct people towards the downloading of copyright material.

Both illegal, and both a significant issue.

Major concerns at the time included:

  • The fact that people who still wanted to access RC material would still be able to do it through other means, so you weren’t actually blocking them from anything, and the filter was therefore a waste of time, money, and effort.
  • That once you have a mechanism to block websites – (even for a legitimate purpose) – you create a mechanism whereby other kinds of sites can be blocked by a government who wanted to shut down something controversial, with little or no transparency as towards what is and isn’t blocked – you’ve given them a new toy that might be abused in the future.
  • There were a number of cases where sites that should not have been on the RC list, were on the list, and would have been blocked within Australia. So-called “scope creep” was always the fear – and it happened, perhaps inadvertently, but the point was proven.

But, back to Turnbull, and his previous stance against breaking the internet in this way:

“It’s dead, buried and cremated, and if it shows any signs of revival it will then be exorcised,” a jovial Turnbull told the crowd.”

So, despite the fact that such a filter would would slow down the internet and create a false sense of security, here we are.

Will we get scope creep? We don’t know – just as we didn’t know last time around. Turnbull would undoubtedly deny that there would be, but that was one of his arguments at the time. He has given us exactly what he said was a “bad thing”.

Five years later Turnbull has sold out his beliefs that this technology is stupid, that it can’t do the job, that it slows down the internet, and introduced the same kind of filter, albeit to tackle a different kind of online content.

The filter is back – (just wearing a different colour of lipstick) – and I think we’re owed an exorcism.

My questions are – when is the exorcism, and where’s my invite?


Bombers Better But Eagles Win

WEST COAST 2.5 7.7 9.8 14.12 (96)
ESSENDON 2.0 3.2 5.7 6.10 (46)

West Coast: LeCras 4, Kennedy 3, Darling 2, Naitanui, Gaff, Sinclair, Selwood, Hill.
Essendon: Edwards 2, Heppell, Chapman, Melksham, Goddard.

West Coast: LeCras, Gaff, Priddis, Naitanui, Cripps, Schofield, Selwood.
Essendon: Hooker, Hibberd, Goddard, Stanton, Heppell, Watson, Merrett.

West Coast: McGovern (thigh)
Essendon: Nil

West Coast: Dom Sheed replaced Jeremy McGovern at three-quarter time.
Essendon: Michael Gleeson replaced Paul Chapman in the third quarter.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Armstrong, McInerney

Crowd: 37,306 at Domain Stadium

Bombers Bomb

ESSENDON 0.5 0.6 3.9 7.11 (53)
GEELONG 3.1 9.5 15.6 19.8 (122)

Essendon: Heppell 2, Cooney 2, Stanton, Daniher, Chapman
Geelong: Hawkins 4, Johnson 4, Motlop 4, Caddy 2, Selwood 2, Lonergan, Blicavs, Kersten

Essendon: Hooker, Hurley, Kavanagh
Geelong: Taylor, Caddy, Kelly, Lang, Enright, Rivers, Lonergan

Essendon: Nil
Geelong: Shane Kersten (hamstring)

Essendon: Paul Chapman replaced Tom Bellchambers at half-time
Geelong: Michael Luxford replaced Shane Kersten at half-time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Meredith, Ryan

Official crowd: 40,632 at Etihad Stadium