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What the AGE really means in this advertorial for Christine Nixon’s book

Those of you who have ever taken the time to read those throwaway suburban papers will realise that most of the articles are in fact just text adverts for the people who have paid for display ads in that edition. Some local rags are entirely up front about it, Heck I’ve even written a few blurbs when we have taken out advertising ourselves. So for the elucidation of the Sandpit’s readers I will translate the text of this advertorial  for a contentious book:

SHE has been copping a daily beating from journalists, police and the public but Christine Nixon was finally among friends at the launch of her autobiography, Fair Cop.

The sisterhood does not care that many people die on that black Saturday as it comes together to celebrate a wonderful example of excuse making and blame shifting.

The former police chief got a standing ovation as she took the lectern at the Hotel Windsor yesterday.

The same crowd who loved David Hicks’ book just happened to be in town so of course they cheered for Nixon, Chandler and Gillard.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard sidestepped the controversy about Ms Nixon’s career as she launched the book, which was co-written by Age journalist Jo Chandler, saying she was ”not here today to adjudicate” on Ms Nixon’s decisions on Black Saturday.

The Prime Minister was delighted to be on the stage with two women who are probably loathed  as much as she is and she is very fond of the old saying “Judge not lest ye be judged” when it comes to Nixon’s Black Saturday performance.


Among friends: Former police chief Christine Nixon with co-author Jo Chandler (left) and Julia Gillard at the book launch. Photo: Angela WylieTranslation: the Prime Minister is so desperate for friends that she is delighted to share the stage with a far left Warminista and the woman who is loathed more than she is.

”I am here because Christine Nixon is a high-achieving Australian whose long journey of public service deserves our attention and regard,” Ms Gillard said.

“I am here to see how well getting a journalistic hack to rewrite history to make the people forget my bad judgement and poor decisions might work ”  Ms Gillard said.

But she did say that Black Saturday would be ”a day Christine will reflect on for the rest of her life”.

That mushroom risotto will be repeating on Christine Nixon for the rest of her life.

The Prime Minister then declared Top Cop officially launched, bungling the book’s title.

True to form the Prime Minister stuffed up the books title when she officially launched it.

It was left to the publisher, Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press, to take on Ms Nixon’s foes in the media and the police in a firebrand speech.

Desperate to recoup the publishers costs, Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press, worked hard to spin Nixon’s sorry history as something positive.

”She took on a coalition of hardcore recidivist police resistant to change, opportunistic politicians adept at the dog whistle and a tabloid media both stoking and profiting from resentment and ignorance,” Ms Adler said. ”What better target could that nasty coalition have than a woman intent on cultural change at the helm of a largely macho organisation?”

Ms Nixon is not really bad, she is just a victim of all of these nasty men who were just out to get her because she is a woman with a few extra kilos to carry around and her problems are all a result of the resistance  of the evil patriarchy.

Ms Adler also revealed that a Herald Sun reporter had called her during a news conference last Friday, evidently by mistake, and left on her voicemail a discussion about how to structure a story on Ms Nixon and her book.

Ms Adler also revealed alleged  that a Herald Sun reporter had called her during a news conference last Friday, evidently by mistake, and left on her voicemail a discussion about how to structure a story on Ms Nixon and her book. Thus alluding to the hack gate scandal in the UK

It was ”a small insight into how easily and insouciantly truth is manufactured and reputations are taken apart,” Ms Adler said.

I know that among my friends here if I suggest that the  MURDOCH EVIL EMPIRE is behind the trashing of this righteous Sista’s name I will get applause.

Labor Party elders Joan Kirner, Barry Jones and Mary Delahunty were there, as were several who lived through the Black Saturday fires.

The Party faithful were in attendance to help Nixon to play her victim card to perfection and they even managed to get some Black Saturday victims to  attend even though most are unimpressed with Nixon

Former Victorian premier Ms Kirner – who knows a few things about being a woman in power and being picked on by the media – said Ms Nixon was ”fair game” when she was in power, but that the recent pursuit of her was ”bullying”, not reporting.

Joan “Im a victim of the nasty MURDOCH EVIL EMPIRE too” Kirner said that Nixon should not be criticised just because she is trying to promote her self serving book on any media outlet that will give her air time and that they should just get with the program to promote a book from a righteous member of the sistahood.

”In the book she named bullies and this is what I think the Herald Sun approach has been about since she left public life,” Ms Kirner said.

In the book she has a big sook about the MURDOCH EVIL EMPIRE who just hate the idea of a sista making herself look good in print.

Later, Ms Nixon suggested people ought to ”move on” from their anger over her decision to leave her post for a pub dinner on Black Saturday.

Later Nixon was suggesting  the great mushroom risotto and saying that after that  they should “move on ” to a cold desert when people are dying on a Black Saturday.

All quotes from here
Well I hope that makes the Age piece entirely clear to our readers 😉
Cheers Comrades


  1. Ray Dixon says:

    Never before has a biography been released with so much contrived pre-publicity. Has anyone stopped for one moment to consider the bloody obvious?: That it is only just over 2 years since Black Saturday and for most victims who survived the memories are still very fresh and the wounds are far from healed. Indeed many are still living in caravans and the evidence of the horrible bushfires that took the lives of their neighbours, friends & relatives still stare them in the face – every day.

    Yet here is Christine Nixon – aided & abetted by Jo Chandler – writing a book about herself. A book that attempts to justify her role on that day. A book that points the finger of blame elsewhere and cries out “I was a victim”. Bloody hell she was.

    I do not blame Nixon for the deaths but it is plainly disgraceful, thoughtless, uncaring and self-serving to even put the book out so soon after this tragic event. Okay, I realise the book is about her whole career and I DO give her credit for that. She did a good job – until the end. The problem is that the events of Black Saturday, her desertion of her post and her cover up/omissions at the Royal Commission cast so big a shadow over her career that common sense, good grace, courtesy & decency should have dictated to her (and her writer) that it was simply not appropriate to release a book of this nature. Words fail me to describe Gillard’s involvement too, in helping to launch it. My God.

    It has been claimed (by Nixon herself and others) that Nixon was peresecuted & victimised for being a woman and especially for being a “large” one. There’s a current article on The Drum that explores this and concludes it was so. Really? I won’t link to the Drum article but I read a lot of the comments (which were about 50/50 – this issue does polarise opinions) and I have selected this one to quote you as it quite brilliantly sums this other aspect up for me:

    M Ryutin :
    03 Aug 2011 6:22:09pm

    “Would we judge Nixon any differently if she were a man?”

    No. The chief fire officer Russell Rees, absolutely demolished for alleged incompetence that day, was a man.

    If Christine Nixon did not have the STATUTORY DUTY duty to be in command of the police response (and police are generally in overall command of disasters while the actual fire ground is in control of fire brigades), OR had properly delegated that STATUTORY COMMAND to other police – not done and, at the very least, Christine Nixon did not ensure that directions were given to her delegate and therefore cannot escape the blame for there actually not being police doing her job at the relevant times.

    This is not to even go to the issues of why, with all those hours emergancy services personnel work in crises, Nixon alone needed a break. It was not as if she was heavily involved in directing actual troops that day, was it? There was plenty of time, when the going was good, to get the odd private thing or two done that morning.

    And what about the comment by a politician, was it, that she was never hired for her hands on skills? Even more reason for her to ensure that actually qualified police took her place at the coal face.

    Oh, by the way, she was accused of misleading the Commission, remember? As Rush submitted:-

    “He said she omitted reference to the fact that she left her home and had a meal. And if she had said this information it would have demonstrated that she had failed to monitor the fires, the websites, the radio, the television as she said she did in her statement and in her evidence.”

    Would a man get any leeway on that? Not if an enquiry was fair dinkum.

  2. Luzu says:

    I have to wonder if Ms Nixon has received her appointments over the years by virtue of her gender? If she was not the most able person for the job, why did she get it? I guess where I’m going is, had a more competent person been in the post on the day, could lives have been saved? If she was the most competent person for the job and still managed to screw it up so completely, then God help us (and I mean that literally). What were the rest of the applicants like? Were there others applicants or was she a political appointee?

    Please note: I am not holding Ms Nixon personally responsible for the deaths of the people who died. I am simply wondering whether we have a meritocracy in this country or a “jobs for the boys and girls of the correct political stripe” mentality and what are the consequences of either.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    had a more competent person been in the post on the day, could lives have been saved?

    I believe so. One of the main failures was to give people warning of advancing fires. You can’t expect volunteer CFA firefighters to risk their lives by driving ahead of the fire front to warn residents to evacuate. But police are paid to do so and would have willingly followed their chief’s orders to “get in there and tell them to get out”. If only …

    I agree though, you can’t blame Nixon for not being up to the job on that day. She was appointed for other reasons and, in many respects, she WAS a ‘Top Cop’. But someone should have seen that she couldn’t handle a disaster. And, if not, then Nixon herself should have ensured that one of her deputies co-ordinated emergency operations. She did neither – she walked away.

  4. Luzu says:

    Not only did she walk away, she’s trying to flog a book and play the vicim simultaneously. Boohoo, they pick on me because I’m a woman. Because I’m fat. Because I chose to go out to the pub with friends when an absolutely unprecedented firestorm was bearing down on people who trusted ME to warn them!

    If this woman had a single shred of decency, she would take whatever pensions and monies she has collected from her many years in public service and NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

    Sorry to go all shouty. But this woman honestly makes me feel ill. Yes, I know. A Bex and a lie down.

  5. Richard Ryan says:

    “But this woman honestly makes me feel ill” Yes- Yes I know the feeling—-I get the same feeling when I see that war-monger Howard, still strutting around to the imaginary beat of Bush’s war drums.

  6. Richard Ryan says:

    Just thought I drop that little retort in , to bring some balance to the Nixon seminar.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    I would think that you are not yourself if I did not get my daily dose of you denouncing John Howard or George Bush, however it would be nice if you could occasionally address the actual topics rather than just being our far left comedy act 😉

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