Jones all quiet on rally dumping
DESPITE the furore over shock jock Alan Jones' comments on the death of PM Julia Gillard's father, the controversial radio announcer was back in the seat at 2GB this morning slamming the press for their "hatred" and "jealousy."
The Age today reported Mr Jones apologising for his comments, saying "it is more than regret. I'm genuinely sorry for the remarks."
Whether the apology is the result of major backlash to his comments and the resulting withdrawal of advertising sponsorship of 2GB by major companies such as Woolworths and Mercedes Benz, Mr Jones would have to be feeling the blow from Lock the Gate-Tweed's Michael McNamara in withdrawing an invitation to speak at the upcoming Rock the Gate rally at Murwillumbah on October 13.
Mr Jones has become a champion of the anti-CSG movement, telling the National Press Club last year that prime farming land was being turned into "a quarry and a worthless lunar landscape" by miners.
"This is not just a battle about mining prime farm land, or destroying fresh water, or covering our land with salt," he said.
"This is about something far more damaging and dangerous - the loss of our rights as Australian citizens, the loss of the basic freedoms we have always taken for granted.
"I'm opposed to the arrogance with which these people think they can go anywhere, do what they want and get away with it."
Mr McNamara said he had emailed Mr Jones informing him of his decision to cut him from the speakers' list, but had not received a reply as yet.
"I hope he can understand the situation," Mr McNamara said.
"It's not a judgement of him as a person. I had to make the call for the sake of the campaign. The rally is not about him.
"There are several prominent speakers on the agenda. The success of the rally is crucial. We can't risk anything jeopardising it.
"I didn't want it to turn into an Alan Jones circus."