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For those who want to see Gillard’s involvement in dodgy deals as entirely innocent, well may I suggest that you don’t watch this interview?
For those of us who are enjoying the PM squirming about her involvement in union skulduggery please watch and enjoy.
- Fresh questions raised over Gillard’s past (news.theage.com.au)
- Lawyer claims discrepancy in PM’s slush fund explanation (abc.net.au)
- Slippery Pete finally slips off the shovel and the brown stuff sticks to Gillard, of course. (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Julia Gillard Faces New Claims Over Union Past (zen-haven.com)
- Bread and circuses have a long and less than honorable history at entertaining the masses. (iainhall.wordpress.com)
A well argued piece that I think worthy of wider currency. The young woman was both naive and running with her own political agenda. I disagree with your suggestion that the Herald Sun should have just copped in on the chin and ignored the so called expose.
- Herald Sun intern debacle is a hard lesson in newsroom culture (mumbrella.com.au)
- Herald Sun intern debacle is a hard lesson in newsroom culture (theconversation.edu.au)
- Damon Johnson named Herald Sun editor (bigpondnews.com)
- Patient: Plastic surgery gave me a new life (mya.co.uk)
- Herald Sun and Advertiser fall foul of press watchdog most often so far in 2012 (mumbrella.com.au)
So the axe is going to fall on Fairfax, and form the look of things its going to fall hard, I can’t say that I’m that surprised that they are going to take to their expensive infrastructure and substantially reduce their overheads by reducing their staff by 1900.
Of course the influence of Gina Reinhardt may even bring Fairfax a bit closer to the centre politically and won’t that set up a wailing and moaning in the latte belts of both Sydney and Melbourne ? One would hope that they hold onto their best journalists but maybe they can take this as an opportunity to shed some under-performing ‘senior writers” Like Jo Chandler. Its very clear though that there are writers at Fairfax who are worth reading and its inevitable that Fairfax will consolidate their titles published in different cities into a single entity eventually, after all so much of the content is shared across the empire anyway.
I can’t help wondering just what Ex Fairfax staff will do with themselves once they have collected that final pay cheque, after-all in a shrinking sector they can’t all expect to find new gigs as journalists, some may try the old standby of writing books (that however may result only in failure) others may try to turn their dalliances with the internet into a money spinner but its hard to see how they can make a quid out of that especially if their previous experience on the net was to harass and stalk humble bloggers who happened to disagree with them about politics and anonymity on the net.
Oh well perhaps they need to get some ruby slippers and hope that when the click them together and say “there is no place like home” and be thankful that they can draw upon their potential inheritance while they dream their Marxist dreams and sip a Chai latte while avoiding being caught in the rain (because it plays havoc with their hair)
- Fairfax slashes 1,900 jobs and downsizes Age, Herald
- Fairfax Media to shed 1,900 jobs over 3 years
- Fairfax overhaul to cost 1900 jobs
- Fairfax of Gina-fax? Let’s have the debate before it’s over
- Fairfax to cut jobs in company overhaul
- Fairfax to cut 1900 staff
- The Age and SMH to go tabloid sized
- Australia’s Fairfax Media to cut 1‚900 jobs \
- Fairfax journalists vote to go on strike
- Fairfax journalists go on strike
I suppose I should count my self lucky on a few counts with this issue, firstly I don’t live in Melbourne, secondly I don’t rely upon reticulated water and thirdly I am not going to have to pay for a useless Desal Plant for perpetuity even though it does not work and its hopelessly late coming on line.
What amazes me is that that this quango is even contemplating taking time to repay the money it owes its customers for the overcharging, The morally correct thing to do would be to just discount the next bill by the amount that each consumer has been overcharged previously, frankly I tend to think that Ted should just tell the builders of the Desal plant that They can take their energy hungry plant at Wonthaggi and stick it where the sun don’t shine and as they have failed to meet the terms of their contract that they will just have to wear the loss. Essentially the Victorian government should just wash their hands of the whole climate change inspired madness of drawing upon the sea as a source of potable water for Melbourne.
- $306m water bill bungle
- Melbourne households overcharged $300m for water
- State’s first desal order: not a drop, thanks
I know that its going to upset the latte sipping class but there is one thing that I’m certain of and that is the simple truth that we are facing the end of “cheap” mass air travel, as the cost of the fuel that powers the planes keeps increasing there is just no way that we won’t see the prices of those tickets to any destination remain affordable to the ordinary people. Companies that try to keep their planes in the air will either have to substantially increase their ticket prices of run the risk of going out just like Air Australia when they can’t afford to fill their planes:
With this and the news that Qantas is doing even more cost cutting in its maintenance facilities in this country which has seen the premiers of both Queensland and Victoria publicly grovelling in their attempts to see the other have to wear the loss of jobs that will result from this “downsizing”. Its hardly a dignified example of the politician’s role but I reckon that it is something that we are going to see a great deal more of over the next few years as the Air industry declines in the face of ever increasing fuel and wage costs.
There is an upside though and it is this, all of our global warming true believers will be able to avoid the charge of hypocrisy because they won’t be able to afford those expensive and emission heavy overseas holidays instead they will have to enjoy sojourning in places closer to home during their vacations, its not like we lack enough natural wonders or delightful accommodation in this country to please even the most jaded Latte sipper now is it?
I have seen the future and in it there are far fewer aircraft are flying…