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GONEski! Australian Government Dumps Education Reforms

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics, Socially Engineerd, World of the News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on GONEski! Australian Government Dumps Education Reforms

GONEski! Australian Government Ditching Education ReformsA turnaround in policy position isn’t a huge surprise straight after an election, it sought of goes with the the furniture. Except in this case, apparently, both sides of Australian politics were in FULL agreement prior to the last election?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that 10 weeks into governing, he’s breaking a pre-election promise –  to match Labor’s school funding model – saying that his government would “do a little bit better.”

However, promises to one side, Australia’s new Government has just announced it will scrap the previous – Labor – governments plan for school funding reform, and will instead renegotiate individual agreements with all states and territories within the next 12 months :: Read the full article »»»»


Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Digital Media, Media, Online Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Daily Mail to launch Australian website edition in partnership with Nine Entertainment
Britain’s Daily Mail plans to launch an Australian edition of its website next year in a joint venture with Nine Entertainment. The Mail, whose site is the world’s most popular for an English-language newspaper, will base its editorial offices in Sydney and plans to recruit around 50 journalists :: Read the full article »»»»


Australia Very Quietly Shifts Israeli Settlement Policy

Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics, World of the News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Very Quietly Shifts Israeli Settlement Policy

Australia Quietly Shift Settlement PolicyAustralia’s Federal Government has very quietly backflipped it’s position on the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Acting on instruction from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Australian government officials at the United Nations have withdrawn their nations support for an order that would have seen a halt to the expansion of any Israeli settlements in all of the occupied territories.

Under the previous – Labor Government – Australia condemned the settlements, but since the Coalition won office Australia has abstained from United Nations votes on the issue, returning Australia to the Howard-era policy of not supporting votes critical of Israel settlements. The current tight-lipped approach to implementation has seen NO information released on the governments change in Middle East policy.

In a statement released today, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the policy shift, saying it reflects the Government’s concern that Middle East resolutions should be balanced. The statement says the Government considers each resolution on a case-by-case basis and will not support those which are one-sided or pre-judge the outcome of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

However, diplomats warn the fragile relationship is on rocky ground after Australia signalled it would abstain from voting at the United Nations on motions that condemn the expansion of Israeli settlements :: Read the full article »»»»


WTF is With Australia’s Impartial Media!? Fairfax Newspaper THE AGE Asks PM to Stand-aside…

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: World of the News | Comments Off on WTF is With Australia’s Impartial Media!? Fairfax Newspaper THE AGE Asks PM to Stand-aside…

Who's Your Expert?Australia is facing an election this year – September 14, Happy Birthday William! – The usual impartial media commentary on politics seems to have dissipated, and been replaced by very personalised opinion. Over the past 12 months Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been ravaged by media speculation on her leadership – that ravaging has now turned to outright disrespect – with The Age newspaper publishing an editorial ASKING an Australian PRIME MINISTERMs Gillard – to stand-aside, “for the good of the nation”.

The editorial preaches that the leadership debate is preventing Labor’s message on its future policies, its vision for Australia isn’t getting through. The newspaper’s move comes amid continued speculation about Labor’s leadership ahead of the final week of parliamentary sittings before the September 14 election. This – for me at least – raises the question, again, “Who’s Your Expert?” The media continues to sell this odd ideal that there is some rift within the Australian Labor Party, that a leadership challenge is just over the horizon. Fuelling the fire of instability, meanwhile failing dismally to broadcast any of the actual politics that our nations capital has going on, don’t even get me started on the lack of policy coverage.

So “…who is your expert?” I ask this question with the past 3 decades of social watching in mind. Through the 1990s and 2000s we seemed to get swallowed up by mindless celebrity, peaking at the start of the 2010s when celebrity for the sake of celebrity seemed to reign media supreme. Lilo, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian however, have nothing on my latest b_tch-session, throughout this period the intelligent juxtaposition was political commentary. Dissecting policy, comparing differences and summarizing what might be best for our nation. That’s now gone, replaced by the less than splendid practice of treating politicians like media hungry celebrities, rather than public servants with a specific agenda. Politicians haven’t changed an iota in the past 3 decades, journalists on the other-hand :: Read the full article »»»»

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Fairfax Wins Confidential Source Case

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Print Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Wins Confidential Source Case

FAIRFAXThe Victorian Court of Appeal has ruled two Fairfax journalists will not be ordered to reveal their sources. Last year a magistrate summoned The Age journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker to appear in the committal hearing of eight former directors of the Reserve Bank subsidiaries, Securency and Note Printing Australia.

The former executives are accused of bribing foreign officials in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam to gain contracts to print banknotes between 1999 and 2004.

The journalists’ reports on the scandal triggered a police investigation into the allegations. Subpoenas were issued for Mr McKenzie and Mr Baker after a newspaper article in December 2012 reported an allegedly corrupt businessman was prepared to testify against the former directors in exchange for a leniency :: Read the full article »»»»