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A modest proposal for NewsCorp

August 21, 2014 - 21:39 -- Admin

When pictures circulated on social media of journalist James Foley being executed by the Islamic State, journalists came over all sniffy about how vulgar social media is. Once those pictures were published in the Murdoch press - first The New York Post, later in Sydney's Daily Telegraph, the snobbery about social media seemed to have gone into abeyance.


August 17, 2014 - 08:56 -- Admin

It is seriously difficult to understand how the government has come to be as bad as it is. Yes, it is hugely tribal, its ministers are convinced they know better than anyone else, and it has a faith in “spin” that has dramatically underestimated the public’s ability to judge for themselves.- Michelle Grattan, 15 August 2014


August 5, 2014 - 17:10 -- Admin

I wish that I could push a buttonAnd talk in the past and not the present tenseAnd watch this hurtin' feelingDisappear like it was common senseIt was a fine idea at the timeNow it's a brilliant mistake- Elvis Costello Brilliant mistake

Up for negotiation

August 3, 2014 - 23:13 -- Admin

The main problem with the Abbott government is that it cannot persuade. It can't negotiate with Senators, it can't bring people with them. It could never bring people with them.

Brand positioning

July 20, 2014 - 08:47 -- Admin

Clive Palmer has sold down the carbon tax, the mining tax, and consumers of financial planning for no net benefit - not to anyone, not even himself. For a while there, he had all the makings of a sustainable niche in Australian politics. The carbon and mining taxes have gone - but household expenses and unemployment will go up, not down. He'll try a bit of product differentiation but it won't be enough any more.

The future of financial advice

July 16, 2014 - 08:16 -- Admin

Maurice Newman is supposedly Chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Committee. When he aired his opinions on climate change, which ran the full gamut from the half-baked to the half-witted, people marvelled that such an ignorant man should be so trusted an advisor to the country's government.Since then, you would have expected Newman to have been very busy. Keep in mind that the first term of any government is when its legacy will be most firmly set in place.