Cranky K-Rudd makes an appearance in the make-up chair … The Age refuses to suspend subscriptions … Salary packaging firms go on the attack …
Graffiti watch. The local chapter of White Power movement Stormfront have been busy vandalising Greens election advertising in the northern end of Melbourne’s CBD. Tips received this picture of damaged posters on a wall near Trades Hall, noting that the neo-Nazi posters weren’t up for long before they were vandalised as well.
Bad hair day. The Brisbane make-up artist in charge of freshening up our future leaders before last night’s debate has taken to Facebook to vent about her experience. Apparently Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wasn’t particularly pleasant in the chair — perhaps this explains why he’s been so lax with getting his hair cut.
Fontana has since deleted the post, saying she regrets making her feelings public. Rudd called a press conference — of course — to apologise, saying he was grumpy because he doesn’t like having his make-up done. Sky News has weighed in too, stating that Fontana is not a Sky staff member and that the company does not agree with her comment.
Still on last night’s debate at the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club, it’s worth noting that News Corp is the Brisbane Broncos’ biggest shareholder, which made it a fitting venue for a debate that was hosted and moderated by a newspaper and TV station owned by News Corp.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Former parliamentary speaker and current Fisher MP Peter Slipper isn’t the only candidate reusing old campaign corflutes and advertising. LNP candidate for Fremantle Matthew Hanssen is apparently reusing the promotional material for his unsuccessful state seat campaign, according to a local Crikey reader. Western Australia’s local elections aren’t too far away — maybe he could go for a hat trick and use the campaign material for a local government bid?
Cash grab. It seems that Fairfax is growing even more desperate to hold onto subscription revenue. A tipster rang to suspend her daily subscription to The Age for the duration of a six-week overseas holiday, only to be told she’d be charged for the papers — even though they wouldn’t be delivered. Currently, a seven-day subscription to The Age will set you back $44 a month — that’s a lot of money to pay for papers you won’t receive.