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There were tears, singing and general zaniness for Wake Up’s last show. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Abbott’s daughter on fighting for the gays. You can check out Frances Abbott’s scholarship-winning design skills at her website, hollamarycreative.com. Under the moniker “Franny MADE”, the PM’s daughter puts together a Frankie-esque magazine by the name of EVA, which she bills as “a biannual collection of stories, celebrating the awkwardness to the awesomeness of every day and every body” …

The mag features interviews with creative types, fashion pics, cider reviews and Absolut Vodka ads. But the standout is a story called “50 shades of gay”, in which Frances muses about lessons from a children’s book called The Rabbits Wedding — the story of a black rabbit who marries a white one. She writes:

I can imagine some of you are sniggering at the simplicity of this tale.The reason why I believed it was worth writing about was because it is a sweet and innocent story, teaching children about love and relationships.”

When the book was published in 1958 it “caused an uproar”, she writes, because it had a political message:

The controversy that surrounded The Rabbits Wedding made me realize how lucky we were to live in a contemporary multicultural society like Sydney but also caused me to recognise how many more issues that there are within society to work on, gay marriage for one example … To conclude, I believe that maybe we could all learn a lot from going back to the basics, by reading children’s books. Especially ones about bunny rabbits.”

In another article about the noodle markets in Sydney’s Hyde Park, Frances recalls how her friends were once “robbed while drunk on goon at Mardi Gras”. We’ll leave it up to readers to decide whether her design skills are worthy of a $60,000 leg-up … — Marni Cordell

Wake Up finally put down. Channel Ten was keen to see the back of its doomed 6.30-8.30am morning show, Wake Up, shutting down its website less than half an hour after the last episode aired this morning. The show had been on air for six months. A first-time Wake Up viewer might have believed that this morning’s episode was uncharacteristically ridiculous. News presenter Nuala Hafner and a member of the crew broke out in a Disney duet, and the celebrity reporter, Maude Garrett, shimmied at the camera at the end of her report. But it wasn’t just finale madness. The memorable on-air moments, which rolled toward the end of the episode, showed zaniness was par for the course.

Fun wasn’t the only theme of the morning though, with Hafner and co-host Natarsha Belling both breaking out in tears. Belling also gave thanks to her mum, who had “held [her] hand over the last two weeks”. James Matherson kept it together, inspiring his audience with a “united Australia” speech: “We didn’t always get the numbers, but we always did it with heart.”

Producer Adam Boland said early on he had wanted a show that was “intentionally different” from Sunrise and Today and was aiming for something that was a little more out there, but it never resonated. Wake Up struggled against Sunrise and Today, only reaching ratings of around 35,000-50,000. The announcement to end the show was made on Wednesday. Around 150 staff will be affected by Channel Ten’s cuts.  — Danielle Thompson

Everything is awesome! Breaking: News Corp thinks News Corp is just swell. That’s the word from page 4 of this morning’s Daily Telegraph, with a glowing (those more unkind than we might say sycophantic) story by Matthew Benns about the inspirational speech by News Corp CEO Robert Thomson to his Australian underlings. Here is our favourite bit:

‘We should all recognise that a great idea in Australia will resonate around the world — that is the lesson of the journey of News Corp.”

Rousing stuff. The good news continues with a longer story in the media section. Benns asserts: “Across all platforms, the company reaches 86% of the Australian population aged over 14.” We wonder how they are counting over there at the Murdoch empire, because their circulation figures tell a different story …

Those bludging models … Remember The Daily Telegraph’s front page yesterday, comparing the number of New South Wales denizens on the disability support pension with the number of Australia’s war wounded? It’s an odd comparison anyway (there are also fewer people eaten by sharks every year than people on the DSP, also fewer politicians in NSW Parliament … just trying to be helpful), but it turns out the long queues of able-bodied Australians queuing up to rort the system on the Tele’s front page are not, in fact, able-bodied Australians on the DSP — they’re models on the stock photography site Shutterstock. Thanks to @Jeff_Sparow on Twitter …

By all accounts it’s a highly versatile image. We’ve found those “Aussie welfare slackers” as a queue of tourists lining up in Mexico, foodies queuing up for the hottest restaurant in town on a nude-themed chicks’ blog, people waiting for their drivers’ licences in the US, and those waiting for green cards.

Video of the day. This 1991 skit from Seven’s Fast Forward is strangely … familiar …

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Front page of the day. Man of the moment Joe Hockey is the subject of a new authorised biography, called Hockey: Not Your Average Joe. The blurb describes him as ”one of Australia’s most popular politicians with one of the nation’s toughest jobs” (we are tipping that might have been written before the budget). The book is written by Madonna King, a Brisbane Times writer and former ABC presenter …

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  • 1
    klewso
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I just think that was so nice that scholarship going to someone so needy?

  • 2
    klewso
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Madonna King praising a Limited News Party politician, pre or post Budget the result would be the same.

  • 3
    klewso
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    With a FUX News, and a NotW there?
    Ol’ Man Murdoch had some sheep…..”?
    Leave a few things out…. and who can argue with Thomson’s “Murdochesque Logic”?

  • 4
    Deborah Nesbitt
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Have you seen what happens when you click on http://www.hollamarycreative.com/04eva/ ?

  • 5
    Jimbo from Loogan
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    There are at least three typos on the “This Issue” page alone. I know the designer isn’t necessarily responsible for proof-reading but…

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    Matt Steadman
    Posted Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Not sure what to think about this… questions and investigation on whether Tony Abbott’s daughter received a scholarship due to her father’s position are totally appropriate. Snide comments about her skills and work are not.

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    stuart richardson
    Posted Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Hey Mat! Re: scholarships. When your dad is a prominent politician and you are awarded one, you’d better be head and shoulders above your peers. Drop the snide, sure, however comments on the quality/originality of the work are totally appropriate. If the website is showcasing the students best work, it’s not a good Ad for the college.

  • 8
    StefanL
    Posted Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Has a Chairman’s scholarship ever been awarded to anyone else ?

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    MJPC
    Posted Monday, 26 May 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    StefanL: When ABC 2BL covered the story they had a parent of a current student SMS that she was not aware of scholarships being offered.
    Also stated at College functions the front 2 rows of the auditorium are reserved for for persons she has never seen (LNP luminaries?).
    The age of entitlement is only dead for some.
    I listened to some of the commercial radio stations on the weekend and the usual suspects were saying it was a beat-up.
    Of course during the Labour Government every little perceived misdemeanor bought howls of derision; hippocrits!

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