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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Throw another shrimp on das Barbecue. Yesterday we brought you a tip that News Corp’s News.com.au had put up — and then quickly taken down — a glowing story about online video-streaming service Netflix coming to Australia. Why the about-face, we wondered? Was it because News Corp owns Netflix competitor Foxtel? News.com.au editor Daniel Sankey kept mum on the reasoning behind pulling the piece, but we’re beginning to think perhaps it was actually a question of geography. We think maybe someone got their hands on this press release …

Netflix has denied plans to launch on our fair shores. Geographical mix-ups are the wurst. Could News.com.au have made the same mistake as Jim Carrey …?

Down to the wire. The end of the financial year is only four weeks away, and many health bodies in Western Australia are sitting nervously by the phone waiting to confirm that their contracts will be renewed by the federal government. The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) has confirmed to Crikey that it has no written confirmation that its contract will be continued past June 30, but it has been “verbally suggested” that there will be a one-year extension. It’s the same case for all Aboriginal community controlled health services across the state, and AHCWA says there is no confirmation of how much funding could be on the way or what programs will be cut. There is also no confirmation of any state COAG funding for the organisation, which is a peak body for primary health in Aboriginal communities. Our tipster says this is the case for many not-for profits across WA, and “people are leaving to secure their future in other areas”. Are you waiting on the government to confirm your funding? Let us know or stay anonymous if you like.

Abbott, brought to you by … A few weeks ago we brought you news of an American petition to force congressman to wear the logos of the companies that donated to their campaigns on their clothing, like race car drivers do. What would it look like if our own pollies did the same? We’ve mocked up a suit for our Prime Minister based on the latest disclosure on donations to the Liberal Party. Note: there is a vast time lag between the time of donations and the time of disclosure, so these donations were made in 2012-13 …

abbott logos

No more grog at Gallipoli? A bill being debated by Turkish Parliament could mean that pilgrims to Gallipoli could be spending their vigils without alcohol. According to The Hurriyet Daily News, the bill would change the 33,000-hectare area from a national park to a “special historical area”, and a clause bans “consuming alcoholic drinks out of permitted locations”. Opposition MP Ali Sarıbaş spoke out against the move, saying the descendants of Anzac soldiers camp outside on the eve of April 25 “drinking wine, in accordance with their culture”.

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  1. Best add Hancock Prospecting to the list of Abbott’s sponsors. I note that Gina’s Fairfax papers are supporting the fresh round of inequalities foreshadowed in the budget.

    by pragmatic on May 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  2. The Class Warfare Tax”?

    by klewso on Jun 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

  3. Ha! No need to FORCE our politicians to wear their sponsors’ logos. Abbott does it willingly and without shame. Every time he dons his lycra, his sponsors are writ large. Every time he spouts forth in front of a Skye News screen or an Institute of Public Affairs banner, he speaks on behalf of those sponsors. You only have to do a Google search of Abbott and Cadbury to see how many times he promotes that company. Abbott was bought, not elected.

    by Suziekue on Jun 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

  4. Abbott Brought to you by….” You forgot News Ltd.

    by smq on Jun 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  5. Still no news on contract renewal,June 30 is on the horizon; programming for Aboriginal Health is uncertain. I don’t see how they expect to close the Gap on indigenous health if they aren’t even committed to supporting already existing programs that are proven to work and influential to the health sector. If the Aboriginal Health sector continues to be left on the back burner uninformed and misrepresented then these gaps will never close.

    by Belle on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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