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An insider’s take on job seekers and human resources

Crikey readers have their say on the Coalition’s job seekers requirements and other news of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: expensive reality TV bombs on all channels

There will be no rejoicing in the executive suites of Nine, Seven or Ten today at the way their flagship programs performed in prime time last night. Seven’s The X Factor did best of all, but it was well down on 2013 figures. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse is now in its boring early series part, […]

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Media briefs: down and down at the Oz … ducking the issue … 1300 jobs lost …

The escalator of decline returns, and what was that about a duck? And other media tidbits of the day.

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The Sandpit: Department of Australia

*Department of Australia is an online satire project created by Leslie Nassar. Leslie was Fake Stephen Conroy and Fake Today Tonight; he created TweeVee TV, the Twitter moderation platform that powers the on-air tweets for ABC’s Q&A; he was a digital media officer for Victoria Police, an “emerging technology” nerd in Telstra’s chief technology office […]

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Tips and rumours

Green Square development not so healthy … a whistleblowing history … lols with Young Liberals …

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Crikey says: alcohol wowsers not helping public health

Keane looks at DFAT’s role in the WikiLeaks gag order. Forty job applications in a month? No problem with Stilgherrian’s AppApp. A ‘sad, dark, evil saga’: the ghost of Eddie Obeid still haunts NSW Labor. Mayne on Woodside: will they pull a Westfield? Kathy Jackson’s past. Alarm over Brandis push to expand terror laws. Razer on Dawkins and date rape. Targetted activist flees to Australia. And enter Crikey’s ‘escalator of decline’ talent quest.

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iSentia index: a big week in international news puts Bishop on top

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dominated news coverage, despite the political struggles back in Australia.

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On the freedom to be a bigot

Crikey readers talk freedom of speech and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the last of the big audiences for Ten

A funny night and one that really didn’t register with many viewers, judging by the morning reports. The Commonwealth Games saved Ten from a rotten night, helping it to a gentle decline from Monday night’s year high peak. In fact, the Games coverage was the network’s most watched bits of programming last night. Tonight it’s […]

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Media briefs: Times are tough … superinjunctions are super-exciting … photo line-ups …

Stop presses! There’s a great big story that … oh, we can’t tell you. Plus other media tidbits of the dya.

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The Sandpit: Wes Mountain

*Wes Mountain is a freelance cartoonist and writer. He blogs and sketches at This is Australia. Today.

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Tips and rumours

Asylum seeker planes blocked from view … cyber attacks on the AFP … online dating tips at the Sydney Institute …

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Crikey says: rampant suppression orders an affront to free speech

Rundle reveals how the Coalition is shafting its own base. A DFAT insider on why Bishop’s UN moment was no triumph. The WikiLeaks suppression order that no one can talk about (but everybody is). Asylum seeker plane blocked from flight-tracker. Stilgherrian on the lie of ‘native’ advertising. Today Tonight not strictly accurate (surprise). AFP website hack. Mumbrella takes its bat and ball and goes home. And Bettina Arndt’s hot tips for online daters.

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Israel: beacon of democracy or jackbooted occupiers?

Crikey readers talk the thorny issue of Israel.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another win for Ten, but will it last?

MasterChef Australia finally did it for Ten last night in metro markets, with the finale and winner topping the ratings. But in the regions it was a different story — Seven and Ten tied with a share of 28.1%. For the main channels the pecking order was very different — Seven with 18.6%, Nine with 17.5% and Ten on […]

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Media briefs: Part of doing business … RA cuts … bleak futures …

How Fairfax benefits from prostitution, and other media tidbits of the day.

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The Sandpit: Department of Australia

*Department of Australia is an online satire project created by Leslie Nassar. Leslie was Fake Stephen Conroy and Fake Today Tonight; he created TweeVee TV, the Twitter moderation platform that powers the on-air tweets for ABC’s Q&A; he was a digital media officer for Victoria Police, an “emerging technology” nerd in Telstra’s chief technology office […]

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Tips and rumours

Foxtel revamp on the cards … the Victorian ALP is fighting fires … odds off for public servants …

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Crikey says: danger for AFP in Ukraine, armed or unarmed

Abbott’s culture war hits the road. Is air travel getting less safe? Ben Sandilands looks at the odds of a crash. Julia and the party faithful at Combet book launch. The Business Council’s new-found love of socialism. Palmer’s wrangling in Queensland could help Newman. The mystery of the lost dictaphone: ethical questions for journalists in Vic. Don’t mention the war at Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Lewski class action. And media is fukt: the view from NPR’s Bob Garfield.

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Just the bill, thanks

Crikey readers talk shareholder activism, Putin’s MH17 mess and the etiquette of fine dining.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine games the system to boost ratings

The Nine Network followed Ten down the slippery route of jiggling its rating figures to boost the numbers for the latest series of The Block. Ten simulcasts Family Feud at 6pm Monday to Fridays on its main channel and its digital channels (ONE and Eleven) and aggregates the audience figures of the three channels into […]

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Media briefs: Switzer leaves Speccie Oz … fact-checking Davies … FT sales buried …

The Spectator Australia’s founding editor is stepping down. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

AFP deployment untrained and inexperienced … clouds over Telstra job losses … Lachlan shown the door at News Corp …

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Crikey says: NSW Labor fails to learn lesson on corruption

Internet censorship doesn’t stop piracy – and here’s the evidence. Murdoch tabs go to war against Qld corruption fighter Fitzgerald. Questions over the AFP in Ukraine. Rundle on moral outrage, inaction and refugees. How Ramadan went commercial (and political) in Australia. The backstory to Jono Moylan’s suspended sentence. Switzer steps down. Telstra job cuts. Why The Guardian needs more local eds. And land of the long memory: why Kiwis still hate Oz journo Ean Higgins.

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