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Leaked documents reveal full picture of HSU carnage

The remnants of the Health Services Union’s collapsed East branch are being trawled by an administrator. Crikey can now exclusively reveal the full extent of the financial damage.

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Tips and rumours

The high-earners at the Australian Tax Office … the online campaign to bring back Cory Bernardi … the royal behind on show in Brisbane … QUT elections turn ugly … Campbell Newman’s charm offensive …

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Greens hacked … Courier-Mail cull … Randy Virgin …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Hacked. An IT-savvy mole has tipped us off that the Australian Greens’ websites and membership database were taken offline yesterday due to a hacking episode. Our mole reckons the hackers allowed “arbitrary execution of code on the server”, and wonders if the Greens’ websites have been running […]

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Abbott cut-out … what’s in a name? … library cuts …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Howcroft to Ten — seriously. Advertising guru and Gruen talking head Russel Howcroft was announced as the Ten Network’s new Melbourne GM today. We knew that back in May and told you so — but Howcroft insisted at the time it was rubbish. Quite the bum steer, Russel. A cut-out Tony Abbott. A […]

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Virgin says no … Global Mail redesign … ABC totalitarianism …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

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Life as a bureaucrat … NSW schools cuts … Myer enemies …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Life as a public servant: I won’t miss it … or the ugly chicken. Not all of Campbell Newman’s 20,000 public servants made redundant will miss the work. A recent inhabitant of a Queensland government cubicle offers this amusing insight: “My job was to write reports that I’m […]

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Combet, Bligh meet … Hick’s lawyer back … Nine pins wrong man …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Combet, Bligh in coffee kerfuffle. Spotted: federal government minister Greg Combet (“looking smart in jeans and a nice shirt,” says our spy) chatting to former Queensland premier Anna Bligh (“in white walking gear, and looking a bit daggy, but cool”) with golden retriever and hubbie (a NSW public […]

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Newman rumours … Syd byelection hopefuls … Deborah and Malcolm …

How safe is Newman as premier? One George Street insider insists Campbell Newman could face a leadership spill. Voters have turned on the Queensland Premier with the wholesale public sector cuts, but surely nobody in the party room is that unhappy …? Gay vote key in Sydney byelection. Rumour has it the strong Liberal vote in Saturday’s […]

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Qld public service watch … K-Rudd wants you … TV office renos …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Queensland public service watch. Yesterday we reported, worryingly, that some staff in the Queensland bureaucracy have apparently been put on an effective suicide watch as the razor continues to slice through the public service. Another George Street spy told us yesterday afternoon: “Occupants of a government department building […]

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Qld public servant woes … Nats unrest … News Australia? …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Depression among Queensland public servants. We know things are pretty bad in public servant ranks in Queensland amid Campbell Newman’s job-cutting drive, but can it really be true that some staff remaining have been told to keep watch on colleagues in line for the chop and remove sharp […]

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Where will Mott go? … more Staerk magic … LNP trashes books …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Ten programmer to defect sooner? Our TV spies reckon we should look for former Ten programmer David Mott to be back on the market earlier than thought. He’s got a six-month non-compete clause with Ten, but is being paid 12 months’ salary. Ten CEO James Warburton never did […]

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Melbourne Uni spat … TV hack’s spray … Newman books some wrath …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Melbourne uni elections turn nasty. A candidate in the Melbourne University student union elections has been banned from campaigning for a two and a half days after allegedly making homophobic remarks to a rival candidate. In his complaint, Melbourne University Student Union president Mark Kettle alleged that Patrick Crosswell, who is […]

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Only good News … finance mags invest … Fortescue memo …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Good news week at The Advertiser. No news is bad news in News Limited’s Adelaide newsroom, apparently. A spy reports that court reporters at The Advertiser and The Sunday Mail have been told that “there were too many depressing stories coming out of courts”. Find more positive, […]

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Fairfax refugees … News Ltd changes … Qld budget leaks …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Fairfax’s loss is Kohler’s gain. A big-name business writer who took redundancy from one of Fairfax’s metro broadsheets will soon join Alan Kohler’s coterie of scribes writing for Business Spectator and other News Limited-owned websites. As Crikey reported last week, business reporting at The Sydney Morning Herald has […]

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Times a’changing at News … NT staff freeze? … Wilson Tuckey’s reading habits …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Times they are are a’changing at News. Crikey was interested to be copied into this email from News Limited’s Queensland editorial director David Fagan to all editorial staff. Sounds like the seamless transition to a “single state newsroom, serving a true seven-day print and digital operation” is going […]

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Students flee … euthanasia questions … pollies’ books …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Private colleges struggling. Crikey has run stories lately on complaints that academic standards at universities are lower than many expect they should be. Now an education insider tells us some private colleges are struggling, as their lucrative international student trade dries up. “The private colleges are now […]

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Tears for public servants … pollies’ lit picks … Sydney footpath warfare …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … SackWatch: mandarins. This tip comes from Queensland, where Premier Campbell Newman is slashing public service jobs (he’s on the record saying there are 20,000 too many employed). “Queensland’s public service continues to haemorrhage staff every day in the lead-up to the budget in a couple of weeks. […]

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Fairfax editor shopping? … Adelaide fracas … spray on the Tan …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Editor shopping? Is the rumour correct that when Amanda Wilson had the conversation with Fairfax management that led to her leaving her role as editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, she was offered the job as editor of The Canberra Times? If it is, Wilson didn’t bite — the […]

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V’Landys on NRL gig … Ashby employment … Nice wheels in Qld …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … V’Landys says “no offer” from NRL. Crikey’s inbox was running hot this morning with suggestions that Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys was about to be appointed as David Gallop’s successor as NRL CEO. But V’Landys clarified that while he wasn’t completely out of the running, he had […]

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Fifty Shades of Abbott … Roozendaal comfortable in NSW Parliament …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Roozendaal comfortable in NSW Parliament. Has Eric Roozendaal outstayed his welcome? That’s the view of some Labor stooges, who reckon the NSW upper house MP and former minister was supposed to step aside after the state election loss but apparently shows no signs of moving on. His term […]

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Rupert to stage, Kim approves? Australia’s most famous playwright is penning a theatrical biography on Australia’s most famous citizen. Last night David Williamson took to the stage at the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2013 season launch to announce a new play called Rupert — an apparently “enthralling political fantasia” on […]

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Dear Kim … Schubert leaving The Age? … Packer’s Xmas cheer …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … “Don’t fire me, Kim”. Journalists at The Australian in Canberra’s Press Gallery have been asked to pen a personal screed about why they should remain with the paper. In an extraordinary intervention by senior News Limited management, gallery staff were asked yesterday to write to their bosses […]

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Erica’s office … lame gifts from the boss … pollies on The Shire …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Erica’s office. Crikey has been taking a keen interest of late in the goings-on in federal politicians’ offices. Now we hear from Liberal insiders of possible glitches in the office of Liberal Senator Eric Abetz. There are suggestions that the management arrangement appears to be not working […]

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Styant-Browne family ties? … ACP buyer cold … NT Labor attack …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Family ties in Parliament House. There appears to be an interesting if tenuous family connection at the periphery of The Australian’s prominent claims that Julia Gillard may have done something wrong when working at law firm Slater & Gordon 17 years ago. The Oz has relied heavily […]

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Libs sprung on tax … Albrechtsen boo boo … ‘buy your degree’ …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … CarbonWatch: creative Coalition. Is the carbon tax to blame for the disappearance of Harold Holt? It seems to be responsible for just about everything else. A tipster was annoyed to get a pamphlet from Victorian Liberal Senator Scott Ryan recently, which warned Australia had “THE WORLD’S BIGGEST […]

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