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Centrelink leak … Newman v opera? … exclusive: The Oz is desperate …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Centrelink leak. A concerned Centrelink customer was shocked to find another person’s private details stapled to their documents after they left the Corio office near Geelong. The information included stranger’s address, mortgage information, date of birth, bank account details, bank account balance, and Centrelink client number. In the […]

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Litany of uni complaints … fake passes, PhDs … ‘woeful’ standards …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Degree of difficulty. We’ve had plenty of feedback to a Crikey story yesterday that asked if Australian universities were really offering the excellence they claim to — or if students are being ripped off with substandard teaching, as the unis trade on their research reputations to milk the international student […]

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Redundos at The Oz … moonlighting in Qld? … public servants cut …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Mitchell tells Williams & co who’s boss. Twenty redundancies from The Australian? Not on your nelly, one newsroom insider tells Crikey: “The 20 redundancies are on top of 13-15 who will go in the next week or so, before the round of 20 even begins,” our tipster […]

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The Oz brain drain begins … Hockey’s ‘pathetic’ tweet …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Jail break. A mole from the prison system has raised concerns about the privatisation of jails, cautioning that it’s a misguided cost-cutting move by governments that will not reduce recidivism, and will make conditions in prisons tougher. Our mole praised recent comments by Cambridge University academic Alison Liebling […]

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NSW ambos call triple zero … Fairfax redundancies …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Shining the eye on private investigators and police payments. Crikey media reporter Matthew Knott’s story on Friday about private investigators in Australian journalism seems to have hit a nerve. “Why stop with private eyes? You should be asking about journalists paying coppers like they did/do in London,” one media […]

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Fairfax redundancy roll call … inside the Abbott bunker … Crikey relents on Newman …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Fairfax departures. Over at Fairfax’s Pyrmont HQ, speculation is swirling over whether The Sydney Morning Herald plans to continue with the position of readers’ editor as it enters a trimmed down, digital-first era. The Herald’s readers’ editor and former senior subeditor Judy Prisk took to Twitter on Tuesday […]

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Gunning for Gillard … letter to Newman … film buffs MIFFed …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Going the distance with Gillard. Claims by some Crikey tipsters that Julia Gillard has barely been able to keep a staff member since she took over the top job just over two years ago have prompted a spirited rally from the PM’s supporters. We hear that Tom […]

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‘Iran away’: banker … Newman spies? … PMO churn …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Iran away. Which executive at an Australian big four bank previously held a prominent role in the Standard Chartered Bank’s Middle East branch during the time it now stands accused for hiding deals with Iranian banks, in apparent breach of US sanctions? (The Standard Chartered Bank has rejected those […]

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Moonlighting in the PMO … meet The Age ed ticket sweep …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Moonlighting in the PMO? There’s been plenty of movement in the Gillard bunker, the most recent departure being that of policy director Ian Davidoff. A tipster reckons the only staff member who’s stuck out Gillard’s two years and one month in the top job is long-term staff […]

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Campbell Newman’s ‘dirt files’ … ADF protest to go to Parliament …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Big Brother Newman. We reported last week that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is keeping “dirt files” on outspoken critics of his regime — that criticism being increasingly vocal due to Newman’s sweeping cuts to spending. Now we’ve heard his government sent out staff to photograph workers protesting outside his […]

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Westpac to India? … SHY staffers … Newman’s hit list …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Westpac’s passage to India … There are claims Westpac’s decision to outsource business lending operations to India has led to delays and errors, resulting in some settlements being missed. A tipster with inside knowledge claims Indian graduates with three months of training are now handling business lending through […]

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¿Estás de broma, Senor Newman? … Simon Sheikh hits the road …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … ¿Estás de broma, Senor Newman? Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has famously warned his state risks becoming the “Spain of Australian states” due to its apparently disastrous finances — but that’s not quite what his government is telling overseas investors. Here’s what Newman told reporters when explaining why he just […]

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Qld D-G gets vocal … Can-Do Counting Crows … posties are pissed …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Sharing heads of state. Tony Abbott has returned from what by all accounts was a successful overseas trip. For a bloke whose foreign policy ideas were pretty much confined to talking about how much he liked English-speaking countries in his book Battlelines, Abbott has come quite some […]

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ABC steals Games guards … La Trobe cuts …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … ABC steals Games guards. Now we know why there aren’t enough guards at the Olympics — security provider G4S is busy protecting the ABC’s Southbank offices in Melbourne. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was left red-faced when contractor G4S failed to deliver enough guards in […]

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Rinehart’s Singapore fling … the Rudds’ family feud …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Carbon Watch. Coalition frontbencher Andrew Robb appears to have been caught out exaggerating the impact of the carbon tax on rubbish. A Crikey reader passed on this glossy pamphlet distributed to constituents by Robb, which warns that the Bayside City Council’s “waste management charges will increase 17 per cent […]

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Brough in the rough … Ruddock laughed at Hicks? …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Laughing about Hicks? News this week that the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution has abandoned legal action against David Hicks for the proceeds of his book has raised questions about his plea deal and treatment at Guantanamo Bay. It has also sparked an interesting claim from […]

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Slater & Gordon eagle stakes claim as Jenkins replacement

Respected Slater & Gordon lawyer Andrew Giles has staked a strong claim as Harry Jenkins’ replacement in the federal seat of Scullin.

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Telstra outsourcing … more Hun changes … Fitz at the club? …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Employees distressed at Telstra’s ties to military contractor. A Telstra insider has raised concerns that the telco has signed a large “learning provider” contract with Raytheon. This may raise eyebrows because “Raytheon Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company, one of the largest defence […]

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Keneally leaving the building … Bowen asylum seeker parody ad …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Better stay home. Which federal minister has apparently put off an overseas trip with a new department head, saying they needed to stay in the country as “something is going to happen within the party”? And we’ve heard that another minister is “spending hours each […]

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Mediahub takes up Oz Network … Facebook nabs Sydney student? …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … No ATMs, but plenty of punter cash. The Victorian government moved to protect problem gamblers by taking ATMs out of gaming venues. Which might have worked if punters didn’t have access to eftpos machines behind the bar — which have no daily limit. As one Crikey reader notes: “The Baillieu […]

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Keneally facing rank-and-file revolt … indigenous employment hit hard …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … SackWatch: News. Unlike Fairfax, News Limited never went public with how many jobs it’s cutting in the current wave of media downsizing — but there’s no doubt the process has started. This from an insider: News Limited is being trickier with their redundancies than Fairfax, by quietly punting […]

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Who’s out at Fairfax … Walkleys help enemy? … Can-Do’s rogue spinner …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Who’s next to walk from Fairfax? Sydney Morning Herald veterans David Marr and education editor Andrew Stevenson have left the building. So who else is planning on taking a voluntary redundancy from Fairfax? Crikey hears that former Europe correspondent Paola Totaro — who has been on a year’s leave without pay […]

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Campbell Newman v refugees … thin blue line at SBS …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Refugees miss out. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is tightening the fiscal screws — and it seems refugees are feeling it. A teacher of English to refugees at a Queensland community centre reports that she (and two fellow teachers) will lose their jobs at the centre next month due […]

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BHP titbits … Gillard’s Google+ Hang Out … Chris Judd chicken special …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … BHP titbits. Our tipsters are coming forward with more interesting claims of the apparently control-freakish behaviour of CEO Marius Kloppers, sparked by an internal BHP memo leaked to The Australian Financial Review. It’s a well known fact that BHP IT are as paranoid as all […]

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Solar eclipse in Qld government … ABC backs dud dramas …

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Solar eclipse in Queensland government. Is Campbell Newman sending Queensland’s electricity grid into meltdown? A decision to cut the feed-in tariff on solar panels has had unexpected consequences. Our George Street spy reports: “He dramatically announced a slashing of the feed-in tariff for solar panels from 44 cents […]

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