Contrary to SBS’s claims last Thursday (item 1), I can confirm 100% that the SBS “Overnight Audience Reaction” sheet is censored. Negative comments about the presenters especially are almost always edited out. Also, when SBS News changed its image to look like the other stations a year ago, the flood of viewer complaints was enormous. After a week of constant complaints, switchboard operators were told to no longer put them in the OAR.

The interview with Ben Gray, head of the Australian arm of private equity mob TPG (owners of Myer and part-investor in Qantas) in Saturday’s Australian was interesting, notably for his claim that they are reducing staff at Myer without a single redundancy. Two of Myer’s three most senior executives in NSW left after about three months under the new owners. They were quietly exited with up to six months pay. Hundreds of casuals and part-timers in stores, who might have only worked a day or so a week, have simply been told there are no more shifts for them. Qantas look out.

In his speech at his Australia Day function last Thursday evening, the Australian Ambassador to Laos, Alistair Maclean, let slip that a “major Australian financial institution” would soon commence operations in Laos. Could it be ANZ, which currently finances large Australian mining ventures (Oxiana and Pan Australian Resources) in Laos?

Is our PM really on-the-ball with education? Have a look at the Kids Quiz on his website — check out question 5.

Peter Fray

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