How fascinating to see Joe Hockey this morning on Seven’s Sunrise slamming Rudd for choosing to use the media instead of parliament to answer questions regarding Brian Burke. Especially when it appears it was Joe Hockey’s chief of staff, Rod Whithear, who leaked the information regarding the business dealings of Rudd’s wife to The Bulletin. The leak, as Joe Hockey knows, is now the subject of an AFP investigation. So much for the Sunrise family.  

 Amanda Vanstone was leaving breakfast in Kingston earlier this week, not looking too happy with the universe. Waited at the curb for her car, a private vehicle, not a ComCar. Losing those ministerial perks must be rough.

Problems with Centrelink systems testing will result in the delay of CPI increases to customer payments which were due next week.

For every 1% of broadband growth, newspaper circulation drops 0.2%.

Health Minister and volunteer firefighter Tony Abbott has received top priority for Warringah Rural Fire Service’s next “Command and Control” course. A future RFS Commissioner perhaps?

Apparently journalists at the Fin are not given free access to their own AFR Access website content. They have to pay for it, along with readers. Which can only make their job more difficult.

The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award was taken out by Sydney sculptor Julia Davis’ and Meniscii, her series of mirrored discs, but it appears the judging panel was not unanimous in its decision. One of the judges violently disagreed with final decision, storming out of the meeting to select the winner.

Peter Fray

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