Was the Northern Territory’s last Country Liberal Party chief minister Dennis Burke, who lost power in 2001, at the meeting between Senator Ian Campbell and Brian Burke? Burke left the Northern Territory after losing his seat to become Perth Racing’s director of commercial operations and was responsible for the redevelopment that Ian Campbell spoke with Brian Burke about. Will new federal minister NT Senator Nigel Scullion now keep his distance from his former party leader?

With all the chaos at Coles, Woolies has dusted off rebranding plans for its Victorian Safeway stores. Not a done deal, but very much under consideration. The Woolworths brand is already widely used in Victoria – on Caltex service stations, dockets, and on TV ads occasionally beamed in from Sydney (mostly late at night), and there is a belief that people no longer care in the southern state.

Department of Foreign Affairs has asked Immigration to limit diplomatic visas to ten years. Certain embassies are up in arms. Would also look very bad for countries whose ambassadors and senior staff become Australian permanent residents or citizens, preferring to stay here then go home.

Very strong rumour going around on Friday that News Ltd’s CareerOne is to merge with PBL’s Seek.

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