As a consultant to the oil and gas industry I’m required to be in Karratha WA next for three days. At the time of writing there is simply no accommodation available meaning I will have to fly up and and fly back every day.

Another union official lines up for the ALP. NUW official Mark Ptolemy announced he would run for the Federal seat of Lindsay. Ptolemy lives 25 km away from Lindsay, in the Blue Mountains electorate of Macquarie, and made his announcement to the Richmond branch of the ALP, which is in Greenway.

Take a look at all the senior staff leaving the Financial Review in the last two months and ask why: IT editor Mark Jones (priesthood), Jennifer Hewett (The Australian), associate editor Tony Boyd (PR), Boss editor Helen Trinca (The Australian), property writer Kathryn House (PR), news editor Geoff Winestock (indefinite leave).