Did Alan Jones only make it to a spinal-injuries-charity-fundraising lunch in Brisbane on Friday after his court appearance because he got a lift on a Packer family jet?

Department of Immigration is about to change suppliers of IT services from CSC to Unisys. That is a change of over 6000 PCs at the taxpayers’ expense. The PCs were only changed less than two years ago.

Look out for Julian Leeser, currently with the Menzies Research Centre, to take a tilt at Mackellar.

Peter Beattie is looking to ditch Qld premiership prior to this year’s federal election to contest a federal seat. Will pick up his choice of front-bench positions with Rudd.

ALP preselections for the federal seat of Greenway are now underway, with nominations having opened this week. Currently there are five nominations, with the clear front-runner being AWU rep Steve Bali. There is some concern amongst local members about Bali’s close associations with Blacktown state MP Paul Gibson (Bali was Gibson’s campaign director for the recent state election). Add to that the fact that Greenway, since redistribution, is 10% Liberal, with a strong contractor and small business constituency, and that it would be extremely difficult for a trade unionist to have any hope at winning the seat. However, the fact that AWU employees have in the past couple of months suddenly started appearing at local branch meetings (complete with Your Rights at Work t-shirts) –just in time to be eligible to vote in preselection — might mean that the result is a foregone conclusion. Not saying it’s a stack, just that it looks like one.

Geoff Gallop, ex-premier of WA and long-time mate of Tony Blair, is going to be in London in early July. Could this be timed for Blair’s departure?

Was the recall of LPG tanks  sparked by a discovery that it was one of these faulty tanks that caused the explosion and fire in the Burnley Tunnel tragedy?

Trevor Kennedy put on quite a loud and aggressive performance when checking in for a Rex flight from Moruya to Sydney last week. When check-in staff informed him of new carry-on baggage security arrangement, he glared at other passengers and proceeded to shout his name in mobile phone calls.

The Channel Nine newsroom in Melbourne still isn’t a happy place with another resignation, that of their COS. I’ve also heard that a number of staff members were given a pay rise not so long ago and it worked out to be a pissy 67 cents  per hour.

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