Helen Coonan’s department (DCITA) is sitting on an $18m advertising campaign it’s about to unleash promoting online safety for Aussie kids. Government departments throughout Canberra have been asked to come up with (phoney) ways they can demonstrate they’re on board with the ad campaign. The call-to-action from the campaign will be a 1-800 toll free number to call for your free net filter CD ROM. Yeah right. I bet lots of kids are going to take up that offer. Yeah right again. I bet all the parents who take up the offer aren’t going to have a clue how to load it, let alone what settings to choose. Of course — they’ll ask their kids to install the filters.

Hello from Tasmania – a kayaker tells me that during a recent trip down the Tamar in Launceston it looks like Gunns have already poured slabs of cement and cleared forest for the pulp mill….

Gordon TAFE again! More money being spent on renovations of office so that management is well catered for – teaching staff have very poor conditions, especially at East Geelong campus – but HR, Payroll etc have choice of location, furniture, seem to employ staff all the time to publish “cutesy” staff bulletins about walks in the park, when people are drowning due to poor morale.

From the grassy knoll: ”Julia Gillard is having botox ”, or alternatively ”John Howard is having botox”. Still, if it’s good enough for Sam Newman…

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