An anonymous SMS tipster writes: A fight broke out amongst the technical crew after last night’s recording of The Chaser at the ABC’s Ultimo studios in Sydney. At least one person was sacked on the spot. Chaser executive producer Julian Morrow responds: We’re too busy fighting among ourselves to comment.

An anonymous SMS tipster writes: For APEC it’s alleged Janette Howard wanted buses to transport leader’s wives to Bondi’s Icebergs. They had to have leather seats and parquet floors. The only buses to be found were in Cairns. They were driven down by a team of four drivers to make it in time.

Why is Bruce Gosper, Australian Government Ambassador for Trade and head of the Permanent Mission of Australia to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, hosting a cocktail event for an American celebrity on 7 November? The event invitation has the header “Come to a place where everybody knows your name”, followed by the Australian Crest, Bruce Gosper and the Australian Delegation inviting all and sundry to “Ted Danson – a lifelong journey in protecting the oceans”. We find out Ted is the star of Cheers and Three Men and a Baby and is on the board of an organisation to protect the oceans. Sure fish subsidies is an important issue and the main light in a failing Doha round at present, but are the Australian taxpayers stumping up for a cocktail event for a US celebrity and how much? Are there no Australian celebrities who can speak about ocean protection?

I notice that John Howard, Peter Costello and Joe Hockey have only committed to there being “no changes in WorkChoices” if the Coalition wins. But the diabolically complicated Fairness Test, which employer groups want changed, was created by another Act of Parliament. Its name is the Workplace Relations (A Stronger Safety Net Act) 2007. So I wonder if their commitment to “no change” also applies to this Act. I doubt if it will, because the task of examining hundreds of thousands of individual agreements is simply untenable.

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