A new South Australian movie called Coffin Rock had its national premiere in Adelaide on Tuesday night. Made by the people who did Wolf Creek, it’s a Cape Fear/Fatal Attraction-style story of infidelity and stalking. Imagine the amusement when the credits rolled and the audience realised the small, non-speaking part of “female doctor” had been played by Sasha Carruozzo. Sasha is married to SA Premier Mike Rann, who is currently embroiled in what you might call a bit of a mess.

It may be of some interest to learn that RMIT University in 2010 may introduce Psychometric testing of its senior staff at the same time as incorporating it into its recruitment process not only for external applicants for Academic positions but also for internal appointments.

The proposal is being kept under wraps so that employees do not have the opportunity to asses and research and be consulted on the type of testing proposed, how it will be targeted, what weight will be given to the individual outcomes, to what levels within the organisation it will filter down and, in a currently cash strapped institution, the cost of such a program given that Psych Testing can be an expensive exercise.

Psych Testing can be an additional objective tool for assessing candidates for some positions, however, its selective introduction tends to suggest other motivations in a University where doing “more with less” and “working smarter” is a subtext of current discussions at senior levels.

Baptcare, an agency that provide foster care in the North West of Melbourne, has had mass resignations. Experienced social workers have been replaced by locums and none of this has been officially relayed to carers. An unofficial meeting was held on Monday that was attended by 23 carers who are devastated by the lack of contact and support. With the governments problems in care of kids this is a disaster.

Is a merger between Mallesons and the UK’s Clifford Chance back on the table? Scuttlebutt in London says yes.

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