Musical chairs in court. Sydney Morning Herald scribe Kate Lahey published an amusing couple of lines this morning on some shenanigans at Kristy Fraser-Kirk’s showdown with David Jones in the Federal Court yesterday. As the courtroom swelled, Lahey reported that Fraser-Kirk’s spin doctor, Anthony McClellan, had placed a “reserved” sign on four seats while his client conferred with lawyers in the court’s ante-room. But callous members of the rival DJ’s contingent disregarded the note and sat down, drawing a rebuke from McClellan, who protested that it would be strange indeed if the claimant in the case would be forced to endure the hearing alone.
Crikey understands that due to space constraints, one key fact didn’t make it into Lahey’s story. For the remainder of the hearing, Fraser-Kirk’s parents and her partner Chris Drew were consigned to the standing room area with Fraser-Kirk seated uncomfortably next to her DJ’s rivals. Not a good look really, with $37 million dollars potentially hinging on the judge’s ruling. — Andrew Crook
No conspiracy after all … Many asked the question (including our own Bernard Keane) why Tony Abbott’s rather abrupt press conference last Wednesday wasn’t broadcast on ABC News 24. Crikey reader Andrew Kensy asked the ABC directly, and got this response:
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