Which bank is shaking things up? What’s up at Westpac? We’d heard major organisational structure changes were due to be announced today. Investors weren’t aware of anything as we hit deadline and the bank’s corporate spinner wasn’t returning our calls. But our source insists the announcement could be big. Stay tuned …

West Wing-style departmental meetings. “Which government department,” asks our friend @CanberraInsider, “has staffers on the hop by promoting ‘walking meetings’ during the work day?” Look for the fittest bureaucrats around Canberra.

What’s a police force without guns? Victorian Police have launched a recruitment drive to find some 2700 more sworn officers and 900-odd recruits to man train stations under a Ted Baillieu election promise. But is there enough equipment to go around, asks one barracks insider? “Seems there may not be enough guns, cars, space in stations or training for all the recruits. Concern over how this may play out in the field is being raised.”

Plastic delays Melbourne trains. Still in the southern state, Melbourne trains operator Metro is blaming a spate of staff sickies for cancelling some 50 services yesterday. But driver illness had nothing to do with cancellations and delays on the Hurstbridge and Epping train lines yesterday morning, according to an insider: “Someone forgot to replace a small piece of protective plastic on the underside of a carriage, which led to dirt getting into the brakes and a broken-down train.”

Cruise liner can’t transmit, obviously. A Crikey reader poking around the website of Costa Cruises — the company that owns the stricken Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy — and found the company had yet to update the page detailing information on the ship …

Suspended, indeed. The page now redirects to one offering various apologies from the company. Our reader also notes a local angle: the company now charged with salvaging the vessel, Dutch maritime services provider Royal Boskalis Westminster, was responsible for the dredging of Port Phillip Bay completed in 2009.

Peter Fray

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