Christine Milne’s media habits. Does new Greens leader Christine Milne consider The Australian a lost cause?
If records published by the federal Department of Finance and Deregulation regarding Milne’s office-related expenses are anything to go by, then she’s not reading the national paper — nor any other publications from the News Ltd stable, aside from her local, The Mercury.
The records, concerning the first six months of last year, show that Milne regularly purchased The Age, The AFR, The Monthly, New Scientist and The Guardian Weekly.
Needless to say, The Australian has noted the omissions.
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Milne had also spent $12.27 on a publication called 40 Degrees South. We had to look that one up — it’s a quarterly magazine celebrating “all that is good about Australia’s island state”.
No God-given rights for Qantas. It’s game on between Qantas chief Alan Joyce and his counterpart over at Virgin Australia, John Borghetti.
The latter’s put out a warning to Joyce, declaring that the airline has no “God-given” rights, particularly when it comes to market share. Joyce’s predecessor Geoff Dixon has long held a view, or a “line in the sand”, that the airline must retain 65% of the domestic market share.
But according to Borghetti that’s all just, well, a line in the sand. “He [Joyce] needs to be getting a new line. It’s a Geoff Dixon line … I’m a bit tired of hearing it,” he told the Australian Financial Review.
Andrew Bolt to be heard in George St cabs. The Sydney bureau of The Power Index is preparing itself following the news that Andrew Bolt will soon launch his first full-time foray into the Sydney talkback radio market.
Bolt has signed a deal to appear each weeknight on 2GB from 8pm, meaning the talkback station now boasts The Power Index‘s three most powerful megaphones — Bolt, Alan Jones and Ray Hadley — on its roster.
Bolt again will team with radio veteran and former MTR mornings host Steve Price for the four-hour show.
Scoring his first full-time Sydney gig is a coup for the Melburnian, but it’s unlikely that Bolt’s radio appearances will influence public debate to the same extent as his columns or blog posts.