From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Tuesday is D-day for Optus staff. Remember the 750 job cuts that were announced at Optus? “Well after over two-and-a-half months of internal speculation and waiting, affected staff will finally be told this Tuesday,” according to an insider.

Qantas censors Borgetti from papers. We’re told someone “very high up” in Qantas management recently instructed ground staff to remove the weekend magazine section from all copies of The Australian at terminals and distributed on planes. The pull-out section featured an article on ex-Qantas CFO and Virgin Australia CEO Jonh Borgetti. The feature on Qantas CEO Alan Joyce this past weekend was, not surprisingly, not removed.

LNP nabs ABC manager as Langbroek COS. Former ABC News Queensland editor Fiona Crawford has changed her Twitter bio to confirm she’s joined government ranks as chief-of-staff to Education, Training and Employment Minister (and former LNP leader) John-Paul Langbroek. It’s being hailed a major coup for the fledgling administration, which according to one George Street insider is “fast filling with political hacks with little experience”. Who said ABC presenters side with Labor?

Finn fumes in Facebook flames. We’ve featured some of the creative Facebook work of Victorian upper house MP Bernie Finn before. His regular status updates (preserved for posterity here) are always worth a read, with colourful commentary on politics and life. Here’s a few recent examples:

“JuLIAR says Tony Abbott, husband and father of 3, is out of touch with families. Where exactly does that leave her???”

“Very sad to see the Victorian ALP throw its lot in with the Rainbow Fascists. Martin Paluka [sic] will be staggered to learn free speech is still allowed in Australia.”

“With apologies to those who may be offended by this status, no Prime Minister in the history of this nation has been as full of shite as the current one. She is an affront to us all!”

Offended? On the contrary. Certainly not one commenter on his page: Hamish Jones, an ex-Liberal candidate forced to quit after calling then minister Lynne Kosky a “bitch” and a “f-ckwit”, says in reply on one post Gillard is a “disgrace to the office”. Raising the level of public debate, both.

Howes in step with ACTU tweet. Union heavy Paul Howes picked up on The Australian‘s reds-under-the-bed post-budget front page last week, writing in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph:

“I wasn’t aware the Marx and Lenin had written, ‘Workers of the world unite and go forth and allow businesses to carry back losses from the previous year’s tax returns.'”

Which reminded us of a tweet last week from ACTU pointy head Matt Cowgill:

Great minds think alike, perhaps.

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Peter Fray

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