Sep 26, 2012

Come in Spinner: there’s something about Louise

What is it about Louise Adler that gets people talking? The chatter about the Melbourne publisher goes to what is unique about Melbourne and modern management.

Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.

When Kevin Rudd introduced a new system for ABC board appointments Margaret Simons wrote a Crikey piece speculating on possible candidates. One she canvassed was Louise Adler, currently involved in a controversy over the dismissal of the principal at a leading Melbourne private school, Methodist Ladies’ College. Simons was stunned by the polarised reaction to her suggestion — a great number of people contacted her to suggest it was either the most inspired or the most appalling suggestion she’d made.

I do not know Adler (having only met her once briefly to discuss a trade publishing project with Melbourne University Press, which the organisation I was representing decided to take to another publisher). But everyone in Melbourne’s chattering circles seems to have an opinion of her.

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