Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …
Media merger on the cards?
Are Fairfax and APN preparing to merge some or all of their assets? The strong word on the street is that the two ailing media groups are close to a deal, covering their New Zealand newspaper assets (between them the two companies own almost all the NZ newspaper industry), their Australian regional mastheads, and maybe a lot more. Both companies, who have watched their share prices hit historic lows recently, are believed to be desperate to be seen to "do something" to deflect the attention of their very angry shareholders.
Tax time boo boo.
Now, we all know what it's like when one forgets to carry the zero when doing one's tax return, but the NSW government has really crossed the line in being out by $1 billion
in its budget. Thirty-seven errors of more than $20 million each! A tipster has suggested that NSW Treasurer Mike Baird's wife used to work for a major chartered accounting firm in the city and "perhaps she should be the treasurer". Worth sending in a CV perhaps?
JuLIAR, we're coming to get you!!!
Victorian Liberal MLC Bernie Finn
certainly doesn't mince words on his political nemesis, the hated JuLIAR. As his Facebook feed shows, Finn feels that Gillard is "reviled", out of touch with families because she doesn't have one, should be locked up ... Gillard even makes him vomit, apparently. According to Finn's personal website, he just loves Australian comedy
. And those who comment on his posts apparently think he's just hilarious!
Crikey was alerted to these posts via this helpful tumblr. We went to Finn to ask if the posts were actually his, and if he thought they were appropriate for a member of parliament. His response: