Tips and rumours

Apr 7, 2014

Tips and rumours

Australia Network goes all-out for Abbott's visit, but can it survive? ... Sinodinos gives 'no promises' ... factcheck: Clive Palmer ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Australia Network all tarted up … Tony Abbott is touring Asia this week with 600-odd Aussie business chiefs and premiers. He’ll visit Japan, Korea and China accompanied by Kerry Stokes, James Packer, Twiggy Forrest, etc. We’ve heard the visit has set the cat among the pigeons at the ABC-run Australia Network, the government-funded satellite TV channel that beams into Asia and the Pacific. The Coalition government has strongly hinted it wants to take the $20 million annual tender off the ABC, so there’s a last-gasp attempt to impress Abbott’s delegation. This from a mole:

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  1. The Pav

    Regarding Julie Bishop and her confusions.

    On Insiders when trying to smooth Abbots gaffe in calling Japan an ally which would offend China she said that an ally was really only one you had a defence treaty with and that in Australia’s case that was the USA only via ANZUS.

    Forgive me but isn’t the NZ part of ANZUS for New Zealand and if so is our Foreign Minister dismissing NZ or doesn’t she now about our principal defence treaty?

    Oh well I guess offending NZ is a far lesser gaffe than offending China but being clumsy and uneducated

  2. Tyger Tyger

    ‘“I’ve been told that DFAT has already engaged a PR-type person to prepare the speeches/media releases etc to announce the international service will be no more,” a source told us today.’

    No shortage of money for message massagers, eh.

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