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Billionaires who lunch.
The renovated Centennial Hotel Sydney's leafy eastern suburb of Woollahra is rapidly becoming the place to lunch for the city's business mavens. Take yesterday. Spied at one table, John Alexander, the newish board member of Kerry Stokes' Seven West Media and an unknown male companion. And nearby at another table, his chairman, Kerry Stokes (who recruited Alexander to the Seven West board) lunching with none other than Lachlan Murdoch.
Now, what could that dynamic duo have been discussing? Was Kerry consoling Lachie on the bastardary of former employees in the wake of Ken Cowley's bucketing of Lachie's business abilities
, the management of News Corp Australia and describing the Oz
as "pathetic" in the Weekend AFR
Qld sustainability awards go in-house.
Was John Alexander there as support (or a minder) for Kerry? It prompted one observer to recall how Lachie rushed to support James Packer after the infamous Bondi Beach brawl with big Dave Gyngell. Well, our Sydney mole reckons the lunch looked like a very public way of Stokes supporting Lachie Murdoch in a similar fashion. It made for an intriguing snack for the TV industry seeing Stokes chairs and controls the Seven Network and Lachie remains a shareholder in the dying Ten Network. How often is it that you get a couple of Sydney media billionaires lunching at the same table? In fact they are Sydney's only two media billionaires. If you spy interesting people out and about, do tell Ms Tips
The Queensland Premier's Sustainability Awards were held at a swanky ceremony at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday night with awards covering everything from sustainable cleaners to farmers. The biggest prize -- the Premier's Sustainability Award -- went to Tanner Kibble Denton architects, responsible for the Brisbane City Hall restoration. The restoration was one of Premier Campbell Newman's projects when he was Lord Mayor of Brisbane and it made an impression on our tipster -- "seems like a pretty expensive, taxpayer-funded pat on the back for the Premier given how closely involved he was in the whole City Hall restoration project".
Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Clive Palmer after the outrage that followed his jibe at the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Peta Credlin's ovaries. It was obvious even to Palmer that an apology was necessary for bringing Credlin's personal situation into the debate on the government's paid parental leave scheme, but when the PUP leader tried to talk it over, he could only come up with this lame fauxpology ...
APS jobs freeze. Following yesterday's tip that there were no jobs going in the federal Department of Health, another tipster tells us that there has been a freeze on all hiring across the Australian Public Service. A quick look at the APS jobs board shows slim pickings, with just 89 jobs advertised, more than half of which are for internal applicants only, or temporary. According to the tip, agencies must apply to the Australian Public Service Commission to advertise for new staff. An APSC spokesperson tells us there is not a freeze, but confirms that agencies must apply to advertise externally: