Aug 19, 2014
We’re chuffed to welcome Department of Australia, aka Leslie Nassar, to the Crikey stable.
Nassar’s photo memes have been an occasional feature in Crikey, so we’re excited (and a little nervous) to announce that his Bureau of Regret, a round-up of hastily deleted tweets, will now be a regular feature, alongside other tech-savvy exposes.
Nassar is a technology consultant and former Telstra employee with a keen eye for satire. His rise to internet fame as Fake Stephen Conroy in 2009 resulted in an awkward dance between the (real) then-communications minister and the telco giant’s PR machine.
Nassar describes his Bureau of Regret as an exercise in, um, transparency:
“Politicians have grown adept at parroting the talking points of the day, so it’s only when they mess up a private message and accidentally show us their dicks that we really know what they’re made of. In the interest of seeing everyone’s dick, I dreamt up the Bureau of Regret, a semi-regular round-up of the week in deleted tweets.”
He told Crikey:
“I love humor and satire. Even where I am expressly forbidden from practicing humor by an employee contract or government mandate, I will go to criminal lengths to try and find a way to scratch that itch.”
“Department of Australia started out as a goof on photo memes and social media, but it quickly took on a life of its own. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Crikey to take it to the next level. I’ve never paid for Crikey, but I am pretty excited at being paid by them. First Dog has to give me his Walkley now, right?”
We’re excited to be paying you, too, Dept of Oz.