From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …
Did the ABS reach out to indigenous Australians enough? The ABC reports today that around 50 marriage equality postal survey forms were burned in a remote Arnhem Land community because the question was misunderstood. A group of people in Ramingining (560 kilometres east of Darwin) thought the question was asking whether a man should be “compelled” to marry another man. The forms are being re-issued, and the question has been explained, the ABC reports. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has more than 200 field officers visiting remote indigenous communities, but recently told the Senate committee that it spent just $81,000 on advertising in indigenous media — which seems like small change in the advertising world. Know more? Send us a tip.
Back on the wellness horse. It’s been seven days since Belle Gibson was fined $400,000 for lying about curing her own cancer with wellness bunkum, and her former publishers at Penguin Random House are deep in damage-control mode for their own self-help business. Leaving an appropriate mourning time for the Gibson saga, the mega publisher has announced a new imprint, Penguin Life, focused on “personal development and healthy living”. “Penguin Life enables us, as a business, to better connect with communities and social issues, and take more responsibility for how we influence and contribute to readers’ lives,” said the pointed comment from PRH Australia group publishing director Nikki Christer.
Not heavy, he’s my brother. Yesterday, Ms Tips noted that Australia’s reality TV scene was about to be intruded upon by Stu Laundy, the brother of Liberal MP Craig Laundy. Stu was the last of the intruders introduced to Ten’s series The Bachelorette, competing for the affections of Sophie Monk. Laundy (the MP) watched along with the rest of the country and live-tweeted his assessment of his brother’s entry and introduction to Monk. There’s always a gimmick in each meeting and the Laundy (on TV) brought a bottle of Veuve to impress Monk (and also a reference to his ownership of a chain of hotels).
Craig Laundy’s brother did survive to see another episode so we wait to see if there are more tweets tonight. It’s not the first time a pollie has got a little involved in watching the franchise — former New South Wales premier Mike Baird once tweeted the finale of The Bachelor, and got quite a positive reaction.
Stop the press (not quite). The presses haven’t stopped just yet at News Corp Australia’s Chullora Print Centre. Yesterday, we brought you a rumour that printer redundancies were on the cards at the NSW newspaper printing site, but a News Corp spokeswoman (who didn’t respond to requests for comment yesterday or on Tuesday) has now got in touch to say “there are no plans for any redundancies at Chullora”.