Laura Tingle hasn't even arrived at the ABC yet and The Australian is already having a go at her. "The Australian Financial Review’s political editor has signed a $15,000 contract for two days’ work with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet," the Oz breathlessly reported today.

Tingle, who sadly has barely appeared in the AFR's pages since her move to the ABC's flagship 7.30 was revealed, told the Oz there was no conflict of interest between her reporting duties and doing some hosting and MC gigs at the ASEAN Business Summit in Sydney in just over a week. But in what we assumed was a line the Oz meant for us to read in an ominous voice, "a spokesman for Fairfax declined to detail what guidelines applied to its journalists undertaking contract work for a government department on which they reported as part of their round".