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Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 2)

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By Tess Lawrence   Porter reveals he has document signed by Kate! In her second excerpt on Scott Morrison’s Coercive Control of Women, Tess Lawrence doubles down on her treatise calling out Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s dangerous weak and duplicitous leadership. She asserts the continuous political assault and insult of women spills into his incompetency in…

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Breaking up ABC HQ suits its competitors, not the ABC

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 4:02pm in

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Of all the Sydney-centric notions, the idea that the ABC would better represent Australia if it moved its programmakers from Ultimo in Sydney to Parramatta in Sydney is as Sydney-centric as you can get.

Newsflash: 79% of Australia lives outside of Sydney; and the ABC — more than any other organisation —  lives where they live.

The ABC has staff in 53 locations across the country from Esperance to the Eyre Peninsula, from Ballarat to Broken Hill, from Katherine to the Kimberley, from Launceston to Lismore.

From 6.35 each morning as many as 50 microphones broadcast live from 50 different locations, updating Australians on developments in the broader world and where they live in a way no other institution can match — certainly none I’ve worked for.

Yes, the ABC has a national headquarters, and it’s needed. It helps to have staff working on national programs near each other, rubbing shoulders, seeding ideas. It’s why corporations have national headquarters.

News Corporation recognises this. It’s moved Fox Sports into its Sydney newspaper headquarters. It’s moved the Melbourne part of Sky News into its Melbourne newspaper headquarters. In parliament house Canberra it’s moved its Sky News political reporters into its newspaper office to work alongside its political reporters.

Nine has done the same thing. It’s moved its Sydney newspapers in with Nine in Sydney, it has moved its Melbourne papers in with Nine in Melbourne.

None of these organisations has a fraction of the ABC’s ability to report from all across the continent. Nor to report from overseas. The ABC has staff in Tokyo, Bangkok, New Delhi, Nairobi, Port Moresby, Seoul and Jakarta, as well as Washington and London. It even has a newsroom in Parramatta.

But, just as is the case for the less geographically diverse organisations that chide the ABC for not reaching out, the work of these staff needs to be brought together in a central location.

Being in a central location doesn’t mean being of that location. When I worked for the ABC on national programs such as AM and 7.30 most of the colleagues I worked with in Sydney came from somewhere else. I was from Adelaide, the woman I reported to was from rural Queensland. Ultimo was a melting pot.

The ABC defended its decisions to centralise most of its Sydney operations in Ultimo and most of its Melbourne operations in Southbank — taken just 20 years ago — on the ground they would create “synergies”.

Catalyst would benefit from being together with the radio science unit, ABC radio news and online news would benefit from being together with TV news, ABC audio, film, tape and reference archives would be in a single easily-accessible location, and staff working on very different projects would rub shoulders seeding ideas.

These were all things that were said to the parliamentary committee inquiring into those co-location projects, and to some extent digitisation has made them less relevant. Archive material can be served up anywhere and people can rub shoulders virtually though Zoom.

But in another way the COVID-induced shift to working from home has made co-location even more important. There needs to be a compelling reason to come into the office. As in many enterprises, if the national headquarters doesn’t offer the top staff working together in the one space, it doesn’t offer much.

After months of pressure from the Sydney-based communications minister, the ABC said last week it would move 300 of its staff from Ultimo to Parramatta, to make it “easier to engage with more parts of Sydney”.

Minister Paul Fletcher said it was “a good first step”.

If it makes program producers more insular (makes it less likely that the makers of, say, The Money will rub shoulders with the makers of Saturday Extra) it’ll be a step backwards.

Depending on how the real estate transactions play out, it’ll probably cost the ABC money.

Regardless, it’ll cost the ABC time and focus and make programs harder to make, which might be what its more narrowly-focused competitors want.

First published in Pearls and Irritations

Peter Martin is economics correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

He blogs at petermartin.com.au and tweets at @1petermartin.

ScoMo Accuses The ABC Of Promoting QAnon With Their Show Q&A

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 15/06/2021 - 7:52am in

Australian Prime Minister Scotty from Hillsong’s marketing department has accused the ABC of being supporters of the dangerous QAnon cult and promoting it through their show Q&A.

”The ABC likes to throw around accusations, well two can play at that game,” said the PM. ”I call for the ABC to explain the show Q&A and also why the children’s show Sesame Street is occasionally brought to you by the letter Q.”

”Imagine pushing this stuff onto kids, appalling.”

When asked to explain his links to QAnon through his family friend, the Prime Minister said: ”I reject the premise of your question.”

”Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not have any friends. I have mentors and confidantes but no friends.”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting with the management of McDonalds, they are keen to talk to me about the ritual abuse that occurs at their Engadine store.”

Mark Williamson

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Christensen Demands The Philippino Ladies Table Tennis Team Be Allowed To Tour Australia

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The Morrison Government’s member for Manila, George Christensen has made a passionate appeal to the PM to allow the Philippino ladies table tennis team to tour Australia despite the ongoing pandemic.

”The PM needs to start thinking more about what ordinary everyday Australians want,” said the member for Manila. ”They want to watch talented young Philippino women do amazing things with ping pong balls.”

”Come on ScoMo, let Aussies play with the girls.”

When asked why he spent more time lobbying for the people of the Philippines than his own electorate, the member for Manila said: ”Typical left wing bias crap that your spouting.”

”Who put you up to it, was it the ABC?”

”I bet you Ita bloody Buttrose is behind this. She’s always had it in for me, simply because I think the ABC should be defunded, privatised and banned.”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to download some training clips of the girls practicing. I am always keen to keep an eye on them.”

Mark Williamson

@MWChatShow

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Jobs Australia Defends NFP Service Provider

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