More changes at Aitken as the director resigns


There is nothing that sounds like the gun on the eve of an election season other than a packed calendar of political rallies. Labor and the Liberal Party’s money spin has turned up to 11 on the gaze-rattling front as the final sitting period of the year approaches and the sun sets in 2021 ahead of an election year. Look at the party season.

Scott Morrison.

Scott Morrison.Credit:John Shakespeare

Minister of Defense Peter Dutton hosted a board event for companies last Wednesday, while this Tuesday it was Minister of Industry, Energy and Emission Reduction Angus Taylors turn in front of the corporate audience and avoid questions about COP26 in Glasgow. Both events hosted the Liberal Party’s Australian business network, which is dedicated to bringing in cash from companies. Wednesday, Minister of Finance Jane Hume hosted a board event at lunchtime for ABN. Next Tuesday, it is the newly appointed Deputy Minister Tim Wilsons trip.

Dutton will also stand in front of donors next week in Canberra at an event in support of the Victorian MP Jason Wood which has its marginal Melbourne electorate with a margin of 4.5 per cent. And Labor’s own fundraising equivalent, called the Federal Labor Business Forum, is just as hard at work. On Wednesday, Labor’s opposition spokesman for finance and financial services said Stephen Jones hosted a board lunch on behalf of the FLBF. Tickets started at $ 2,000 for FLBF members and $ 3,500 for a general admission ticket. It must have been a blunt speech. Then there is the Christmas party, which in Labor country is called “End of Year Drinks”. This year, the bash will be held on December 9 in Sydney to be led by the opposition leader Anthony Albanese. Figures.


SPOT: Former State Attorney Christian Porter slips down to Coogee Beach in Sydney for a quick dip just after noon on Thursday. The West Australian MP is in an easy place when he drew a tattoo of a Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter by his side to mark that his margin grew at the election in 2019. And there is no hiding it. Sydney is far from his constituency in Pearce, north of Perth, but CBD readers will remember he has a link to the city. His girlfriend, Sydney-based criminal lawyer Karen Espiner, lives nearby.


Nominations for the post of national president of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance election are closed, and readers, it’s going to be a battle for the bottom!

For a long time, the national chairman of the association’s media section has been elected incessantly, but not this time. After more than five years in the post, the former Sydney Morning Herald science writer Marcus Strøm, a media consultant from the University of Sydney and anti-News Corp tweeter, does not dispute.

As things stood, Karen Percy, a former senior ABC Melbourne reporter, was deployed to replace him.

The position is voluntary, but automatically gives you a seat on the board of the Walkley Foundation.

But there is a key on the way! To the amazement of MEAA honchos, Chris Pash, editor of AdNews and former director of content licensing for Dow Jones Asia Pacific is unexpectedly running for national president.

For that reason, we have to turn to the board of directors of the Copyright Agency, the nonprofit that charges licensing fees of more than $ 100 million a year on behalf of journalists and other content creators.

Nominated for the board are Pash, the founder of The Klaxon website Anthony Klan and Herald and Aging journalist Adele Ferguson. Pash has previously been non-executive director of the Copyright Agency and non-executive director and chairman of the Society of Authors, while Klan is a longtime critic of what he sees as copyright agency waste.

Both are upset that the MEAA decided to support Ferguson for the board concert without explanation when they are both MEAA members.

“It’s a protest,” Pash told the CBD about his decision to seek MEAA elections. “I would like to emphasize that a trade union should not only be about taking care of its special comrades. It must be representative of all members. “

And as for the Clan, those with a vested interest in the Copyright Agency might want to check out his investigation site Klaxon.


Red unions led to red faces in the federal parliament on Wednesday when a hearing on vaccine mandates was canceled at the last minute. Dr Andrew Laming, who has held on to his role as head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training (and the extra $ 23,237 annually if you will) despite Labor objections to some nasty online jokes, decided to give life to a hearing on the fair The Working Committee’s annual report.

Investigating the significantly sexier issue of employer vaccine mandates was the way to do it.

“The Committee is interested in finding out from staff and employer groups how pandemic reactions, including vaccine requirements and mandates for both employers and employees, and requirements for staff to enforce mandates in the workforce, are likely to affect the Commission’s caseload going forward.” Laming said in a press release.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Australian Nursing and Midwifery and Federation and Health Services Union stood in line to testify – until they heard who else was on the guest list.

None other than a few so-called Red Union groups – the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland and the Teachers Professional Association of Queensland, which are not registered as unions with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and are hated by the trade union movement for their stance on vaccine mandates and links to liberals and national party figures.

It is possible that the unions did not like what they found in Red Union’s speeches as they withdrew from the hearings, which had to be canceled at short notice. But fear not, there is another hearing on Friday.

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