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Dr Greg Smith
Australian public relations
Australian public relations


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Election gets me riled

Having stood for Federal Parliament in the Canning By-Election in 2015, I keenly follow this year's election. To put it bluntly, the two major Parties (are there any others?) have missed the point. There's been nothing about climate change. It's been all Medicare, jobs and taxes. All well and good. But what about climate change? Without a commitment to it, there can be no world.

The Age reports today that former Australian of the Year Prof. Fiona Stanley wrote to 1000 candidates and received about 100 replies from Minor Party and Independent candidate. She received bugger-all from the Liberal and Labor candidates.

What also got me riled was Treasurer Scott Morrison's diatribe yesterday on how the Liberals would fix our Budget.

Mr Arrogant, did what he does best: pummel the little people by saying his solution to the deficit (and fixing the "bottom line") is to crack down further on welfare recipients.

As the Sydney Morning Herald said: "The tightening of the rules for the disclosure of assets, improved data matching and other integrity and compliance measures will raise an extra $2 billion from welfare recipients and pensioners. Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie said the government had already penciled in billions in savings from greater compliance in the 2015-16 budget and would be asking for money back from people who didn't have it."

The laziness and lack of creativity creativity is mind-boggling. The mean-spiritedness is breathtaking. Liberals astounding in their arrogance and lack of compassion. At least they (Morrison) are consistent.
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I was fed up with Eddie everywhere and the AFL a long time ago. The latest comments McGuire made about "drowning" journalist Caroline Wilson were the "last straw" for me.

#McGuire has gotten away with far too many pointed barbs against people (remember aboriginal player Adam Goodes).

McGuire, his club Collingwood and the AFL do nothing to sanction him. Meantime, a the Geelong coach speaks out against referees and cops a $30,000 fine.

It's pathetic. These comments are from the 1950s. I believe the #AFL, the club and McGuire have no credibility. Does that matter in AFL? I don't think so.

It all goes away because most people who watch footy couldn't care less and are of that ilk that boofhead comments are all part of the game.

As the web site BetstarBlast (pic from them) reported: "Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham ... labelled McGuire an intellectual pygmy."
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I sometimes lament the fact I live in Western Australia – a State where politicians often highlight the fact that "we do things differently". They certainly do, and not always correctly.

WA is the only State that doesn't have workers' compensation for its police, yet it has a Potato Marketing Corporation (the only State to have one).

This ludicrous, yet tragic, situation is highlighted by the Police Union, which has been trying to get compensation for Ryan Marron, an officer, who contracted Murray Valley encephalitis while working in the remote Balgo community in the Kimberley in 2011 ("Paralysed WA policeman deserves compo", West Australian 24 November).

The Government says it's waiting for the officer's lawyers. They should just get on with it and pay Constable Marron.
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The more I deal with large companies, the more I realise how uncaring they are. I'm representing an Afghanistan War Veteran who's about to embark on an amazing journey. All he was asking for was a couple of video cameras, some boots (same as he wore in the war) and other bits and pieces. Australia-based multi-nationals just don't reply. Those that do, give you short-shrift. Yet business in the regional town he's from have supported him. One engineering firm made his cart, another provided storage of his household goods for two years. The trek around Australia has tremendous media potential and is a "good-news" story. It's two months before they depart and we're just hoping we can find an Aussie company that believes in his cause of raising awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Maybe that's the problem ... too many causes.
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Hard to disagree with Mark Day, writing in The Australian today. We have seen the "best" era of journalism.

Glad to have been on the tail end, with the demise of hot metal (that's why those people, Linotype operators, are doing in the picture here, producing slugs of metal type to be inserting line by line into forms – i.e., a page).

The lovingly-crafted way in which a paper was produced would amaze people today.

Yes, Mark Day I recall when you gave me a cadetship, you said" "there are things things to remember ... accuracy, accuracy and accuracy". I remember journos like Carol Ashdown, Bunny Brittan, Jim Oram, Jack Kelly (my favourite sub) and a rising Mike Munro.

I had the privilege of seeing Bill "Jenko" Jenkings at work and as a member of Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club. Jenko, the leading police roundsman, always cleaned his teeth at work and walked around with a towel over his shoulder. At the surf club he loved to beat the life out of the punching bag. Hard man but extremely kind and Catholic.

They were hard-nosed people. These were days when copy boys (a few girls, too) were treated almost like vermin. We sat at a table near the subs' desk, to run copy and errands.

Bloody Harold Tilley would take off his shoes. That dirty, grey old man would have his dirty grey socks on the table and light a pipe (newsrooms were full of smoke back then). He'd flick his matches into the bin and the carbons paper would catch fire and he wouldn't do anything.

The subs would get you to buy them a packet of cigarettes and when you returned they'd say "now get me a packet of matches".

The constant call of "boy", or "copy" rings in my head.

They drank hard. Many would arrive at work around 6am, having already been to the early opener. The drinking would continue between editions, usually at the Evening (aka, Evil) Star.

So many tales. Great memories and experiences which shaped my working life. Thanks for the memories.

I was working in a newsroom up until a year ago. Sanitised without much carrying-on. Indeed, the character of journalism as I knew it was missing.

Yep, Mark Day, we probably saw the best days.

Link to Mark Day's article:
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In case you missed it in the Western Australian media. Here's what today's launch for Veterans was about.
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Academic claptrap of the highest order. A disappointing and, in some ways, disturbing, report for the Department of #Defence. I am recommending my comments, and those at another site:
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Sudden influx of junk mail on Gmail has me scrambling for the "how-to" block it guide.
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This warrants discussion. Should airline staff warn people about drug detection waiting at the end of a flight? 

My view is it's not their job. Different matter if it's one passenger issuing a warning to another (that's private). Anyone carrying drugs get away with it and continues to add to the drug menace, which in a way, Jetstar has also contributed to.
Jetstar has confirmed a crew member warned passengers returning from the Splendour In The Grass music festival about drug-detection dogs waiting at Sydney airport.  

News Limited has reported passengers were advised to flush away anything they should not have, because sniffer dogs and quarantine officers would be waiting in the domestic terminal.  

Do you think the airline should have given their customers this advice?

ABC News |
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