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Saturday, 26 April 2008
Addison Rd Centre General Manager Job advert by April 2008?
Mood:  sharp
Topic: nsw govt


Back in February 2008 we were sceptical whether the general manager's job at Addison Rd Community Centre would ever be advertised to the public as legally required for most public organisations.

For those who follow these things then President and ALP hack Yvette Andrews slipped into the job back in December 2007 for 6 months "temporary" position from her political fixer role as unpaid President.

Andews friend Terry Cutcliffe was enjoying a rent free or highly discounted rent for a 500 sq metre gallery space during her watch causing no end of controversy at the ARC. Apparently he has never submitted accounts of income and expenditure for some 4 years after admittedly renovating the space.

A Board member told this writer the GM's position would be advertised by April 08, that is with 2 months to get someone in the position after Andrews 6 months are up. We feel this is either optimistic or naive. Our source tells us that the May 15 2008 meeting will decide to advertise the position to the public. "If it's not raised then I will raise it" says our brave source.

Well we said back in February 08 don't hold your breath in the state of ALP. And sure enough April 26 and no advert. And we bet there will be no advertising decision on May 15 Board meeting either.

Meanwhile we notice our old stamping ground at Waverley Council has duly advertised it's much more serious and demanding General Manager's position in the press this weekend. In their case they know how to follow the law of equal access to employment in public organisations.

Here was our draft advert for General Manger for Addison Rd Centre, 'biggest community centre in Australia' just to demonstrate how it's done. it seems appropriate when another big Sydney non profit is hitting the skids in the press again today (very sad too):


[True fiction!]

 Addison Rd Centre General Manager Job Vacancy closing date 1st April 2008

Recently arisen, how
brightly you shine

Addison Road Centre

Senior Management



The Addison Road Centre (ARC) is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of its workforce. This means that the person most capable of doing the job will be chosen, without discrimation based on age, sex, pregnancy, disability, race, colour, ethnic or ethno religious background, descent or nationality, marital
status, homosexuality, transgender identity, or carer’s

The ARC is an independent organisation pursuing the goal of providing a site where organisations and
individual practitioners in the arts, culture, community and the environment can
work together in a community-owned asset. The ARC aims to be a showcase of how diversity of communities defined either by locality, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, ability or interest can operate together to achieve social and environmental outcomes in a context of economic self-sufficiency.



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

General Manager – Salary $65K per annum

Job Ref No: GM08/01

Are you an energetic and experienced manager with excellent interpersonal skills and management
experience willing to be a central part of a team committed to servicing the infrastructure and administrative needs of clients?

An opportunity is available to join the team of the Addison Road Centre, Marrickville as it moves forward
with a vital program of community service.

The General Manager will be a key role in the provision of best practice administrative services for over 40
tenants and 5 staff. You will need to be committed to protecting the interests and dignity of people in a wide range of community activities. The organisation
is experiencing strong growth in the demand for its services and is undergoing organisational change. You will be working with the Board of elected
representatives to achieve long term change.

Selection criteria:
We are seeking a senior manager with extensive experience in a client service organisation who
can demonstrate outstanding leadership and management capabilities. The successful candidate will have experience in significant and successful
organisational change and process strategic planning and financial management skills. A sound knowledge of the issues facing community centres on community
land are contained in the information package available.

The operations of Addison Rd Centre are located on 3.4 hectares at 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville in the Inner West of Sydney.

The position has a remuneration package of $65,000 per annum.

Inquiries: Yvette Andrews (02) 9569 7633

Information Packages: Terry Cutcliffe 9518 3709, 0412 590 779

Applications Marked “Confidential” To: Applicants can
apply by email to mainoffice@addisonrdcentre.com.au

Closing date: April 1st 2008 or never whichever comes first.

Posted by editor at 5:04 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 26 April 2008 5:32 PM NZT
Friday, 25 April 2008
Mike Kaiser leaves Iemma's NSW govt for another fat ALP wage in Qld
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: nsw govt

[Courier Mail story owned by News Ltd]

 Anna Bligh approved $100,000 pay hike for Mike Kaiser's role

By Steven Wardill April 24, 2008 12:00am

PREMIER Anna Bligh orchestrated a pay rise of almost $100,000 for her chief of staff role before announcing confessed vote rorter Mike Kaiser would take the job.

Ms Bligh secretly gave the green light to change the job description for the powerful position in order to align it with its higher-earning equivalents interstate.

An independent financial consultant, Mercer, arrived at the figure, she said.

"These are very significant and very responsible positions and frankly I think somewhere in the middle of the pack, given the size of Queensland and our growth and the responsibility of the position, is probably about right," she said today.

The move means Mr Kaiser now pockets a base salary of $211,880 a year, more than the $205,000 he would have been earning as a minister had he not been forced out of politics in 2001.

When superannuation, leave loading and his fully maintained vehicle are included, Mr Kaiser's total package exceeds $268,000 – making him Queensland's highest-paid ministerial staffer.

That means he earns more than Brisbane's Lord Mayor ($205,000), the Opposition Leader ($185,000) and federal MPs ($127,000).

Ms Bligh's base salary is $259,000, while her deputy Paul Lucas pockets just under $223,000.

Ms Bligh said Mr Kaiser took a pay cut to take the position. "Any suggestion that he came up here lured by money is completely and utterly false," she said.  "Mike's first decision and threshold was whether or not his family would be prepared to move if he was going to pursue this position."

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said Queenslanders would be offended Ms Bligh had organised such a big pay increase for a Labor mate.

"When our nurses, teachers and police have to fight tooth and nail to get a 4 per cent pay rise, it irks Queenslanders to see Ms Bligh personally approving pay rises of $100,000 for Labor Party members," Mr Springborg said.

Ms Bligh admitted she was in discussions with Mr Kaiser when the pay increase happened, but insisted negotiations had not progressed to monetary terms.

"There had been no discussion about salary. He was still making a decision about whether to move his family," Ms Bligh said.

She said she had revealed Mr Kaiser's base salary in Parliament and said the package needed to be altered to ensure the Government could attract quality candidates.

with AAP

Posted by editor at 10:24 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 25 April 2008 10:30 PM NZT
Little people stand up to protection racket, reports SMH today
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: nsw govt

Is there a thread between the following reports in the press today? Do they describe the situation of citizens here in NSW generally regarding NSW State Government milking the economy for 'donations'? Or is that a cheap shot? Being 1/8 Italian maybe it's a touch melodramatic. Maybe.

Pubs turn off the political donations tap

Scott Leach THE Australian Hotels Association has frozen all political donations in a move that increases pressure on the Premier, Morris Iemma, to carry through his proposal to ban all donations.

Compare this other racketeering situation from Sicily. Home of the Mafia, not to be confused with the Camora which hail from Calabria apparently (where it seems my folks on my mothers side, and Premier Morris Iemma's folks, hail from):



Posted by editor at 7:13 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 25 April 2008 7:32 PM NZT
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Tough NSW Black politics - 2 legal warnings to SAM website over Michael Anderson story
Mood:  chatty
Topic: independent media





Posted by editor at 10:16 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 10:47 PM NZT
3 ABC senior journos unintentionally reveal their angle on life?
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: big media

Curious revelations in the last day or so suggesting gems of information come in threes.

Deborah Cameron - a fencing sportswoman at university? You can just imagine the dangerous conceptual tools in her radio work today as a metaphor for the epee dueling sword of her youth.

Leigh Sales reveals on the Glover arvo show that her father is a Vietnam War Veteran. The implications for her editorial approach to the David Hicks Case just go on and on and on.

Tracey Holmes reports on the political story of the Canberra torch relay on 702 morning show earlier today even though she is mainly a sports reporter. A specialist Olympic sports reporter with history in Hong Kong. In the last week her dogmatic support for Big Sport was quite blatant. She presents like a talented knowledgeable broadcaster but she definitely had her own angle. Not much Free Tibet or human rights considerations likely to arise in her coverage.

Posted by editor at 7:56 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 8:18 PM NZT
Veolia adverts: Do you see a butterfly, tree or crass PR interference on desal farce?
Mood:  down
Topic: big media

Veolia are the company driving a nasty pipeline through Kurnell and Botany Bay, to be paid for with exorbitant water bills. Here is some of the backlash which the above adverts are presumably designed to counter act:

Angry Kurnell homeowners halt de-sal plant tunnelling | The Daily ...

Desal plant

Homes vibrating ... residents who stopped work on the deslaination plant at Kurnell (left to right) Yvonne George (at back) , Veronica and John and their twins Isabelle and Dylan,7, and Ros Long. Picture: Stephen Cooper

 Don't like desal? Get a hotel | The Daily Telegraph

Residents crack over desal drill - National - smh.com.au

All in the name of a desalination plant contract to Veolia while we experience the rainiest (wettest?) April on record .

The Veolia full page adverts are in SMH, The Australian and Australian Financial Review today apparently. Today it's a butterfly motif. Previously a tree and probably others we forget.

These guys are so very calculating with their very expensive PR literally as people are placed in motels because their houses are shaking from the construction.

Veolia which bought out Collex or was Collex previously also runs the dubious Woodlawn landfill near Goulburn NSW delivering major disruptions at Clyde for a mega transfer station. You might say Veolia's speciality is disruption of the public amenity.

Posted by editor at 6:08 PM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 7:12 PM NZT
Olympic torch relay: Chinese military in the frame as per sponsor Ch7 vision
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: big media


Here are 2 images off the tv showing Channel 7's reporter Mark Baretta, with a remote microphone we quickly learn, giving gushing coverage (or really PR) given 7 is an official sponsor. Taken about 9.50 am today April 24 2008 today off the television coverage.

The infamous blue and white tracksuited China's People's Police  (CPP)which also enforces with extreme force the Beijing Govt dictatorship in satellite 'provinces' like Tibet and Uygur areas, are doing their best to get into the camera frame with every runner in the torch relay.

That is the so called Chinese security that the Australian PM, ACT Chief Minister and local Australian Federal/ACT Police have said won't have any role in the torch relay. But putting the lie to that - China Inc are right there in the front of the coverage.

One presumes it's blatant PR choreography for the consumption of the Chinese masses. And very sly compared with the official PR at a press conference yesterday.

At 10.30 am we took these 2 images off the free to air tv vision


Here is the Chinese para military meddling on 7 tv vision at 11.25 am replay by them today 24 April 08

Got that Mark Beretta. Whatever you do don't deviate from the alloted path according to the Chinese People's Police, thankyou very much. Sebastian Coe, we get the picture! Very careful control and choreography is the name of the game. Those poor Tibetans and Uygurs, North Koreans, Burmese, Darfurians, Zimbabweans etc.

And that's not saying anything good about the terrible record of the USA or Soviet Union either with their famous record of abuse of power and human rights.

Posted by editor at 11:56 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 1:34 PM NZT
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Half page advert on forest carbon in Canberra Times timed for 2020 Summit
Mood:  special
Topic: ecology

This advert is shown below 75% of original size. It ran on page 17 in the Canberra Times on 19th April 2008 presumably in the weekend features pages. It cost something like $9,000 raised grassroots style in short time by Harriet Swift and others as part of South East Region Conservation Alliance. How good are they? Damn good, and honest too.

A PDF version is here


We can't help wondering if these kind of concerns partly explain the world class scientists excluded from the blessed 1,000 Rudd fest, and also why PM Rudd glaringly failed to attend the funeral of former Senator John Button who called the native forest woodchipping industry "a bastard of an industry" in 1992.

It is blatantly obvious this was a discreet recruitment/duchessing exercise to seek to annex the non aligned centre of the public through respected opinion leaders. This we think is the more realistic view of PM Rudd's so called reforming of the centre ... yeah, into his own Party, or at the very least promote the ALP to the worthies. The covert selection process, the illogical exclusion of eminent people, the domination of PR in the event by govt ministers and their clique of party loyalists Carr, Gallup, Rann etc etc

There has been some cutting reportage of failures of the 2020 Summit regarding the sustainability group but also more broadly. This is important to get a sensible perspective on the blanket coverage no doubt influenced by co-opted big media owners/editors like Hartigan (News Ltd), Jaspan/Kirk (Fairfax), Scott (ABC). These compare with veterans like Beecher (Crikey) and Ramsey and Mungo McCallum.

And we don't mean ham fisted crude directives. Being a wage slave is pressure enough for staff. Everyone knows, clear more from the silence than the telling. After all who wants to admit either publicly or to themselves they are a moral or professional coward?

Here is the sharp coverage we have seen since the Summit last weekend:

Bright ideas fade under controversy | The Australian

No Such Thing as a Bad Idea? Anna Rose

Garrett deflects coal hijack claim | The Australian 

www.smh.com.au - Fossil fuel industry dominates 

Invitees depart feeling hijacked | The Australian 

Too little time for talk at talkfest | The Australian 

Call to embark on a carbon revolution | The Australian 

This one is quite sharp on the summit but somehow re orients to praise the ALP anyway. Go figure:

Climate change at the helm of Labor's next big idea - Environment ...

Here is some dead give away recent coverage of dinosaur infrastructure and fossil fuel industry agendas, business as usual:

Faster approvals will benefit all | The Australian

Everything's coming up roses | smh.com.au

Greens split over 'wicked witch' coal | The Australian

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh | The Australian

Hopeful prospects in expanded seabed territory | The Australian

Coal isn't cool but our growth depends on it | The Australian

Carbon plan 'to cost business $22bn' | The Australian

Meanwhile the reality of a hopelessly unsustainable global future are being underlined here:

For future peace, step forward for the great agricultural challenge

 Global crisis on our plate | The Australian

Posted by editor at 11:52 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008 12:31 PM NZT
News Ltd biffo on ABC using dodgy ANZAC day pretext, getting square for last week's fizzer?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: big media

ABC are copping the (in)famous (melo)dramatic blowtorch today [pic of front page Sydney Daily Telegraph, and Melbourne's Herald Sun in due course).

We wrote of the tabloid agenda setting gambit last week:

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

 Then this follow up:

Thursday, 17 April 2008

In that dynamic it was a fraught factual and legal situation about under age sex possibly consensual, possibly criminal abuse all to still be determined.

 (In fact the big media power rivalry involved spun off in two curious directions with News Ltd into other gender/sexual harrassment litigant story involving a Young Lib flying off to New York - as per crikey.com.au gossip, and tit for tat criticisms of news standards between Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph - we have a sheaf of clips about it but that's another story).

We wrote last week that ABC TV news in effect 'humiliated' both senior journo Janet Fife-Yeomans and editorial decision of the David Penberthy both at the Telegraph by not only freezing out the attack on the barrister/legal system as potentially flawed (we think so as NSW govt looked to be egg beating against the respected defence barrister) but also adding salt by running another embarrassing legal story about Family Court lack of resourcing and safety as no.1 lead story. That's a sincere repudiation really.

Now Kim Dalton is arguing today for the ABC TV just now on AM that today's tabloid is effectively a beat up (our words, not his) - more about deciding who to keep faith with - live feed of Sydney and Melbourne marchers - more mundane perhaps than the live cross to Gallipoli but not to the families of the actual marchers one presumes. According to Dalton on AM just now it's a tv editorial divergence where either way someone authentically involved in the ANZAC memorials - marchers in Sydney/Melbourne (in other words home soil that was being defended), or dawn service in Turkey (where so many died) - are going to miss out on live broadcast. Seems like a  reasonable choice here, survival or death, as the dominant theme (?).

Why indeed should the live feed on the battleground be favoured over the ceremonies on home soil? That's a value judgement people might be expected to have valid differing views on, perhaps related to who is desperate for the ratings and advert sales?

Since when did 30 minutes delay really matter?

Looks like the egg beater is out again with some added spice gettting square with ABC rivals. This kind of divisive Big Media is pretty exploitative of sensitive feelings of veterans and their families, let alone logistical headaches of different time zones. In the world of politics this is a well worn and cynical strategy of emotional manipulation, with no actually sincere compassion for the vets or relatives. It's about point scoring, and power rivalry of the Big Media.

Frankly News Ltd should be ashamed for being so divisive. They could make their point alot more moderately and respectfully. Are they really suffering so much relevance deprivation syndrome to stoop to such tactics? Where is the editorial judgement to get the facts clear on their big lead stories? Have they underpaid and under resourced their staff so much that they can't keep the content fuel up to the front page furnace?

Or did they really get it right. The truth will probably come out in about 12 hours time by the tv nightly news one presumes. A bushfire or a damp squib? Professional reputations on the line again. What a blood sport the big media really are.

Posted by editor at 10:26 AM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 23 April 2008 11:14 AM NZT
Monday, 21 April 2008
New York Times blows big whistle on Pentagon military 'propagandists' of 2005
Mood:  down
Topic: peace
[New York Times story] 
20 April 2008

A PENTAGON CAMPAIGN Retired officers have been used to shape terrorism coverage from inside the TV and radio networks.


Posted by editor at 7:19 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 21 April 2008 9:40 PM NZT

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