The Australianâ€™s newest recruit in patriotism James Massola normally does so well squeezing out bits of Canberra gossip has great advantages brought by his resourceful hard-drinking, demon-dialling and print platform.
Canberra sources say that the young buck shames old coasters like Christian Kerr (the Count of Mid-life Crisis) with his commendable news-sense, passion for the job and excellent contacts.
But VEXNEWS is first with the worst.
We note today Massola appears not to know where Alister Jordan, the brilliant former chief of staff to the even more brilliant Kevin Rudd, is heading for work. It will be announced later, he reckoned.
This was enough to provoke the VEXNEWS Investigation Unit into action.
Apparently heâ€™s going to Wesfarmers, on an impressive salary almost certainly bigger than The Australianâ€™s annual profit. Wesfarmers, of course, is the nationâ€™s biggest employer, owning companies like Coles, Bunnings and, Kevin Rudd would be interested to note, Loyalty Pacific.
We wish all concerned well in their future adventures. Except Rudd. Oh, and Christian Kerr.