Daily Archives: April 27, 2011

ORWELLIAN: AWU booming, The Age sulking

growth-chartThe Age newspaper has continued to taint itself through sometimes insanely biased reporting, compounding the scandal of its hacking scandal where two of its reporters were caught out illegally accessing the ALP’s computers and could potentially be jailed.

Its absurdist attack on Australia’s fastest growing the Australian Workers Union (which is to say one of the nation’s few unions growing at all and probably the only “blue collar” union that’s grown in recent decades) was a typically fact-light rhetoric-heavy sneak attack.

In recent times under the leadership of former national secretary Bill Shorten and his successor Paul Howes, the union has grown dramatically as Paul Howes pointed out today:

“It is because of a consistent drive to ensure the AWU continues to be the biggest blue-collar union that we’ve recorded an amazing growth rate since 2007. The AWU’s membership figures are audited by independent, external auditors and are publicly available in accordance with the Fair Work Act. Reports in the Fairfax media today are demonstrably wrong. Fairfax did not provide a reasonable capacity to the AWU to respond to the allegations printed today.”

The Age was desperately keen to hatchet the nation’s best-performing union that it used publicly filed data to make adverse and false claims about the union having “phantom” members :

The union naturally has a number unfinancial members, this is due to the itinerant nature of many parts of the AWU’s coverage particularly in construction, sugar, agriculture and the services sector.

Sugar-cane workers work for three months a year, for example. They come and they go, a little bit like The Age’s commitment to journalistic ethics which is strong on the rhetoric but a little lacking when making fateful decisions about, for example, hacking the ALP computers, in violation of federal and state law.

Sources tell VEXNEWS that there is more to come on The Age’s ugly hacking scandal with rumours circulating that there are records of the searches conducted by Royce Millar and his sidekick Nick McKenzie. We understand there are several hundred of them, all potential nightmares for Melbourne’s preachiest and sleaziest newspaper.

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STICKER SHOCKER: Where's the chewy?

THE finest royal collectables on the planet are now available on the streets of London.

Everyone from the most discerning buyer to the most American of tourists can pick up anything their hearts desires with Our Will and Kate’s mug on them – including mugs, if that takes their fancy.

Not wanting to be left out, VEXNEWS today bought its first and probably last keepsake from the Royal Wedding.

VEXNEWS forked out 50p for a packet of stickers – not unlike footy collector cards but without the plastic-tasting chewing gum.

Panini Group – which produces kiddie collectible cards/stickers of all sorts from Premier League Soccer to Winnie the Pooh – has released “The Royal Wedding Souvenir Collection”, which is, in their own words: “220 large, varnished stickers to collect with 20 kiss cut stickers to look out for!”

“British Royal weddings will always be a source of huge national pride and worldwide fascination. These Royal romances give us a glimpse into a private, privileged world. Kate and William’s marriage is part of our heritage and in a way we will all be guests on the big day,” the Italian-based company said on its website.

Unfortunately, VEXNEWS’s pack of five stickers included possibly the worst collection of royal photos ever taken – so much so, only one half of Our Will and Kate was included.

The Our Will-only photos from the collection supposedly celebrating the Royal Couple were:

OUR Will not looking all that impressed as he inspects a small boy’s home-made Union Jack during a street parade.

A CLOSE-UP shot of a zombie-like Our Will, probably taken at his graduation from Sandhurst Military Academy.

A PENSIVE Our Will looking at an atlas, pondering over the millions of souls he will one day rule over as king.

A HOLIDAY snap of Our Will in his teenage years with his crossing-dressing Dad, Prince Charles.

AND sorry, I said there were no photos of Our Kate in sticker pack; while you can’t see her – Our Kate’s presence may be being felt in this photo.

If these bargain basement pix are anything to go by, VEXNEWS will not be forking out another 50p to buy any more of the 215 stickers from The Royal Wedding Souvenir Collection – especially when they don’t come with any chewy.

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