The problem of Australia, SHY’s very careful movie modifying, moreover additional tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Jeff Kennett (Image: AAP/Stefan Postles)

A further blow to the Australian honours program. Sarah Hanson-Young’s inventive modifying. And Jeff Kennett gets himself “Taylored”. Plus other recommendations and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Problem of Australia One more curly a person for the Council of the Get of Australia. Dyson Heydon — accused by a Large Courtroom inquiry of sexual harassment — been given his Commander of the Purchase of Australia again in 2004. The AC is Australia’s best honour and the Order of Australia is labeled as an (ahem) “order of chivalry”.

The phone calls have previously started. Offered the modern furore more than some of the other recipients, what is to be done?

Not getting SHY about it Final week, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Younger shared a damning online video of Prime Minister Scott Morrison seemingly dismissing the value of dwelling grown Aussie content.

Adhering to footage of Hanson-Young supplying see of a movement that Netflix, Stan and other streaming giants need to fund a lot more Australian written content, we lower to Morrison at a push conference “a shorter time later”. He does that squint-smirk of annoyance he does when he thinks a concern is dumb, and states “I’m not interested in what they’re showing on streaming expert services. I’m fascinated in acquiring Australians back again in to work”. What an absolute philistine, right?

Perfectly, it turns out previous SHY was currently being extremely sneaky with her chopping. Examine out the query the PM was essentially answering:

On a modern-day extension of this problem we’re observing of cancel tradition with Gone with the Wind, Chris Lilley’s assignments for illustration remaining pulled from streaming products and services. Is that a little something you are worried about?

Superb. Good go. Nicely finished Given his purpose in our historical past, we in the bunker like to assume of former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett as an estranged-grandfather-who-hates-us-figure.

So it brings us no pleasure to report he’s been caught in the act of commenting approvingly on his individual article, evidently believing he was logged in as someone else — an act that will henceforth be identified as “getting Taylored”.

By the way, this is in essence how the whole Kennett authorities labored ahead of the ’99 election handed Victoria to Labor for a generation…

Corporate compassion More than the weekend Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman coughed up $9 million for the guitar Kurt Cobain performed on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged. But do not imagine that was just an indulgence:

I did it to highlight the substantial crisis in the arts. I would have compensated $40 million if I had to — I have a home, apparel and foods, so what do I require the income for?

He goes on to converse about his mates in the industry “sleeping on floors” and not able to feed their family — we’re sure they’re deeply moved at Freedman’s willingness (and means) to spend tens of tens of millions on one particular guitar. And when he says he plans to tour the guitar close to Australia he’s pretty imprecise about what transpires to any income the tour helps make:

… I’m likely to make absolutely sure I get rid of the money and do a little something fantastic with it.

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