The Rudd Government may have more than a spot of inflation to test it:
Pink slips piled up and jobs disappeared into thin air in May as the (United States’ ) unemployment rate zoomed to 5.5 percent in the biggest one-month jump in decades… Adding to the pain, oil prices soared to a new record high, while the value of the dollar fell. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled almost 400 points.
Glass house smashed
Crikey rewards a journalism student for a dodgy practice - sending 3AW’s Neil Mitchell questions while posing as a fan, without warning him that anything he says in courteous reply will in fact be published, and with hostile intent. This strikes me as unethical, and especially curious given this is done in a bid to prove Mitchell himself is unethical, with a conflict of interest.
Unkindest cut of all
T had been widely suspected but it is now quite apparent that the Rudd Labor government makes up both policy and process as it goes along, and bad policy and bad process at that.
If further confirmation of this ridiculous state of affairs was necessary, look at the sort of spur-of-the-moment notions that have been recently tossed before the public to divert attention from the Government’s failure to meet its election promises: FuelWatch, the end of solar-power rebates, the axing of the Commercial Ready program and the plunge into Asian politics.
Della Bosca thrown out of Central Coast nightclub
The personal behaviour of Education minister John Della Bosca has landed him in hot water again, after he was kicked out of a central coast nightclub.
Police swoop on two more drug dens in Sydney
New South Wales police uncovered two more drug houses today in Sydney's west.
South Australian teen arrested after drive-by
A 17-year-old youth has been arrested over a drive-by shooting outside an Adelaide nightclub early on Saturday.
Swans down old enemy in thriller
Sydney midfielder Jude Bolton has kicked a goal with less than two minutes left on the clock to lift the Swans to a thrilling five-point afl victory over a gallant West Coast at Subiaco Oval.
Banks deny willingly evicting people from homes
Banks have denied bullying families into paying off their mortgage by threatening to evict them.
Che's iconic image is an 'embarrassment'
TWO of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's children say they are tired of seeing their father's image used to sell everything from T-shirts to vodka, calling the revolutionary's rise as a global super-brand "embarrassing".
UN Human Rights Council 'pathetic'
THE US has decided to limit further its involvement with the UN Human Rights Council due to its "pathetic" record.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "has taken the decision that we will engage the Human Rights Council really only when we believe that there are matters of deep national interest before the council, and we feel compelled", said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
"Our scepticism regarding the function of the council on human rights in terms of fulfilling its mandate and its mission is well-known. It has a rather pathetic record in that regard,'' he said.
Parents blamed for teen binge drinking
The fight against teen binge drinking has taken a turn with mums and dads now being blamed for contributing to the disturbing trend.
Welcome to the petrol prices warmenists demanded
The global-warming-preaching Sunday Age now deplores the high petrol prices it’s always wanted:
MOTORISTS face petrol prices of up to $1.70 a litre within days and could be paying more than $1.80 a litre by next month after fresh tensions in the Middle East pushed the oil price to a record high.