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ASIO seeks executive to deliver curses in “Canaberra” [sic] ?

By johnboy - 18 May 2009 23

ASIO has long been suspected of dabbling in the dark arts but there was an interesting job advertised last week which seems to confirm suspicions.

    Job Title: Counter Terrorism Intelligence Training Program
    Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
    Salary: $94,040 – $101,509
    Location: ASIO Central Office, Canaberra | ACT [sic]
    Agency Classification: ASIO Executive Officer Grade 1

    To make an effective contribution to the Program, you will need to be adaptable, able to solve no-notice problems overseas, and have the necessary research skills to develop and deliver curses within specific deadlines.

(emphasis mine)

We suppose it’s nice to think our pagan friends have such a great career opportunity opening up.

Just in case it goes missing here’s a screen shot of the whole shebang:

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23 Responses to
ASIO seeks executive to deliver curses in “Canaberra” [sic] ?
ogrex 3:02 pm 18 May 09

When it comes to typos in the Canberra Times, I’ve become convinced that someone there is using dictation software to write their articles. It seems at least once a month I come across a wrong word that seems to be a phonetic error rather than spelling.

For example: “The High Caughts ruling…”

A Noisy Noise Annoys 2:49 pm 18 May 09

Sounds like the newsreader on 2UE who was reading a story about a salmonella outbreak in Sydney. She said that “the food had been contaminated with foreign orgasms”.

G-Fresh 2:21 pm 18 May 09

pembina said :

How about typos in news items? Is that newsworthy?

The answer is no.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

a couple of typos in a job ad doesn’t seem to me to be news.


Igglepiggle 2:18 pm 18 May 09

I love it. Always suspected that our intelligence forces were the crystal ball gazing types- how else are we going to find the WMDs?

ant 2:11 pm 18 May 09

well, it’s got me jiggered. I can’t find any mention of this role in the PSM…

pembina 1:51 pm 18 May 09

How about typos in news items? Is that newsworthy?

The recent article “Volunteer honoured for his ‘passion to help’ tells the story of a 34-year-old man who has been volunteering with the same organisation for 212 years! Now that’s passion!

I have screenshots if it’s changed. (3rd paragraph)

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:56 pm 18 May 09

I suspect many people here will have already seen this, but I got a laugh and it seems kinda relevant, so here goes…

Mc Donalds Job Application

This is an actual job application a 17 year old boy submitted at a McDonald’s fast-food establishment in Florida…and they hired him because he was so honest and funny!

NAME: Greg Bulmash

SEX: Not yet. Still waiting for the right person.

DESIRED POSITION: Company’s President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever’s available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn’t be applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that’s not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.


LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

SALARY: Less than I’m worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.



PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS?: Yes, but they’re better suited to a more intimate environment.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here?


DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be “Do you have a car that runs?”

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing house Sweepstakes.

DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde super model who thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I’d like to be doing that now.



ant 12:56 pm 18 May 09

That is so funny! Another example of why you should never depend on the spell chequer.

Spam Box 12:11 pm 18 May 09

Reminds me of a funny typo I saw last week at Livenews (fixed now so no point linking) The article was about Defense troops in Afghanistan being encouraged to take out “Life assurance”

LOL – sounds like a good idea 🙂

eyeLikeCarrots 12:04 pm 18 May 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Funny and all, but a couple of typos in a job ad doesn’t seem to me to be news.

Funny if its in a job ad for Mc Donalds.

Embarassing if its authored by the same people who read your email and listen to your phone calls.

Alarming if its a failure of process for something as simple as a job ad in a process orientated org like Gov.

These people also write warrants…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:55 am 18 May 09

Funny and all, but a couple of typos in a job ad doesn’t seem to me to be news.

54-11 11:51 am 18 May 09

I feel for the poor bugger who didn’t properly proof the copy before it went to the publisher. I can remember making a mistake (that fortunately got caught before too much embarassment) quite a few years ago and the shame lives with you for some time, especially with “mates” who don’t always forget.

Let those without sin…

johnboy 11:23 am 18 May 09

Or they’ll fire up the voodoo doll…

grundy 11:21 am 18 May 09

Careful JB, they’ll be knocking at your door any second now!

eyeLikeCarrots 11:02 am 18 May 09

‘A plauge upon thee….’

‘May you suffer an unfortunate, nonlethal event at some stage during the course of your life…’

Reckon I should put in for that job ? I’m currently making one of those little dolls that you stick pins in. I’m going to market it with changeable faces so you can customise it too your needs…

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