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The Canberra Times and the ACT PS pay deal

By johnboy - 4 April 2007 35

Yesterday I was a little surprised to see a high profile puff piece in the Canberra Times in which Markus Mannheim all but fellated Katy Gallagher the “No Fuss” Minister and told us heart warming stories about her kiddies.

“I wonder”, I thought to myself, “what it is the CT is getting in return for this bilge? Padded advertising? Some sort of exclusive?”

This morning the other shoe has dropped with Markus getting advanced notice of a pay deal for the ACT PS.

Oddly enough the Government is giving the CT a clear run on the story with no media release available at the time of writing.

Sure to sell a lot of papers, lucky he was in the Government’s good books with a bit of news like this going around.

What’s Your opinion?


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35 Responses to
The Canberra Times and the ACT PS pay deal
bugalugs 12:40 pm 04 Apr 07

“in general, mannheim is a lazy press release journo.”

bonfire as opposed to hard worker such as you wasting your employer’s time post on Riotact

pot kettle black!

bugalugs 12:38 pm 04 Apr 07

Realistically there is not that much that happens in Canberra everyday that can fill a broadsheet.

The Katy Gallagher article was a public interest story and in my opinion was more about a positive role model for working mums.

Maybe MM is more in touch with the average Canberran who reads CT than a singleton such as johnboy.

louise 12:31 pm 04 Apr 07

The puff piece on Katy followed one on Hargreaves not that long ago. It is part of the ACT Government trying to salvage something of the few remaining votes. They think we’re all so stupid we’ll fall for it (those nice ALP politicians didn’t really want to do all those mean things to commuities). I don’t think there’s any consipracy beyond that.

As for the pay rise, the public service does not appear to be universally transfixed by the star attributes of this government, so perhaps the pay rise is an attempt by the government to win back some love from everyone that didn’t resign or get a package. How they can justify it financially is beyond me.

As for the CT, even journos like MM still have to run with what they get.

apehammer 12:21 pm 04 Apr 07

Bonfire, I know a lot of “lazy press release journos” and Markus Mannheim is not one of them. In fact he’s the very opposite. Slagging someone off from behind the safety of your internet persona is piss weak.

johnboy 12:16 pm 04 Apr 07

Being on the drip is not getting a scoop, and if being on the drip is bought with positive publicity then that’s corruption. (not saying that is the case here, just that the timing is at best a bad look)

Public announcements should be made publicly, not selectively in exchange for favours.

Ari 12:12 pm 04 Apr 07

Q: what happens when Stanhope wants a break and Katy’s not available???

A: Canberra burns down.

Parents Need Teddys 12:01 pm 04 Apr 07

I think it is great that we have a female Deputy Chief Minister with kids… I do however think that if she cannot complete the role and take care of her portfolios she should step aside for someone else. She should think about the needs of her constituents and the fact that someone in her position needs to be available all the time.

I’m a working mum and a constituent and ‘puff’ all you want about how great it is, it is bloody hard to have two infant kids and be the Deputy Cheif Minister of the territory – what happens when Stanhope wants a break and Katy’s not available???

bugalugs 11:58 am 04 Apr 07

bonfire

Is it safe for us to assume you are a superstar at your job?

bonfire 11:44 am 04 Apr 07

in a one paper town – can ANYTHING be an exclusive ?

whats its circulation ?

small compared to the gruel drooling square eyed zombies who will tune in to win and the few pensioners that watch the abc news.

which will both paraphrase the ct story.

in general, mannheim is a lazy press release journo.

if hes winning ‘scoops’ maybe this is a turnaround for him.

shauno 11:09 am 04 Apr 07

Lol 12% thats reasonable while not that good compared to my industry over that last few years its a hell of of a lot better then the pissy little 11.5% over 3 years the teachers got.

bugalugs 11:05 am 04 Apr 07

How about that a journalist gets a scoop! Those pesky media people schmoozing with politicians.

Don’t they know the real power is with web forums that post links to other people’s articles.

johnboy 10:36 am 04 Apr 07

And Markus got Katy?

Pretty happy with that deal thank you very much!

Ari 10:34 am 04 Apr 07

Johnboy’s just jealous since Markus and Kerces seemed to have some sort of mutual nudity thing happening in the RiotACT referrals a few months ago.

johnboy 10:31 am 04 Apr 07

To the best of our knowledge we were speaking metaphorically.

If Katy did have the tackle Markus would have been honking on it.

apehammer 10:24 am 04 Apr 07

Is it actually possible for Markus to “fellate” Katy Gallagher? Pictures please.

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