News, not noise, gets inflight cut-through

  The immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman in seat 25J wasn’t enjoying the soundtrack to the Qantas flight safety message. She soon plugged her fingers into her ears and bunkered down to wait, grimacing, for the awful noise to end. Getting passengers to listen to inflight safety information is, for all airlines, a challenge. The reason […]

Springsteen and the battle of ideas

  This blog is dedicated to Gore Vidal who once said: As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.   Springsteen […]

Something fishy in the polls

It used to be said that today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrap. That was before we realised that there were probably healthier condiments for fried fish than newsprint, but the underlying truism – that news lasts a day then it becomes history – continues to hold. In fact, among practitioners of journalism, this […]

Things get interesting in South Australia

  On the day South Australian Treasurer Jack Snelling handed down his second budget – a day which many felt would begin the phony war before the 2014 State election – the battle lines for election were drawn, literally. The South Australian Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission, clearly in a move to toy with the mental […]

Aged care unity: more blood, sweat and tears than the Master Chef kitchen

  The notoriously Balkanised aged care sector took its first serious leap toward unification this week, with the launch of a new industry body that, for the first time nationally, brings together aged care organisations that deliver in-home and residential care, regardless of whether they are owned by a for-profit or non-profit entity. It’s common […]

Getting between an elephant and an idea

  “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening me, as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.” So wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1813, arguing against the idea that “inventors have a natural and exclusive right to their inventions”. Well, don’t be trying any of that […]


The best CPR federal politicos analyse and review the federal budget papers to bring you the experts overview. This year we had former Federal Member of Parliament and our General Manager of Eastern Australia, Garrie Gibson, former founding executive director of the Competitive Carriers’ Coalition, former journalist and former Vice President of Government Relations with […]

Any Labor long shot must still be principled

  Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has written an article which included reference to the last-minute, gripping tactic of the Hail Mary Pass in NFL (grid iron). The Hail Mary pass, on the occasions it’s attempted, is probably one of the most exciting elements of the game of NFL. In the dying moments of the […]