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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will ban the blind trusts that allowed then-attorney-general Christian Porter to receive anonymous donations for his legal proceedings against the ABC, as AFR reports. Albanese also told all frontbenchers they have to manage their own financial affairs personally, Guardian Australia continues, while only shares in superannuation and similarly broad managed funds would be allowed under the new rules. The PM will also keep the “bonk ban” that then-PM Malcolm Turnbull introduced after Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce had an affair with a staffer (who he went on to marry and have two kids with).It’s all part of Albanese’s new code of conduct, which takes inspiration from Rudd-Gillard era rules — Albo says he wants his government to be “open and accountable”.

Speaking of conduct — Minister for Women Katy Gallagher says the rollout of sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins’ 28 recommendations has kicked off with the reboot of the task force. It’ll (hopefully) overhaul Parliament’s toxic work culture, Guardian Australia says, after Jenkins’ report found one in three staffers had been sexually harrassed. Among her recommendations was a new office for staffing and culture, which’ll offer HR support, training and education.

From Parliament well-being to the well-being of the nation and Treasurer Jim Chalmers says his first budget will measure how we’re all going in our daily lives — just like New Zealand’s government does, The Australian ($) reports. The introduction of a well-being statement will be reportedly announced today at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum — Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern’s government introduced a well-being budget in 2019 which looked at mental health, child poverty, Maori aspirations, the digital economy,and a low emissions future.


Controversial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is in Wimbledon’s final after Rafael Nadal pulled out of the semi-final because of an injury, the SMH reports. Kyrgios will go head to head with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Sunday. Nadal was gutted, but an abdominal strain proved too inflamed to keep going. He’ll take three or four weeks off to rest now. Also overnight Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell made a heroic comeback to progress to the doubles final, Tennis Australia reports, while Australian Heath Davidson has advanced to the semi-finals in the quad wheelchair singles competition, to face opponent Niels Vink of The Netherlands — the world No 1.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be facing off with a decidedly far greater adversary in November — Russian President Vladimir Putin (is that segue doing too much heavy lifting?). Albanese has vowed to treat Putin with “the contempt that he deserves”, adding that “it certainly won’t be polite”, when the pair attend the G20 leaders summit in Bali, as Sky News reports. It comes as Foreign Minister Penny Wong will sit down with her China counterpart Wang Yi for the first time today, SMH reports. Wong has slammed Beijing’s support of Russia, saying “China has a special responsibility” as a global leader.


After nearly 60 MPs quit in disgust, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally resigned as leader of the country, CNN reports. The mutiny was the culmination of a torrid three years at the top — politicians partying in lockdown, western Europe’s highest COVID death toll, and the final nail in the coffin: Johnson’s promotion of alleged sex pest MP Chris Pincher. Who will take his place? It’ll go a bit slower than Australian spills, ABC explains, and Johnson will remain the caretaker PM while endorsem*nts and votes whittle down the competition to one.

Pundits are watching Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the exchequer (the UK’s treasurer) who was appointed at just 39 — though he was fined for breaking lockdown rules. Then there’s Liz Truss, the foreign secretary who has been Britain’s lead negotiator with the EU over Brexit. And Sajid Javid, who was the first to resign this week over Pincher’s promotion. He came fourth in the last leadership ballot when Theresa May resigned over Brexit. The formerforeign secretary Jeremy Hunt came second — so he could be a frontrunner this time ’round too.

As Johnson prepares to depart No. 10, I can’t help but reminisce on some of the bizarre moments that beamed over to Australia during his tenure. Comedian Michael Spicer cracked me up with this comedy skit of a political aide trying to rescue the PM from a train-wreck interview where Johnson tried to explain what he did for fun.


Vale Buckets the cat, who left this world peacefully after 17 happy years spent lazing on the counter of North Cowra Veterinary Surgery. Nearly two decades ago Buckets was brought into the vet on a boiling 46-degree day — the vet on duty plunged him into an ice bath bucket and suddenly the little kitten was blinking and looking around quizzically. As the Cowra Guardian tells it, it wasn’t the only time Buckets would use one of his nine lives — he once squared up with a Staffy and a Rottweiler, and copped a clop to the head from a haughty horse. Perhaps fancying a little “cataway”, Buckets even stowed away on a boat in 2011 (unbeknownst to the boat owners) and returned a week later to the vet — one assumes well-rested. But it was the bond between practice owner Stuart Austin and Buckets that pulls the heartstrings the tightest.

Austin would pop into the practice every Saturday and Sunday morning to let Buckets out in the morning, and then return in the evening to tuck Buckets into his front counter bed. His was a life of feline leisure, but Buckets was more like a dog than a cat, Austin says, scoffing his food and even playing fetch with Austin’s daughter. “We’ve had hundreds of adopted kittens through this clinic over the years but none have had his personality,” Austin says. Buckets took his receptionist role seriously, greeting customers and dutifully accepting scritches. His duties also included rolling in a box of second-hand collars, and playing hide and seek with staff at closing time. At the end, Buckets was surrounded by the staff that adored him, “a fitting end to a cat full of character, that no one owned but everyone loved, who gave so much pleasure and had a life well lived”.

Hoping you feel vim and vigour of Buckets this morning — and have a restful weekend ahead.


Sounds to me like just a bit of pub talk.

Scott Morrison

The former PM says he doesn’t want a job in rugby league after reports he had a discussion with a senior figure about the Australian Rugby League Commission. Morrison would have to quit Parliament to move into a job at the governing body, and there are no vacancies. But stranger things have happened…


NATO expansion and US gas exports illustrate Putin’s dramatic reversal of fortune

Keir Semmens

Jul 07, 2022

“Two events last week underscore Putin’s reversal of fortune. The first, almost unnoticed, was that exports of US liquefied natural gas to Europesurpassed Russian pipeline flows for the first time. This is a stunning transition. When President Biden was sworn in 18 months ago, US gas was a negligible share of total European consumption.

“Market restructuring of this magnitude and in such rapid fashion reflects the Biden administration’s efforts to redeploy global LNG supplies and help transition Europe’s energy needs away from Russia’s grasp. It required both intensive international diplomacy and strategic corporate negotiations, just one part of a multi-dimensional response to Putin’s hostility.”

Australia’s Timor-Leste intervention has a dark history — one perpetrators want to hide

“There’s a clear pattern here: the defence, intelligence and foreign affairs establishment, and successive Coalition governments, have actively worked to cover up embarrassing information, hostile and possibly illegal actions against another, supposedly friendly, government and war crimes including torture in East Timor and Timor-Leste. And that cover up involved harassing and persecuting anyone who exposed misconduct — even harassing those who failed to persecute the latter.

“The persecution of those who expose misconduct and war crimes, of course, is not limited to the East Timor intervention: David McBride continues to be prosecuted in relation to the revelation of war crimes committed in Afghanistan by Australian forces.”

Public servants tried to stop government’s digital identity scheme de-anonymising social media accounts

Cam Wilson

Jul 07, 2022

“Public servants at the Digital Transformation Agency tried to stop the government’s proposed digital identity bill being used to remove anonymity from social media platforms, after former minister Stuart Robert suggested it as a way to stop online trolling, internal documents reveal.

“The federal government has been pursuing a number of programs to verify the identity and the age of Australians online. The Digital Transformation Agency has drafted a Trusted Digital Identity Bill, while the eSafety Commissioner has been developing an age verification roadmap to solve a thorny problem: how can you prove the identity and age of someone behind a computer?”


US basketball star Griner pleads guilty in Russian drug trial (Al Jazeera)

Comey and McCabe, who infuriated Trump, both faced intensive IRS audits (The New York Times)

Kazuki Takahashi: Yu-Gi-Oh! manga comic creator found dead in sea at 60 (BBC)

Spain’s Running of the Bulls festival is back. Activists have renewed calls for it be banned (SBS)

Finland passes law to bolster border fence with Russia (The Guardian)

[NZ] schools with mask mandates saw fewer student absences than average in term 2 (Stuff)

Canada’s jobs market is setting records. So why are people talking about a recession? (CBC)

[US] mortgage rates fall to 5.30%, reflecting recession fears (The Wall Street Journal) ($)

Israel asks Saudis to let Mecca pilgrims fly in from Tel Aviv (Al Jazeera)

Plant-based meat by far the best climate investment, report finds (The Guardian)


Love him or loathe him, Boris Johnson was Britain’s most consequential PM since ThatcherGeorge Brandis (The Age): “What makes Johnson so unusual? In the first place, he is a winner. His was the face and driving force of the Leave campaign in 2016. The result was a close-run thing: 51.9 to 48.1. Most expected the result to be the other way — not least Cameron, who compounded his error in calling the referendum by his smug complacency about the outcome.

“Few doubt that, without Boris at the helm, the Leave campaign would not have got over the line. He had (with help of Australian guru and friend Lynton Crosby) already won not one but two elections as mayor of London, a Labour city through and through. Then, in December 2019, after a stunning general election campaign, he won the biggest Tory majority since Thatcher by smashing the so-called ‘red wall’ — the 60 or so seats in the industrial north of England which had been Labour heartland for generations.”

Show the carnageCharles M Blow (The New York Times): “Most of America has very likely never seen a fatal gunshot wound of any sort. Our mental image of a fatal gunshot wound has been created by our cultural imagery: Hollywood … and video games. They are either clean kills (sometimes even bloodless ones, leaving clothes undisturbed apart from an entry hole burned into the fabric) or gory, cartoonish killings that produce more humor than horror. What we don’t see is the reality of these rifles’ decapitating children in Uvalde, Texas; shredding organs until they look like ‘an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer’ at a high school in Parkland, Fla.; and leaving at least one person, according to Baum, with an ‘unspeakable head injury’ in Highland Park.

“But should America be forced to confront the truth of the carnage it so often ignores? Would these images shock the country out of its morbid malaise and into action to address an unconscionable — and fully preventable — public health crisis that guns have created? The Journalist’s Resource at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy recently explored this very issue, interviewing 12 experts on the journalistic ethics at play, and the issue was more complicated than one might think. There are some thorny questions that must be thought through.”


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Kulin Nation Country (also known as Melbourne)

Eora Nation Country (also known as Sydney)

Yuggera Country (also known as Brisbane)

  • Queensland’s Liberal National Party will hold a convention at the Royal International Convention Centre.

Crikey Worm: A man, a ban, a plan (2024)


Is Crikey British or Australian? ›

Crikey is an Australian electronic magazine comprising a website and email newsletter available to subscribers.

Where is Crikey from? ›

"Crikey" is a "very British expression of surprise," according to the online English-to-American Dictionary at The Web author says, "A contributor tells me that he reckons it's derived from 'Christ kill me.

Who owns Private Media Pty Ltd? ›

Eric Beecher. Eric Beecher is Chair of two influential media groups – Private Media, which publishes Crikey, The Mandarin and Smart Company, and Solstice Media, which publishes The New Daily and InDaily.

Who owns the Australian newspaper? ›

The Australian is published by News Corp Australia, an asset of News Corp, which also owns the sole daily newspapers in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, and Darwin, and the most circulated metropolitan daily newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne. News Corp's Chairman and Founder is Rupert Murdoch.

What do Aussies call the toilet? ›

dunny – a toilet, the appliance or the room – especially one in a separate outside building. This word has the distinction of being the only word for a toilet which is not a euphemism of some kind. It is from the old English dunnykin: a container for dung. However Australians use the term toilet more often than dunny.

Why do Aussies say True blue? ›

Very genuine, very loyal; expressing Australian values; Australian. This derives from a British English sense of true blue, recorded from the 17th century with the meaning 'faithful, staunch, unwavering in one's commitments or principles; extremely loyal'.

What Crikey means? ›

Definition of crikey

interjection. (used as an exclamation of surprise, amazement, dismay, etc.)

What does Crikey mean? ›

Crikey definition

The definition of crikey is a British exclamation of surprise. When something surprises you, this is an example of a time when you might say "crikey!"

Is Crikey a curse word? ›

Crikey. Some may argue that this isn't a swear word, but it's an important English word to recognized nevertheless. Crikey is often used to show astonishment and surprise, similar to the way the word 'Christ!' is used.

Is Crikey still used? ›

9. Crikey. What it means: An expression of surprise. Nothing is more Australian than the word "crikey" — especially since it's associated with our beloved Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin (may he rest in peace).

Who is the largest media owner? ›

CEO David Zaslav. AT&T will remain the largest shareholder. Warner Media LLC also owns HBO, Otter Media, Warner Brothers, and Turner Broadcasting System.
Index of US Mainstream Media Ownership.
OwnershipPublicly Traded
MediumDigital Only
ReachReported 90 million visits per month, SimilarWeb April 2021.
# estimated monthly90,000,000
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Who are the 5 corporations that own the media? ›

Discovery, Fox Corporation, Hearst Communications, MGM Holdings Inc., Grupo Globo (South America), and Lagardère Group. As of 2022, the largest media conglomerates in terms of revenue are Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Paramount Global.

Does The Australian newspaper make a profit? ›

Earlier this week, The Australian revealed it has finished FY17 with an operating profit of $13m, pushing the paper back into black for the first time since 2008's financial crisis. Mumbrella's Zoe Samios speaks with Nicholas Gray, chief executive of The Australian, on the newspaper's progress.

Which two companies own most Australian newspapers? ›

Nearly all major metropolitan newspapers are owned either by News Limited, a subsidiary of News Corporation, or Nine Entertainment Co., with notable exceptions including The West Australian and The Sunday Times in Perth, and The Canberra Times in the nation's capital city.

How many people read The Australian? ›

The Australian is both the most popular daily and weekly newspaper with by far the largest national readership in Australia, attracting an average of 539 thousand readers for its weekday editions.

What do Aussies call cars? ›

THE ''ute'' is to Australians what the pickup is to Americans: a blue-collar icon and a symbol of rugged independence. Utes are integral to everyday existence in the bush -- and, increasingly, to life in the city. What's a ute? A utility vehicle, though the term has a different connotation down under.

What do Aussies call ketchup? ›

Ketchup is underrated. We call it tomato sauce in Australia.

What do they call cigarettes in Australia? ›

Durry, a New Zealand or Australian slang term for cigarette.

Why do Aussies say too easy? ›

Too easy: Another variation on “no worries.” Particularly useful when someone is asking you to do something. That something can, in reality, be either easy or not. Example 1: “Can I please have a glass of water?” “Too easy.”

Why do Aussies say far out? ›

This phrase has nothing to do with swimming or life-saving, as in, “did you get to that surfer before the shark?” “no, he was too far out” = incorrect. “Far Out” is said when you really can't believe something.

Why do Aussies say Ripper? ›

Ripper. Chances are, you'll be using this word a lot. Meaning awesome or fantastic, if something is “bloody ripper” it must be totally amazing!

What is another word for Crikey? ›

What is another word for crikey?
gee whizgolly
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What kind of word is Crikey? ›

CRIKEY (interjection) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary.

Who is famous for saying Crikey? ›

A selection of quotes from television star and wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin, who died Monday after being fatally stabbed in the chest with a stingray barb. —“Crikey!” — his catch phrase, exclaimed repeatedly during his television show. —“Crikey, mate.

When did Crikey become a word? ›

Attested from the 19th century.

What is the F word in Australia? ›

Bugger off/me

Calling someone a bugger can be used affectionately or derogatorily. The general expletive can be used in any situation, and roughly means,“F*** off/me” or “Well, I'll be damned!”

Why do Australians say no weird? ›

So, What Is Naur And Where Did It Come From? Naur is literally just the phonetic spelling of the word “no” in an Australian accent, which has become a playful way to mock the nasal, drawn-out sounds of an Aussie speaking.

Do Australians say bloody? ›

Bloody, as an adjective or adverb, is a commonly used expletive attributive in British English, Australian English, Irish English, Indian English and a number of other Commonwealth nations. It has been used as an intensive since at least the 1670s.

Do Australians actually say GDAY? ›

It surely sounds strange to those who are familiar with American or British English, but it is a very common expression in Australia. G'day is a shortened form of 'Good Day' and it is the equivalent of 'Hello. ' Mate means friend or buddy and it can be used to address your friend or a total stranger.

Do Aussies say Blimey? ›

Australians are known for their colorful slang and for using words that seem to be entirely made up, such as crickey, blimey, sheila and dunny.

How do Australians say cranky? ›

Contributor's comments: Cranky is used in South Australia and the NT as well. Contributor's comments: In Tassie the pronunciation is closer to 'kran-kee' or 'krank-ee' than 'krangkee.

Who are the 15 billionaires that own the media? ›

  • Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post.
  • John Henry, The Boston Globe.
  • Glen Taylor, Star Tribune.
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times.
  • Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Joe Mansueto, Inc. and Fast Company.
  • Laurene Powell Jobs, The Atlantic.
  • Marc Benioff, Time.

Who is the richest media owner? ›

With a net worth of US$21.7 billion as of 2 March 2022, Murdoch is the 31st richest person in the United States and the 71st richest in the world.
Rupert Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch AC KCSG
BornKeith Rupert Murdoch 11 March 1931 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
CitizenshipAustralia (1931–1985) United States (naturalized 1985)
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What is the richest media company in the world? ›

In the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 list, Comcast is America's largest media conglomerate, in terms of revenue, with The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Global, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox Corporation completing the top four.

What are the Big Six in media? ›

Some estimates claim as much as 90% of U.S. media is controlled by just six companies. The big six media companies right now are Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), AT&T (NYSE:T), Paramount Global (NASDAQ:PARA), Sony (NYSE:SONY), and Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) (NASDAQ:FOX).

What is the largest media corporation in the world? ›

The World's Largest Media Companies 2022
1Comcast Corporation Class A116,385
2Walt Disney Company72,982
3Charter Communications, Inc. Class A51,682
4Netflix, Inc.30,402
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What are the six corporations that own 90% of the media? ›

Now, 90% of the media in the United States is controlled by just six corporations: AT&T, CBS, Comcast, Disney, Newscorp and Viacom.

What is the most respected newspaper in Australia? ›

Here is the list with Top 10 Australian Newspapers, listed by popularity.
  • Herald Sun ...
  • The Daily Telegraph ...
  • The Courier-Mail ...
  • The Sydney Morning Herald ...
  • The West Australian

What is Australia's most read newspaper? ›

Circulation of print newspapers

The Herald Sun has the highest circulation in Australia.

How much does a newspaper owner make? ›

The salaries of Newspaper Publishers in the US range from $12,530 to $331,081 , with a median salary of $60,582 . The middle 57% of Newspaper Publishers makes between $60,583 and $150,660, with the top 86% making $331,081.

What is the biggest Australian owned company? ›

Largest companies listed on ASX Australia 2022

As of July 5, 2021, the largest company listed on the Australian stock exchange was BHP Group Limited, with a total market capitalization of over 200 billion Australian dollars.

What is the largest Australian company? ›

BHP Group

What is Australia's largest company based on revenue? ›

BHP Group Australia

The Company global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. BHP Group Australia is the Largest and the biggest company in Australia based on the Revenue.

Is crikey a British slang? ›

Crikey definition

(brit., slang) Used to express surprise, wonder, etc. The definition of crikey is a British exclamation of surprise. When something surprises you, this is an example of a time when you might say "crikey!"

What does crikey mean British? ›

(ˈkraɪki ) interjection. British, Slang. used to express surprise, wonder, etc. Word Frequency.

What do Aussies call Britain? ›

When Australians use the word “pom”, they are talking about the British, more specifically the English.

What do Australians call British? ›

Pommy or Pom

The terms Pommy, Pommie and Pom, in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand usually denotes a British person.

Why do Aussies say yeah nah? ›

The seemingly contradictory term is a boardroom regular - a setting in which we usually hope to elicit opinions and give little offence. Yeah, nah provides an informal, easy way to agree, disagree, deflect attention off ourselves and move between topics with a little more tact than we would have twenty years ago.

Is Crikey a swear word? ›

Crikey. Some may argue that this isn't a swear word, but it's an important English word to recognized nevertheless. Crikey is often used to show astonishment and surprise, similar to the way the word 'Christ!' is used.

Do Aussies really say Crikey? ›

Crikey. What it means: An expression of surprise. Nothing is more Australian than the word "crikey" — especially since it's associated with our beloved Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin (may he rest in peace).

Do the Irish say Crikey? ›

Interjection. (UK, Ireland, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand) An exclamation of astonishment.

What is another word for Crikey? ›

What is another word for crikey?
gee whizgolly
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What is a Tilly in Australia? ›

Contributor's comments: "Tilly" is an nickname members of the Defence Force (Army) use to describe the Tracked Load Carrier (TLC). It is a Utility type tracked vehicle from the M113 family of vehicles. It is used for carrying a wide variety of commodities ranging from fuel and water to rations, stores and ammunition.

What do Aussies call police? ›

Emergency—police, fire or ambulance

Call Triple Zero (000) for urgent assistance from police, ambulance or fire brigade. This is a free call from any phone in Australia. You should call 000 in a life threatening or time critical emergency.

What do Australians call postman? ›

Postie. This is simple: A postie is a postman, someone who delivers our letters and parcels every day.

What do Aussies call a garage? ›

garage. car repair shop: the regionalism is in the pronunciation - South-west Aussies say gar arj; Melbournians say garage as in carriage. Contributor's comments: Victorians say "gar arj"!

What do Australians call a fridge? ›

The term "esky" is also commonly used in Australia to generically refer to portable coolers or ice boxes and is part of the Australian vernacular, in place of words like "cooler" or "cooler box" and the New Zealand "chilly bin".

What do you call a British girl? ›

Bird. This is British slang for a girl or a woman.

What do Australians call flip flops? ›

The shoe known in Australia as a “thong” is one of the oldest styles of footwear in the world.

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