Job Cuts At Fairfax, News Ltd As Leadership Speculation Departments Scrapped

Australian satire

Dozens of journalists were offered redundancies today as the country’s major news outlets shut down the ‘Leadership Speculation’ arms of their operations.

A spokesperson for one newspaper, which employed seven full-time staff to write stories about a possible leadership battle, said she was devastated that the Labor leadership had finally been resolved, but also felt vindicated. “For over three years we’ve been saying that a leadership challenge was imminent. And in the end, it was”.

Earlier in the day, a team of investigative journalists specialising in Julia Gillard’s clothing choices was told there was no longer work available for them.

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  1. asankabrendon

    June 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm


  2. mludowyk

    June 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Surely they could start writing about the Turnbull vs Abbott polls?

    • The Tunnel

      June 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Yes, surely? Or would that be disrespectful?

    • narcoticmusing

      July 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      But then that would require them to be non-partisan.

  3. donna

    June 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    you dont talk about the clothes get it

  4. Mike

    June 28, 2013 at 12:01 am

    You’re an adept spindoctor – run for office!

  5. Tone Edge

    June 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    They’ll all have to move to india, I hear News & Fairfax are hiring quite a few folk over there now. 🙂

  6. Sean O'Grady

    June 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

    What about journo’s interviewing journo’s speculating about leadership. We are looking at massive cuts here.

  7. Nixando

    July 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Why don’t they have a dedicated team to look at Politician’s Pay Increases and their allowances? Most specifically, Qld MP’s who as at 1 July get $500 less than federal MPs…

  8. Rex Haw

    July 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    So were they only hired to target a female PM…now we have a male one we don’t need them anymore??

  9. Rex Haw

    July 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    How can anything be imminent for three years???

    • narcoticmusing

      July 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Rex, you don’t work in a large organisation with a HR or IT area do you? If you did, you’d know of the many “improvements” that are always “imminent.

      • Rex Haw

        July 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Actually HAVE worked with big organisations, the most recent being Law Enforcement which is totally dependent on good IT services…where every issue was rectifieds or replaced within hours ..if not minutes.

    • Cath O'Connor

      July 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      exactly my thought Rex