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More trouble at the Shrinking Morning Herald, where up to 35 staff are soon to go:

While sub-editors and graphic designers will be axed, reporters and photographers have been excluded from the job cuts.

Members of the journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, have demanded management reverse the decision.

Very well, then. Fire the reporters and photographers instead.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/27/2007 at 02:47 AM
    1. “Alright, nobody move or the hack gets it”.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 04 27 at 02:54 AM • permalink


    1. This outrage calls for indefinite strike action.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 27 at 02:56 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe if they cut back on the bold everybody could stay on?

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 27 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. Thar’s trouble at Mill?
      Tsk tsk. I’d rather hoped that the SMH would have embraced less economically rationalist policies and saved these workers, putting its own money where its mouth is. Non?

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 27 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. Are they being axed for “operational reasons”?


      Posted by ann j on 2007 04 27 at 03:00 AM • permalink


    1. Many years ago The Age was under threat of a
      buyout (was it Conrad Black?) and all the luvvies
      went on a protest march with signs saying
      “Maintain Your Age”. What a bunch of Whitlam
      loving lefties they all are.

      Posted by scooper on 2007 04 27 at 03:01 AM • permalink


    1. #6

      They beat the buyout and sold out instead.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 27 at 03:06 AM • permalink


    1. Very confusing. I though all the “reporters” had been fired decades ago and replaced with journalists. (No offence intended to you, Tim.)
      And if the journalists’ union wants its members to be included in the sackings, does that mean they don’t want to be still on board after the deck chairs are arranged?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 27 at 03:07 AM • permalink


    1. line on the left, one cross each

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 04 27 at 03:17 AM • permalink


    1. There’s always Cadet Loewenstein.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 04 27 at 03:19 AM • permalink


    1. We got rid of Air America here in the U.S., but who knew the SMH would be next? Brilliant!

      Posted by Joe Peden on 2007 04 27 at 03:28 AM • permalink


    1. #10
      They’d have to put on a couple of sub-editors…

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 04 27 at 03:29 AM • permalink


    1. Hard to be too cynical about this but after being retrenched twice I have a bit of sympathy with all parties.  This kind oif action is usually left too late in that losses are already booked and its hard to take less savage action.

      Its a bastard being on the receiving end, whether a manager, subeditor or a delivery driver.  Best of luck for their future careers.

      Posted by ChrisPer on 2007 04 27 at 03:32 AM • permalink


    1. #13

      With a few exceptions – people who I believe can really go to hell, I agree with you. On the upside, perhaps they’ll forget to send Ed O’Loughlin his food packages.

      Bottom line for a newspaper is circulation. I haven’t bought their papers in years due to the pervasive left-wing, anti-Australian, pro-Jihad, anti-Israel, anti-American bias and a letters page which is essentially an echo chamber rather than a critical analysis.

      I do read it from time to time, of course, and not much has changed. This is something they should have seen coming ages ago (boom boom).

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 04 27 at 04:26 AM • permalink


    1. Say, how do the corporate bankruptcy laws work in Oz? Has anyone at the MH contacted Barrister Lefty yet?

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 04 27 at 04:44 AM • permalink


    1. My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help.

      Sorry, that was the QLD public service culling, non?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 27 at 04:45 AM • permalink


    1. I thought Kirk was a goodie?
      Well he was when he was captain of the Enterprise.

      See what happens when you go to the dark side!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 27 at 05:02 AM • permalink


    1. I heard David Kirk on ABC radio. When asked he didn’t see any left wing bias at Fairfax. He didn’t even acknowledge that journo’s have a political bent at all. At the time I thought this guy is going to try and change things, he just doesn’t want the union to see him coming.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2007 04 27 at 05:07 AM • permalink


    1. Heres an example of why the SMH is up shit creek.

      But as Sheehan himself observes, Islam prohibits not only rape, but sexual contact outside of marriage. There is no sense in which these rapists could justify their crimes on the basis of religious faith. Ignorant, stupid or obscuring?

      Which leads me O/T but the rapist mentioned in “Girls like you” just secured an aquittal after getting the prosecutor removed from the trial as “she might be biased”.

      Heres that story from the Australian.

      And heres the lecture that was used to secure her removal
      The law is an ass, both the rapist and his lawyer should just fuck off and die of shame.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 27 at 05:34 AM • permalink


    1. At a convention of biologists,one researcher remarked to another, “Did you know that we have switched from rats to lawyers for our experiments?”

      “Really?” the other replied, “Why did you switch?”

      “Well, there were five reasons.

      First, we found that lawyers were far more plentiful.

      Second, the lab assistants don’t get so attached to them.

      Third, lawyers multiply faster.

      Fourth, animal rights groups do not object to their torture.

      Finally, fifth, there are some things even a rat won’t do.

      There is one big drawback, however – it can be very hard to project the test result to relate to human beings.”

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 04 27 at 06:48 AM • permalink


    1. Whatever they are doing down at the SMH it seems to be working already. Today’s editorial puts both boots into Fair Work Australia, and even Moir’s cartoon has merit. Hartcher makes a few good points but falls on his arse with “Rudd’s unfolding industrial relations policy, for example, could not have been written by a leader beholden to the union movement”. The editorial, more credibly, thinks that the unions are being looked after very well in this deal.
      Far from “leaving the unions and socialist claptrap far behind”, the ALP is doing PR, work and not much more. Until it ditches the loopy left and the unions, it will carry too much wrong-footing ideological baggage.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 27 at 07:10 AM • permalink


    1. Rumour that shorty Kirk does not have arms long enough to fully open existing SMH and wants something easier to handle.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2007 04 27 at 07:21 AM • permalink


    1. Can I make a suggestion?
      Sack the readers.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 04 27 at 07:59 AM • permalink


    1. Can’t they just reduce the size of the dead tree edition of the paper?  Wouldn’t that save enough money?


      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 04 27 at 09:35 AM • permalink


    1. USA Today makes plenty of money and near as I can tell all they have are sub-editors and graphic designers.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 04 27 at 09:42 AM • permalink


    1. SomeOSeppo… yeah, they just cut out all that annoying content they were having to design around…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 27 at 10:09 AM • permalink


    1. “The quality of the product is already suffering as a result of two previous rounds of redundancies, which stripped more than 100 journalists and other staff from the paper.”

      No, it’s suffering because of the staff that were left behind from the previous two rounds of redundancies.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 27 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Yup. The NEED the editors, but the reporters are a lost cause anyway.

      Posted by mojo on 2007 04 27 at 11:02 AM • permalink


    1. Shrinking Morning Herald

      Successfully Marginalised Hatesheet
      Sequentially Minimised Homilygiver
      Suddenly Minoritised Harbinger
      Swiftly Metrificated Horroriser
      Soundly Mortified Hackhome

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 27 at 01:44 PM • permalink


    1. #19 that’s a pretty hostile review of Paul Sheehan’s book. Patronising, too. Note that the author of the review is not actually an SMH journo, they roped in an outsider to do the hatchet job on Sheehan:
      Kath Albury is a “lecturer in gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney”

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 04 27 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. 30.  daddy dave

      I had a few to chose from, I never really noiticed it was a SMH one till I went back and checked.
      For someone engrossed in cultural studies shes not on the up-and-up with how any self proclaimed “jihadist” is allowed to treat infidel women.
      Mind you it must have strained her lefty brain to find SOME good points about a gang rapist.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 27 at 06:37 PM • permalink


    1. The fairfax shareholders must be having hysterics at the front page the new Islam-Australia story!!!

      Shrinking Morning Herald could hire only politically correct Islamic Journalist and Islamic Photographers it would be a winner!!! Shares would go up in price!!!!

      1.618 recommends: Don’t over-dry your clothes or Newspaper. It causes fabrics and paper fibres to wear thinner and shrink more, and helps elastic and graphic designers to deteriorate.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 27 at 08:28 PM • permalink


    1. #30

      Kath Albury is a “lecturer in gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney”

      Gender and cultural studies – this sounds like a course created to give someone a job, someone who actually didn’t have any real ability other that to talk loud and long about sex and overseas holidays. Higher learning gets lower everyday. Damn shame academics’ salaries haven’t kept pace with this dumbing down.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 28 at 12:34 AM • permalink


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