Tuning into soap opera of which even TV would be proud
Posted by Vietnam Swans on April 9, 2012
Remember the debacle that was supposed to be a tender process for Australia’s broadcasting services (including the telecast of AFL matches) into Asia? Well, in today’s Age newspaper, Katherine Murphy gives us a “rare insight into how business is sometimes done in Canberra.”
IF YOU want to learn two things — how bad things were in the preamble to the leadership showdown between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, and how Canberra works through such transient trifles as political power struggles — read the Auditor-General’s report on the botched Australia Network tender.
It’s worth recounting the Auditor-General’s narrative, because rarely do we get such insight into how business is done.
Gillard and her cabinet made a decision in October 2010 that cabinet would decide who ran Australia’s overseas television network at the conclusion of a tender process.
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