When bushfires die down, they don't just suddenly go out. That's a job for the mop-up crews, the unseen heroes of Australia's bushfire season.
The barrage of blokey ads. The sponsorship signage. The steady drip of endorsements by smiling sports stars. Online betting giants are pumping millions into the battle for the minds and wallets of Australian punters, with a singular aim: making you reach for your phone. Now a 7.30 investigation can reveal details about the powerful machinery behind one of the country's leading sports betting operators — a company that has spent nearly half a billion dollars over five years on endeavours aimed at tightening its grip on this rapidly growing market.
Paul Farrell, Inga Ting and Amy Donaldson investigate the tangled web of influence associated with SportsBet. From various sporting clubs to the tech giants, the 7:30 Report uncovers the ways in which the betting company has managed to spend nearly half a billion on advertising in a five year period. This reminds me of a post from Tom Cummings from a few years ago looking at the roll gambling had in relation to Hawthorne’s grand final success.
Willesee: "If I buy a birthday cake from a cake shop and GST is in place, do I pay more or less for that birthday cake?"Hewson: "…If it is a cake shop, a cake from a cake shop that has sales tax, and it's decorated and has candles as you say, that attracts sales tax, then of course we scrap the sales tax, before the GST is..."Willesee: "OK — it's just an example. If the answer to a birthday cake is so complex — you do have a problem with the overall GST?"
Fans of women's sport, the broader LGBTIQ community and those interested in gender equity more broadly — these are the people I see drawn to AFLW matches, many of whom would have made the trip to Footscray for their first ever match of Australian rules football on Friday.
The Night is Yours concert included performances from Tim Minchin, Christine Anu, Ross Wilson, Ben Folds, Daryl Braithwaite, Casey Donovan, Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, Client Liaison, Baker Boy, Kaiit, G Flip and Kimbra. What was really interesting was to hear artists cover the classics.
This is one of the reasons why the funding of the ABC is so important, with the only ad of mention being the spoof around Hottest One Hundred voting:
Why the ABC and public broadcasting is vital to the community. Transcript of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie’s speech at the Melbourne Press Club, Tuesday 19 June, 2018.
In response to the recent call to sell the ABC, Michelle Guthrie presents a speech explaining the value of the Australian Broadcasting Commission in today’s world. I must be honest, I don’t listen to the ABC as much as I used to, however I follow a number of podcasts, such as RN Future Tense, and often turn to their website as a first port of call for news. In a time when there is a lot of discussion about the ownership of core infrastructure, it seems strange to sell the ABC. I wonder if this is a reflection of the changes to the media landscape that my nostalgia is overlooking?
The Liberal Party’s peak council voted overwhelmingly in favour of privatising the public broadcaster with backing of a conservative think-tank.