MELBOURNE: Television viewers this morning were given a stark reminder of just how cash-strapped the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has become under severe budget cuts over recent years under the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments.
In the ABC News Breakfast program’s “what the papers say” segment, co-host Michael Rowland broke corporation rules that ban mentioning brand names when he lamented that the only coffee available in the studio’s tearoom at Southbank was instant Nescafe blend 43.
As this edition of The Bug was being prepared for upload, concerned, masked Melburnians by the dozen were dropping off coffee supplies outside the ABC’s main entrance on Southbank.
The contributions included many tins of International Roast and one large bottle of Moccona classic medium roast left by a middle-aged Toorak lady who was clearly well off.
CANBERRA: Australia’s most senior public servant has scoffed at reports that he has resigned to take up an acting career in a new ABC six-part television series, Yes Australian Prime Minister.
The Bug was one of the media outlets that reported at the weekend that the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Philip Gaetjens, had agreed to play himself in a satirical series based on his exceptionally funny, David Brent cringeworthy- level evidence at a Senate hearing last week into the so-called sports rorts affair and possible breaches of caretaker conventions.
“From what I’ve heard of the script, my character would clearly be paying homage to Sir Humphrey Appleby, played brilliantly by the late Nigel Hawthorne in the original British series 34 years ago,” Mr Gaetjens said.
“And that of course is absurd. Sir Humphrey had the prime minister wrapped around his little finger and more often than not played him off a break.
“My relationship with Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the exact opposite.”
SYDNEY: A modest Scott Morrison has downplayed his role in saving the life of a woman who slipped and fell on rocks at Kurnell in southern Sydney late last week.
Clearly embarrassed by the coverage given to the incident by News Corp Australia newspapers and the Nine television network (below), Mr Morrison told The Bug: “I only did what any professional first responder would have done, let alone someone who is the Father of the Nation and much loved wartime leader.”
The prime minister added that Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lacked the ticker to ever be PM and that only the LNP has ever been able to manage economies well.