Last night’s Four Corners program on the ABC wasn’t just compelling viewing because it featured reporter Sarah Ferguson embracing her inner A Current Affair and chasing someone down the street with camera crew in tow (in the TV industry, this practice is called “bouncing”).
Or for the fact that after tracking a band of people smugglers around the world, she ended up getting them on camera having coffee with an ABC whistleblower at a coffee shop a hundred metres away from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Ultimo.
It was a ripper story that raised some serious questions about the process people go through to gain asylum here. Ferguson exposed a small group of people smugglers who infiltrated Australia as asylum seekers to tout their business with our refugee community.
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One of the great buzzwords of modern corporate wankery is “monetise”, an unattractive, cooked-up verb meaning to make money out of something. While I’m reluctant to contribute to its spread, it’s about time someone came out and congratulated the Duchess of York for finding a way to monetise the Royal Family.
Her bold move to sell access to her former husband Prince Andrew for £500,000 has been condemned by many as a debasement of everything the Royal Family stands for.
It is obviously just that, as for centuries the Royal Family has stood firmly for the view that it is the God-given birthright of its eccentric members to live high on the hog at terrific public expense.
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