Squiz Today / 27 May 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 27 May

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Getting you to the weekend in good nick. 

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Squiz Sayings

“Even if we did want to summon Satan, it’s not against university or union policy to do so.”

Said Adelaide University Occult Club president Ashley Towner after its application for affiliation with the Adelaide University Union was rejected after a complaint about the company it might seek to keep. As is often the case with administrative matters, the devil’s in the detail…

The Heard-Depp trial draws to a close

After 6 weeks of testimony, countless witnesses and more mud being slung than you would find in Lismore, the defamation trial involving actors/former couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is set to wrap up today. Depp is suing Heard for US$50 million for implying in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she suffered domestic abuse in their tumultuous marriage. Heard is countersuing Depp for US$100 million after his lawyer told the media her allegations were false.

They met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009, started dating in 2012, and married in 2015. A year later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing him of abuse. This isn’t their first legal battle – in 2018, Depp unsuccessfully sued the Sun newspaper for libel after it called him “a wife-beater.” This time around, Depp is suing Heard after describing herself in the article (that didn’t name him) as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp says he didn’t abuse her and that she’s a liar who frequently attacked him. He’s also called on former girlfriends like supermodel Kate Moss to defend his character. But Heard says Depp was controlling, violent, and prone to jealous rages and drug binges. Needless to say, the trial has had unbelievable levels of coverage in mainstream and social media.

Sure, the 2 big-time actors have a huge public profile, but commentators say it’s become a referendum on #MeToo – the movement that gathered pace in 2017 as women in Hollywood called out abuse and harassment. And while some say the Depp-Heard trial is an example of ‘credibility discounting’ – aka the blasting of the characters of women who come forward – others say it’s a check on a movement that has failed to give the accused a right of reply. There is some agreement that it’s not straightforward, with the couple’s marital counsellor testifying that they engaged in “mutual abuse”. The jury is set to retire to consider a verdict, so watch this space.

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Powering up electricity prices

Prepare for a shock if you live on Australia’s east coast and you’re on a ‘default market offer‘ with your electricity provider. To explain… Electricity retailers can offer special deals, and some bundle your electricity bill with your gas, for example. That requires consumers to do some research and even (gasp…) get on the phone to talk it through. About 10% of households and small businesses haven’t done that and are paying the default market offer, which is a price that’s capped by the Australian Energy Regulator. Yesterday, it detailed those prices for the next financial year with an average jump of 14%/$227 in NSW, 11%/$165 in Queensland, and 7%/$124 in South Australia. Victoria has a different process – its authority has outlined a 5%/$61 price rise. The reason it’s on the up? The price of coal is sky-high, and it’s what powers about 60% of our electricity generation – and the floods haven’t helped. The experts’ advice is to shop around for the best deal.

Australian News Business & Finance

Dutton firming up as opposition leader

As Labor edges closer to a majority in the House of Reps, the Liberal Party has launched a review into its election performance that has seen the Coalition reduced to its smallest share of seats in at least 70 years. Looking forward, Queensland Liberal Peter Dutton is likely to become the leader on Monday, making him the first from outside NSW to head up the Libs since Alexander Downer in 1995. Borrowing a line from another Queenslander, he said “I’m not the prettiest bloke on the block, but I hope I’m going to be pretty effective”. That came after Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek said he looked like Harry Potter series villain Voldemort. PM Anthony Albanese ruled his colleague’s sledge out of order because he wants to change the political climate. Sussan Ley, the former environment minister, is set to become the Liberals’ 2nd female deputy leader, and Victorian Darren Chester says he will challenge Barnaby Joyce for the leadership of the Nationals on Monday.


The richest of them all

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has topped the Financial Review’s latest rich list for the 3rd consecutive year (paywall). With a personal fortune of $34.02 billion, soaring demand for iron ore placed Rinehart ahead of fellow industry player Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and his $30.72 billion stash. Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes ($27.8 billion) and Scott Farquhar ($26.41 billion) are 3rd and 4th. Then it’s packaging king Anthony Pratt and his family ($24.30 billion), Meriton founder Harry Triguboff ($21.25 billion), businessman/yellow fan Clive Palmer ($19.55 billion), Canva co-founders Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht ($13.80 billion), ex-Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg ($12.2 billion), and shopping-centre genius Frank Lowy ($9.27 billion). That’s a lot of dough… 

Australian News Business & Finance

Keeping the Colonel’s secret

Colonel Sanders’ recipe of 11 secret herbs and spices is one of the best-kept secrets in the food industry, but a new UK documentary has given an insight into how the recipe for KFC’s iconic fried chicken is kept under wraps. According to one team member interviewed by Channel 5’s Secrets of the Fast Food Giants, the recipe is kept in a vault in Kentucky, and “only 2 or 3 people” in the world know what it is. The company is so serious about guarding the secret that the factories that make the spice blend don’t even know what goes into it – 2 factories make half each, and it’s combined by the company. Given all the secretiveness, the insider didn’t reveal what’s in the mix, but plenty of copycat recipes are available online for fans to try out.  

Quirky News

Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Looks like a tree rich with foliage, but not everything is how it seems

If you’re getting fired up to ride into the Danger Zone with a long-awaited sequel, this tale of how the original Top Gun’s iconic track came to be voiced by Kenny Loggins is quite a story.

If you’re looking for a meat-free meal idea, we enjoyed these stuffed mushrooms this week – great with green veg/salad. And with all the lurgies going around, it’s time for a batch of our favourite chicken noodle soup as a preventative measure…

Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know which bestselling author unsuccessfully attempted to burn one of her own books this week? Have a crack at the Squiz Quiz. 

Squiz the Day

2.30pm-4.00pm (AEST) – Memorial service for former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds – Riverway Stadium, Townsville

ABS Data Release – Retail Trade, April

Start of National Reconciliation Week (on until 3 June)

Start of Vivid Festival – Sydney (until 18 June)

Birthdays for former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1923), One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (1954), muso Neil Finn (1958), actor Joseph Fiennes (1970), and chef Jamie Oliver (1975)

Anniversary of:
• the Habeas Corpus Act (strengthening a person’s right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment) passes in England (1679)
• the founding of Saint Petersburg by Russian Tsar Peter the Great (1703)
• Australians voting in favour of a constitutional referendum granting the government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and count them in the national census (1967)
• actor Christopher Reeve becoming paralysed from the neck down after falling from a horse (1995)
• Russian President Boris Yeltsin signing a historic treaty with NATO (1997)
• the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicting 4 people including President Slobodan Milošević for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo (1999)
• the marriage of Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and Aussie model/entrepreneur Miranda Kerr (2017)

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