Squiz Today / 07 September 2022

Squiz Today – Wednesday, 7 September

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Squiz Sayings

“Looking forward to a visit soon! Get the meatballs ready”

Tweeted @Liztruss in response to a congratulatory tweet from Sweden’s PM Magdalena Andersson. Trouble is she’s not the UK’s new PM – that would be @trussliz…

It’s hard to soar like an eagle…

Jetstar has become the latest airline to apologise to customers after several mishaps left customers stranded in Bali, Thailand and Japan in recent days. Reports say its long-haul fleet has been cut from 11 aircraft to 6 due to maintenance and engineering problems caused by “a lightning strike, a bird strike, damage from an item on the runway and delays sourcing a specific spare part,” a Jetstar spokesman said. That’s seen the Qantas-owned budget airline cancel flights to and from those destinations, leaving more than 4,000 people in the lurch. In some cases, Jetstar has been unable to offer many unhappy customers new flights home more than a week after their original travel dates.

It’s a good question because Qantas and Virgin have also had their fair share of troubles since COVID restrictions were lifted and travel was back on again. Looking back on their performance last month, Jetstar was well behind the pack in terms of on-time performance with 42.8% landing more than 15-minutes late, compared to Qantas (33.9%) and Virgin Australia (30.7%). But the result was flipped on cancellations. Virgin leads that score with 2.3% of flights canned, followed by Qantas (2.1%) and Jetstar (1.92%). They are all hoping that July was as bad as it will get after struggling through high levels of staff absenteeism due to sickness. What will get harder for Qantas in the coming weeks is the threat of strikes… On Monday next week, 350 ground handlers from Dnata, who have a contract with Qantas, will walk off the job in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide for 24 hours. Workers from companies like Dnata are covering some of the 2,000 ground crew roles Qantas dumped at the start of the pandemic.

You’re not wrong. And one that will be keenly felt today is the ‘shutdown’ of 1,000 childcare centres led by the United Workers Union. It’s nationwide, and the union says it’s focused on 3 things: better pay, better recognition of the valuable work they do, and taking a stand against child care providers whose business model is to generate profit. “If someone can walk out of a child care centre and make more money stacking shelves in Woolworths, we’ve got a problem.” The Albanese Government says it’s addressing the first 2 issues via its $5 billion election promise that will significantly increase child care subsidies. Why make a stand today? It’s Early Childhood Educators’ Day…

Australian News Business & Finance

Squiz the Rest

A twist in the Canada stabbings case

One of the 2 suspects in the stabbing deaths of 10 people in Canada’s Saskatchewan province has been found dead near the area where the attacks occurred. Authorities say 31yo Damien Sanderson had injuries that they believe were not self-inflicted, leading to speculation that the man still at large – his 30yo brother Myles Sanderson – could be responsible. The younger brother is thought to be in Saskatchewan’s capital Regina, about 335 kilometres south of where the attacks occurred. Alerts have also been issued in the neighbouring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. Police say they are still determining a motive for the attack, but senior Indigenous leaders have suggested rampant drug and alcohol use in reserves are to blame.

Crime World News

Treading softly in the Solomon Islands

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has confirmed Australia has offered to help the Solomon Islands pay for their elections next year as their parliament debates a controversial bill that would see it delayed until 2024. PM Manasseh Sogavare says the nation can’t afford to hold an election due in May next year and host the China-supported Pacific Games scheduled for November in 2023, leading opposition members to accuse Sogavare of being ‘anti-democratic’. And while our diplomats don’t want to be seen as meddling in the Solomons’ domestic politics, that is exactly what Sogavare accused Australia of last night, calling the offer “inappropriate”. But we were in the good books earlier this week: Sogavare announced that we are exempt from a moratorium on naval ships docking there. Swings and roundabouts…

World News

Yet another rate rise

As expected, the Reserve Bank raised interest rates by 0.5% for a 5th straight month yesterday, taking the official cash rate to 2.35% – the highest its been since 2015. Those with a $500,000 mortgage will have to plant another money tree/find an extra $150 every month. Despite recent slumps in home prices and consumer confidence, Governor Philip Lowe said most borrowers are yet to feel the full effects of the rate rises because they saved well during COVID. But Commonwealth Bank economists are among those calling on the Reserve Bank to back off a bit, warning that because increases usually take about 3 months to be felt by borrowers, the lag could knock the economy down the track. Yesterday, PM Anthony Albanese said cost of living relief is “what you will see in our Budget” due on 25 October.

Australian News Business & Finance

AFL takes a broadcast specky

“It’s a historic day for our code and the future of the code,” said AFL Chairman Richard Goyder as he unveiled a $4.5 billion, 7-year broadcast deal with Seven and Foxtel to show AFL and AFLW matches for 2025-2031. It’s the largest in Australian history, and reports say it’s far more than the AFL was hoping for. With its sights set $600 million a year, the league has scored a deal valued at $642 million annually, up from $473 million a year under the current deal with Seven/Foxtel. It got so high because Ten/Paramount bid $6 billion over 10 years, which gave the AFL a big card to play. It’s not a bad way for CEO Gillion McLachlan to end his time at the AFL… For fans, a detailed review of the ins and outs of the deal is here. For comparison, at the end of last year, the NRL signed a 5-year, $2 billion broadcast deal with Nine, Fox Sports and Sky NZ. Meanwhile, Seven is trying to get out of its cricket deal… 

Australian News Sport

Resisting the endless scroll

Doomscrolling is the compulsive urge to keep surfing the web/social media apps for bad news, and it’s not hard to do with a global pandemic, violent conflicts and an impending climate crisis. But new research has found the habit is not healthy. After surveying 1,100 people, the study found that 16.5% showed signs of “severely problematic” news consumption. And of the most severe doomscrollers, 74% reported experiencing mental health problems, and 61% reported physical issues. Texas Tech University’s Associate Professor Bryan McLaughlin said doomscrollers tended to get stuck in a “vicious cycle” that sucks them in further. Which, ahem, is exactly what makes The Squiz so good…

Health Technology

Apropos of Nothing

NSW is attempting to lure the Logies away from the Sunshine State as part of a potential broadcasting deal with Seven. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate reckons the celebs enjoy having the event on the Goldie, and he’s already planning his outfit for 2023. Now that’s confidence…

Three bottlenose dolphins have been released from a sanctuary in Bali, 3 years after being rescued from a tourist hotel. It took Johnny, Rocky and Rambo an hour to work up the courage to leave their pen, but Johnny had the biggest smile after he got crowns to fix his worn-down chompers.

Getting paid to do nothing sounds like a pipe dream, but 38yo Tokyo man Shoji Morimoto says it’s possible… For $100, he sells his ‘companionship’, doing nothing in particular, like playing on a see-saw and waving someone off at a train station. Note: he insists there’s no ‘funny business…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

10.15am (AEST) – Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Quarter Finals – Nick Kyrgios v Karen Khachanov

12.30pm (AEST) – President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta addresses the National Press Club of Australia – Canberra

Brazil celebrates its bicentennial Independence Day

ABS Data Release – Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, June

Threatened Species Day, on the anniversary of the death of the last Tassie Tiger Benjamin, at the Hobart Zoo (1936)

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

Early Childhood Educators’ Day

Indigenous Literacy Day

Start of Spinal Injury Awareness Week (until 13 September)

Anniversary of:
• Australia observing a ‘day of humiliation’ and praying for rain during a bad drought. Rain started falling 3 days later… (1902)
• the start of the Blitz when Germany bombed London for 57 nights as the Nazis prepared for an invasion (1940)
• the shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur (1996)
• Tony Abbott becoming PM after the Coalition defeated the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Labor Government (2013)
• the death of rapper Mac Miller (2018)

3.00am (AEST) – Apple’s annual iPhone event. It’s expected we’ll hear about the iPhone 14 lineup, the new Apple Watch Series 8, and the rumoured Apple Watch Pro

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