By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
Say what you will about the British Royal family, and I certainly have, but it's hard to deny the clear and obvious marketability of Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle during their current trip to Australia.
Royal fans and Monarchists have taken the opportunity to drive home their belief in the status quo while Republicans around the country have once again taken a significant back seat as the pair, who are clearly genuinely in love, strut their stuff across Australia leaving a trail of highly marketable snapshots in their wake.
Whatever the sins of their ancestors or your thoughts on Australia seizing control of itself and becoming a Republic, it's hard to deny the pair are affectionately likeable and the best propaganda Monarchists have right now until the next royal child comes along.
It was a bad week for...
Yeah, sometimes I feel like I should simply re-name this section 'it was a bad week for Scott Morrison,' but that would take all the fun out of it.
Just when you think Australia's 30th prime minister couldn't lurch into yet another embarrassing gaffe he's managed to do just that.
Thankfully, this time, it won't come as a big cost to tax payers, unlike many of his highly dubious and unpopular policy ideas.
We might be forced to shell out $50 for a new website domain though given the PM let www.scottmorrison.com.au lapse and see it fall into the hands of someone who simply replace the entire page with a video of the great 2000s one-hit wonder Lustra's 'Scotty Doesn't Know.'
He might now a few things, but apparently basic admin is beyond the PM right now. Not a great look.
Yeah, I think we all saw that coming, right?
Don't tell those helpful pollies who repeatedly voted against a Royal Commission into the banking sector and then said it was a pointless endeavour when it was finally brought to life, but our banks were rorting us pretty savagely.
Like all their big-four mates, the NAB have been fingered as dodgy amid news the bank has sacked around 300 bankers for conduct described as "appalling" in a "difficult and shameful year."
Bank boss Andrew Thorburn says he regrets that customers have lost trust in the National Australia Bank, but they're not alone as we begin to uncover the shameful and deceitful depths all four of the big-four banks plumbed in order to take money from us.
Be it charging dead people for financial advice, creating kid's savings accounts for commissions or straight up taking cash out of everyday battler's bank accounts for ridiculous extra fees and charges, we've been taken for one hell of a ride by our banks.
Here's hoping there's some actual accountability across the board as we move forward.
In the name of the father
While some suggest he's simply acting as a mouthpiece for his father, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, there's something a little enjoyable about Alex Turnbull, a Singapore based hedge fund manager from unleashing on the 'right wing crazies' who he claims are holding the LNP government hostage.
Turnbull junior blames this conservative minority for his father's downfall and named Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Kevin Andrews, Angus Taylor and Eric Abetz as the five craziest members of the LNP.
To be fair, it's hard to argue.
Andrews and Abetz sit quietly in parliament and control small conservative factions with significant influence while Dutton and Abbott have shed any real semblance of discretion when it comes to mucking things up in a desperate attempt to extract revenge on colleagues.
Taylor, probably the smartest of the bunch, is merely a fossil fuel lobbyist who happens to be the Energy Minister, so that's comforting.
Just a quick thank you...
Unfortunately The Pioneer Australia isn't quite raking in enough cash for me to sit here and bash a keyboard all day, so I have a day job to pay the bills.
For the past 18 months I have worked in the Fairfield office of my department and have loved every single second of working with a group of 30-40 of the most highly skilled and lovely people I have ever met.
I'm moving on to a new fresh challenge in our Parramatta office as of next month, but I wanted to put on record my gratitude to my colleagues and the special atmosphere they have created.
None of you will be forgotten.