As a subscriber to the UK satirical rag, Private Eye (thanks, Dad) I often think it’s a shame Australia doesn’t have a similar publication. Hell, if there’s a country that needs a magazine dedicated to highlighting the corrupting influence of the media, it’s The World’s First Murdochracy (© John Pilger).
Case in point is boorish LNP adviser, and former News Ltd executive, Max Tomlinson.
If you haven’t read the misogynist rant he sent to Dr Carole Ford in response to a piece she wrote for the Curious Fail, do. I happened across it last night and decided to see if there was any more of interest, perhaps regarding the family he’s so vehemently proud of.
A few Google searches later and I’d figured out his two sons both write for the Townsville Bulletin, of which Max Tomlinson was once the managing director. (Never mind testosterone – there’s nothing quite as effective as nepotism for getting on in the world, is there?) Clearly a chip of the old block, one of them used to write “The Bloke” column for the Gold Coast Bulletin. The other, obviously aware of the oncoming shitstorm, wisely switched his Twitter page to private moments after I first viewed it.
So far, so boring.
I next discovered that one of Max’s daughters is called Amy and this is where things get interesting. Google “Amy Tomlinson” and “Townsville” and the first two links are pieces from, you’ve guessed it, The Townsville Bulletin.
However, unlike her brothers, Amy is not the writer of these pieces but the subject matter.
The earlier of the two stories is a bog-standard News Ltd budget response piece from May last year. Amy and fiance Gavin Thomson, echoing the tired cliché of whingeing Aussies everywhere, agonise about the cost of living.
The more recent story, published a mere 7 months later details how Amy’s fortunes have changed and she (and not her fiance, he protests) has purchased a $1.5 million mansion.
Those cost of living pressures have clearly hit the poor old Tomlinson clan hard.