Jim Chalmer’s first Federal Budget was politically astute, containging few surprises, and lacking in courage to tackle the big challenges. In the kind of double-speak that would make George Orwell proud, Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox has made the most of Albo’s Jobs and Skills Summit. Mikhail Gorbachev single-handedly changed the world to a more peaceful place, at least for a few short years. The Department of Parliamentary Services has moved into the 21st century, finally tweaking to the need for a social media policy for its staff. Qantas is wanting to take over Alliance Airlines, a competitor in the FIFO market The ACCC is not so sure it’s a good idea, so what’s the scam? The Labor government has yet to say how it’ll “fix” the NBN, while the other telco giants are variously courting and badgering the ACCC about the use of mobile spectrum. It’s the game that never ends in the land of Australian... The election count is finished and Fatima Payman, an Afhgan refugee who came to Australia on a refugee boat in 1999, is the final candidate to have her Senate seat confirmed. Qantas is trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. Passengers stranded, flights cancelled, accusations of price gouging, refunds on hold. What’s the scam? The previous Government spent an additional $12 billion on the National Broadband Network (NBN) compared to the original plan, with little to show for it, while much of Australia still struggles with slow Internet connections. While the AEC is counting a preference flow going to independents and not to the major parties, the nation awaits a final result. It’ll take days.