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About John Christie

I read and write about (mostly Australian) business, politics, culture and the like. In other words, whatever happens to catch my fancy at a given moment. George Orwell wrote a column called "As I Please," in which he scribbled about whatever was on his mind. Think of me like that--only, you know, without the literary brilliance.

Fine Food Australia canceled due to COVID uncertainty

The organisers of Fine Food Australia, the country’s largest trade event for the food and hospitality industries, have announced that this year’s event—originally scheduled to go down from 7 to 10 September—is canceled. In a statement on the Fine Food Australia website, the organisers cited the ongoing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic as the […]

A great wall is being erected between Australia and China

A number of Australian businesses are participating in a social media drive called “Australia Welcomes You.” The aim is to reassure prospective Chinese students and tourists that it is a good idea to come to Australia, despite an uptick in anti-Chinese prejudice associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, believed to have got its start in a […]

Former BlueScope Steel manager hit with criminal obstruction charges

Jason Ellis, former general manager of sales and marketing for BlueScope Steel, a leading Australian steel manufacturer, has been charged with two counts of attempting to obstruct the inquiry of a Commonwealth official. Ellis is said to have worked behind the scenes to obstruct a probe by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) into an […]

Monsanto sued by Australian farmer claiming the company’s Roundup product caused his cancer

Anti-social agrochemical corporation Monsanto—now owned by anti-social pharmaceutical corporation Bayer—is finally getting its comeuppance. High time. In May, a California court order the company to pay more than $2 billion USD to a couple who were diagnosed with cancer after using its carcinogenic weedkiller, Roundup. Alva and Alberta Pilliod both got non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from Roundup: […]

Someone from Western Sydney won the $12m Powerball prize and doesn’t know it

If you took a chance on the Powerball lottery the other night, find your ticket and look at the numbers closely. Somebody won the $12 million jackpot and is apparently unaware of their windfall. The anonymous person is the only person in all of Australia with the winning ticket—all that money belongs to them (unlike […]

Retail Food Group attempting to crawl out of the pit into which it threw itself

Floundering food conglomerate Retail Food Group (RFG), parent of Donut King, Pizza Capers and Michel’s Patisserie among other well-known companies, announced a fund drive to raise $150 million and save the firm. Business New Australia reports that $118.5 million of that money will be used to repay debts: “As part of the raise the company’s […]

ACT gov’t steps in to fix unsound building after developer refuses to address structural issues

An apartment complex in Kingston is not structurally sound and is at risk of collapsing. The company that built the structure, however, has refused requests from the Australia Capital Territory government to address the issue. Per ABC, the Morrison Construction Corporation (MCC) ironically claims that the proposed emergency work on the building will cause damage […]

Official issues warning to Australian drivers after attack on Saudi oil facilities

Oil markets are roiling in the wake of a drone attack on two major Saudi Arabian oil installations. The attack itself caused an immediate spike in oil prices. Then came Donald Trump’s tweet: “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit are locked and loaded depending on […]

Uber Eats driver taking action against company for wage theft, wrongful termination

You’ve heard of the “gig economy” haven’t you? Well, here’s an example of why it gets so much bad press. Amita Gupta of Adelaide signed up to work for Uber Eats as a delivery driver. Apparently an industrious individual, Gupta clocked 96 hours of work in a single week—for which she was paid a total […]

Volkswagen, Audi settle Australian class action suit

Two big class action lawsuits in Australia against The Volkswagen Group and Audi have been settled. ABC reports that the vehicle manufacturers have agreed to pay between $87 million and $127.1 million, which works out to about $1,400 per affected vehicle. Details have not been made public and the settlement still must be approved by the […]

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