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Media Flash - May 14, 2001

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BREAKING NEWS

It's 'Difficult' Out There

* JOHN B. FAIRFAX, head of Rural Press, says the group's regional publications are finding sales difficult to attain in softened economic times. He says earnings could be 10 per cent down in the second half of the financial year. This announcement came after 10 consecutive record profits.

* FAIRFAX said: 'Equity accounted losses from investments in the start up agricultural portals in Australia (thefarmshed.com.au) and the US (directag.com) were expected to amount to approximately $2 million over the full year. Trading losses from the group's involvement in outdoor advertising in Street Vision Pty. Limited were expected to amount to approximately $3 million over the full year.

* RURAL PRESS said: 'In spite of the difficult trading environment, the Board and Management were confident of the company's long-term future performance from its core publishing, printing and radio businesses. Local and regional economic conditions were sound, generally good seasonal conditions existed in the company's agricultural markets and prevailing strong prices in the major rural commodities are expected to continue. With some recovery in general economic conditions and a lift in business and consumer confidence, Directors are confident of a return to improved profit performance in the next financial year and re-establishing the record of profit growth.'

* TELEVISION & MEDIA SERVICES also warns that its full-year earnings will be down. TMS comments that its second half earnings will be well down from the $7.14 million for the six months ending December 31, It says cinema advertising revenue is well down over Australia.

* RUPERT MURDOCH'S News Corporation says its net income dropped 34.1 per cent to $A246 million for the three months to March 30. JAN EAKIN and COSIMA MARRINER of the Sydney Morning Herald report Fairfax earnings for YE 2002 have been downgraded by J.P. Morgan (down 20 per cent to $119 million), and JB Were (down 11.5 per cent to $141 million).

Dick Heads Protest

* PETER DICK, 4BC afternoon presenter, led an on-air protest on Friday over the removal of his producer MAGELLA MARSDEN from the airwaves. DICK slammed the new interstate Southern Cross Broadcasting management for being 'out of touch' with the Brisbane listeners. JACINTA KOCH reported in Saturday's Courier-Mail that a 'heated' meeting two weeks ago directed DICK to keep MARSDEN as Producer, but remove her voice for a 'cleaner show'. Two sports journalists left the station last week.

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BREAKING NEWS

ABC Tests Kids Channel

* DAVID SIBLEY, Media Writer for The Canberra Times, says the ABC has finished the first week of test transmissions for its first digital multi-channel. ABC For Kids has been on air, 10am-3pm, starting last Tuesday. An official launch for the channel is expected next month. About 3000 homes nationally are equipped for digital TV. The channel is also expected to be carried by the Foxtel cable service.

Musical Chairs At News Ltd

* PETER BLUNDEN, Editor at Melbourne's Herald Sun, becomes Editor-in-Chief at The Herald & Weekly Times Ltd. ALAN HOWE remains Editor of the Sunday Herald Sun. CAMPBELL REID, Editor at The Australian, becomes Editor of The Daily Telegraph, succeeding STEVE HOWARD. MICHAEL STUCHBURY, currently Deputy Editor (Weekend) of The Oz, becomes Editor. STEVE HOWARD 'takes on a senior role in News Ltd'.

* JOHN COWLEY announced, on Friday, his retirement as head of Queensland Newspapers, publishers of the Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. His retirement takes effect on August 1, his 59th birthday. He was in the Queensland position for nine years, and headed QN for the past nine years. COWLEY was Production Manager for News Ltd Sydney in 1964; General Manager of News International (London) in 1986; and General Manager and Director of The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong in 1989.

... And Mum's The Word

* RUPERT MURDOCH and wife WENDI DENG are expecting a baby. Most News Corp papers carried the statement: 'A News Corp spokesman said yesterday that MS DENG was pregnant but would not comment on when the birth was due.' 'It's a private issue, not a corporate issue,' the spokesman said. JUNIOR will join PRUDENCE, ELISABETH, LACHLAN and JAMES in the Succession Stakes.

* DAME ELISABETH MURDOCH, 92, was reported by Fairfax writers PILITA CLARK and EMILIYA MYCHASUK: 'Oh it's just family news, that's all. I think honestly and truthfully it's very early on to be talking about these things. People talk about these things so early these days, don't they?'

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Austereo's Harvie Accused

* PETER HARVIE, Austereo chief, has been accused - in Court documents - of co-authoring bogus letters designed to thwart DMG Radio's entrance into the Australian market. KATHERINE TOWERS of The Australian Financial Review says that DMG claims up to 14 letters were involved in a campaign using fake names and addresses. PR man KEN DAVIS has admitted authoring some letters. A Court case begins May 21.

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$10,000 Fine For 6PR, Sattler

* TONY BELL, Southern Cross Broadcasting CEO, says an appeal will be lodged against a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission ruling that Perth radio station 6PR and presenter HOWARD SATTLER each pay $10,000, after comments were deemed to have 'degenerated into a denigration of the Nyungah people, their religion and culture'. PETER WILMOTH of The Age noted: 'Commenting on protesters trying to stop a redevelopment at the former Swan Brewery in Perth, a guest on the program said: 'You know for 80 years while it was brewing grog it didn't worry the Waugyl, as soon as it stopped brewing grog, up pops Waugyl ... Shame the first time he popped up the first workman didn't clean him up with a shovel.' SATTLER now broadcasts on Sydney's low-rating 2SM. COMMISSIONER GRAEME INNES said SATTLER had abused his position as a broadcaster.

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SCB Puts Deal Idea To ABA

* TONY BELL'S Southern Cross Broadcasting is proposing a deal with Curtin Radio, according to CATIE LOW of WA Business News: 'Investment worth up to $800,000, including a brand new FM transmitter, might be just the sweetener needed to convince Curtin Radio to do a deal with local commercial AM radio stations. A proposal put together by Southern Cross Broadcasting, the licensee of 6PR, and Capital Radio, which owns 6IX, could result in Curtin Radio relinquishing its FM frequency earmarked by the Australian Broadcasting Authority in return for the cost of a new FM transmitter and three years maintenance. Disappointed with the solutions offered for 6IX's transmission problems by the ABA's draft licence area plans, Southern Cross Broadcasting and Capital Radio commissioned engineers' reports to see if there were any additional FM frequencies available.'

* MICHAEL JONES, Curtin Radio station manager reportedly told LOW that Southern Cross Broadcasting and Capital Radio proposed the station take a 10 kilowatt frequency their engineers had identified, which would free up Curtin Radio's 16 kilowatts frequency for 6IX. 'In return they would pay for equipment for conversion to FM and maintain it for three years,' MR JONES said. Curtin Radio and 6AR Aboriginal Radio stand to receive investment worth between $300,000 and $400,000 each if the proposal is accepted by the ABA. 'We've asked for a formal offer, they've done preliminary testing on the 10 kilowatts frequency and there doesn't appear to be a problem, but we need to investigate further into the frequency they've identified,' MR JONES said.'

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National Radio Ratings

* SYDNEY. 2DAY, 14.2 (14.7). 2UE, 12.9 (11.7). MMM, 11.2 (10.9). MIX, 9.1 (10.4). 2WSFM, 9.1 (8.2). ABC702, 8.3 (7.5). 2CH, 6.1 (6.4). 2JJJ, 5.6 (5.5). 2GB, 3.3 (3.9).ABCFM, 2.6 (2.7). 2KY, 2.0 (1.7). 2NEWS, 1.4 (1.5). 2RN, 2.3 (2.1). 2SM, 1.0 (0.9).

* MELBOURNE. FOXFM, 17.5 (16.6). 3AW, 15.4 (15.4). 3MMM, 10.9 (11.3). ABC774, 10.4 (10.8). TTFM, 8.3 (10.2). GOLD, 7.8 (7.1). MAGIC, 6.9 (5.9). 3JJJ, 4.4 (4.8). 3MP, 2.7 (3.3). 3AK, 2.3 (2.3). SPORT, 1.8 (1.5). ABCFM, 1.9 (1.8). 3RN, 1.7 (1.5). 3NEWS, 1.4 (1.3).

* BRISBANE. B105, 25.4 (22.3). FM104MMM, 15.0 (17.3). 4KQ, 11.8 (12.7). ABC612, 9.1 (8.3). 4BH, 8.1 (7.4). 4BC, 7.8 (8.2). 4JJJ, 7.0 (7.8). ABCFM, 2.7 (3.0). 4RN, 2.0 (1.5). 4NEWS, 1.1 (1.3).

* ADELAIDE. SAFM, 25.6 (25.2). 5AD/MIX, 15.4 (16.5). 5AA, 12.5 (11.1). 5MMM, 11.6 (11.6). 5JJJ, 8.5 (8.4). ABC891, 8.4 (8.0). 5DN, 6.5 (6.9). ABCFM, 3.8 (3.2). 5RN, 1.1 (1.5). 5NEWS, 1.1 (0.6).

* PERTH. MIX94.5, 22.7 (21.1). 96FM, 18.2 (17.3). PMFM, 15.4 (14.1). 6PR, 10.6 (9.9). ABC720, 8.1 (10.4). 6JJJ, 7.7 (8.4). 6IX, 5.2 (5.6). ABCFM, 2.3 (3.1). 6RN, 1.4 (1.4). 6NEWS, 1.1 (1.4).

Source: AC Nielsen Radio Surveys

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Overseas Desk

* HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW is conducting a direct mail campaign of Australian media people for subscriptions. P. MUSE ABERNATHY, Publisher, based at Leicestershire (UK), boasts of a Readers Digest-style 'free gift'. The ruse from the Muse obviously works at the business end of town too!

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Sydney Siders

* DAVID GYNGELL, son of the late BRUCE GYNGELL, has joined the Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd chief executive management committee. He was a groomsman at JAMES PACKER'S wedding.

* RENE RIVKIN says he will appeal against a jury's decision to throw out his defamation case against publisher john Fairfax.

* MICHAEL HANNAN'S Courier Newspaper Group have been running wrap-arounds for Fox Studios' 'Farmers Market'.

* NOVA FM was not included in Survey 3 radio ratings. The 'Other FM' category increased from 9.6 per cent share to 10.4 per cent.

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Melbourne Memo

* FRANK MASCARO is General Manager, and TONY MASCARO is Managing Director, of APA Publishing, who have just published the first edition of Education Eye in Melbourne's south-east wealth-belt. The free 32-page matt full-color short tabloid has enrolment advertisements from Melbourne's better private schools. Interestingly, APA advertises its own leaflet prices: 5000 A4 one-side one-colour pamphlets on 80GSM white bond paper are $565 plus GST. Not the cheapest in town, is it?

* JAN MORGAN, as Group Advertising Manager of Metropolis Media, is seeing year-high levels for The Melbourne Times. Most recent issue was 60 pages, including 25 pages of property advertising organised by Real Estate Manager GRAEME PETTINGILL. Sister publication, The Emerald Hill Times, logged in with 40 pages, with a 12-page real estate section. Production is headed by NEIL McIRVINE, with KATHY HOLOWKO directing the art.

* RON SMITH, Corporate Communications PR man, has Telstra Country Wide sponsorship for the www.artistsfootsteps.com website, studying the famous 19th Century Heidelberg School. SMITH has organised Federal Government support through the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

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West Wire

* PAUL MURRAY, 6PR morning host, has settled a defamation action brought by Channel 7 reporter ALISON FAN. MARK IRVING, of The West Australian's 'Inside Cover' column, says the radio station paid $8000, and 'MOONER' had to give a written apology.

Press Gang

* MARLO NEWTON, author, has participated in the National Council of Jewish Women/Australian Friends of the Hebrew University's Power of Women lecture series.

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PR Department

* MICHAEL COOKE, Group Legal Director for Cash Converters, was given a full-page in Saturday's Ballarat Courier, edited by STUART HOWIE, to explain the company's philosophy. The chain was upset after the newspaper reported comments by County Court JUDGE MULLALY, who questioned the licensing of the stores. The Judge was reported to remark: 'It seems to me that Cash Converters' purpose is nothing more than to help with the disposal of stolen property.'

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Your ABC

* JONATHAN SHIER, ABC MD, told last week's two-day seminar of managers that GARETH MORGAN, an analyst, will be hired to help the ABC manage its transition to the new rating measurement system, OzTAM. PETER WILMOTH of The Age quotes a 'senior manager' to say that consultancy could cost up to $190,000.

* LYNLEY MARSHALL, ABC New Media Director, says ABC Online recorded 10 million hits last week. SARAH BRYDEN-BROWN of The Australian noted that New Media had a funding allocation of $9.3 million. MARSHALL: 'It's only 2 per cent of the ABC's total budget and in comparison with other broadcasters it's small.' Comparison was made with the Seven Network's i7, which was said to have spent $20 million on a service, which has now been partly closed.

* ROWAN FORSTER, coke-bottle bespectacled ABC Melbourne news-reader, continues his letter war with The Age. This time he slams journalist ALAN ATTWOOD, and laments language modernisation. 'It's all rather a pain in the archives, which could soon be the only place grammatical correctness is preserved.'

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Big Names Dept.

* 'GRANNY DAVIS' - aka MYRTLE WOODS - has died at the age of 101. The actress came to prominence in her sixties, as a presenter on GRAHAM KENNEDY'S In Melbourne Tonight.

Smaller Names Dept.

* STUART LITTLEMORE, critic, reportedly says he will take legal action of DICK SMITH publishes ads dubbing him as 'STUART LITTLEBRAIN', according to ALAN HOWE'S Sunday Herald Sun. The newspaper says was given a preview copy of the newspaper ad, replying they made 'grave and indefensible defamations of myself'.

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Movers And Shakers

* WENDY GREINER, Adelaide public relations consultant, has been re-elected as President of the Australian Institute of Management SA.

* BIG BOB FRANCIS, 5AA radio host, is holding lunchtime pub lunches at Adelaide suburban hotels.

* RICK McKENNA, CEO of Main Event pay-TV channel, has been appointed as Foxtel's Director of AFL Operations.

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The Local Report

* WAYNE GREGSON'S Bendigo Advertiser carried an eight-page Volunteer Week supplement in Saturday's edition. It contained extremely strong advertising support.

* ALISON McADAM of The Warrnambool Standard reports that the former Penshurst (Vic.) Free Press office is now an Op Shop, and was originally bought by the local Council as a site for public toilets.

* DEAN LAWSON, Wimmera Mail-Times journalist (Horsham, Vic.), joined with typesetter DARREN JACOBSEN and Chief-of-Staff PAUL ASHENDEN, in having their heads shaved for the World's Greatest Shave For A Cure fund-raiser. The total effort raised $350 for the Leukaemia Foundation. At Albury, $3500 was raised when Border Mail Editor SIMON DULHUNTY, Twin Cities Post Editor DI THOMAS and Ten Victoria ad man MICK McGLONE were shorn.

Glass House

* KATE MOSS, UK model, accepted a Daily Mail pay-out after the tabloid accused her of turning up for a photo shoot, incapacitated by either drugs or alcohol. MOSS did not even attend the photo shoot. Her lawyer GERRARD TYRELL said the 1999 report was 'false and completely unfounded'.

* TONY WHITING'S Border Mail (Albury-Wodonga, NSW-Vic.) had to carry an embarrassing apology to Magistrate HILLARY HANNAM, after a sub-editing error made it appear she had told a defendant - 'Don't come pissed.' The words were actually the accused's reply to a question from the bench.

* DANNY LANNEN, Editor of The Wimmera Mail-Times, had to run an embarrassing make-good on Saturday: 'And still the glitches happen. Wednesday's Man In The Corner correcting a blue in a caption in Monday's Mail-Times contained some mistakes of its own. Wednesday's piece said the picture contained RHONDA CARTER - it should have said RHONDA CRAFTER. And the photo in question showed JENNY O'LOUGHLIN with her arms around SIMONE TUCKER, not vice versa as suggested.'

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Stix And Stones

* STEVE STICKNEY, Editor at The Manly Daily, looks at jabs, uppercut, knockout punch, canvas.

* 'I think you have bitten off less than you can chew' - editor's comment to a young journo. Management Today magazine.

* 'As of today, you are not your own worst enemy' - NSW Public Service Assn boss MAURIE O'SULLIVAN picks a bone with big-noting Federal MP MARK LATHAM criticism of a female colleague. Sun-Herald.

* 'Shut up, Rose!' - mining magnate LANG HANCOCK'S last words to his wife Rose before he died in 1992. Weekend Australian.

* 'It's great to see old Freud flog a doodle' - actor MAX CULLEN'S tumescent comment on the National Art Gallery's controversial $8m purchase of Lucien Freud's nude painting After Cezanne. Daily Tele.

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Long Shots

By Ash Long, Publisher, Media Flash

* ROBERT GEE, industrial analyst, had a scare for WA Newspaper Holdings stockholders: 'There is no sign of any recovery in the forseeable future and newsprint prices are due to go up next financial year.' Shares fell by 9 cents in Friday's trading, as investors absorbed its 7.2 per cent fall in pre-abnormal net earnings for the nine months to March 31.

* ALAN REVELL'S re-designed Sun-Herald actually looks like it wants to attract readers. The design makeover is excellent, content is first-class, but the introduction of a broadsheet lift-out mid-book is annoying.

* EDDIE McGUIRE'S Who Wants To Be A Millionaire would be forced off air under proposed Federal Government gambling laws, reports The Sunday Telegraph. 'The laws are designed to ban Internet gambling but intentionally threaten many television programs. This is because the definition inadvertently included interactive television programs where viewers can phone in or log in on a website to take part in the show.'

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Media Money

* 85 CENTS: buy price for ERIC BEECHER'S Text Media stocks, at close of Share Market trading on Friday. Sell price is quoted at 93 cents (a long way from the $2 float price).

* $33,000: salary for Book Editors of Guidebooks published by Lonely Planet.

* $1 MILLION A DAY: BEN HILLS of Fairfax says Canbet - an A.C.T.-based online sports betting organisation - is earning this turnover. Chaired by journalist RICHARD FARMER, the company is paying close to $1 million taxes annually to the ACT Government.

* $1.5 MILLION: reported cost for RUPERT MURDOCH'S Sun newspaper to bring RONNIE BIGGS from Brazil to London. Editor DAVID YELLAND now has to face the Press Complaints Commission.

Bottom Line

* $2.8 BILLION LOST: SENATOR RICHARD ALSTON last week announced that the auction of datacasting licences was to be cancelled. 'What is datacasting?' asks DAVID SIBLEY of The Canberra Times. He answers: 'It is a peculiarly Australian invention - the bastard child of political expediency and convergent technologies, such as the Internet and telecommunications.'. BRUCE WOLPE, Fairfax Corporate Affairs Manager, was reported by MICHELLE GILCHRIST of The Australian to say that the Government should use the digital TV spectrum to create new free-to-air TV broadcasters.

The Last Word

* IAN WELSH, Publisher of Collectormania, doesn't look like he's expanding his Christmas Card list with his Page 3 announcement this month: 'Wanted. Our office would like to hear from any readers who have dealings with the following people and/or businesses. JON LUVAR, MARTIN LUVARA, VINCE LUVRA, TONY LU, GOLDWYN, BEVAN BENSLEY or STUART BROWN. Or the businesses: 'Luvara Enterprises', 'Luvara Merchandise', 'Goldwyn Enterprises' or 'All Types Prints and Memorabilia.' please outline your dealings with the above in writing and forward to The Editor, Collectormania, PO Box 112, Campbells Creek, Vic 3451. Please include your name, address and phone number.'

P.S.

* WHO is the new host for the new series of Media Watch? Or should the question be: 'Is there a new series of Media Watch?'

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Australian Media Job Directory

Employment

* SUE BOURKE, at tmp.worldwide, is taking applications for a Communication Specialist, with a package around $70,000. eresourcing.monster.com.au

* ROBYN BILLEN, at HI Selection, is fielding enquiries for a Communications Specialist for a Melbourne CBD organisation. melbourne@horton-intl.com

* TEN NETWORK seeks a General Manager - 'responsibility with autonomy,' says the ad - for the Perth operation.

* MARY-JANE BOTTOM of Management Recruiters Australia asks 'Are you passionate about internal communications?' A $60,000 package is available for a high profile, publicaly (sic) Australian company'. sydney@mgtrecruiters.com.au

* PETER SALT at Hamilton James & Bruce has details on the Media Relations Manager's job located in Sydney. mfoote@hjb.com.au He is also taking queries for a Head of Corporate Communication position for an 'international professional services organisation'.

* TRACY YAFFA wants to recruit a Sydney-based Advertising Sales Executive for a Yaffa magazine. tracyyaffa@yaffa.com.au

* JOSH SHEIN is taking CV's for an 11-month contract job as News Editor of a medical newspaper. mfoote@hjb.com.au

* REVOLVER - Sydney's street press mag supported by THEO SKALKOS - seeks an Editor.

* MR M.J. HILL, Chief Executive of NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board, seeks a Public Relations/Media Manager. vramirez@nswtrb.com.au

* SUE RUSSELL at the National Road Transport Commission is taking enquiries for the Manager - Communications position, offering a $60,000 - $80,000 package. russells@nrtc.gov.au

* PORTLAND OBSERVER (Vic.) seeks a Grade 1 Journalist, graduate or post-cadet. (03) 5523 2077.

* MICK PASKOS, Managing Editor of the Law Institute of Victoria, requires a Journalist for the Publications Department, which manages The Law Institute Journal.

* WEBSTER ADVERTISING, Fyshwick (ACT), requires an Account Manager.

* NARELLE MACLURE at Spherion Outsourcing Solutions has the job of finding candidates for the Media Officer's job at the Water and Rivers Commission (WA), which pays up to $55,033. The job is based at the Hyatt Centre, East Perth.

* KATE GREEN, Corporate Communications Manager at Investment Albury Wodonga, has a number of graphic design consultancy projects including its annual report, a style guide, and a corporate identity manual. kgreen@iaw.com.au

* TONY FRANCIS, Sales Manager of The Warrnambool Standard (Vic.), requires an Advertising Consultant for two magazines: The Great Southern Tourist News and Business News.

* MX MAGAZINE at Burleigh Heads (Qld), as opposed to MX at Melbourne, seeks an Editor. MX magazine is published by Morrison Media, which also publishes Freerider MX, Surfing Life, Chick, Riptide and Slam.

* WEBER SHANDWICK WORLDWIDE require a number of consultants. erobles@webershandwick.com

* BRIDGET COOK has information about the Radio Manager's job at Waringarri Media Aboriginal Corporation at Kununurra (WA). radio6wr@westnet.com.au

* PETER RUDD, HR Manager at Sky Channel, is assessing applicants for the Senior Producer's job at Frenchs Forest. twright@skychannel.com.au

* PENNY RANKIN at Hardie Grant Magazines, South Yarra (Vic.), notifies a vacancy for an Advertising Sales Manager, for a publication being re-launched next month. pennyrankin@hardiegrant.com.au

* QUEENSLAND RUGBY UNION rquires a Co-Ordinator for web content and its database. annec@qru.com.au

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