Job Summit, farewells, and Old White Men get cancelled

Another big couple of weeks in politics and media gave the IMPACT team plenty to talk about.

On Friday, we witnessed the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, just days after she appointed Liz Truss as the new British Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle. The Queen’s death calls for King Charles III’s ascension to the throne, and has sent the Commonwealth into a period of mourning. Across the board, media is obsessing over what comes next from details of her funeral, the changing of currency to the rehousing of her beloved corgis.

It has been a time of farewells, with the death of beloved Indigenous elder, Uncle Jack Charles, the retirement of Serena Williams, and the Foo Fighters on-stage tribute to bandmate Taylor Hawkins.

Last week’s Job Summit resulted in 36 initiatives, which are to be actioned immediately. Two of the most talked about were the $1 billion injection for TAFE and an increase in permanent migration to address workforce shortages.

Japan has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 by refocusing its attention on nuclear energy, with 20-22 per cent of its power to come from this source.

In social media news, we’ve heard Weare8 promoting the platform’s local launch with radio ads, LinkedIn working on a native, in-stream scheduling option and Snapchat snapping at the heels of BeReal with a new two-way camera.

In local news, we were shocked to see the doyenne of TV journalism, Tracy Grimshaw, step down from A Current Affair after 17 years, and Melissa Leong slammed Steve Price for claiming Old White Men were being silenced. Onya Melissa!

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