Tim Blair


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Saturday, August 09, 2003
BIFFER BOUNCES BACK with his budget cuts, on which I will probably be moved to say more some day.

The Australian's Simper, in the Weekend Aus, finds his cutting moderate and politic. Maybe.

If Auntie cut the things the masses use, like news and current affairs, Alston's way would be clear for some real financial scalpel work.

So it's school services, like Behind the News, that must suffer. And some staff junketing long overdue for a close look.

By the standards of public sector budget cuts in the epoch of tax revolt, it's all a bit tame.

Meanwhile, for Uncle, it's back to media freedom for a while longer.