The Courier Resists

Mainstream media have missed the real story behind Gina’s buy-in of Fairfax Media. With similar moves on Kookynie Courier’s share register she is actually going after WA’s influential side-stream news organ. The diversionary Fairfax feint is to take the spotlight off the take-over threat to our beloved Courier.

The KC board of bleeding heart liberals is rallying against the move and both of us are refusing to offer her a seat. Impolite perhaps, but with only two bar stools she would have to stand, and also take up valuable drinking (err, thinking?) space.

We’re working late on strategies at the back bar newsroom at the pub. Dusting off Ye Olde Charter of Editorial Independence to display on the notice-board is step one. And we’ve got a great new slogan. Although KC started way back, defending the rights of miners (see About), todays its a beacon of forward thinking.

Ahead of the game, KC went online in 2009, so readers don’t have to worry about this broadsheet to tabloid nonsense. Talk of an online pay-wall is premature, as we’re happy to have any readers at all. For kconnected readers a KC app will soon be available.

Drum roll for the new slogan, borrowed from SMH circa 1831: “Sworn to no Master, of no Sect am I”. We’ll show Gina that we mean business, which is not hers.

Or, we could join Gina and re-brand as Kookynie Courier & Mining Advocate (like the old Newcastle Herald), which is okay here in WA’s goldfields.

Hmm, make mine a schooner of KB (Kooky Bitter) while we strategise again.


  1. If the KC Board has any genuine concerns about a takeover from Gina, please let me know as I’m sure I could cobble together a counter-offer that would be more attractive. I would wish to ensure that KC’s editorial independence is maintain (but I would wish to be wined and dined at all future Friday BBQ gatherings).

  2. Thanks Dick, will keep your kind offer in mind if pressure from Gina mounts. Meantime you have an open invite to our working barbie any time. Not sure about wine but there may be a cask left from last year’s picnic. Plenty of beer though. If you come by bus from Kalgoorlie, just get off at the Kookynie turn-off and we’ll come and get you in the ute. Cheers.

  3. POH..I like that photo of tin shed and idle cement mixer and old trailer..shows no activity…which is so such a busy business minded country
    where the dollar rules

  4. POH when you say moderating each you mean filtering out the adverse commentators ? Or is there room for good healthy debate…?

    1. Definitely no censorship at KC. The moderation function is part of the WordPress platform, so I guess it allows control of any outrageous abuse. Most blogs and public websites have it. Check comments under our ‘Shoot First’ report back in 2009 to see adverse reaction. That was a KC badge of honour, and unfortunately I inadvertently lost a couple of other corker comments!

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