How much is it then? A whopping $50 billion, according to figures released by the Reserve Bank. And that’s not including whatever we spent over the Christmas period. Scott Murdoch writes in The Australian: “The RBA numbers show that there are more than 15 million credit card accounts in Australia up from 14.7 million just one year ago. During November, consumers spent $21.1 billion in 147 million individual transactions. Australians paid $21.4 billion off their debt but there was still $36.2 billion accruing interest.”
The Leveson media inquiry into the ethics of the press in Britain has heard about the nature of privacy invasion of its biggest celebrities and names. The picture editor of The Daily Mail Paul Silva said he estimated Ms Middleton had roughly eight to nine photographers follow her every move each day and they produced between 300 and 400 photos of her each day, most of which would cross his desk. The inquiry was set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and a wide-ranging investigation of other newspaper titles in the country.
If by ‘we’ they mean ‘people who book cosmetic surgery in Hollywood’. Jen topped the annual list Hollywood’s Hottest Looks survey compiled by Beverly Hills doctors Richard Fleming and Toby Mayer. But it wasn’t all about her. Women wanted to have Angelina Jolie’s lips, Taylor Swift’s hair and Penelope Cruz’s eyes. It’s all a little creepy, really. And for anyone interested, men most desired to look like Chris Hemsworth closely followed by Justin Timberlake, in the body department.
Last April in Brisbane a female soldier reported seeing a camera placed under her shower cubicle. The incident came just days after the Skype sex scandal which had become a media storm. The Defence briefing document, released under freedom of information laws to Channel 7 said: ”[The] matter is considered highly sensitive given ongoing media attention to the case of female ADFA cadet. The media are unaware of this incident.” More than 350 pages of previously classified information was released and included cases of rape, child pornography and ‘inappropriate relationships’. But there’s no suggestion of a cover-up. It appears in each case of illegal activity, Defence referred the matters to police.