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Monday, January 23, 2006

Lennon story scrapped [24jan06]

The Mercury: Lennon story scrapped [24jan06]: "A state election must be held before September, but there have been indications Mr Lennon is preparing for an early March poll with the campaign likely to run through February.
A Women's Weekly reporter and photographer are understood to have spent two days in Tasmania in November at the Lennon family's newly renovated country estate.
Ms Thomas said it was a normal feature about the Premier's home life and family.
Mr Lennon, wife Margaret, their two adult children and grandson Josh feature in the article in the context of the Lennons' three-storey sandstone home, Stonyhurst.
During the 2003 New South Wales election, then premier Bob Carr paid $40,000 for an eight-page advertising section featuring himself and his wife Helene to appear in NSW copies of the Weekly, in an attempt to make his austere image more appealing to female voters.
Ms Thomas said the Women's Weekly often profiled politicians, and not just when an election was pending.
The Weekly is owned by the Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd which was a beneficiary in November of the Tasmanian Government's controversial decision to license the part-PBL-owned betting agency Betfair to operate from Tasmania.
State Liberal justice spokesman Michael Hodgman said yesterday the apparent scrapping of the 'puff piece' in the Women's Weekly gave further weight to questions about the probity of the Lennon Government's dealings with PBL.
Mr Hodgman called on Attorney-General Judy Jackson to investigate exactly how the feature on the Premier's family came about and who initiated the idea.
'This has the scent of cronyism about it,' he said.
Mr Rogers said the timing of the article's publication was entirely a matter for the Women's Weekly and had n"


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