A good sledge

This is a good sledge…for both sides of the sledge war.

A WAR is simmering war between the Education Minister and the ALP boss he calls “the work experience kid”.

In State Parliament last week, Adrian Piccoli referred to Labor’s youthful general secretary Sam Dastyari as the “guy doing work experience at Labor’s head office”. A scan of Hansard reveals the minister has made four such gags at Mr Dastyari’s expense since June 2010. The latest taunt was one too many for 28-year-old Mr Dastyari, who has sent the minister a letter of complaint, obtained by The Sun-Herald.

“I am writing to thank you for your ongoing efforts to raise my profile …” he wrote. “I had wrongly assumed, that after 16 years of opposition you would be too busy with ministerial commitments to provide a running commentary on my career.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.