FAKE NEWS

Oh, how our politicians must love the new media laws and the control of our mainstream media by a couple of financial giants set to increase further. Already we have seen the drastic effects that poor or controlled journalism can achieve.  One only has to consider the election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit or the return of the Abbott/Turnbull two-headed coin government. It’s ironic that Trump seems to…

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Populism Politics : The Defeat of Reason

This is one of the most terrible days I can remember of my almost 70 years alive. I have long been disturbed by the dumbing-down of the population and the impact of neoliberal economics and globalisation on our own and other nations. We have seen the 1% reach ownership of over 50% of the World’s wealth and their piece of the pie continues to grow. At the same time, in…

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LNP derision of ABC is succeeding.

I dislike the use of expletive-ridden abuse and hateful criticism on social media. However, Chris Uhlman does not report objectively, far too often offering extremely superficial, flawed, and even apparently intentionally biased views. Virginia Trioli is guilty of a similar inability to report objectively, as are many others. Chris Uhlman,Virginia Trioli, and others will, of course, have their own take on issues and they are entitled to do so. However,…

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Steve Price has Forfeited the Right to a Public Forum

In its early days, I was a regular viewer of The Project. Charlie Pickering was an astute host with an incisive and satirical wit, exercised often in such a way as to be completely missed by his target. Carrie Bickmore was an excellent foil for Charlie, bringing an intelligent naivety to the panel. The throw-away lines and quips of Dave Hughes provided both humour and light relief to diffuse awkward…

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The ABC plunges to a new low

It is unthinkable that the Australian public broadcaster would even consider employing Andrew Bolt, let alone actually do it. That the ABC has come to this is sad indeed. No longer do we have an independent and balanced national broadcaster. The right wing pressure of the LNP, not least the perfidy of Abbott and Turnbull has made its mark. The sacking of most of the best journalists that the ABC…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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Bad Aunty: Seven Years On, How ABC Lateline Sparked The Racist NT Intervention

Self-praise is really no recommendation, so, in 2011, when television personality Tony Jones described ABC Lateline’s 2006 coverage of sexual violence in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities – reporting which led directly to the 2007 NT intervention – as among the best he’d ever seen, I was a little underwhelmed. Jones, of course, is the former anchor of Lateline, now the face of the popular Q&A program. My sense of…

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The New Censorship – Career blackmail or Totalitarianism by stealth

A perhaps not new but certainly increasingly used and brazen form of speech control is taking place in the Australia of today. We have now seen several examples of media employees being sacked, apparently for having personal views of which their employer disapproves. It would be questionable behaviour for this to happen within the work environment unless it involved some deliberate or unethical sabotage of the role in which they…

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