Newspaper Editorials Overwhelmingly Favour Abbott

Australian newspapers have editorialised this morning, overwhelmingly recommending a vote for Tony Abbott and the Coalition in tomorrow’s federal election.

So far, only The Age has endorsed the Labor government.

The editorials from a range of newspapers are shown below. Others will be added as they become available.

Editorial in The Australian.

Leader who will govern in the national interest

Seldom has the bar been set so low for an alternative federal government. An opposition that can convince the Australian people that it can control the nation’s borders, its parliament and its purse strings would win the argument hands down. Yet a leader who aspires to govern in the national interest, restore confidence in government and offer hope for the future must do more than simply win this election by default. He must seek a mandate that lays the ground for a new era of reform to secure Australia’s future prosperity. [Read more…]

Murdoch News Corporation Newspaper Leads Attack On Rudd

With the federal election set for September 7, newspapers in the News Corporation stable are expected to take the lead in attacking Kevin Rudd and the ALP.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has led the way with today’s front page exhortation to readers to “Kick This Mob Out”. The newspaper also runs an editorial on page one urging voters to “Consign Rudd to the bin of history”. [Read more…]

The Age Newspaper Calls On Julia Gillard To Resign

The Age newspaper in Melbourne has editorialised today for the resignation of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The editorial comes as speculation continues about Gillard’s fate. With Parliament meeting for the final time next week, expectations of a return to Kevin Rudd are mounting. [Read more…]

John Murphy On Rupert Murdoch: We Are Not Frightened Of You

The Federal Labor member for Reid, John Murphy, has attacked Rupert Murdoch in a speech to the House of Representatives.

Speaking in the Adjournment Debate, Murphy described journalism in Murdoch’s News Limited newspapers as “tripe”. Murphy said “it fits Mr Murdoch’s political and business agenda to knock this Labor government”.

He said: “Everyone knows you twist the political agenda to suit your business agenda and in so doing you crush and corrupt our democracy. We are not frightened of you and we will not surrender to your massive media power.”

Murphy was first elected as the member for the NSW seat of Lowe in 1998. Following a redistribution, he became the member for Reid in 2010. Now on a margin of 2.7%, he is facing defeat at this year’s election.

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Hansard transcript of John Murphy MP in the Adjournment Debate in the House of Representatives, June 6, 2013.

MurphyMr MURPHY (Reid) (16:33): On 11 June 2013, Mr Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation will hold a special meeting for shareholders to vote on amendments needed to authorise the company’s plan to break into two separate publicly traded entities, dividing its newspaper and book publishing assets from its television and film business. The publishing unit, which will retain the News Corporation name, will include Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones and Mr Murdoch’s other newspapers, including the New York Post and The Australian. The film business will be called 21st Century Fox and includes News Corporation’s 39.1 per cent stake in BSkyB, the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, the Fox broadcast network and cable channels including Fox News. The split will most likely take effect on 30 June 2013, the end of the company’s fiscal year. Mr Murdoch will serve as chair of both companies and the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, Robert Thomson, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will be chief executive of News Corporation. [Read more…]

Peter Harvey, Channel 9 Journalist, Dies, 68

Peter Harvey, best known as a Channel 9 journalist over nearly four decades, has died at the age of 68.

Harvey died from pancreatic cancer.

In a storied career, Harvey became famous for his “Peter Harvey – Canberra” sign-off. He reported politics from Canberra for two decades, starting in 1975 just before the Whitlam Dismissal.

In an interview shown tonight, Harvey remembered standing on the steps of Parliament House supporting his cameraman as Gough Whitlam famously delivered his “Kerr’s cur” speech.