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Tony Abbott Attacks ABC In Interview With 2GB’s Ray Hadley

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the ABC “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

Ray HadleyIn an interview with Sydney radio 2GB host Ray Hadley, Abbott criticised the ABC’s coverage of allegations by asylum seekers that Navy personnel burned their hands. He also criticised its coverage of Edward Snowden.

Abbott said: “I want the ABC to be a straight, news gathering and news reporting organisation and a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”

He went on: “Well, I was very worried and concerned a few months back when the ABC seemed to delight in broadcasting allegations by a traitor. This gentlemen Snowden, or this individual Snowden, who has betrayed his country and in the process has badly, badly damaged other countries that are friends of the United States and of course the ABC didn’t just report what he said they took the lead in advertising what he said… Look, you know if there’s credible evidence the ABC, like all other news organisations, is entitled to report it, but you shouldn’t leap to be critical of your own country and you certainly ought to be prepared to give the Australian Navy and its hardworking personnel the benefit of the doubt.” [Read more…]


Rupert Murdoch’s Lowy Lecture

The chairman of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, has delivered the Lowy Lecture in Sydney tonight.

Murdoch argued that “Australia is on the cusp of becoming something rare and valuable in this new world: an egalitarian meritocracy, with more than a touch of libertarianism”.

Murdoch

Murdoch said that Australian values, immigration and disruption were the key to the nation’s future. He said: “Australia must be the economy that thrives on disruption. Primarily we will do this through the key drivers of prosperity: trade, technology and free markets.” [Read more…]


Women In The Media: Lisa Wilkinson’s Andrew Olle Media Lecture

Lisa Wilkinson, co-host of Channel 9’s Today show, has delivered the 2013 Andrew Olle media lecture.

Wilkinson

Wilkinson spoke at the Australian Technology Park, in Redfern, Sydney. Her speech focussed on the role of women in the media. [Read more…]


Derryn Hinch Fined $100,000 For Contempt Of Court

Derryn Hinch, a former Melbourne radio broadcaster, has been fined $100,000 for contempt of court.

Hinch was sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria by Justice Stephen Kaye. The contempt related to comments Hinch made on his website about the Jill Meagher murder case.

Hinch

In the decision, Justice Kaye referred to Hinch’s previous convictions for contempt of court: “You have a number of previous convictions for contempt of court, and for associated offences, which are relevant to the determination of your disposition in this case. In particular, you have three previous convictions for breaches of s4 of the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958, namely, for publishing material that was likely to lead to the identification of a victim of a sexual offence. In addition, in 1986, you were convicted by this Court of two charges of contempt of court. The charges in that case concerned three radio broadcasts relating to charges of sexual offences committed by a priest. In those broadcasts, you referred to the priest’s previous convictions, and you accused him of committing further offences while he was on bail.” [Read more…]


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…]