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Shock-Jock Democracy

An article by Paul Kelly in The Australian on March 3, 2001 is worth reading for its discussion of the influence of talkback comperes on commercial radio.

Kelly argues that the policy reversals of the Howard government during this week is “the purest victory so far for direct democracy.”

Following the trouncing meted out to the coalition parties in the Western Australian and Queensland elections, the Federal government has cut petrol excise by 1.5 cents/litre and abolished the twice-yearly indexation of petrol excise. [Read more…]