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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…]


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…]


The Age Publishes WikiLeaks Cables From US Embassy

The Age newspaper has just published the US embassy cables released to Fairfax by WikiLeaks.

This is the full text: [Read more…]


Two Directions One Decision: The Age Election Editorial

This is the election editorial from The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

The Age is a Fairfax publication.

Editorial from The Age.

Two Directions. One Decision

Tomorrow Australians arrive at one of the most significant days for our nation. The federal election will set the course for the next three years and possibly beyond. It is not our role to tell you who to vote for (in a post-deferential age no one wants to be told who to vote for), or to endorse one party over another. We know most readers of The Age will consider the issues carefully and decide which party they wish to be in government. Our fundamental responsibility is to subject whichever party forms government to continuous independent scrutiny and measure words against actions. On poll eve, we focus primarily on the two main parties’ differing approaches to governing Australia. [Read more…]


On Polling Day, Trust Only Your Judgement: The Age

This is the editorial from the Victorian Sunday Age.

The newspaper is part of the Fairfax organisation.

Text of editorial from the Sunday Age.

Age

At the start of the federal election campaign, both leaders agreed that trust would be a central issue.

Prime Minister John Howard said the election would be about which party could be trusted to keep the economy strong, interest rates low and lead the fight against terrorism. [Read more…]


Newspapers Report Pauline Hanson’s Jailing

The jailing of former One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson, has received wide coverage in this morning’s newspapers.

The national daily, The Australian, ran the story in a side column on page one but most other papers led with the story.

Hanson and David Ettridge were sentenced to three years jail in a Brisbane District Court yesterday after a jury found them guilty of electoral fraud.


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A Time To Look Ahead, Not Back: The Age Election Editorial

The Age newspaper has called for a change of government in its election-eve editorial

The paper says Prime Minister Howard “has pandered to fear” over asylum-seekers and “does not deserve the support of the Australian people”.

The ALP’s Knowledge Nation policy matches the need to be globally competitive, the paper says. Kim Beazley is more likely to deal with reconciliation, the republic and issues of social cohesion, it says. [Read more…]


Fairfax Media Charter Of Editorial Independence

This is the Charter of Editorial Independence adopted by staff of Fairfax media.

Between 1988 and 1991, the Charter was adopted by staff at Fairfax’s major publications, including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. [Read more…]


In Defence Of Protests

This editorial appeared in The Age in 1987. It stands as an eloquent defence of protest and dissent.

Saturday Reflection

A cartoonist has drawn a long-haired, scruffy-looking youth holding a blank placard and asking his room mate of similar appearance: “What shall we protest against today?”

Protesting, dissenting, complaining can become a habit even in a world is which there is so much to be thankful for.

Nevertheless, we smiled at the cartoon while inwardly protesting that not all protesters are way-out, and most know why they are carrying placards.

Some among us see all demonstrators simply as troublemakers, bent on causing disturbance, who ought to be suppressed. That, of course, is what Hitler and Stalin did to dissenters, and other dictators still do today. [Read more…]


Electors Looking For Honesty: The Age

This is the editorial from the Melbourne Age on March 19, 1951.

It came the day after Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a double dissolution of the federal parliament and an election on April 28.

It was just the second double dissolution in the federation’s 50-year history.

Menzies was elected in December 1949. He opted for a double dissolution after the Senate failed to pass a piece of banking legislation. Menzies advised the Governor-General, William McKell that the Senate’s referral of the bill to a committee constituted a “failure to pass”, in accordance with Section 57 of the Constitution. [Read more…]