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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…]