The Australian Apologises To Gillard

The Australian newspaper has posted a narrow and specific online apology to Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning.

The Australian

Tony Abbott Speech On Free Speech

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has addressed the Institute of Public Affairs on freedom of speech.

Tony Abbott

Abbott committed a future Coalition government to repeal Section 18(c) of the Racial Discrimination Act, the section that Andrew Bolt was found guilty of breaching in a case brought by nine indigenous people.

Abbott also rejected the recommendations of the Finkelstein report.

The Liberal leader’s speech otherwise tied the question of media freedom to the actions and policies of the Gillard government. He said of the Coalition: “We stand for freedom and will be freedom’s bulwark against the encroachments of an unworthy and dishonourable government.”

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  • Transcript of Tony Abbott’s speech to the Institute of Public Affairs.

    FREEDOM WARS

    Right now, Australians are understandably and necessarily impressed by China, a country which has liberalised its economy without liberalising its polity. Lifting several hundred million people from poverty into the middle class in a single generation certainly is one of the great economic transformations in human history.

    China’s success, though, need not mean that liberal democratic freedoms are merely an optional extra for countries that take nation building seriously. The communications revolution is affecting China no less than everywhere else, despite official misgivings. The blogosphere and tweeting could soon give even China the “question everything” mindset that has been so important to other countries’ creativity and weight in the world.

    Then there’s India which has achieved a scarcely less remarkable economic transformation while largely preserving democracy, the rule of law and comparative freedom of speech. Two decades after Francis Fukuyama jumped the gun to proclaim the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy, it would be equally presumptuous to conclude that western civilisation’s moment has largely passed. History’s lesson is still that countries are stronger, as well as better, with democratic freedoms than without them. [Read more…]

Kim Williams Announces News Limited Media Plans

This is the video beamed to News Limited employees around the nation at 2pm this afternoon.

Craig Thomson: Enough Is Enough

Craig Thomson has made a brief statement to journalists in Canberra today, attacking media coverage of allegations against him

“Enough is enough,” Thomson said. At one point he asked: “Is this about trying to push someone to the brink?”

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Craig Thomson

I’m just going to make a very short statement, any other questions that you have I refer you back to my statement that I made in parliament the other day.

It was almost Fidel-like I think in length, so there is plenty of footage there for you with that.

Can I say at the moment I am subject to, we’ve had Fair Trading in NSW look at the issues of the HSU, we’ve had the NSW police on two occasions, we’ve had the AEC on two occasions, now they’ve all finished their investigations.

There is an ongoing investigation by the Victorian police, we’ve also had it now being referred to privileges, and a couple of other committees. [Read more…]

The Herald Sun Adjudicates

Clarke and Dawe: ‘A Senior Editor’

A particularly good start to the year for Clarke and Dawe.

This video was first shown on tonight’s edition of 7.30.

Turnbull: “The Future Of Newspapers – Is It The End Of Journalism?”

Malcolm Turnbull has canvassed the future of newspapers and journalism in a speech to the Advanced Centre of Journalism at Melbourne University.

Malcolm Turnbull MPThe Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Communications pondered the future of journalism in a post-newspaper world. He said: “We need to recognise that the whole edifice of our fifth estate, of our journalism, has been built on a foundation of newspaper journalism and that that foundation is crumbling.”

Turnbull said: “Our society, our democracy, needs journalism and we need journalists. We need a free, well resourced and independent media as much as we need our politicians and parliaments.”

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Transcript of Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to the Advanced Centre of Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

“The future of newspapers – is it the end of journalism?”

Thirty three years ago, when I joined the news room of the London Sunday Times, its editor, Harry Evans, gave me “Editing and Design” a five volume manual of English typography and layout.

He inscribed them “To Malcolm, with a warm welcome to the grubby ranks of the hot-metal men. Harry”

Re-reading those volumes today, it is remarkable how much is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s. Good design, clear expression, accurate and engaging reporting – the objectives are the same, only the context has changed. [Read more…]

The Hamster Wheel: The Julia Song

Courtesy of The Hamster Wheel last night, this devastating compilation of shock-jock attitudes to Julia Gillard.

Government Announces Media Inquiry Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for an independent media inquiry have been announced by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.

The inquiry will be conducted by Ray Finkelstein QC, a former Justice of the Federal Court. He will be assisted by Dr. Matthew Ricketson, a former journalist and now Professor of Journalism at Canberra University.

The inquiry will not report on media ownership. Its terms of reference cover media codes of practice, the effect of technological change, and the independence of the Australian Press Council.

Text of media release from Senator Conroy:

Government announces Independent Media Inquiry

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced an independent inquiry into the Australian media.

“A healthy and robust media is essential to the democratic process,” Senator Conroy said.

“The Australian Government believes it is incumbent upon government to ensure regulatory processes and industry structures are sufficiently strong to support the continuation of a healthy and independent media that is able to fulfil its essential democratic purpose, and to operate in the public interest.” [Read more…]

Let’s Leave It There

Jon Stewart pinpoints the problem with “CNN Leaves it There”.

The “he said, she said” brand of journalism has also been canvassed in this blog post by New York University’s Jay Rosen.