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ABC, SBS: Another Broken Promise

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Andrew Wilkie, Independent Denison Media Release. Pub: Nov 18
20.11.14 3:50 am

The announcement that the Federal Government intends to cut a further $50m from the ABC represents another broken promise and is clearly not in the public interest.

Crikey: Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidentsBS yesterday told almost all the staff employed by Dateline that it would not need their services next year, as the multicultural broadcaster continues its radical shake-up of the program. Almost all the program’s video journalists were yesterday told their current ...

ABC Friends: Phone a Coalition politician day – happening today for the ABC

Fairfax: Christopher Pyne’s ABC petition attracts ‘protest’ signatures On the same day the government announced a 5 per cent cut to the ABC over five years, Mr Pyne launched a petition on change.org to protect the ABC’s Adelaide production unit. The petition quickly gathered signatures from detractors who used the “reasons for signing section” to savage Mr Pyne for what they saw as a NIME (Not In My Electorate) approach.

Tony Wright, The Age: Tony Abbott, the ABC and SBS: when election promises become lies

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Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

Stephen Mayne, Crikey
17.11.14 1:00 am

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The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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Kerry Packer at the Queen’s Club

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17.11.14 12:46 am

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Written 3 July 1984 Evan Whitton Background: Kerry Packer (1937-2005) was of course a criminal. That was confirmed by the Costigan Royal Commission in 1984, the year that this sketch was published. Phillip Adams recently revealed that he observed NSW Premier Neville Wran (1926-2014) bribing Packer in 1979, and that Packer paid him back handsomely.

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Her Majesty’s garden party

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10.11.14 3:45 am

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Written 13 July 1984 LONDON: SOME IDLE words by Mr Robert Hawke on the possible future status of Australia have had certain repercussions in this country. A while back, a cab driver accused me of being Australian. I admitted the colonial fault. More apparently, in sorrow than anger, he said: “They’re going to make it a republic, aren’t they?”

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Letter to 2015 AP Stylebook Editor, David Mintho

Taina Bien-Aimé Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
10.11.14 1:07 am

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New York, November 5, 2014 - More than 300 human rights organizations, frontline service providers and advocates such as Sanctuary for Families and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and survivors of the sex trade, are urging the Associated Press (AP) to refrain from using terms like “sex work” and “sex worker” because they legitimize prostitution as a form of “work” and conceal the violent and exploitive nature of the commercial sex trade.

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Mary and Mohammad meet Parliament

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison Media Release
27.10.14 4:25 am

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, brought the documentary Mary Meets Mohammad to the people who decide Australia’s asylum seeker policies.  The documentary was a 2013 Walkley Awards finalist and won the 2014 UN Media Award.

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Groundswell stands in solidarity for freed journalists in West Papua

Groundswell Tasmania Media Release
27.10.14 4:20 am

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Two French journalists have today been released from gaol after being sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for reporting on West Papua.

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Big Ben

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27.10.14 3:00 am

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David Remnick has a lovely memoir of Ben Bradlee in the New Yorker which captures the essence of the man (and mentions the one black spot on his record, namely the way his friendship with JFK blurred his journalistic judgement). Remnick is a delightful writer with a good ear for anecdote. Take this, for example ...

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The Probe is closed

Lindsay Tuffin
20.10.14 2:45 am

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The Probe thread has been closed. Tasmanian Times exists to seek truth and be fair to all. Readers are reminded of Our Code of Conduct ( Here ).

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Bill Wentworth meets Pavarotti

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13.10.14 1:45 am

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Background. The revelation by Bill Wentworth (1907-2003) at the end of this sketch – that Pig Iron Bob’s Cabinet were drunk at a critical moment of the Petrov affair – recalls Ed Behr’s dictum: a reporter is more often victim than hero.

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Bitter Harvest ... ignorance in Tasmania

Danny Carney, Indonesia. Leunig. Pub: Oct 2
04.10.14 6:59 am

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Something ugly is happening in Australia. I was too young to give a damn when this last happened, when thugs of all creeds attacked each other in Cronulla. Watching the footage now, I can hardly believe that it was filmed here: a group of inebriated Australians storming onto a train and beating and kicking innocent people until the attackers are beaten back by police. Ugly, ugly stuff. And I am scared it is staging a comeback.

Tony’s subtle dog-whistle? ABC: ’ Frankly, I wish it was not worn ‘

Andrew Wilkie: A statement on burqas in Parliament House The decision by the Government to isolate, in their own rooms, burqa-wearers observing the Parliament has no security merit at all. The segregation of one group of people like this is nothing more than religious apartheid and deeply wrong.

ABC: Tony Abbott steps in to have Parliament House burka restrictions overturned

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NATION: National security law an outrageous attack on press freedom in Australia

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27.09.14 6:30 am

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The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, has described the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 which been passed by the parliament an outrageous attack on press freedom in Australia. MEAA federal secretary Christopher Warren said: “This Bill has been rushed through in undue haste without proper discussion or debate of the implications it has in denying long-held freedoms in Australia. In a healthy functioning democracy this assault on the public’s right to know and the penalties applied to the media for scrutinising power must be condemned. The Bill muzzles the media from doing its job.

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TT Systems crash: Reboot and Resend ...

Lindsay Tuffin
22.09.14 1:10 am

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Tasmanian Times’ systems crashed while the main editor was interstate and unobtainable at the weekend ... and no emails were received from Friday evening until 9pm last night. If you have sent an article, media release, or notification you wish published ... resend to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!x

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Saffron lumbered

Evan Whitton
22.09.14 12:35 am

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Background: I began Can of Worms (1986) with this: It has been said that Sydney is the most corrupt town in the western world, except of course for Newark, New Jersey, and Brisbane, Queensland. I didn’t know the half of it. Alan Saffron, son of Abraham Saffron (1919-2006), said in 2008 that in the 60s his father paid Premier Sir Robin Askin and Police Commissioner Norm Allan $5000-$10,000 a week to protect his brothels and illegal casinos, and that he loan-sharked Kerry Packer, Sir Peter Abeles and Sir Paul Strasser, who were also corrupt, when they were short of the readies, from gambling in Packer’s case. Alan Saffron said Abe controlled prostitution in every state except Tasmania. Saffron was still untouched well into the period of Premier Neville Wran (1976-86). Finally, the chief investigator for the National Crime Authority, Carl Mengler, arrested Saffron and charged him with tax evasion. He got the maximum, three years, and served 17 months.

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Now there’s a surprise ...

Lindsay Tuffin
16.09.14 5:45 am

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In the great tradition of Tasmanian journalism (?), Examiner Editor Martin Gilmour has moved seamlessly from editorship into advisership ( Voice of North takes Hodgman role ) ... following a long line of disinterested, objective predecessors ( think Rod Scott et al ).

What Will says ...

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Oram attempts to fang Pontiff

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15.09.14 12:45 am

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Background. This appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 December 1986. When John-Paul II (1920-2005) became Pope in 1978, Jim Oram (1936-96), of the Sydney Daily Mirror, produced an instant book on the Pontiff’s life. Apart from everything else, Rupert Murdoch is mean; Oram got no royalties. He got legal advice: 1. He would win if he sued; 2. Did he want to stay at the Mirror? Oram did not sue. Covering up a crime is a crime itself, perversion of justice. The Pope covered-up crimes of sex abuse of children, but is now officially Saint John-Paul II.   

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The internet can deliver better journalism, not just clickbait

Kellie Riordan, University of Oxford
14.09.14 9:14 am

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Tony Fitzgerald on the parlous state of Queensland and the Courier Mail

Tony Fitzgerald. Pub: Sept 12
14.09.14 6:00 am

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In his introductory comments at the 2014 Griffith University Tony Fitzgerald Lecture, Tony Fitzgerald - the former Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland - singled out News Limited’s Queensland tabloid newspaper, the Courier Mail for special criticism. Fitzgerald dubbed the Murdoch-owned paper The Craven Mail “because all bullies are cowards.” In introductory comments for the lecture, which was presented at the State Library of Queensland last Wednesday, Fitzgerald stated that “I’d prefer to disregard the abuse but I don’t want my silence to encourage bullies like The Craven or discourage others, especially young people, from speaking out against powerful vested interests. The Craven’s strident partisanship provides a useful reminder to any who might be interested that any possibility of effective democracy will be lost if we allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by reactionary self-interested politicians and media riff-raff.”

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How to interview an assassin

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08.09.14 5:00 am

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Darmody puts the question

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The Rotorua Circus

Evan Whitton
01.09.14 2:30 am

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FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English? [1978] This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.

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Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom

The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am

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Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga

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