The creation of a “Split”

As I’ve already written, I’ll leave it to the Labor MPs to choose their next Leader. However, I couldn’t resist commenting on this ABC story. It shows just how automatic it is for any difference of opinion to be labelled as a “split” by the media. There are about 87 ALP members of the Federal…

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fasting & media coverage

It’s been an interesting couple of days since I announced I would fast in support of the asylum seekers in Baxter. I’ve had a lot of feedback – some negative, the majority positive. I might gather together a sample of some of the emails (without identifiers) so people can see what sorts of things others…

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Media feeding frenzy on Jeff Shaw

The front page of the weekend’s Sunday Telegraph had a photograph of NSW Judge Jeff Shaw outside his home and was headlined “Judge Shaw on $1200 a day sick leave” The story opened with the following few sentences: “NSW Supreme Court judge Jeff Shaw earns $1200 a day while he seeks treatment for a drinking…

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Media, gossip and news

Yesterday I was part of a panel at a journalism conference in Melbourne. The topic was ‘Public Figures and Private Lives’. The conference was organised by the Melbourne Press Club. It appeared to be attended mainly by journalists and students of journalism and media. The four other people on the panel were journalists, as was…

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airwaves and airplanes

A happy birthday to Nick Cave (for the 22nd), which provides yet another excuse to plug his new album – do yourself a favour and grab a copy. Really enjoyed doing the interview on 4ZZZ. Radio is so the best medium. I think if more politicians and the like did more interviews on community radio,…

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