Trust, it’s not just about ‘them’: Forde wrap by @StephanieDale22

[clear] By Stephanie Dale 5 September 2013 The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, none of the small parties have grabbed my attention, underwhelmed by reporting of the campaign.” Here in Forde, the Inane Question of the Campaign Award goes to one of the young TV reporters down from Brisbane to interview the Federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek. “Kevin Rudd said he has […]

Reporters may still face litigation and court orders to identify sources, despite Rinehart’s failed bid in WA

By Miles Heffernan August 10, 2013 Gina Rinehart’s bid to have a journalist turn over secret sources was rejected this week by a Western Australian Supreme Court judge in a decision hailed as a win for press freedom. But the judgment handed down on August 6 makes it clear we are still a way short of a proper legislative safeguard for source protection. And luck also played a part, since the so-called shield law that saved the day did not come into effect until after the action had started. The judgment by Justice Janine Pritchard came after Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting sought senior West Australian journalist Steve Pennells’ source records, after […]

IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott

By Tony Abbott April 4. 2013 Source: tonyabbott.com.au Andrew, thank you so much for that truly lovely introduction. All I can say is: I prefer your judgments to your reminiscences! Mr Premier, Mr Lord Mayor, Your Eminence, parliamentary colleagues, I don’t want to single anyone out because there are so many of them here but I should particularly mention the Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis who did such magnificent work in opposing the current government’s attacks on free speech, family members of the founder of the IPA, CD Kemp, Gina Rinehart, who has given what I’m sure is the best speech that any one will give tonight, ladies and gentlemen. At […]