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Watchdog or attack dog? The Australian at 50

Australia’s only nationwide broadsheet turns 50 today. Former Australian media writers Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd take a look at the vendettas it has pursued over the years.

Anniversaries are a good time to celebrate achievements and reflect on mistakes. For its 50th anniversary today, The Australian is awash with the former and starved of the latter.

The “50 years in 50 days” series the newspaper has been publishing daily leading up to today’s anniversary date has recounted, among many topics, the boldness of Rupert Murdoch’s original decision


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