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Articles by Jason Whittaker

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor’s job

Why has Australia‚Äôs most heavily subsidised arts company, Opera Australia, cast Alan Jones in its production of Anything Goes? The company’s artistic director, Lyndon Terracini, claims it’s the shock jock’s “wicked sense of humour”. Hmmm, only one of those words accurately describes Jones…

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The curious case of the homophobic soprano

Opera Australia has sacked a performer for expressing homophobic views, but was its conduct more damaging than the actual remarks?

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Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Voters aren’t particularly concerned about the prospect of more Liberal-led governments at COAG. Meanwhile, Essential Research finds support for Tony Abbott’s government improving.

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Kim’s big win: $95k in Williams v Fairfax defo case

Former News Corporation CEO Kim Williams has won his defamation case against Fairfax and has been awarded $95,000 for a front-page splash by reporter Joe Aston.

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A trip to the DMZ (and a T-shirt to prove it): Korea divided on a solution

Opinions in South Korea are sharply divided on what to do about its nuclear neighbour. Crikey visited the no-man’s-land between still-warring nations to examine whether diplomacy is still an option.

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‘Comfort level’ rises: Korean trade deal almost done

A free trade agreement with South Korea is close, Crikey’s editor reports from Seoul. But there are still economic — and historic — sticking points to resolve.

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A party for sport? And who are ‘motoring enthusiasts’? A wacky Senate result

The Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party? The Australian Sports Party? Preliminary Senate results throw up microparties you’ve probably never heard of.

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Rupert the ‘insignificant hunchback’? Williamson on Murdoch’s cabaret

Australia’s most celebrated playwright has written a new work on the life of the country’s most famous son. David Williamson talks to Crikey about capturing the media mogul for the stage.

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The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It’s not the first time they’ve done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

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Athletes ask for more exemptions for ‘therapeutic’ substances

Authorities have received more applications for exemptions under anti-doping regulations since the latest drugs in sport scandal. But ASADA insists that could just be a coincidence.

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Sunday Tele stunts snares journos in media campaign

News Limited’s campaign against Labor’s media reforms entrapped some unwilling supporters from TV newsrooms in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday.

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Advertising board doesn’t love Dick: Smith fights ‘censorship’

A funny ad promoting Dick Smith Foods has been rejected for early-evening broadcast by the Advertising Standards Board. The entrepreneur says he’ll fight the attempt at censorship.

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Why Olympics coverage looks more like a slideshow

Wondering why some of the television news coverage of Olympic competition looks more like a slideshow? The IOC cracks down on footage used by non-rights holders.

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Essential: Coalition needed for another global downturn

Australians acknowledge our relative economic health compared to the rest of the world, but wouldn’t trust Labor to lead us out of another economic downturn.

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Essential: they’re arrogant and out of touch, Gillard and Abbott

Julia Gillard is seen as a vastly less capable, intelligent and hard-working leader than she was two years ago, new polling reveals.

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Clive Palmer’s man-crush on Tony Jones

This week we saw a thoroughly illuminating chat between mining magnate Clive Palmer and Lateline host Tony Jones.

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Essential: Gillard will go, and Labor deserves no economic credit

Most voters believe Julia Gillard will lose the prime ministership within 12 months, with new polling recording more disapproval and predictions of doom for the Labor government.

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Essential: both leaders end the year on the nose

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott end the political year as deeply unpopular leaders, losing the faith of even more voters.

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Hadley v Flannery: who’s telling the truth?

Ray Hadley blasted Tim Flannery and Crikey over claims the 2GB host arranged a call to his program that sparked a flurry of criticism over his waterfront property. But Flannery is standing by his story.

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Flannery: Hadley concocted story on my waterside home

Of all the responses to Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay on The Australian it is the letter from Tim Flannery published in the latest edition that adds the juiciest grist to the mill.

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Miffed Radio National staff must learn to do more with less

Some disgruntled Radio National staff are concerned a controversial schedule realignment for 2012 announced yesterday will see protected specialist programs understaffed.

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‘Bali boy’ in grubby TV rights deal: are Nine’s cameras ready to roll?

Has the Nine Network opened its chequebook for the family of the now infamous “Bali boy”? The agent and the network aren’t talking, but network rivals insist it’s been done.

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The quality journalism project: early bird Fran Kelly

Her energy levels are “incomparable in journalism”, according to The Australian’s George Megalogenis. But who inspires Radio National’s Fran Kelly? She steps up to the plate for Crikey’s quality journalism series.

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The Australian’s golden tickets: paywall comes down on ‘new era’

The Australian has become the first mainstream newspaper in Australia to lock up its content behind a paywall. Crikey spoke to the paper’s COO John Allan about the bold experiment.

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The future begins for The Oz on Monday

A paywall will descend on Monday at The Australian, a move News Limited CEO John Hartigan says will “pioneer the way Australians consume media”.

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