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Green groups cop blame for sceptics’ rise

Environmentalists may only have themselves to blame for the surprising success of climate sceptics, writes The Australia Institute’s Richard Denniss.

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The Oz v academics: Manne, universities hit back

The Australian newspaper has come under sustained attack this morning from several angles as its simmering spat with the nation’s academic community threatens to turn nuclear.

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Oz editor marshals eagles to halt Manne attack

The Australian’s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell has threatened to take legal action against the ABC to kill a column penned by Robert Manne and republished on commentary site The Drum.

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Refugee debate dominated by compromise, not core promises

The anti-mandatory detention campaign, which came from the Left, has a simple demand — that the country live up to its freely taken-on treaty obligations. Why have commentators like Robert Manne lost sight of that?

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Media inquiry: why we need greater self-regulation than US, UK

Australia has a greater need for a robust and effective system of media self-regulation, writes Michael Smith, former Fairfax editor and former member of the Australian Press Council.

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Media inquiry: ‘marketplace of ideas’ not working that well

The public hearings of the federal government’s media inquiry got under way this morning with a distinctly anti-statutory regulation tinge.

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Manne and The Oz: revisiting a time when Iraq had WMD

One of the most salient yet overlooked aspects of Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay Bad News is its assessment of The Australian’s coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath. NAJ Taylor fills this gap, discussing the debate’s many factors in this essay for This Blog Harms.

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The Oz can’t leave the Manne essay alone

For a paper that has declared “the subject closed”, The Australian really can’t leave Robert Manne’s “Bad News” essay alone. To say there has been a degree of score settling is something of an understatement.

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Rudds’ airport woes … Hun’s loaded poll …

In today’s Media Briefs: airport troubles for Rudds … More updates on the issue they won’t update … Online Poll of the Day … Julian Assange publishers to release autobiography without his consent and more …

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The Oz bows out of Manne debate

This Wednesday The Australian’s Paul Kelly and academic Robert Manne were due to debate at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. But now one side of the battle is not going to show.

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Rundle: a collector’s piece for the ages, The Oz on Manne

Get ye to a newsagent and see if they have not returned their copies of The Weekend Australian. Its outrageous defence of Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay is a collectors’ item.

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The Oz playing the Manne: why it’s a barracker and a bully

The Australian is launching a major response to Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay, and the blurbs tell us that there will be more to come on Saturday, with the usual suspects lining up to respond.

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The Oz has a private moment with itself

There is no subject that obsesses The Australian more than the subject of The Australian itself. Today it began an orgy of self-defence to Robert Manne’s Quarterly Essay.

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Manne’s Quarterly Essay: silence so far from The Oz

Robert Manne’s account of the influence of The Australian and the tactics it uses to promote its conservative views and discredit its enemies has so far been met with silence from Holt Street.

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Manne steps down from Monthly … APN posts loss … Senate to probe ABC cuts …

In today’s Media Briefs: Manne steps down from Monthly board … Front Page of Day … The Department of Corrections … Natural disasters cause APN to post first half loss … Senate to probe ABC cuts … and more …

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Henderson: Which pundits got it wrong on the by-elections?

Political commentators like Robert Manne, Malcolm Mackerras and Judith Brett all predicted doom and gloom for the Libs in the weekend’s by-elections, gloats Gerard Henderson. Boy are their faces red now.

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How I almost single handedly won the culture wars…

National Andrew Bolt is a dickhead day.

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They tried to tell us we’re too young

Former Daily Tele editor David Penberthy offers some words of wisdom to the newly-appointed editor of The Monthly, 23-year-old Ben Naparstek.

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Manne relishes controversy, Warhaft does not

Manne may thrive on public controversies, but I don’t relish them and Sally has hated every second of this one, writes Gideon Haigh.

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Gawenda: Musings on The Monthly and mentoring

I thought, as I read Robert’s account of how he had been Sally’s mentor and how she had repaid him for this — how few are the mentors who understand that the role is not about gathering disciples.” The Monthly bust-up according to Rocky and Gawenda.

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Gideon Haigh: Why I won’t write for The Monthly again

The now ex-writer for The Monthly steps in to defend sacked editor (and former partner) Sally Warhaft — and explain his perspective of the publishing feud.

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The Monthly: detractors shouldn’t hide behind anonymity

Mark Aarons and Alex Miller weigh in on the recent developments at The Monthly.

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The Monthly: an editorially dysfunctional sales-driven PM star wagon

The Monthly is, and has always been, a fundamentally disappointing venture, writes Greg Barns.

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Robert Manne: the true history of The Monthly bust up

Robert Manne responds to allegations about the editorial bust-up at The Monthly

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The Monthly’s knife fight in a dinghy

If your principal fund of ideas is coming from the man who is also about to be/actually is the country’s leader, then you’re less a publication of critical commentary than a mouthpiece.

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