Rise and fall of Tassie MP Terry Martin. Not long ago, former Tasmanian MP Terry Martin was a respected man who couldn’t put a foot wrong in the eyes of his electorate. Now he’s been found guilty of having s-x with a 12-year-old girl and producing child exploitation material. So how did he rise to the top, and how did he fall to earth?
Hobart-born Martin dropped out of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Tasmania, but went on to accumulate a list of powerful positions in his community during the 1970s: state president of the Tourism Council of Australia, state executive chairman of Best Western Motor Inns, and a Tourism Tasmania board member. — Lucy Clark (read the full story here)
Bruised and battered: Murdoch survives at BSkyB. James Murdoch managed to cling on to his job as executive chairman of British pay-TV giant BSkyB overnight. But not before taking several big hits at an angry AGM.
Around a third of the group’s independent shareholders voted for his removal from the board (44% if you include abstentions), and several speakers attacked his performance. Worse still, Chris Bryant MP, the former priest who has led the campaign against phone hacking, accused News of hacking into the phone of a British cabinet minister, Tessa Jowell, to gain business advantage. — Paul Barry (read the full story here)
Megaphones Watch: Devine on Kyle, Jones guilty, Bolt’s climate-gate. Miranda Devine rationalises Kyle’s rage, Andrew Bolt trawls through the latest batch of leaked climate emails, and Alan Jones is in trouble with ACMA.
Here’s what Australia’s most powerful megaphones have been up to over the past week. — Matthew Knott (read the full story here)