It is a sad comment on Australia’s political culture that Canberra's daily newspaper is an affront to the very idea of reputable journalism. The seat of national government deserves and arguably needs a newspaper that provides citizens with fair and fearless information, analysis and opinion on national and local politics and policy.

Instead readers of The Canberra Times are fed a daily diet of public relations puffery crafted to promote vested local interests prepared to advertise in the newspaper. Readers are offered little serious independent investigative reporting on national or local issues apart from the monthly public sector report, which is the newspaper's only saving grace. Any limited investigative reporting seems to originate in other Fairfax newspapers, notably The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Many book reviews are taken from The Herald these days.