Sep 10, 2013

‘Victory Ride Down Under’: how the world’s media covered the election

Tony Abbott's victory has been widely reported from London to Beijing, with each country's national media taking a slightly different tack. And then there are those cycling photos ...

Australia's election was widely reported overseas, with plenty of papers enjoying the pics of Australia's lycra-clad new prime minister. If this is how much fun they had with the lycra, imagine if Tony Abbott had appeared in budgie smugglers during the campaign ... The UK and New Zealand media ran extensive coverage, while China and Papua New Guinea focussed on issues that mattered to their respective countries. Very few international newspapers put the election result on page one, but The Wall Street Journal, now owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, put Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott in all his lycra-clad glory below the fold:

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6 thoughts on “‘Victory Ride Down Under’: how the world’s media covered the election

  1. klewso

    Switzer’s contribution :- so what do you call a Right-leaning satirist, in a Murdocracy – “journo”?

  2. The Pav

    FRom the Jounal “He had the courage to broaden the appeal of a conservative agenda rather than copy the policies of his opponents. As a result, Australians enjoyed a real choice at the polls this weekend. Mr. Abbott’s resounding victory shows that they relished this opportunity to chart a more free-market course.”

    Obviously they don’y have a clue. Apart from PPL, Fraudband and Axe the Tax Abbotts policies were identical

    Oh well at least the Murdoch press sings from the same song book

  3. Electric Lardyland

    Yes, Pav, it would seem that very few of the right wing propagandists, actually listen to the policy pronouncements of Super Tony. Certainly, none of them seem to believe him, when he claims that he believes in climate change and that he will cut Australia’s emissions.

  4. klewso

    I thought he meant/said he was “going to cut Australia’s omissions”?

  5. Electric Lardyland

    Maybe it was diplomatic missions?

  6. The Pav

    Unfortunately in Abbotts case it is unlikely to cut his emissions, nocturnal or otherwise

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