For more than a century, Sydney's two dominant newspapers have been fierce rivals -- despite stark differences in their world views and target audiences. Reporters at The Sydney Morning Herald, a fixture on Sydney's affluent north shore and eastern suburbs, have long looked down at their Daily Telegraph competitors as ethically dubious beat-up merchants. At the Tele, which dominates Sydney's sprawling west, Fairfax types have been dismissed as smug and self-important.
But since teenager Daniel Christie was struck down in Kings Cross by a one-punch assault on New Year's Eve, the papers have marched in lockstep by campaigning for the New South Wales government and wider community to get tough on alcohol-fuelled violence. For 17 days straight, the cry has rung out from the front pages and editorial columns: something must be done. Prime Minister Tony Abbott weighed in last week with a front-page column for the Tele; today, the Governor-General attended Christie's funeral service.