A creek of gold? On the evening of his departure from The Australian, Chris Mitchell gave an interview to the ABC's Richard Aedy. In it, Aedy asked Mitchell why the paper had become so combative during his tenure. Mitchell said it was a sign of the times:

"I'm not an angry person. I think if you asked around the staff they'd say I've only raised my voice once in 13 and a half years. But we've been 'elbows out' -- as one of my former editors Michael Stutchbury would say. It's important in building the Oz brand ...