Former Crikey writer-turned-News Corp columnist has been made redundant from The Australian. Kerr wrote for Crikey until he was lured away by Rupert in 2008 — or as former editor Jonathan Green put it, “Christian Kerr left in a chauffeur-driven huff”. At The Australian, Kerr occasionally filled in for James Jeffrey on Strewth (not occasionally enough for our liking; his Strewth columns were generally woeful) and wrote culture warrior pieces like the one “outing” Larissa Waters’ six-year-old daughter for wearing a pink dress at a birthday party. The story in print included a black bar over the little girl’s eyes. Crikey‘s own Guy Rundle didn’t think much of it. News Corp declined to comment on Kerr’s redundancy, and we have no word yet on where he might be going next.

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

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