'I hate journalists'. The ACT's chief minister Andrew Barr has lashed out at journalists while setting out a plan to bypass them with his government's communications. Barr took a particular swipe at the Canberra Times, which obtained a recording of last week's comments at an event at ACT parliament: "I hate journalists. I'm over dealing with the mainstream media as a form of communication with the people of Canberra. What passes for a daily newspaper in this city is a joke and it will be only a matter of years before it closes down."

The Crimes responded with an editorial defending the paper and criticising Barr's disdain for the media: