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David Hardaker on how Australian media needs reform and rethinking.
MAY 14, 2022
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Election campaigns put many people under pressure, not just candidates and their staff. Political journalists are working hard to get things right, right on time, with the right emphasis. Journalists are not perfect. Never have been. But has this election exposed a deep flaw in the profession?

David Hardaker, a Walkley-winning reporter, asked this and related questions in an open letter to the Australian media — and judging by the response to it, his thoughts hit a chord.

As have many of our articles this week, such as Amber Schultz writing about how the NDIS is creating emotional and physical distress for its dependents, and Kishor Napier-Raman envisioning what the Liberal Party may look like if it loses Josh Frydenberg. Find those stories and plenty more below.

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Election campaigns put many people under pressure, not just candidates and their staff. Political journalists are working hard to get things right, right on time, with the right emphasis. Journalists are not perfect. Never have been. But has this election exposed a deep flaw in the profession?

David Hardaker, a Walkley-winning reporter, asked this and related questions in an open letter to the Australian media — and judging by the response to it, his thoughts hit a chord.

As have many of our articles this week, such as Amber Schultz writing about how the NDIS is creating emotional and physical distress for its dependents, and Kishor Napier-Raman envisioning what the Liberal Party may look like if it loses Josh Frydenberg. Find those stories and plenty more below.

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Election campaigns put many people under pressure, not just candidates and their staff. Political journalists are working hard to get things right, right on time, with the right emphasis. Journalists are not perfect. Never have been. But has this election exposed a deep flaw in the profession?

David Hardaker, a Walkley-winning reporter, asked this and related questions in an open letter to the Australian media — and judging by the response to it, his thoughts hit a chord.

As have many of our articles this week, such as Amber Schultz writing about how the NDIS is creating emotional and physical distress for its dependents, and Kishor Napier-Raman envisioning what the Liberal Party may look like if it loses Josh Frydenberg. Find those stories and plenty more below.

And while you’re here, why not become a Crikey member? Get three months of access for only $1 per week.

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Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief

 
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