Crown Casino, it’s the ultimate Rorschach test, isn’t it?
AUGUST 3, 2019
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Crown Casino, it’s the ultimate Rorschach test, isn’t it?

For many, it’s a place to while away a Friday night (or lose a fortune). For others, a place to land a plum board position. For many more, including many of our readers, it’s a place that symbolises everything wrong with how power works in this country.

All week we’ve kept our gaze on the saga unfolding between Southbank and Canberra. Elsewhere, we turn the lens on ourselves. The INQ team’s series this week, Media Roadkill, digs into who makes money when a media storm rains down.

As always, let us know what you thought of the week’s news by writing to [email protected]. Please include your full name if you wish to be considered for publication.

Have a great weekend,

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
Managing Editor

 
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Crown duels

Crown corruption ‘investigation’ shows how power really works in Australia

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

The major parties are happy for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity to examine possible misconduct around Crown Casino — because it is pretty much useless.

Nine goes all in on Crown revelations, but will the house win?

STEPHEN MAYNE 4 minute read

Nine's burst of negative publicity for Crown will squeeze traditionally passive state-based gambling regulators and the federal authorities -- particularly Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton.

Crown hits back: a who’s who of the casino giant’s board

JENNINE KHALIK 5 minute read

A News Corp ad blitz raises the question of who exactly is shepherding Crown through this crisis...

Are Nine’s Crown revelations really a story of ‘Chinese influence’?

JOHN FITZGERALD 4 minute read

On the evidence presented so far, the Crown affair is a story of home-made corporate greed and not foreign influence.

 

The disinformation game: how the government releases emissions data

CHRIS WOODS 4 minute read

Positive spin, false statements and delays — Australia's emissions-data must run a gauntlet before the public is allowed to see it, and the media is happy to help.

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Can we trust Newspoll’s latest analysis?

WILLIAM BOWE 3 minute read

The pollster has placed the Coalition soundly ahead in its first analysis since the shock federal election result. But without an explanation of how its methods have changed since the election, will anybody believe it?

Surviving a media storm

The Perpetrators: how the media ‘hunts down’ their ‘talent’

EMILY WATKINS and JENNINE KHALIK 14 minute read

Reporters stalking their victims need to be ruthless and persistent. The techniques are varied and ubiquitous. Today, INQ pulls back the curtain on those techniques.

The Victims: what it’s like to live inside the eye of a media storm

EMILY WATKINS, JENNINE KHALIK and AMBER SCHULTZ 17 minute read

INQ explores several case studies of Australians victimised by intrusive reporting.

The Profiteers: getting someone out of the news spotlight is big business

EMILY WATKINS and JENNINE KHALIK 9 minute read

When the proverbial hits the fan and someone becomes engulfed in a media storm, there’s an army of people ready to clean up, for a price.

 
Angus Taylor’s year from hell

KISHOR NAPIER-RAMAN 4 minute read

From Australia's 'watergate' scandal to becoming a meme, 2019 has been a horror year for Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

How the trans identity debate is tying progressives in knots

GUY RUNDLE 5 minute read

Nothing is more likely to rule off the '60s liberation ideologues more decisively than the 'gender question'.

The real, enduring conspiracy behind the murders of Tupac and Biggie

CHARLIE LEWIS 4 minute read

Following Tupac and Biggie's deaths, scores of suspects and witnesses were killed and rumours immediately billowed out like smoke. Why do these conspiracy theories hold so much sway?

Who’s afraid of a federal ICAC?

KISHOR NAPIER-RAMAN 4 minute read

After angling for a federal anti-corruption watchdog last year, the Morrison government has gone silent on the topic.

If water is life, our country is now a graveyard

NATALIE CROMB 3 minute read

Our waterways are running dry and we're on the precipice of complete environmental destruction.

ACCC avoids the hard challenge of neoliberalism — breaking up monopolies

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

As platforms like Google and Facebook grow bigger by buying up their competition, we need to decide what we should do about monopolies.

Do young conservatives have a ‘woman problem’?

JENNINE KHALIK 3 minute read

Zero women have been elected to the executive of a peak young conservative group for 2019, adding to a long string of gender-based controversies.

It’s time to stop obsessing over these meaningless scandals 

MICHAEL BRADLEY 4 minute read

In terms of justice, truth, morality or social relevance, Shayna Jack's controversy contributes nothing at all.

Legalising abortion means nothing if we don’t provide secure access for all women

CHLOE KOFFMAN 4 minute read

The battle for women's reproductive rights doesn't stop at legalised abortion.

 
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