Probably the most startling thing about WA, in my mind, is its long and popular secessionist history.
AUGUST 31, 2019
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Probably the most startling thing about WA, in my mind, is its long and popular secessionist history.

Things in the west rarely seem to work the way they do anywhere else. Nowhere more so than the media landscape, which is dominated by Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media and The West Australian. This week INQ plunged into his world. Emily Watkins laid out how The West Australian changed after it became the only paper in town.

Elsewhere in the media this week, ABC’s Four Corners covered the ongoing shame of the Witness K case. Academic Clinton Fernandes gives us the context Four Corners missed.

Have a great weekend,

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
Managing Editor

 
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What Four Corners left out of the Witness K story

CLINTON FERNANDES 4 minute read

Four Corners got the facts straight on how the Witness K scandal was born, but there is more to the story.

‘There was a reason why my son died … And the reason was Pell.’

GEORGIA WILKINS 4 minute read

The father of one of George Pell's victims might feel justice is finally being done, but he still feels anger toward Pell and the Church.

INQ looks at Stokes’ power, the influence of the West in a one-newspaper town, and how new editor Anthony De Ceglie is shaking up the established masthead to bring it more in line with east-coast tabloids.

 
The power and the glory: Kerry Stokes’ influence at the West 5 minute read
Portrait of a one-newspaper town 4 minute read
Eastbound and down: the West joins the Tele in a race to the bottom 5 minute read
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The anarchists are in the building
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After George Pell, high-profile people have signed out from the police, the courts, the jury system, the burden of proof and the entire rule of law. Welcome to the new abnormal.

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Jennifer Kent is ‘not interested in convincing anyone’ about The Nightingale

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The new film has drawn huge praise and intense ire, but the director says it's ultimately been misinterpreted. Are audiences just ignorant about Australian history?

How bad reporting on environmental crises is setting us up for bad politics
The global political culture war has now spread to every corner of rationality. Agriscience is rendered as suspect as meteorology or vaccination. — Guy Rundle

The ‘incorrect apocalypticism’ of reporting on environmental crises — such as that seen in the Amazon — is a mirror of denialism. It’s designed to get clicks and feeds anti-democratic politics.

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has acknowledge that Australian business would simply waste tax cuts on share buybacks and increased dividends. But he's otherwise not sure how to raise our flagging productivity.

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