keywords: James Packer

  • AUSTRALIA

    Dollars trump humanity in NSW public land purge

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 18 August 2016
    6 Comments

    The Brutalist building - so ugly when I first saw it, now a familiar milestone on the journey into the city - has been condemned to an undignified death; soon it will be demolished, a luxury apartment building erected in its stead. The long-term residents have packed their meagre belongings and gone (though not without a fight). Such is the pattern of progress in New South Wales, under a government that has no compunction in selling public land to the person whose wallet is the fattest.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pro-business governments reversing Eureka Stockade achievement

    • Michael Mullins
    • 03 December 2012
    10 Comments

    Today is the 158th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade rebellion, often seen as the source of our ‘fair go’ ethos. Wealthy landowners and businessmen controlled the government, as they do today. Governments anxious for private sector investment give free reign to James Packer and others, at cost to the common good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Keeping Conroy out of bed with Rinehart

    • Michael Mullins
    • 06 February 2012
    6 Comments

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy appears relaxed about Gina Rinehart's move towards control of Fairfax Media because governments are predisposed to placate media owners. A human rights charter could be the only way to maintain media diversity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gillard's gambling problem

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 October 2011
    18 Comments

    Care for problem gamblers needs to be balanced against care for workers whose jobs are threatened by proposed reforms. Otherwise, the Gillard Government is open to the accusation that it is putting its own political survival ahead of the wellbeing of these workers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Packer's brave new world of media self-interest

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 October 2010
    2 Comments

    There is credible speculation new part-owner James Packer will use his influence to kill innovation at Network Ten. The authority should respond by enforcing broadcast licence conditions, to ensure Packer's return to significant media ownership is in the public interest and not his self-interest. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd the Terminator

    • Michael Mullins
    • 03 May 2010
    19 Comments

    Increasing the cost of cigarettes hurts the poor more than the rich. Kevin Rudd is acting with the callous efficiency of The Terminator when he really needs to find a more equitable incentive to give up smoking.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Journalism's life after death

    • John Cokley
    • 20 March 2009
    2 Comments

    Despite what Big Media bigwigs say, there is an alternative to the journalism of Murdoch, Fairfax, the ABC, BBC, CNN and Reuters. In fact there are many alternatives. This is news to many journalists, judging by the industry moaning.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    An unlikely pilgrim

    • Michelle Coram
    • 12 December 2007
    9 Comments

    The Camino de Santiago in Spain is over a thousand years old and trodden by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. But for this pilgrim it was simply a cheap holiday, a sure way to get fit. She wasn't expecting any miracles.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The new philanthropy

    • Denis Tracey
    • 14 May 2006
    1 Comment

    What gives, Australia?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Allan James Thomas
    • 24 April 2006

    Reviews of the films The Child (L’Enfant), Wolf Creek and Kung Fu Hustle.

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