Sloppy Journalism from Laura Tingle

Thank you Kaye, another major threat to Democracy.

The Australian Independent Media Network

Working days lost per quarter Here’s a question for you. Should we bother to comment on what we read or see or hear about politics from the mainstream media? On one hand, why pay them the compliment of caring what they say? On the other, no matter how trenchant or forensic a job I might be able do on something produced by a mainstream journalist, who will it persuade? Only perhaps politically engaged followers of social media, who already agree with me. So why waste my time?

On this occasion, I’m responding because reading Laura Tingle Abbott turns industrial relations from liability to potent weapon in the Financial Review made me so angry that I have to say something. My anger was further informed by reading Andrew Elder’s excellent article on ‘catch-up journalism’, commenting on the difference between what he calls ‘access journalism’ and ‘investigative journalism’. Tingle’s piece is a great example of…

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What really killed vehicle manufacturing in Australia

The Australian Independent Media Network


The death knell for Australia’s vehicle manufacturing industry was not because of high labour costs, writes Andreas Bimba in this guest article, but the free-trade agreements that acted to the detriment of the local industry. And who signed them? You won’t be too surprised to learn who.

Toyota Australia, Holden and Ford did not decide to cease local automotive manufacturing because of high labour costs (this is nothing new), nor from a lack of direct financial support (this has been fairly constant but small), although both of these factors added to the pressure. Primarily, it was because of inadequate trade protection of the Australian new car market, the historically high Australian dollar, and finally, extreme hostility shown by the current Federal Government and the Productivity Commission in regard to dealing effectively with the urgent concerns of the industry.

It is quite obvious really, but as we have come to expect…

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