The big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about

Rupert Murdoch's media monopoly and 'pure propaganda' aren't the only problems ...

new zealand prime minister jacinda ardern giving a speech

Ben McKay/AAP Blair Williams, Australian National University

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has long dominated the Australian media landscape, wielding great political and cultural influence.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s record-breaking petition calling for a royal commission into Australian media ownership has once again put this issue in the spotlight. It has gained more than 500,000 signatures and led to a Senate inquiry into media diversity.

Rudd has described News Corp as a “cancer on democracy”, while fellow former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled it “pure propaganda,” and slammed its “campaign on climate denial”. Labor’s Julia Gillard, has also made similar claims.

However, these discussions fail to consider how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards women politicians.

How does the Murdoch press represent women?
While studying media representations of women in politics, I’ve noticed a stark difference in Murdoch press coverage of men and women leaders.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard leaving a press conference at Parliament House. There is a difference in the way male and female leaders are represented in News Corp papers. Lukas Coch/AAP

My research, recently published in Feminist Media Studies, compared Australian media portrayals of Gillard’s prime ministerial rise with that of Helen Clark’s in New Zealand. Both leaders experienced a sexist focus on their gender, appearance and personal lives. But it was far more frequent and intense for Gillard.

My research suggests two key explanations for this contrast: the different political contexts they operated in, and the dominating influence of the Murdoch press in Australia versus its absence in New Zealand.

As Rudd has argued, the Murdoch press is hyper-partisan and ideologically driven, “blending editorial opinion with news reporting”. News Corp is also known to reward Murdoch’s allies, while damaging his enemies.

Yet this has notably gendered ramifications. Murdoch’s conservative morality, traditionalist values, and opposition to left-wing movements appear constantly in his newspapers, making them uniquely hostile to women.

Gillard did not simply threaten the political status quo as Australia’s first woman prime minister. As an unmarried, child-free, atheist woman from the left of the ALP, she also threatened Murdoch’s conservative ideology. His newspaper therefore portrayed Gillard in a highly gendered — even misogynistic — manner intended to undermine her. This was evident in the criticisms of her fashion choices, such as a headline condemning her “technicolour screamcoat” in The Daily Telegraph.

Things have not changed since Gillard’s days
Though it’s been ten years since Gillard became prime minister, not much has changed. News Corp papers continue to attack women in politics, especially if they are from the left.

Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia is another seasoned veteran of News Corps’ sexist coverage. This includes the Sunshine Coast Daily’s 2019 front page image, which featured Palaszczuk in crosshairs with the headline, “Anna, you’re next”.

More recently, The Courier Mail labelled her dealings with Liberal NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian over border closures, “schoolgirl behaviour”.

Even Liberal women aren’t immune from sexist coverage. Julie Bishop, the Coalition’s former foreign affairs minister, was likened to the power-hungry “Lady Macbeth” by The Australian for her 2018 leadership tilt. She was also ridiculed by the same paper for calling out the Liberal party’s sexist bullying culture.

Berejiklian has also endured sexist reportage, particularly during the recent scandal over her relationship with disgraced former NSW MP Daryl Maguire. One Daily Telegraph article waxed lyrical about her supposed “wedding fantasy”, a “feminine albeit old-fashioned thing to do” which, they argued, might have kept a workaholic like Berejiiklian “sane”.

However, the News Corp’s partisan bias towards the Coalition is also evident in these stories. Rather than holding Berejiklian to account, the Murdoch press largely ran sympathetic stories about the premier’s behaviour. This starkly contrasts with the onslaught of sexist coverage Gillard received during the AWU affair, which haunted her for the rest of her term in office.

International leaders also under attack
Australian women aren’t the only targets. The globally popular New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has frequently borne the brunt of biased News Corp coverage.

In the lead up to the 2020 New Zealand election, columnist Greg Sheridan argued Ardern doesn’t live up to the hype, claiming in The Australian, part of the international Jacindamania comes from the fact she is a young left-wing woman who gave birth in office and took maternity leave.

Sheridan also labelled her government’s COVID-19 response and progressive style of politics as “inherently authoritarian” that also “enjoys bossing people around”.

When Ardern won the election in a historic landslide, The Australian responded with a piece describing her as “grossly incompetent” and “the worst person to lead New Zealand through this economic turbulence”.

Notably, the clear bias here drew criticism from the New Zealand press.

In August, Johannes Leak’s cartoon in The Australian, also received international condemnation for its misogynistic and racist depiction of vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Don’t forget gender
It is clear the Murdoch press has a “woman problem”.

This poses a real obstacle for women in politics, especially those who oppose Murdoch’s conservative ideology. But it also broadcasts a message about women’s roles and place in society more generally — that no matter how privileged or powerful a woman might be, it’s nearly impossible to escape sexist commentary and the objectifying male gaze.

This is why it is so essential to hold the Murdoch press to account in a specifically gendered light.The Conversation

Blair Williams, Associate Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Relations, Australian National University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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    Lookfar
    19th Nov 2020
    3:54pm
    So important to bring these stories out, Ben and Blair, good if you have more examples as these are just the tip of the ice-berg.
    What does it mean to be anti female? - it means you stop the whole of human evolution, as you negate half, so it can't continue, - not just negate, but revile, reduce legal rights, promote male domination, criticise womans' contribution, - despite that without women there would be no more men Nor women, despise the female point of view, yet women love men often as little as they deserve, - the female quality of love and forgiveness is above the male impulse of dominance, control, ownershit, etc.

    Old Testament justifiers like Murdoch have been running Australia for more than 50 years. BADLY.
    micky d.
    19th Nov 2020
    4:36pm
    The sun came up this morning and there's nothing more certain than it will set again tonight.
    Changes take place during the changing seasons then they revert.
    Male is male, female is female and there's nothing more certain and maintained than that difference.
    In life (as we know it) these are certainties.

    However....in most every aspect beyond physicality, women and men are equal in capacity and that equality should be recognised, developed and cultivated to create a balanced and prosperous humanity.
    Rather than concerning ourselves about Mr. Murdoch's press and that of his ilk, perhaps feminists (and others) should turn their attention to the child prostitution forced upon young girls in some societies as well as the overwhelmingly oppressive religious, cultural and societal traditions entrenched and imposed upon females in so many countries.

    Mr. Murdoch is quite a "good guy" actually.
    I think we'd all be considerably poorer in our awareness of the world and our surrounds were it not for his informative papers which have propelled themselves into the most read here in Australia whilst other readerships are shrinking quite substantially.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    5:15pm
    Yes micky d. - I read the Australian and the daily Telegraph, watch Sky News, have been fed up with the ABC and the leftie culture for a long time. Rupert has done me out of my job in the newspapers because of computerization but I do not bear any grudges. My time as an oldie had come and I am used to that. Things will never go back to where they used to be and we all should get used to it. Fed up with talk about climate change and people mentioning Europe all the time and not really wanting to know about atomic power without which Europe would be stuffed. Had a laugh about all the solar panels on TV smashed up to smithereens by the hailstones coming down recently. Wake up guys - we have heaps of coal, uranium which are constant suppliers of power not like solar and wind.
    Lookfar
    19th Nov 2020
    5:24pm
    You are talking Old Testament there Micky-d and I don't think that the Men in these countries you refer to listen to women, so a bit unfair to berate the women.
    80 plus
    19th Nov 2020
    8:03pm
    Micky.d and Mariners really need to be objective rather than acting as cheer leaders. His papers are only informative if they follow the leaders directives, the 50,000 signature petition to parliament has not been mentioned in the Murdoch press, Rather than suggesting others turn their attention to the items you mentioned why not ask the owner of the "informative papers " to take up the issues, Also Mariner if you are fed up with climate change, Europe etc why are you reading the Australian and Daily telegraph? neither give a balanced report but push the leaders political agenda, Coal is not king, but i agree Atomic energy might be if only Rupert would generate a debate on its uses, even his own son criticized the biased reporting of these papers, I do not think that debate will happen soon.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    8:16pm
    80 plus - report was on the front page of The Australian on Wednesday, 18 Nov. Jesus Christ and Nacho cheese were mentioned as signatories. Quite a lot of those signatures were created in Bangladesh. Look it up yourself. When sons do not agree with fathers it's not a problem, never agreed with mine on religion for example. Rupert is an empire man and wants to be heard, the young one has a different idea, no problem. It's normal.
    Lookfar
    24th Nov 2020
    3:35pm
    Mariner, are you swearing on your word, cross your heart and hope to die that Jesus Christ and nacho cheese were signatories to that petition, - have you iron bound Proof that that is the case?
    The petition was half a million, 500,000. was your dubious less than 1000 made up names, 1 hundred thousanth, something we need to look at closely?
    Tanker
    19th Nov 2020
    4:56pm
    Murdoch media is a blight upon Australia with its blatant lack of reporting facts but highlighting political propaganda.
    Murdoch media is notoriously right wing in all the countries it operates in, being Australia, U.K. and U.S.
    Rupert's own son walked away from the family business because of it's poor standard of reporting and the only reason more people in Australia read News Ltd press is because of its market domination. This is the very reason for the current push against Murdoch and especially because of the financial the Federal Government are giving to Murdoch's business.
    KSS
    19th Nov 2020
    4:58pm
    Seems to me Mr Rudd, Mr Turnbull and Ms Gillard are suffering from irrelevance factor!
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    5:19pm
    They just do not realize that they are dead; they just do not rate any more. hard to take for the narcissist people (like Trump). Cannot understand that the people got rid of them for a reason.
    Lookfar
    19th Nov 2020
    5:31pm
    Kss, I hope that is not what you want, I have children and grand children and I don't support the destruction of our planet by the Super rich, despite that they own our media, - particularly the murderoch.

    You may not listen to folk who you disagree with, but it is our communal suffering you are supporting.
    Horace Cope
    19th Nov 2020
    5:05pm
    A Fact Check shows that Murdoch owns 23% of daily newspapers in Australia despite Rudd and Turnbull quoting the figure of 70%. The circulation figures are closer to 70% and that is because Murdoch has more people buying their newspapers as they like to read what is written. Rudd has accused the Murdoch press of being partisan towards the Coalition yet he also accuses Murdoch of bringing down Turnbull.

    But onto the meat of this article. Gillard stabbed Rudd to achieve the office of PM and her time in the job does not fill most with enthusiasm. The election where she uttered that phrase; 'There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead" when she won 72 seats and the Coalition won 73 was entitled to be criticised, not because she is a woman but because she lied and nearly lost the election. There was the matter of the slush fund raised when she was a solicitor acting for her then boyfriend that attracted a lot of media attention, not because she was a woman but because it was alleged that she acted outside the law. There is also the famous misogyny speech now taken up by the womens' movements with Gillard as their champion when the truth was that she was defending a man who made disgustingly sexist remarks about a woman's anatomy. These examples are to show that most of the criticism thrown at Gillard were because she was incompetent as a PM and a liar, not because she is a woman.

    Turnbull and Rudd were also thrown out of office by their party, not because of the Murdoch press but because their party thought that someone else could do a better job for their party. All the Murdoch press did when the overthrows were in play was to report the news as it unfolded. If that meant that Turnbull and Rudd were seen in a lesser light then surely the blame can't be the messenger.

    This article, although factual, seems to be cherry picking quotes out of context which can change the slant of any article. The women said to be the subject of uniquely hostile reports have also had good things written about them the same as men have had good and bad things written about them. The media is in the business of telling the truth and if they don't the courts have shown that the media will be forced to pay large sums in compensation.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    5:36pm
    The Murdoch press (like the Oz) supported Kevin Rudd and the ALP in the election 2007; he seems to have forgotten that. Rudd made such a balls-up that the support evaporated and he blames Rupert. He should look at his own actions and search for the reason the Australian people did not take to him any longer. If only ex-PMs could disappear and live on the pension so generously provided by the Oz taxpayer. Suppose it's hard to keep your mouth shut when you have millions of dollars like they all seem to have.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    1:50pm
    Horace, the figure I have heard is that Murdoch owns 70% of Australia's Media, - as he has just closed down 1000 mastheads, ie small country newspapers, his % of the actual money losing newspapers will decrease.

    That Murdoch supported Rudd once is not proof that he doesn't normally support labor, indeed it shows how rare it is, and interesting you should bring up Julia Gillard's lie about a carbon tax, yet be strangely silent about Howard's even worse lie about the GST.
    If you want to claim that Murdoch doesn't have a bias against women in politics, that is the sort of comment that should have clear, peer reviewed research, to back it up.
    - Noting that you claim an alleged charge against Julia as if it were proven, - alleged is alleged except that Murdoch pretends any gossip is proof, particularly if he is against that person.
    Like wise a vague homily about cherry picking needs at least a concrete example or two or it is just waffle.
    Julian
    23rd Nov 2020
    2:00pm
    As stated correctly above, 23% ownership generating 70% of all sales. To quote otherwise, namely by the has been ex PM's, is misleading and expected as it suits their collective narrative.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    4:30pm
    Hey Julian, that is a bit of Murdoch sneakiness you are attempting there, - fortunately I am here to help you correct the errors of your ways.

    The Basic Premise of the article is that Murdoch is having undue interference in Australia's destiny as a country, as he owns 70% of the Media, - a true statement and one which supports the original argument by YLC.
    Horace asserts the word was newspapers, not media, - no proof is offered, and indeed it is not required, as the basic premise is the undue warping of Australia by Murdoch, - the which he does in all the media he owns in Australia, - at least 70%.

    Do you really and truly believe that because the newspaper industry has declined that Rupert Murdoch, - with at least ownership of 70% of Australia's media, should be classified as only having 23% of the influence? - is that exactly what you are arguing?

    If so, you have either completely missed the point, (possibly deliberately) to try and win your unwinnable argument, - ie that Murdoch does not have 70% + of the media tied down and doing his wicked will, but only 23%, in which case you should look at your honour, or that you should humbly acknowledge that 70 % is much higher than 23% so you will withdraw your comment, - the which would be Honourable and what I would do in your situation.
    No Blame.
    Julian
    23rd Nov 2020
    7:40pm
    Here's the source of my claim regarding the numbers.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/factcheck-does-murdoch-own-70-of-newspapers-in-australia-16812

    It dates back to 2011 however, apologies if I'm wrong.

    My opinion of the two old ghosts remains unchanged.
    Aquarian
    19th Nov 2020
    5:13pm
    "It has gained more than 500,000 signatures and led to a Senate inquiry into media diversity."

    It gained that many signatures because Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse voted hundreds of times each!
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    5:25pm
    Saw the list and Jesus Christ was among them as well, could not find Mohammed, people were to scared to put him on the list obviously.
    80 plus
    19th Nov 2020
    8:05pm
    Aquarian You and Mariner can prove these statements or are you just following orders?
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    2:00pm
    Aquarian, latest report has it 1000, as it was possible to sign up on sky news which had no check-up, - whatever, 1000 from 500,000.+ is still 490,000.+ - it is still a huge petition or are you doing a Trump on vote counting?
    BigAl
    19th Nov 2020
    5:14pm
    As a university lecturer myself I have never read such tripe. Surely our university lecturers have more important things to research. How about the far left bias of the ABC, the Project, the Guardian and social media like Twitter and Facebook. Rudd and Turnbull are bitter and twisted because they got tossed out by their own colleagues and not because of the Murdock press. As for feminists, stop portraying women as victims just because they are women. The ABC charter indicates they should represent all views left and right of politics. We pay $1 billion a year for their rubbish.
    Horace Cope
    19th Nov 2020
    5:44pm
    Come on Big Al, our ABC has done a thorough "in-house" inquiry and can't find any reason to support the claims that they are biased. An internal survey showed that 40% of the ABC staff vote Greens and I can't find any presenters who are of the right (or even in the middle) yet the ABC inquiry says absolutely no bias here.
    Kingy
    22nd Nov 2020
    11:10am
    Could not agree more.
    I have no idea how Rudd and Turnbull could make such statements after the support and requests for support from Murdoch.
    As for Gillard I know many women who disagreed with her "misogyny" speak. All washed up useless politicians. Wish they would go away and stop embarrassing themselves.
    Think they must love the sound of their own voice!
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    6:44am
    Horace, I notice you and a few others have made a logical leap that because a person who works in the ABC votes green, that this means the ABC has a green bias.
    That is totally false, the staff do not determine the editorial policies, that would be like saying the workers in a steel mill, - being union members, make left wing steel.
    The truth is that people who vote for conservative party seem in the majority to be more conservative in their thought processes and thus lacking somewhat in thinking and creative thought, - they make poor workers in dynamic organisations such as the ABC, so are not selected to work there.
    The Murdoch press, where thinking is almost outlawed, and replaced by mindless propaganda, is a better place for such drones, where doing as you are told is the only choice, so the thoughtless are not challenged.
    Julian
    24th Nov 2020
    4:06pm
    "The truth is that people who vote for conservative party seem in the majority to be more conservative in their thought processes and thus lacking somewhat in thinking and creative thought"

    Well if this isn't an opinionated statement, I don't know what is. Do you actually know this for fact or is a generalisation? There are many intelligent people who do vote conservative, and I'd guess some of them belong to the so called 'silent majority'

    In his last show for the year, aired last Friday Andrew Bolt dedicated the first segment of his show emphasising that he is not held ransom to Murdoch. I suggest you watch it.
    Lindtay
    19th Nov 2020
    6:39pm
    What rubbish this article is. You can read the same in any woman’s magazine.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    2:02pm
    So because it is in a Women's magazine it is rubbish so you agree with Murdoch that women are inferior to men?
    floss
    19th Nov 2020
    7:17pm
    We subscribed to the SMH.for many years but decided on a change and took out a subscription with the Telegraph the Murdoch rag , after a few weeks we cancelled it.The so called Murdoch rag did not attempt at any time to tell the truth and was so biased it was not readable. So now back to the SMH.a great paper with much better journalist.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    8:06pm
    If you like a Left flavor, the old Fairfax paper is the one to buy, floss. For me The Australian. Horses for courses. We pay the money we get what we want, apart from the ABC, we all pay but we have to swallow the Leftie swill regardless.
    Frankly
    19th Nov 2020
    8:46pm
    Good article, I long ago stopped reading any Murdoch publications for exactly that reason of biased reporting
    Oxleigh
    19th Nov 2020
    9:26pm
    Selective news stories, selective citizenship, un Australian media, He should not control all the media in one country, electronic or paper. Its a shame that paper media is being phased out, it would be good to have heaps of old news paper to use when the toilet paper crisis comes again, Murdoch news is not the best replacement for the dunny roll because its full of S**T before you even read it.
    We need honest reporting especially these days.
    Mordick press, who needs it.
    Waiting to retire at 70
    19th Nov 2020
    9:32pm
    Aren't we talking about an alien here? Sold his Australian citizenship for "a few pieces of silver".

    I seem to remember a former PM of Australia blurting out one time that "we decide who comes to our shores?"
    Mariner
    21st Nov 2020
    12:37pm
    He got it back like all the other Aussies with foreign passports. After 2002 the law changed and Aussies are allowed to be dual citizens.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    9:38pm
    Mariner, I can only find him as American citizen on the net, - have you specific info/links to prove he has regained his citizenship in Oz?
    Mariner
    24th Nov 2020
    3:00pm
    Lookfar - I did not ask him but by law he is entitled to have an Aussie passport since 2002. You might have to apply for one like I had to here as well. I kept the European one although these days I am getting too old to make use of it. Applied for an Aussie one as I had no Aussie driver's licence at the time (45 years ago) and the demand for ID was coming in (common in Europe sine I was born). In my eyes he's Australian (used to work with his mother before he took up U.S. citizenship).
    Julian
    20th Nov 2020
    4:36pm
    Is it any simpler than these two former PM s who were REJECTED by either their own party or voting Australians, are sooks who still cannot accept their defeats?

    Here's Turnbull labelling Abbott a dinosaur for undermining his spell as PM, but then, being the hypocritical narcissist, does the same.

    These has-beens should just go away and enjoy their uber pensions as well as their millions.
    Lookfar
    20th Nov 2020
    5:03pm
    A dreadful lot of opionated comments, is such a litany the end of our democracy?
    On the Ball
    22nd Nov 2020
    4:11pm
    Unfortunately, this thread has decomposed into the usual Left vs Rite rather than the issue being discussed.
    And just because I support women in every aspect of life, don't label me as a Leftie.
    (And the spelling of "rite" above is deliberate. Not right as in correct, but rite as in ritual).
    BJ
    23rd Nov 2020
    11:25am
    There is two sides to this story and you are only providing a leftist view. Kevin Rudd petition was found to have numerous fake signatures. The media on the left has a lot to answer fir the hatred and untruthful reporting and hiding the truth. I am tired if being told how yo think by media such as yours and the indoctrination that you preach. Today an arthritis Medicsl to treat Covid was promoted but I gave never seen a promotion for Prof. Brody's combination treatment nor the HCQ combination which are sll being used by countries who have lower death rates. You are just a guilty of the same thing you are going on about with NewsCorp. Our sense of humour has been taken over by those who have no resilience and no character. Julia Gillard was in politics to feather her own nest and she was the worst PM and did nothing to get more women in politics, she was useless and followed on from manic Rudd. Please provide a neutral view, just report the facts and let your readers firm their own opinion. Don't go down the lefty path, please. Not everyone wants to be told hiw to think, me for one. The ABC network is so far left and You complain about NewsCorp, there is two sides to be looked at, do some research and wake up.
    Julian
    23rd Nov 2020
    11:33am
    Agreed!

    If the ABC performed an internal review to investigate bias, what would you expect??
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    11:42am
    Murdoch has been running Australia for 50 years, - Badly, - in that time we have lost most of our industry, had huge swathes of land bought by overseas interests, lost much of our fertile land to semi desert, and created a very bad situation for many older folk.
    Had Murdoch not been there much of that would not have happened, not sure that it is much to do with right or left, but Murdoch has definitely supported the right and the big end of town more than the family businesses, wage earners, and small farms.
    Within the time of the Current Govt, we have also lost our Auto industry, thereby losing significant employment and having to pay a great deal more in our balance of payments.
    My recollection is that Murdoch was consistently on side of closing our Auto Industry.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    12:57pm
    BJ, if you are answering the article itself, how can you say it is extreme left, - that Murdoch, a multibillionaire who lives in America has an inordinate effect on Australian politics is a fact, that is nothing to do with right or left but Australia's own Sovereignty.
    That Murdoch has consistently favoured the rite, is not the issue although if you see yourself as a rite then I can understand how you might think that therefore the article is against you personally, but it is not.

    Australia has a long history of being dominated or unduly influenced from overseas, starting with England, then America, then after a long while, Japan, now China.
    People are now waking up, - our politicians have just about sold our country from underneath us.
    Well, we are wanting China to not buy our land and businesses, and Murdoch to stop propagandising us with American BS, Good On Us Australia!
    Julian
    23rd Nov 2020
    1:40pm
    I can't remember Murdoch being an Australian prime minister for any period in the last 50 years but I can remember both Labor and liberal being in power. As for the sale.of Australian land, this happened under the watch of both parties. To blame one only exemplifies one thing: bias.
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    1:55pm
    Julian, I did not say he was Prime Minister and you know I did not, - if you read more carefully my article it is not biased but yours is because I had already covered that point.
    Julian
    23rd Nov 2020
    2:02pm
    Doesn't a PM run the country?
    Lookfar
    23rd Nov 2020
    4:38pm
    What rainshower did you come down in Julian?
    - No offense, but sad to see you so naive.
    Carol Christopher
    23rd Nov 2020
    10:45pm
    Is anyone starting a petition for an enquiry into the left wing bias of the tax payer funded ABC? Or better still a costly Royal Commission?

    Sooner or later, most people who lack credibility (or under due stress) like to bring out the sexist or racist cards, in an attempt to discredit conservatives, e.g. Julia Gillard to Tony Abbott, who tried to bring increased paid parental leave for women; Julie Bishop to the Liberal party, implying problems with females after years in the party, only when she lost the leadership vote; Malcolm Turnbull to Murdoch press, only after no longer being a MP, or PM, but not during it, ...

    We newspaper buyers put our money where our mouth is. Kevin Rudd's petition has proven to have fake "Australians" signing it, despite this being a requirement. I'm not surprised this has not been covered by left wing media.


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