Media

16 Sep Aunty defends wisdom of its font

By DARREN DAVIDSON The ABC has defended itself against accusations of “extravagant spending” after it emerged the organisation paid $32,750 for a new typeface. An ABC spokesman insisted it was right for the organisation to use taxpayers’ money for the project, saying it would save the...

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15 Sep E-cigarettes ban rethink

A LIBERAL backbencher has called for a rethink of Australia’s ban on nicotine e-cigarettes, arguing the devices could spell the end of harmful cigarette smoking. Senator James Paterson said some of the reasons cited by health groups for maintaining the ban were puzzling. He said he hoped the government would facilitate rather than block moves to legalise what...

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07 Sep Self interest will sink media reforms

By Lucy Battersby A government senator has warned media companies not to let self-interest scuttle industry reform by lobbying against the bill before Parliament. "I think generally there is agreement in the industry that reform is necessary," Senator James Paterson said during a discussion at the Australian...

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17 Aug An insult to back away from vow

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently mused over his decision while in power to give up on repealing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. This makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of “race, colour or national or ethnic origin”. Critics,...

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