Media

07 Oct Abstract idea to cash in on Pollock

By Rob Harris NATIONAL treasure Blue Poles should be sold to pay off debt, a Liberal senator says. The abstract expressionist painting, by American artist Jackson Pollock, was controversially bought in 1973 for $1.3 million - then a world record price for a contemporary American painting. The National...

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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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