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Sarah Ferguson ends Hitting Home with a call to Australia’s politicians to recommit to treating domestic and family violence as the emergency it is. ABC

Hitting Home: why separation is often the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence

By drawing on interviews with perpetrators and their ex-partners and police evidence, a common discrepancy in victim and perpetrator accounts of domestic and family violence becomes blatantly obvious.
As communications minister, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that real innovation in digital media was within the ABC’s charter. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Sarah Ferguson: will Malcolm Turnbull curb or befriend the ABC?

Former prime ministers Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have in common highly negative views about the media, according to ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson.
The ABC has, in general, been able to withstand the pressures and (less common) interventions of governments or media barons. AAP/Joel Carrett

Cost of Q&A compromise to ABC independence remains to be seen

The history of the ABC reveals battles lost and won around censorship, concessions made in times of crisis and independence compromised or overturned.
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ABC, BBC and the future of public service media

If one didn’t know better, one might think that right-of-centre governments in both Australia and the United Kingdom are working in lockstep to undermine the long-established and hugely popular public…
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Managing the Mallah fallout: Q&A under scrutiny

There have been hints these last few days of a limited truce in the war of words and inquiries launched by the Coalition against the ABC’s Q&A. An apparent readiness to move the program to the news…
The ban on government frontbenchers appearing on Q&A will be lifted by the Prime Minister when the program is transferred into the news and current affairs department. ABC

Abbott to ABC: put Q&A under news division and ministers will return

Tony Abbott on Friday told the ABC that ministers will appear again on Q&A if and when the program is brought under its news and current affairs umbrella.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still unsure if he will be able to appear as scheduled on Q&A next Monday. AAP/Stefan Postles

Q&A affair has become theatre of the absurd

Has Q&A put some spell of madness over the government and their media mates?

Boycotting Q&A, boycotting democracy

Politicians who boycott media organisations with whom they disagree politically rarely come out looking good. UK Labour leader Neil Kinnock tried it with News Corp in Britain 25 years ago, and never won…
Calm before the storm – preparing for Q&A. Photo by the author

Making sense of Zaky Mallah

Under wraps with my annual winter cold much of this week, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the Q&A/Zaky Mallah affair. I’ve read the angry columns and editorials, heard politicians declare their…

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