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''The Australian'', with its Saturday edition, ''The Weekend Australian'', is a
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newspaper published by
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since 14 July 1964.Bruns, Axel. "3.1. The active audience: Transforming journalism from gatekeeping to gatewatching." (2008). "''The Australian'' has long positioned itself as a loyal supporter of the incumbent government of Prime Minister John Howard, and is widely regarded as generally favouring the conservative side of politics." As the only Australian daily newspaper distributed nationally, its readership of both print and online editions was 2,394,000. Its editorial line has been self-described over time as
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Parent companies

''The Australian'' is published by News Corp Australia, an asset of
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, which also owns the sole daily newspapers in
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Brisbane
,
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Adelaide
,
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Hobart
, and
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, and the most circulated metropolitan daily newspapers in
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Sydney
and
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Melbourne
. News Corp's Chairman and Founder is
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Rupert Murdoch
. ''The Australian'' integrates content from overseas newspapers owned by News Corp Australia's international parent News Corp, including ''
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The Wall Street Journal
'' and ''
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'' of London.


History

The first edition of ''The Australian'' was published by
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Rupert Murdoch
on 15 July 1964, becoming the third
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national newspaper
in Australia following shipping newspaper '' Daily Commercial News'' (1891) and ''
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'' (1951). Unlike other original Murdoch newspapers, it is not a tabloid publication. At the time, a national paper was considered commercially unfeasible, as newspapers mostly relied on local advertising for their revenue. ''The Australian'' was printed in Canberra, then plates flown to other cities for copying. From its inception, the paper struggled for financial viability, and ran at a loss for several decades. A Sunday edition, ''The Sunday Australian'', was established in 1971. It was discontinued in 1972, though, because press capacity was insufficient to print ''
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'', the ''
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'', and it. ''The Australian's'' first editor was Maxwell Newton, before leaving the newspaper within a year, and was succeeded by Walter Kommer, and then by Adrian Deamer. Under Deamer's editorship, ''The Australian'' encouraged female journalists, and was the first mainstream daily newspaper to hire an Aboriginal reporter, John Newfong. During the 1975 election, campaigning against the
Whitlam government The Whitlam Government was the federal executive government of Australia led by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Edward Gough Whitlam (; 11 July 191621 October 2014) was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. He led th ...
by its owner led to the newspaper's journalists striking over editorial direction. Editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell was appointed in 2002 and retired on 11 December 2015; he was replaced by Paul Whittaker, formerly the editor-in-chief of Sydney's ''
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''. In May 2010, the newspaper launched the first Australian newspaper
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iPad
application. In October 2011, ''The Australian'' announced that it was planning to become the first general newspaper in Australia to introduce a
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, with the introduction of a $2.95/week charge for readers to view premium content on its website, mobile phone, and tablet apps. The paywall was officially launched on 24 October, with a free 3-month trial. In September 2017, ''The Australian'' launched a Chinese website. In October 2018,
Chris Dore Christopher Dore is an Australian journalist who has been the editor in chief of ''The Australian'' since October 2018. He was formerly the editor of ''The Daily Telegraph'', The Courier Mail'', ''The Sunday Times (Western Australia), The Sunday ...
, former editor of ''The Daily Telegraph'', ''
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'', and ''
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'' (Western Australia) was announced as taking over as editor-in-chief.


Coverage

Daily sections include national news ("The Nation"), world news ("Worldwide"), sport news, and business news ("Business"). Contained within each issue is a prominent opinion/editorial (op/ed) section, including regular columnists and occasional contributors. Other regular sections include technology ("Australian IT"), media (edited by Darren Davidson since 2015), features, legal affairs, aviation, defence, horse-racing ("Thoroughbreds"), the arts, health, wealth, and higher education. A traveland indulgence section is included on Saturdays, along with "The Inquirer", an in-depth analysis of major stories of the week, alongside much political commentary. Saturday lift-outs include "Review", focusing on books, arts, film, and television, and ''The Weekend Australian Magazine'', the only national weekly glossy insert magazine. A glossy magazine, ''Wish'', is published on the first Friday of the month. "''The Australian'' has long maintained a focus on issues relating to
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disadvantage." It also devotes attention to the information technology,
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and
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mining
industries, as well as the science, economics, and
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. It has also published numerous special reports into Australia's energy policy, legal affairs, and research sector. The ''
Australian Literary Review The ''Australian Literary Review'' (ALR) was a monthly supplement to ''The Australian'' newspaper established in September 2006 and published on the first Wednesday of each month. The headquarters was in Surry Hills, New South Wales. It was consi ...
'' was a monthly supplement from September 2006 to October 2011. The tone and nature of ''The Australian's'' coverage has changed over time, but since the late 20th century under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch and with Chris Mitchell as editor-in-chief, it has taken a markedly conservative direction. It was outspoken in supporting the conservative government of Prime Minister
John Howard John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian former politician who served as the 25th from 1996 to 2007, holding office as leader of the . His eleven-year tenure as prime minister is the second-longest in history, behind only Sir ...

John Howard
.


Editorial and opinion pages

Former editor
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stated in 1991, "''The Australian'' has established itself in the marketplace as a newspaper that supports economic libertarianism". Laurie Clancy asserted in 2004 that the newspaper "is generally conservative in tone and heavily oriented toward business; it has a range of columnists of varying political persuasions, but mostly to the right." Former editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell has said that the editorial and op-ed pages of the newspaper are
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but "claims it is down the middle in its news coverage". In 2007, ''
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'' described the newspaper as generally in support of the
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and the then-Coalition government, but has pragmatically supported Labor governments in the past as well. In 2007, ''The Australian'' announced their support for
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Kevin Rudd
of the
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in the Federal election. As of 2021, the last time the paper endorsed the Labor Party at any level, state or federal, was the 2010 Victorian election. Along with other Australian papers owned by News Ltd, ''The Australian'' has been highly and repeatedly critical of the Labor Party. ''The Australian'' presents varying views on
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, including articles by those who disagree with the alleged scientific consensus, such as
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, and those who agree, such as
Tim Flannery Timothy Fridtjof Flannery (born 28 January 1956) is an Australian mammalogist In zoology Zoology ()The pronunciation of zoology as is typically regarded as nonstandard, though it is not uncommon. is the branch of biology that studies the an ...

Tim Flannery
and Bjørn Lomborg. A 2011 study of the previous seven years of articles claimed that four out of every five articles were opposed to taking action on climate change. In 2010, ABC's '' Media Watch'' presenter
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Paul Barry
accused ''The Australian'' of waging a campaign against the
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, and the Greens' federal leader
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Bob Brown
wrote that ''The Australian'' has "stepped out of the
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by seeing itself as a determinant of democracy in Australia". In response, ''The Australian'' opined that "Greens leader Bob Brown has accused ''The Australian'' of trying to wreck the alliance between the Greens and Labor. We wear Senator Brown's criticism with pride. We believe he and his Green colleagues are hypocrites; that they are bad for the nation; and that they should be destroyed at the ballot box". ''The Australian'' has been described by some media commentators and scholars as working to promote a
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agenda, and as a result, encouraging political polarisation in Australia. In 2019, former ''The Australian'' journalist Rick Morton reported in ''
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'' that an unpublished study by Victoria University, Melbourne, found that ''The Australian'' "fuels far-right recruitment" through
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coded language. Victoria University issued a statement that "At no point does the research report claim that News Ltd publication fuelled far-right sentiment."


Notable stories


AWB kickback scandal

Caroline Overington, a senior journalist writing for ''The Australian'', reported in 2005 about the
Australian Wheat Board AWB Limited was a major grain marketing organisation based in Australia. It was a government body known as the Australian Wheat Board until 1 July 1999, when the AWB was transformed into a private company, owned by wheat growers. In 2010, AWB was ...
funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Iraq and the government of
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Saddam Hussein
before the start of the
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. This story became known as the
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, and resulted in a commission of inquiry into the matter. Overington received a
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for her coverage.


Stimulus Watch

In 2009, ''The Australian'' ran a large number of articles about the Rudd government's
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policy, which uncovered purported evidence of overpricing, financial waste, and mismanagement of the building of improvements to schools such as halls, gymnasia, and libraries. On the newspaper's website, a section named "Stimulus Watch", subtitled "How your Billions Are Being Spent", contained a large collection of such articles. The following year, other media outlets also reported these issues and the policy turned into a political embarrassment for the government, which until then had been able to ignore ''The Australian''s reports. Along with the government's insulation stimulus policy, it contributed to criticisms, perceptions of incompetence, and general dissatisfaction with the government's performance. On 16 July 2010,
Julia Gillard Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th prime minister of Australia The prime minister of Australia is the head of government The head of government is either the hig ...

Julia Gillard
was reported to have admitted that the school-building program was flawed and that errors had been made because the program was designed in haste to protect jobs during the
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.


AWU Affair

In 2011,
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reported on the allegations against Prime Minister
Julia Gillard Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th prime minister of Australia The prime minister of Australia is the head of government The head of government is either the hig ...

Julia Gillard
concerning the AWU affair, including a claim regarding Gillard's living arrangements with
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official Bruce Wilson. Gillard contacted the chief executive of ''The Australian'', resulting in the story being removed and an apology and retraction posted in its place. On 18 August 2012, Hedley Thomas reported that Gillard had left her job as a partner with law firm Slater and Gordon as a direct result of a secret internal investigation in 1995 into corrupt conduct on behalf of her then-boyfriend Ralph Blewett. The story was ignored for a long time by other media outlets until after Gillard held a press conference to respond to the allegations against her. In 2013, the
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commenced initial inquiries into allegations of improper union financial conduct, and the government initiated a judicial inquiry into the AWU affair in December of that year as part of a royal commission into trade unions.


''The Teacher's Pet''

''The Teachers Pet'', an investigation into the disappearance of Lynette Dawson, is a
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podcast
written by Hedley Thomas and Slade Gibson that ran in 2018. It was credited with generating new leads that led to the subsequent arrest of Chris Dawson for the murder of his wife, and the setting up of police enquiry Strike Force Southwood to explore claims of sexual assaults and student-teacher relationships at several Sydney high schools brought up on the podcast. The series has had 28 million downloads, was the number-one Australian podcast and reached number one in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand. Both Hedley and Gibson received Gold Walkley awards for their work on the series.


Columnists and contributors

Former columnists include Mike Steketee, David Burchell,
Michael Stutchbury Michael Stutchbury (born 4 May 1957) is the editor-in-chief of the ''Australian Financial Review''"Editorial Team"
, Simon Adamek, Emma Jane, George Megalogenis, Glenn Milne,
Cordelia Fine Cordelia Fine (born 1975) is a Canadian-born British philosopher, psychologist and writer. She is a Full Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Fine has written three popular science Popu ...

Cordelia Fine
, Alan Wood, Michael Costa, P. P. McGuinness, Michael Costello, Frank Devine, Matt Price, Christopher Pearson, Niki Savva.
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ist
Bill Leak Desmond Robert "Bill" Leak (9 January 1956 – 10 March 2017) was an Australian editorial cartoonist, caricaturist and portraitist. Raised in Condobolin and Beacon Hill, New South Wales, Beacon Hill, Sydney, Leak attended Julian Ashton Art Schoo ...

Bill Leak
worked for the paper until his death.. Columnists include
Janet Albrechtsen Janet Kim Albrechtsen (born 23 September 1966) is an Australian opinion columnist with ''The Australian ''The Australian'' and its Saturday edition, the ''Weekend Australian'', is a broadsheet newspaper published by News Corp Australia since 1 ...
, Troy Bramston, Henry Ergas,
Ticky Fullerton Ticky Fullerton (born 2 November 1963) is an English Australian journalist and TV presenter. Fullerton has hosted ''The Business (TV program), The Business'' on ABC News 24, ''Ticky'' on Sky News Business Channel and Your Money (TV channel), You ...
, Robert Gottliebsen,
Gideon Haigh Gideon Clifford Jeffrey Davidson Haigh (born 29 December 1965) is an English-born Australian journalist and non-fiction author who writes about sport (especially cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two ...
,
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,
Chris Kenny Chris Kenny (born 1962) is an Australian political commentator, author and former political adviser. He is currently a columnist for ''The Australian'' newspaper as well as the host of a weeknight current affairs program, ''The Kenny Report'', and ...
, Brendan O'Neill,
Nicolas Rothwell Nicolas Rothwell is a journalist and the Northern Australia correspondent for ''The Australian'' newspaper. He is also an award-winning writer with several works of non-fiction to his name. Background Rothwell is the child of Czech and Australia ...
, Angela Shanahan,
Dennis Shanahan Dennis Shanahan is a political editor of ''The Australian'', a newspaper in Australia. Shanahan has been a journalist at major newspapers for "almost forty years".Greg Sheridan Gregory Paul Sheridan (born 1956) is a Centre right Australian foreign affairs journalist and Pundit, commentator. He has been the foreign editor of ''The Australian'' newspaper since 1992. Early life Sheridan grew up in Sydney and sporadically ...
, Judith Sloan,
Peter van Onselen Peter van Onselen (born 19 February 1976) is an Australian political academic, author, political journalist and commentator. He is currently Network Ten's political editor, co-host of ''The Project (Australian TV program), The Sunday Project'' and ...
,
Graham Richardson Graham Frederick Richardson (born 27 September 1949) is an Australian former Labor Party politician who was a Senator for New South Wales New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a States and territories of Australia, state on the Eastern ...
,
Peta Credlin Peta-Louise Mary Credlin (born 23 March 1971) is an Australian political commentator and former political advisor who served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister (Australia), Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott from September 2013 to ...
. It also features daily cartoons from Johannes Leak. Occasional contributors include Gregory Melleuish, , Caroline Overington, Tom Switzer, James Allan, Hal G.P. Colebatch, Luke Slattery,
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,
Bettina Arndt Bettina Mary Arndt (born 1 August 1949) is an Australian writer and commentator who specialises in sex and gender issues. Starting as a sex therapist Sex therapy is a strategy for the improvement of sexual function and treatment of sexual dysf ...

Bettina Arndt
, Julia Gillard,
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Tony Abbott
, and Lucian Boz. Contributors to ''The Weekend Australian Magazine'' and "Review" in ''The Weekend Australian'' include
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Phillip Adams
, national art critic Christopher Allen, actor and writer
Graeme Blundell Graeme Blundell (born 7 August 1945) is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer and biographer. Early life Blundell was born on 7 April 1945 in Melbourne Melbourne ( ; wyi, Naarm) is the List of Australian capital cities, capital ...
,
Jeremy Clarkson Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist, farmer, game show host and writer who specialises in Driving, motoring. He is best known for the motoring programmes ''Top Gear (2002 TV series), Top G ...

Jeremy Clarkson
, Antonella Gambotto-Burke, author
Trent Dalton Trent Dalton (born 23 April, 1979) is an Australian journalist and literary fiction, literary fiction author. Early life Trent Dalton grew up in a Queensland Housing Commission, housing commission house in Bracken Ridge, Queensland, Bracken Rid ...
, author Nikki Gemmell, poet Sarah Holland-Batt, demographer
Bernard Salt Bernard Salt is an author, demographer, and since 2002 a regular columnist with '' The Australian'' newspaper. Between 2011 and 2019 he was an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School, and holds a Master of Arts from Monash Univer ...
, film critic
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David Stratton
.


Australian of the Year Award

In 1971, ''The Australian'' instituted its own "Australian of the Year award" separate and often different from the
Australian of the Year The Australian of the Year is an award conferred on an Australian citizen by the National Australia Day Council, a not-for-profit Australian Government The Australian Government, also known as the Commonwealth Government, is the national ...
chosen by the government's National Australia Day Council. Starting in 1968, the official award had long had links to the Victorian Australia Day Council, and at the time a public perception arose that it was state-based. As a national newspaper, ''The Australian'' felt it was better situated to create an award that more truly represented all of Australia. Nominees are suggested by readers, decided upon by an editorial board, and awarded in January of every year.


Circulation

In the June quarter of 2013, the average print circulation for ''The Australian'' on weekdays was 116,655, and 254,891 for ''The Weekend Australian''. Both were down (9.8 and 10.8%, respectively) compared to the June quarter the previous year. As of March 2015, the weekday edition circulation was 104,165 and the weekend edition was 230,182, falling 6.5% and 3.3%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2014. ''The Australian'' had 67,561 paid digital subscribers in the same period. As of August 2015, according to third-party
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providers
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and
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, ''The Australian''s website was the 72nd- and 223rd-most visited websites in Australia, respectively. SimilarWeb rates the site as the 23rd-most visited news website in Australia, attracting almost 3 million visitors per month. In September 2018, according to
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, ''The Australian'' had a readership of 303,000. In September 2019, Roy Morgan reported figures of 843,000 (Sep 2018 – 810,000) for the print version (total, weekend, and weekday editions); digital versions 1,903, 000 (Sep 2018 – 1,812,000); total cross-platform 2,394,000 (Sep 2018 – 2,503,000); down 4.4%. (By way of comparison, ''
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'' total figure was 4,209,000; ''
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'' (Melbourne) 2,852,000, ''
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Herald Sun
'' (Melbourne) 2,801,000. The only other nationally distributed daily newspaper, the business-focused ''
Australian Financial Review ''The Australian Financial Review'' (abbreviated to the ''AFR'') is an Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australia ...
'', had 1,599,000 cross-platform readers (up 17.7%).)


Awards

The paper has won Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association awards on several occasions: *2007 Online Newspaper of the Year award *2017 Daily Newspaper of the Year, Weekend Newspaper of the Year and Best Mobile site categories Several journalists writing for ''The Australian'' have received Walkley awards for their investigative reporting.


See also

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Journalism in Australia Journalism in Australia is an industry with an extensive history. Reporters Without Borders placed Australia 26th on a list of 180 countries ranked by freedom of the press, press freedom in 2020, ahead of both the United Kingdom and United States ...
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List of newspapers in Australia This is a list of newspapers in Australia. For other older newspapers, see list of defunct newspapers of Australia This is a list of defunct newspapers of Australia. For current Australian newspapers, see List of newspapers in Australia. Nat ...
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List of newspapers in New South Wales This is a list of newspapers in New South Wales New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a States and territories of Australia, state on the Eastern states of Australia, east coast of :Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria (A ...
* List of Walkley awards won by ''The Australian''


References


External links

* {{DEFAULTSORT:Australian, The News Corp Australia Newspapers published in Sydney Publications established in 1964 1964 establishments in Australia Websites utilizing paywalls Daily newspapers published in Australia