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Setting the agenda: the Australian newspaper and the rise of free market ideas

Project Member(s): Hamilton, P.

Start year: 2001

Summary: This is an interdisciplinary project which will explore whether systematic bias existed in the national newspaper, The Australian, which helped set a national political agenda for the 1980's and 1990's. It will use an innovative combination of investigative and scholarly methods to test the hypothesis that this newspaper favoured free market ideas, particularly in the very early stages (1978-82) of their ascendancy. It aims to fill a gap in knowledge about the rapid success of 'economic rationalism'. It will cast light on editorial culture of the current global media corporation, News Corporation, and contribute to the public debate on media and democracy.

FOR Codes: Communication and Media Studies, The media