All posts by Noel Turnbull

Murdoch alternative universe confronts reality

The alternative universe occupied by the Murdoch media and its consumers is facing a very expensive and damaging confrontation with reality. But how and whether this will affect the Australian operations are another question.

The latest confrontation with reality came with the Dominion Voting Systems $US787 million payout – a very expensive way of avoiding Rupert and Lachlan being cross-examined. read more

Yet more baubles

Every Australian veteran has one overwhelming desire – to get another bauble from the Government commemorating the veteran’s services.

Well, that’s not exactly true but it seems to be the belief of successive Australian Governments.

The latest is a commemorative medallion marking 50 years since the end of the Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It marks the launch of commemorative activities throughout 2023 culminating in a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day 18 August 2023. read more

AWM Frontier Wars campaign continues

In the latest development in our campaign (see previous blogs), following the release of our two part Action Plan, to ensure the Australian War Memorial commemorates First Nations warriors who were Defending their Country in the Frontier Wars we have issued a media release which was part of a front page story in the Canberra Times. If you are supportive of our campaign please pass on the release (and the Action Plan) to as many of your contacts as you can. The more pressure on the AWM the better. read more

What do I know and don’t know?

Historians have often categorised eras or periods with convenient titles. Thus, we have the Age of Revolutions, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and so on.

But we don’t often have recognition of a more powerful strand in human history – ignorance.

Peter Burke, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Cambridge, has just published a new book – Ignorance a Global History. Professor Burke has already published a two volume Social History of Knowledge. His last book before Ignorance was The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vince to Susan Sontag organised around periods and 500 Western polymaths who (as the book blurb says) “have moved the frontiers of knowledge in countless ways” and looking at the individuals not only for their achievements in one area but many. read more

Rupert’s wicked problem

Rupert Murdoch has a wicked problem. Many of the politicians who bent, or even grovelled, when his News media outlets blew on them are no longer scared. On the other hand News – particularly Fox – is showing signs that it is scared of its own audiences.

The first sign of politicians losing their fear was Daniel Andrews staring down Peta Credlin, Sky News and Murdoch print media during the pandemic and them during the recent Victorian election campaign. Despite the relentless Murdoch criticism Andrews not only won but increased his majority. read more

An insight into the Liberal world view

The Aston by-election result was clear enough to get most of the media broadly on track about its significance.

First time in a century, Chinese votes, the curious characteristics of Victorian society – all got mentioned. Having looked only at The Sunday Age reporting and the ABC it seemed the ABC was pretty straight and The Sunday Age read as if most of it had been written early in the day and the subs had to frantically rewrite it before publication. read more

Commemorating the Frontier Wars – an action plan

With David Stephens of Honest History and Professor Peter Stanley the blog is campaigning to ensure the Australian War Memorial commemorates Australia’s Frontier Wars and honours the First Nations Warriors Defending their Country. This week we have published on the Honest History website part one of an action plan we are urging the AWM to adopt. Part one of the plan follows:  read more

Is this one of Australia’s biggest porkies?

In the history of Australian politics there have been many examples of mendacity, outrageous exaggeration, outright lies and half-truths.

In Victoria, at this time of the year, one example always leaps to mind.

It occurred when the grand prix was moved from Adelaide to Melbourne 22 years ago and the Premier Jeff Kennett promised that it would only be for ‘four days a year’ and that “it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a cent”. read more