This article took not one, but two journos to produce, and can be filed under "Who Cares".
Policies please, not where pollies went to school 30 years ago or where they send their brats.
Murdoch gave Melbourne readers another story of dubious newsworthiness today. Not Rupert this time, but Linsay in The Age. In a story about a dog bite in Darwin, Lindsay mananged to drag out a coalition MP's (Dave Tollner) past indescretions which were not related to his dubious story.
Lindsay, you are on the scoreboard for "the hack".
Tim Colebatch has written a great little report about overseas debt while David Uren continues to write about good economic news concerning oil prices even though it is based on a highly speculative ABARE report.
David is getting another vote for "The Hack of 2004" award for shamelessly avoiding any discussion of economic problems facing the country.
Mark Dunn and Ian McPhedran are now in the running for "The Hack" after this report about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
Their lead paragraph "SEPTEMBER 11 terror mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed obtained a visa to visit alleged Australian-based sympathisers in the month before the 2001 attacks" turns a claim into a fact. Very shoddy.
The rest of their report is based on an unnamed source. Let's hope he (or she) is not the same source used in Rupert's tabloids' massive beatups about Terror training camps in Victorian forests, the Melbourne-based Tawhid terror group, and "Terror Australis" where up to a hundred al-Qaida members were already in Australia in September 2001.