chapter  11
Newspapers on Education Policy: Constructing an Authoritative Public Voice on Education
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In 2006, one Australian newspaper, The Australian, published a series of items on education. The Australian, published by Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd, is the biggest-selling national newspaper in Australia. Established in the sixties as a leftliberal newspaper, it has increasingly moved to the right. More recently, Murdoch has used The Australian to push economic liberalism onto the political agenda of many governments (Hobbs, 2007). Indeed, Hobbs (2007) notes that The Australian ‘abandoned all pretence to critical, balanced journalism during 2003, and, instead, use the editorial and opinion pages of its Australian titles to further arguments calling for Australia’s involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq’ (266).