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Surely the media can do better than this?

The relentlessly negative way the mainstream media presented the Andrews Governmen’s planned ‘sky train’ highlights the immense power it has to shape the way policy is made

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Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

‘River may be dammed for new tollway’ says The Age. Either Victoria’s Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

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Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

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Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?

The Walkleys capture a view of journalism that’s extraordinarily important but it’s not the only one. The Awards could do more to encourage journalists to analyse “boring” policy issues

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Cities: what’s the responsibility of the media?

It’s great that Fairfax is actively promoting discussion about cities and putting new information in the public realm; but with that goes a responsibility to ensure the input is useful and relevant

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Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

Half of all commuters in Sydney and more than a third in Melbourne travel to their job by public transport according to The Age. Sounds wonderful, but unfortunately Fairfax got it wrong

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Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

The East-West Link promoted by Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine looks questionable, but the media should promote debate on its merits not pedal equally doubtful arguments on the front page

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Is ‘device distraction’ a major cause of serious road casualties?

Smartphones and electronic devices are often cited as a major cause of car crashes. But is that a media invention? Does it distract attention from more important causes of road casualties?

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Media botch: has Fairfax gone off the rails again?

The Fairfax press likes to beat-up public transport. Here it shows how it can turn what ought to be a real positive for rail travel – the opening of a new station – into a PR disaster

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Media Botch: who’s diluting the truth?

The Grand Prix Corporation denies its been sucking too much water out of shallow Albert Park Lake to prettify its Formula 1 track. But it looks like it’s the mainstream media that’s diluting the truth

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