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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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Is Fairfax baiting us?

Fairfax isn’t introducing its new compact newspaper format until 4 March, but its increasing use of “bait selling” shows it’s already got the tabloid mentality bedded down

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Is high-rise CBD living bad for our cities?

High density living in the city centre is an increasingly popular option for some Australians and scores well on sustainability, but there’s still suspicion of this new-fangled way of living

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Who got the facts on traffic forecasts wrong?

The Fairfax press claims a consulting firm hired to work on Melbourne’s planned East-West Link got the traffic forecasts for Brisbane’s failing Airport Link toll road wrong. Is that right and is it a bad thing?

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Is News Ltd bringing discussion about cities to a standstill?

One of the more bizarre examples of ‘story manufacturing’ in the media I’ve seen for a while  – and we regularly have some doozies – went down in News Ltd papers right across Australia on Friday. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph ran a front-page story headlined Congestion road tax on drivers is highway robbery. The lead para [...]

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