Australian media pulls political strings

Outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at his farewell press conference at Parliament House in Canberra last month. His leadership of the Liberal Party had been savagely attacked by a group of right-wing commentators, .
Outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at his farewell press conference at Parliament House in Canberra last month. His leadership of the Liberal Party had been savagely attacked by a group of right-wing commentators, .PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Partisan media has been accused of fuelling the country's political instability

At his farewell press conference after being ousted by his party, outgoing Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull invited questions from six reporters, none of whom came from the nation's largest newspaper stable, Mr Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The move was seen as a deliberate act of revenge by Mr Turnbull, whose leadership of the Liberal Party had been savagely attacked by a group of right-wing commentators, including some from News Corp, among several notorious radio and television commentators.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'Australian media pulls political strings'. Print Edition | Subscribe