Literature Review: Female politicians and their portrayal in the media

Research Questions 1.   Are women less likely than men to run for public office? 2.   What are the main differences between the portrayal of male and female politicians within mass media? 3.   How has the portrayal in the media of Australia’s first female Prime Mister, Julia Gillard, affected women’s political ambitions? Literature Review Introduction Women, although making up…

Explainer: The Australian Press Council

What is the Australian Press Council? The Australian Press Council is a non-profit organisation whose primary duty is to deal with complaints about published material from ordinary citizens and then to encourage publications to write apologies for the offensive or defamatory material in response to the complaint. The Council receives approximately 700 complaints per year,…

Opinion: Trusting Australia’s media

Remember these? There is no denying that News Corp Australia’s newspapers are incredibly biased. Thanks to Rupert Murdoch, the 2013 election campaign was littered with right-wing propaganda. Murdoch controls 70% of the capital city newspaper circulation and his influence is obvious throughout Australia’s newspapers, televisions news stations, radio stations, and the Internet. Rupert Murdoch’s political…

Does Australian media need a statutory regulating body?

Australia currently has two bodies which overlook media standards: The Australian Press Council and The Australian Communications and Media Authority – both of which are commonly criticised for their poor functionality. Neither of these bodies have the ability to place legally enforceable sanctions on media outlets. Australia does not have a national body with legislative…