John Menadue. Murdoch is about ideology not tax dodging.

There was an interesting exchange between Julian Clarke, News Corp’s local boss, and Senator Christine Milne in the Senate Economic References Committee into Tax Avoidance. Julian Clarke spelt it out very clearly that Rupert Murdoch was running The Australian for ideological purposes. The exchange was as follows:

“With due respect, I don’t expect you to agree with this, but I consider The Australian to be the finest national newspaper operating in Australia,” [Clarke] said in reply to a question from Senator Milne.

Milne: We are not agreed.

Clarke: You are in a minority.

Milne: Not according to your sales.

Clarke was then asked if our ‘finest national paper’ actually had any direct competitors. He admitted “no there isn’t. But if The Australian wasn’t there, there’d be no one doing what we’re doing.”

Milne: Precisely.

Clarke: We have a difference of opinion about why we’re doing it. But every time you tell me we are doing it to run tax losses, I’ll tell you we’re not.

Milne: I’m happy to accept you are doing it for ideological purposes.

Clarke: I’m happy with that.


John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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1 Response to John Menadue. Murdoch is about ideology not tax dodging.

  1. Blindwilly says:

    It appears that many people’s reactions to media related bias or ideology (as well as political ideology) is because it goes against their own, often unrecognised, biases and ideology which seem self-evident and logical.
    For the Greens to complain about Murdoch’s ideology is one thing as long as there is recognition they carry and promote their own ideology.
    The difference is one uses a newspaper the other uses a political party and presence in the parliaments of the land.
    Both seek to influence the public, politicians and policy and it is a bit rich when either side fails to see their own biases while criticising those of others.
    Have a healthy debate by all means but don’t elevate your position as the only one which has any right to be heard in a debate – even bad ideas need to be heard so they can be challenged.

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