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Rodney Tiffen

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University of Sydney
Department of Government and International Relations (USyd)
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07 Nov 2017

The Panama Papers, released in April 2016, were another quantum leap in size. Where the cables released by WikiLeaks had filled 1.7 gigabytes, the Panama Papers were 2.6 terabytes, or roughly 1500 times the size. They opened an unprecedented — and unprecedentedly detailed — window into how...

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15 Sep 2015

Leadership coups have become an increasingly common feature of Australian politics, but the electoral results aren’t always encouraging

Malcolm Turnbull’s defeat of Tony Abbott was the seventy-second leadership coup among major political parties at state or federal level...

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22 Jun 2015

With declining reach and influence, the Murdoch empire can no longer determine election results

Labor might not have noticed it yet, but Rupert Murdoch’s capacity to influence the outcome declines with each passing election. Over the past eight months, Victoria and...

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25 Mar 2015

Looked at over time and ranked against other OECD countries, public funding of Australian universities is at a record-breaking low

At a conference of university leaders in early 2013, Tony Abbott promised “relative policy stability” in higher education if he became prime...

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05 Nov 2014

What is the influence of the media on leadership styles and practices in Australia? Some people claim that the national media are setting the political agenda. Others say that their influence is declining as people move to digital media for their news - or abandon interest in politics altogether...

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14 Jul 2014

The Australian waded into the tobacco packaging debate with a series of blunt assertions, then responded to the counter-evidence by digging in.

On 6 June this year, the front page of Murdoch’s local flagship, the Australian, was dominated by an “...

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11 Jun 2014

There’s a worrying thread running through decisionmaking in Canberra

Political attention over the past few weeks has been fixed on the drama of the Abbott government’s first budget – the winners and losers, the problem of broken promises, the prospects in the Senate....

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10 Apr 2014

 

Lachlan and James Murdoch’s appointments to senior positions could help sow the seeds of unrest in the Murdoch empire

WHEN prime minister Tony Abbott reintroduced knights and dames to Australian public life, the decision was met with amusement and derision. But a...

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18 Feb 2014

It’s now the defence’s turn to put its case in the News International phone-hacking trial in London. Rodney Tiffen untangles the testimony to date.

IT IS half time at the long-running trial of former Murdoch executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and five others, on...

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19 Dec 2013

Since Nelson Mandela died, compliments have come from all shades of the political spectrum, as politicians and commentators competed for the most impressive sound bite or pithiest phrase. There has been barely a critical word among them. The praise is not insincere or wrong, nor does it need to...

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