WHY I LIKE ‘AUSTRALIAN STORY’… BUT NOT ‘Q&A’

My friends often ask me if I watch ‘Q&A’ and are surprised to find that I don’t like the show. When I say I like ‘Australian Story’, they express little interest.  Yet both programs are around contemporary Australian issues, both are on ABC and both are on Mondays.  Separated by perennial ‘Four Corners’, another current affairs program about very significant issues, you’d imagine the viewing audiences might be very similar.  But there are fundamental differences between these two programs that emphasise the difference between ‘entertainment’ and challenging, engaging human interest current affairs.Read More »

THE PANAMA PAPERS: WHY DOESN’T AUSTRALIA CARE?

Wikileaks strikes again! 11million private documents from one firm, Mossack Fonseca, in one tax haven, Panama, are released to a German newspaper, Siddeutsche Zeitung, which shares them out with an international consortium of journalists over some months, before the story  breaks this week.  But somehow the Australian reaction seems to be very different from that other developed countries.  Why is this?Read More »