There’s more than one way to mislead the public

Loading There’s more than one book for the writing about the extent to which journalists, by the way they choose to report matters, deliberately influence the debate. It is quite possible to seriously mislead the public without actually telling a direct lie. Every journalist knows that. Some of the choices of words might seem small beer. But make no mistake, journalists can have a dramatic impact by the language they choose. They know this very well. There’s a big difference between describing something as a backflip and describing it as…

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Tom Trbojevic on fire again in Sea Eagles romp over Eels

Hasler’s counterpart was equally impressed by the quality of Trbojevic, but scathing of the Eels’ defending that allowed him to shine so brightly. “He’s a really good player but he was playing touch footy today,” Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said. “We gave him too much time and you give a bloke like him too much time, he’ll make you pay.” The Eels offered little resistance to the flying fullback or his winger in tow Reuben Garrick, who scored a hat-trick of tries as Manly claimed outright fifth place on the…

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NRL launch answer to Auskick for next generation of League Stars

“Our strategy needs to provide options. There is this other part of the market which say they just want skill-based development for our kids,” Ellis said. “That is a space where rugby league – outside of the great work our volunteers do in junior league – that’s a space we haven’t been active in with a product like this. “This is an opportunity for us to build that product and to get participants playing in a program that is our version of what those participants have been looking for. We…

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Gold Coast Titans haven’t reached out to Kevin Walters as Justin Holbrook takes interview

As the stalemate continues, the Titans will begin interviewing other candidates for the job this week. The Herald understands Justin Holbrook will be one of those candidates interviewed. Holbrook is keeping one eye on any potential movement at Canterbury but opportunities to take a first NRL head coaching job are few and far between. Kevin Walters hasn’t spoken to the Titans.Credit:AAP With Dean Pay seemingly safe at the helm of the Bulldogs, for now, Holbrook is firming as the coach of choice should Walters remain unavailable. The 43-year-old has steered St Helens…

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‘There’ll be no deals’ on drought relief bill, says Scott Morrison

At stake is a $3.9 billion cash reserve, called the Building Australia Fund, which has been dormant for six years under the Coalition after being set up by the former Labor government to pay for road and rail projects. The government stance may force Labor to acquiesce to the policy to avoid the risk of voting against drought relief. Mr Morrison said Labor needed to “answer a simple question” about whether it would support farmers. “Labor are out of excuses on opposing our Drought Future Fund. They need to tell…

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Josh Reynolds’ Sydney suitors dwindling after heading to open market

“It’s still early days. There a lot of machinations to come but there hasn’t been anything significant yet, no,” Reynolds’ manager George Mimis told the Herald. Reynolds last week said he would be open to a return to Canterbury but Bulldogs coach Dean Pay shot speculation of a potential homecoming down on Thursday after his team’s loss to Brisbane. Josh Reynolds has endured a tough run at the Tigers.Credit:AAP “That’s the first I’ve heard of it, that he’s coming back,” Pay said. “So, we’ll have to address that one as it…

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Another chance looms to transfer refugees to New Zealand

“We’ve consistently made it,” Ms Ardern said. “The Australian government knows that it’s there. We’ve always said that it’s a matter ultimately for them. Loading “However, of course we’ve always said as well it would be an offer for refugees. So that’s the area where we would make sure New Zealand’s input would be.” The offer was first made by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in February 2013 and was continued under his successors, Bill English and Ms Ardern. While the Gillard government accepted the original offer, Tony…

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Indigenous recognition is a moral imperative

As Justice Gleeson notes, though, what is proposed is “voice to Parliament, not a voice in Parliament”. This has never been about creating a third chamber of Parliament. That was the somewhat hysterical language of misguided and uninformed critics, including former National Party leader Barnaby Joyce. Nor is the notion of enshrining a voice for Indigenous people about elevating one group of people above another or, indeed, above the Parliament. It is about ensuring there is a body, guaranteed by the Constitution, which (on the version promulgated by Professor Anne…

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Make nuclear power free, Barnaby Joyce says

Mr Joyce said nuclear technology had come a long way in the past few decades and rejected claims that even if Australia’s nuclear ban was overturned, communities would refuse to host reactors over safety and environmental concerns. “You just have to come up with the right policy settings and they will accept it … People will think with their wallets,” he said. Mr Joyce floated a potential policy whereby “if you can see the reactor [from your house], your power is for free. If you are within 50 kilometres of…

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