Alf Rattigan And The Journalists: Advocacy Journalism And Agenda Setting In The Australian Tariff Debate 1963-1971

McCarthy, Nigel (2000) Alf Rattigan And The Journalists: Advocacy Journalism And Agenda Setting In The Australian Tariff Debate 1963-1971. Australian Journalism Review, 22 2: 88-102.

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Author McCarthy, Nigel
Title Alf Rattigan And The Journalists: Advocacy Journalism And Agenda Setting In The Australian Tariff Debate 1963-1971
Journal name Australian Journalism Review
Publication date 2000-01-01
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 88
End page 102
Subject 400101 Journalism
340209 Public Sector Economics
Abstract During the early years of the 1960s, a new breed of journalists started to file copy from Canberra; most had formal economics training and were critical of the protectionist policy of the Government. The arrival of these journalists coincided with the appointment of Alf Rattigan as Chairman of the Tariff Board. Rattigan, who died earlier this year, and the journalists would together pursue the reduction of tariff barriers and succeed in a critical reshaping of Australian economic policy, the legacy of which remains today. The contribution of the journalists in this key policy battle is clear and provides an important example of advocacy journalism. The ambition of the Government at the time to limit public debate through restricting media attention is apparent and sounds a warning to journalists in any era.
Keyword Advocacy
tariffs
protectionism
crusading journalism

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