Name: David Marr
Bio: Journalist, author; political & social commentator
The Rudd Prime Ministership – 10th August 2010
The Media and Australian Politics
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.1 in 2005 (pages 121-124)
Following the 2004 federal election and Labor’s loss, many leading media figures were criticised for wrongly forecasting a Labor victory and for being too easily mesmerised by Labor’s new leader, Mark Latham. Is the Canberra Press Gallery too removed from the average Australian experience, and too remote in its Parliament House offices to detect the mood of the electorate, in spite of opinion polls? To discuss all this and more, David Marr, Sydney journalist and former ABC TV Media Watch presenter, Catharine Lumby, Director of Media Studies at the University of Sydney and Gerard Henderson, columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age came together at The Sydney Institute on Monday 24 January 2005.