Australia locked out the world. Now it's returning the favour

Asia's Tech News Daily

Through the rigours of COVID-19 lockdowns and lockouts, Australia’s psyche has lurched, shifting the outside world from opportunity to threat — and Australia’s political elite are eager to mine the shift for electoral advantage.

© Provided by Crikey

Parochial ignorance is turned to sneering asset: “Well, I don’t speak French,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison assures a press conference. “Are you going to go to India?” asks an incredulous Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk when quizzed on national border closures.

On Friday political newbie New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet broke with the accepted post-Tampa small-Australia political wisdom by endorsing “a big NSW”, ending COVID travel restrictions in and out of Sydney and touting a turbocharged immigration to pick up the two-year lockout shortfall.

You say wot? Morrison pulled him into line: “You don’t hold a visa stamp, mate.” It was pure Morrisonian politics, the visceral political horror about being seen to be responsible in taking on the political risks of a more open Australia.

On Insiders yesterday, his inward-looking political judgment was sagely nodded on (supported by an old-fashioned economic analysis on immigration challenged by last week’s winners of the economics Nobel.)

Hovering above the turn in is China, transformed from essential partner to existential threat, helped on by a news supply increasingly filtered through a US funnel, replacing the network of foreign bureaus weakened by years of cost-cutting and, this past year, by the Chinese bans on Australian journalists.

Australian reporters have been replaced in the supply chain by that gusher of content that washes into newsrooms from the global information centres: New York, Washington, London. News from our own region pings halfway around the world to be pounded into shape before being packaged up and shipped back to Australia’s media franchisees for retail delivery.

© Provided by Crikey

Confused about China? As political tensions rise, here’s a handy guide to navigating the Australia-Sino relationship

International news content has long been determined more by supply — and the supplier — than demand.

Once, foreign reporters were a peculiar public broadcasting responsibility (other than newspapers’ prized London post, of course). Then, as the country opened out in the 1970s and ’80s, correspondents — particularly in Asia — became the messenger of choice, and the message, too, as a way of demonstrating that the news organisation was serious about news.

They made news, as a signal to the rest of the world. When Margaret Jones was appointed Fairfax’s first Beijing correspondent in 1974 (following the ABC’s Paul Raffaele), it was read as something big both for the company and the country. 

In the ’80s, Indonesia’s refusal to allow Australian correspondents was a major block to normal relations, calling for delicate negotiations at head-of-government level. A 1986 Fairfax article on corruption by David Jenkins (including reporting the punning jab at president Suharto’s wife as “Madam Tien Per Cent”) made Bali off limits to Australian tourists.

Although mass media evening news monopolised audience attention, news directors had to traverse that tricky moment, usually after the first ad break, of sliding in the international report, knowing it was the greatest risk of ratings slip. The accent of a foreign correspondent helped. Minimising slippage required dramatic images — preferably something politically safe like storms or floods — or the frisson generated by celebrities, from British royals and rock stars to American actors and presidents.

Although the market for an Australian perspective on foreign events was often small, story by story, successive generations of reporters in the region broke through to change the way Australians thought about their place in the world.

Now — blame it on the COVID lockout, blame it on Morrison’s adaptation of a Trumpian MAGA schtick, blame it on job cuts — Australia’s mass media have followed the audience inward. Where once it encouraged Australians to look out, now it’s offering a provincial audience what it thinks it wants, using the content it’s given.

In reporting the global “pan-” part of the pandemic, international news stories have been refracted into cautionary tales for Australia, with the early Italian response standing in for hospital overload, the Wuhan lab-leak speculation for Chinese unreliability, India’s Delta outbreak for developing world chaos, or Britain’s “freedom day” for the danger of a too-early opening.

Seeing the world through US glasses changes how we act. The Americanised perspective on China-as-threat is impacting our trade and culture. (Paradoxically, a nuanced take on what this means for Australia and its Chinese-Australian community has been in the very American The New York Times.)

Morrison’s thoughtless adaptation of America’s traditional casual dismissal of French amour-propre and English anti-continental Brexit sensibility has (as Malcolm Turnbull told the National Press Club) undermined Australia’s trustworthiness.

The good news? There’s pushback: the increasing diversity of the rising generation of journalists, fragmentation of audience choices, digital access to Asian media, the surviving pool of correspondents and stringers, and the continued commitment of the public broadcasters (all coming together, for example, in the ABC’s China Tonight).

Right now, Australia is struggling with how we open up to each other. Maybe it’s past time to start thinking about how we reengage with the world.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Belfast park closed due to avian flu outbreak

© Niall Carson The Waterworks Park in north Belfast has been closed temporarily due to an outbreak of avian flu (Niall Carson/PA) A Belfast park has been closed following an ... Read more »

Lage could transform Wolves with "superb" 21 y/o beast who has "the world at his feet" - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Morgan Gibbs-White Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Morgan Gibbs-White has been lavished with praise for his performances away from Molineux. What’s been said? In recent comments cited ... Read more »

'It looks like they're laughing at us': Newsreader tears into video of Downing Street staff laughing over Xmas party

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.Update your settings here to see it. The host of ITV News at Ten has lambasted the government over a video ... Read more »

Centre-left leader Olaf Scholz sworn in as German chancellor

© Michael Sohn German Chancellor Olaf Scholz holds his letter of appointment presented by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Michael Sohn/AP) Centre-left leader Olaf Scholz has become Germany’s new chancellor, opening a ... Read more »

UAE reinforces rank as ‘a trusted global gold trade hub'

© Provided by Khaleej Times Between 20 and 40 per cent of the global gold stocks pass through Dubai every year, experts said The UAE has reinforced its position as ... Read more »

'Paratici and Conte out', 'Day ruined' - Many THFC fans fume as 'painful' transfer claim emerges

© Provided by This is Futbol Tanguy Ndombele A whole host of Tottenham Hotspur fans have been left furious on Twitter as Tanguy Ndombele is linked with a move away. ... Read more »

India's highest ranking military officer killed in helicopter crash which has left only one survivor

The Mi-17V5 chopper took off from the Sulur Army base at 11.40am on Wednesday and crashed within 30 minutes of its flight into a gorge in the jungle close to Coonoor. Read more »

'It's just crazy': 12 major cities hit all-time homicide records

At least 12 major U.S. cities have broken annual homicide records in 2021 — and there’s still three weeks to go in the year. Of the dozen cities that have ... Read more »

Singapore private residential sales to decline by up to 15% in 2022

© Provided by Real Estate Asia Home prices in Singapore will continue to be driven up by limited supply and robust demand. According to OrangeTee, the unsold private housing inventory ... Read more »

Man deletes company files after getting fired with 1-day's notice even though he had resigned earlier

© The Independent Singapore Singapore — A man who was given only a day’s notice of his impending dismissal despite his earlier resignation took offence by deleting company files from ... Read more »

Family, advocates of Emmitt Till are 'not going to give up' after DOJ closed its investigation into his murder

Deborah Watts, Emmett Till‘s cousin, is comforted during a demonstration calling for justice.Star Tribune/Getty Images Deborah Watts, a cousin of Emmitt Till, says she wasn't contacted during the DOJ's investigation. ... Read more »

‘That Didn't Happen': Emmett Till's Family Is Not Surprised The Justice Department Is Closing Case of Teen Lynched In 1955, But They'd At Least Hoped for ‘An Apology'

The United States Justice Department has officially closed a three-year investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy savagely murdered in Mississippi in 1955. Officials were unable to ... Read more »

Serena Williams Shut Down The Internet In A Cropped Blazer Top

Serena Williams Shut Down The Internet In A Cropped Blazer Top Serena Williams was at Art Basel Miami over the weekend—and she’s got the stunning evidence to prove it. The ... Read more »

The uncomfortable truth 9News' Kyle Clark wants Colorado media to confront

9News anchor Kyle Clark is admitting an uncomfortable truth — and challenging local news outlets to find a solution. The intrigue: In commentary for his prime time “Next” show, Clark ... Read more »

KMAT 2021: Results to be declared at 6 pm today; check how to download your scores

© Provided by Firstpost KMAT 2021: Results to be declared at 6 pm today; check how to download your scores The Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) result 2021 will be ... Read more »

Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Sajid Khan's heroics help PAK sweep Test series

© Provided by Zee News Off-break bowler Sajid Khan bagged 12 wickets in the entire match as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and 8 runs at the Shere Bangla ... Read more »

Henriques powers Sixers to unlikely victory against Hurricanes

© AFP/Getty Images Moises Henriques top-scored with 73 © AFP/Getty Images Sidney Sixers 9 for 144 (Henriques 73, Rogers 3-28) beat Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 130 (Handscomb 47, Curran 3-27) ... Read more »

Water quality in lower stretches of Ganga alarming: Study

Amid threats of increasing floods in Ganga, scientists have found water quality in the lower stretches of the river to be alarming. The falling water quality assessed by scientists shows ... Read more »

President Ram Nath Kovind's event at Mumbai Raj Bhavan cancelled

© Provided by DNA The New Durbar Hall inauguration event in Maharashtra, which was to be attended by President Ram Nath Kovind as the chief guest has been cancelled. Maharashtra ... Read more »

Indian air force says country's military chief has been killed in helicopter crash

NEW DELHI — Indian air force says country’s military chief has been killed in helicopter crash. Read more »

UK leader orders probe amid anger over staff lockdown party

The Associated PressBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in ... Read more »

Pfizer says early lab tests suggest COVID-19 boosters provide protection against omicron variant

NEW YORK — Pfizer says early lab tests suggest COVID-19 boosters provide protection against omicron variant. Read more »

Milchstraße und Sternschnuppen gucken - Wohnmobil-Stellplätze in Sternenparks

© Kai Kröger DIe ersten Sterneninseln in Deutschland wurden im August 2021 von der IDSA ausgezeichnet. Den Titel dürfen nun Pellworm und Spiekeroog tragen. Schon mal was von Astrotourismus gehört? ... Read more »

Verdächtiger im Mordfall Khashoggi festgenommen

© Bereitgestellt von WELT Khashoggi war am 2. Oktober 2018 im saudi-arabischen Konsulat in Istanbul ermordet worden. Seine Leiche wurde nie gefunden Die französische Grenzpolizei hat in Paris ein mutmaßliches ... Read more »

Ramp up vaccination: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray as Omicron triggers fear

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: As Omicron variant spreads in Maharashtra with the total tally at 10, the state government on Wednesday (December 8) ordered “speedy vaccination” against COVID-19.  Maharashtra ... Read more »

Pukul isteri kerana pokok getah tiada susu, penoreh dipenjara 7 bulan

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Mohd Zainizam Kamarudin didakwa mengikut Seksyen 342 Kanun Keseksaan yang dibacakan bersama Seksyen 326A akta sama. PETALING JAYA: Seorang lelaki dijatuhi hukuman penjara tujuh ... Read more »

‘High risk but it could bring a big reward' – Ex-England captain eyeing Ipswich Town manager's job: The verdict

© Provided by Football League World Premier League – Everton v Aston Villa This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the ... Read more »

"I heard": Journo drops key Rangers transfer claim on wiz that'll leave fans excited - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast denis zakaria Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool are in the hunt for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. What’s the talk? Zakaria has been linked with a ... Read more »

Hot-shooting NLEX runs over San Miguel in auspicious debut

© Provided by SPIN.ph KJ McDaniels scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as NLEX beat San Miguel, 114-102, on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena to spoil the Beermen ... Read more »

Here's ‘Love is Color Blind' is worth catching on December 10

The biggest digital film of the year is coming out in a few days, and it’s easy to understand why fans can not contain their overwhelming excitement. © Provided by ... Read more »

J. Niklas launches debut EP with titular single ‘Never Losing Our Youth'

German music artist J. Niklas remembers the nostalgia of youth while savoring the beauty of the present in “Never Losing Our Youth,” his newly single released under ABS-CBN’s Tarsier Records. ... Read more »

Who is Dillian Whyte and why is he fighting Tyson Fury?

Tyson Fury’s next opponent has been confirmed, with the Gypsy King set to defend his WBC heavyweight belt against Dillian Whyte. The bout will be the first opponent for Fury ... Read more »

Rangers appoint Zeb Jacobs as rising coach handed key Academy role

Rangers have appointed Belgian youth guru Zeb Jacobs as the club’s Head of Coaching in their academy. The 26-year-old arrives from Royal Antwerp – who Rangers faced in the Europa ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: How F1 drivers compare ahead of Abu Dhabi GP showdown

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are engaging in one of the closest F1 title races of all time. Both drivers are in with a chance of claiming the trophy on ... Read more »

Tech View: Nifty needs to take out 17,500 decisively to rally further

NEW DELHI: The dovish outlook from the central bank outweighed the concerns over the Omicron variant. The Nifty index closed with nearly 2 per cent of gains, building on to ... Read more »

Russia says both sides to follow up quickly on Putin-Biden call

1 / 2Russia says both sides to follow up quickly on Putin-Biden callRussian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting via a video link in Sochi MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian and ... Read more »

I'm A Celebrity spoilers: Danny Miller gags as he takes on stomach-churning Bushtucker Trial with Simon Gregson

DANNY Miller is set to take on yet another stomach-churning Bushtucker trial on I'm A Celebrity tonight. Viewers will see the Emmerdale actor gag as he faces the latest challenge ... Read more »

A Chorus Line, review: a world-class production that bubbles with wit

A Chorus Line at the Leicester Curve – Marc Brenner At Curve Leicester, director Nikolai Foster has delivered the finest West Side Story I’ve ever encountered, and the most ingenious ... Read more »

‘Influencer' wants to use prison sentence to lose weight and do yoga after flying private jet to Capitol riot

A Texas woman, Jenna Ryan, who flew to Washington DC for Capitol riots has to report to prison in the first week of January and intends to use her jail ... Read more »

Hidden sketch revealed beneath Rembrandt's The Night Watch

Photograph: Peter de Jong/AP A hidden sketch by Rembrandt has been discovered beneath the thick paint of the Dutch master’s most famous work, The Night Watch, revealing for the first ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic