Where’s Hillary Bray when you need him? He’d be in seventh heaven

Oh, how our former satirist would relish wiping the smug and pompous smirks off the good, the bad and the ugly faces of politics today.

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Alas, I did not work with Hillary Bray, the one-time Crikey performance artist also known as Christian Kerr. Nor did I know him before his premature death this month. But if 2021 has shown one thing it is that sometimes a pithy mix of satire and ridicule is the only way to capture the essence of Australian politics.

Scott Morrison and his gang have outgunned conventional journalism. You’ll remember it: the sort that prizes facts and balance. 

He — and they — didn’t start the process of sidelining the fourth estate role of journalists. That started decades ago with the media training of politicians who were schooled — by journalists, naturally — in the art of not answering the question. Then came the 15-second sound bite. Then the weaponising of the 15-second sound bite by focus groups. Then the demand for “balance” which insists that all arguments are valid, no matter how crackpot.

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