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There can be no doubt that climate change and its complex set of problems pose enormous challenges to the human capacity for understanding and finding solutions to them. This issue through its guest editor, Myra Gurney, offers a number of approaches to the concerns raised by climate change. The focus is on both discursive and thematic issues along with an important interview with Tim Flannery who has led the engagement with climate change strategy as a high-profile voice for mitigation.

I would like to thank Myra for her dedication to leading this issue’s content and for her important role in ensuring the writing quality of the papers in their stylistic and literary presentation. Thanks also to our many reviewers and especially to Roman Goik, Tim Dwyer and Antonio Castillo for their assistance in the realisation of this issue.

This is our second issue for 2017. We are underway with planning for 2018. Please watch this space!

Hart Cohen
Western Sydney University

Guest Editorial

Myra Gurney
Western Sydney University

Since the election of the Rudd Labor government in 2007, Australian politics has wrestled with climate change as both an existential global scientific phenomenon and a parochial political and ideological issue. The focus of the political debate during this time, dubbed the ‘climate wars’, has shifted from advocating policies to deal with the ‘greatest moral challenge of a generation’ to those that ‘axe the tax’ or promote coal as ‘good for humanity’. Within the broader context of significant changes in the political economy of media, this shift has been exacerbated and enabled by highly concentrated media ownership and a conservative mainstream media that has broadly fomented the questioning of climate science by partisan bodies.



The Australian edition of Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and research reports that focus on any aspects in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism. We are particularly interested in articles that explore some of the following themes:

  • Media and Democracy
  • Children and Media
  • Grassroots and alternative media
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Civic Journalism
  • Peace Communication
  • Ethnicity and the media
  • Political economy of communication
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*This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article published September 14, 2017 11.06am and updated September 14, 2017 2.07pm.

Media reform deals will reduce diversity and amount to little more than window dressing

Tim Dwyer, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

The breakthrough in negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers that the government has been chipping away at over media reform has finally arrived.

The deregulatory legislation, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, required 38 votes to pass the Senate, where the Coalition controls 29 votes. It had already secured the support of three crossbenchers and four One Nation senators, but was waiting for just two votes to get it over the line – until Nick Xenophon did the deal.



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