Six of the best enter hall of fame
The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly and the late Bill Leak were among six journalists from this newspaper inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame last night.
Kelly, editor-in-chief of the paper from 1991 to 1996, has “emerged as Australia’s foremost analyst of foreign and domestic policy”, the judges’ citation says. “Through his authoritative writing in The Australian, his regular appearances on Sky News and his eight books on governments from Whitlam to Rudd, he brought a broad intellectual understanding of the relationships between politics and economics and a deep historical perspective to his journalism.”
Leak, The Australian’s awardwinning cartoonist who died in March, “was one of Australia’s most highly decorated, courageous, polarising and funny cartoonists” the citation says. “In his final 10 years at The Australian, he became even more angry and brutal in his attacks on political correctness and Islamist extremism. He became the focal point of a fierce national debate on free speech and racial vilification after he drew a cartoon on Aboriginal delinquency ... that divided his admirers and haters.”
Also inducted into the hall of fame, an initiative of the Melbourne Press Club, were Maxwell Newton, the founding editor of The Australian, and Adrian Deamer, its third editor.
Others honoured were Alan Ramsey, the paper’s deputy editor from 1969-71, and poet Elizabeth Riddell, who wrote features for the paper. Col Allan, a former editor of
The Daily Telegraph and editorin-chief of The New York Post, was another inductee.