Six of the best en­ter hall of fame

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION -

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.



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