The Australian

The Australian

Infobox Newspaper
name =

type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1964
owners = News Limited
headquarters = 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills, Sydney,
New South Wales, AUS
editor = Chris Mitchell
website = [ The Australian]

"The Australian", also referred to as "The Oz", is a broadsheet newspaper published in Australia Monday through Saturday each week since 1964. The editor is Chris Mitchell, and the 'editor-at-large' is Paul Kelly.

"The Australian" is the biggest-selling national newspaper in the country, its chief rival being the business-focussed "Australian Financial Review", with weekday sales of 135,000 and Saturday sales of 305,000. These figures are substantially below those enjoyed by metropolitan dailies in the major cities. "The Australian" is published by News Limited, which also owns the sole or most popular metropolitan daily in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.cite journal
last = Manning
first = James
authorlink =
title = National daily plans new business website and monthly colour magazine
journal = MediaWeek
volume =
issue = 854
pages = 3,7,8
publisher =
location = Sydney, Australia
date = 2008-03-10
url =
doi =
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Mitchell considersPOV-statement|date=September 2008 the newspaper to be of the centre-right, "comfortable with a mainstream Labor prime minister, just as it was quite comfortable with John Howard."

The newspaper has long maintained a particular focus on issues of Aboriginal disadvantage: "We always campaign very hard on Aboriginal issues because our readers want to see the problem fixed, not because they just wanted an apology."

The newspaper also devotes attention to the information technology and mining industries.

Under the previous Howard Government, some say "The Australian"'s perceived cosiness with the government caused it to be nicknamed 'The Government Gazette' among journalists, including sections of the Canberra press gallery. [ [ Polls apart at the Sausage sizzle] ] Since then, its perceived cosiness with greenhouse gas polluters has led to it being labelled 'The Rent-seekers Review'. [ [ Modelling-Schmoddeling] ]


"Australian" journalist Hedley Thomas won the Gold Walkley Award in 2007.


"The Australian" integrates content from overseas newspapers owned by News Limited's parent, News Corporation, including the "Wall Street Journal".


Daily sections include National News (The Nation) followed by Worldwide News (Worldwide), Sport and Business News (Business). Contained within each issue is a prominent Op/Ed section, compromised of regular columnists and non-regular contributors. Other regular sections include Technology (AustralianIT), Media, Features, Legal Affairs, Aviation, Horse-Racing (Thoroughbreds), The Arts, Health, Wealth and Higher Education. A Travel & Indulgence section is included on Saturdays, along with The Inquirer, an in-depth analysis of major stories of the week, alongside much political commentary. Saturday lift-outs include Review, focusing on Books, Arts, Film and TV, and The Weekend Australian Magazine, the only national weekly glossy insert magazine. A glossy high-cultureFact|date=September 2008 magazine, Wish, is published the first Friday of the month.


Regular columnists include Dennis Shanahan, Glenn Milne, Paul Kelly, George Megalogenis, Mike Steketee, Greg Sheridan, Alan Wood, Phillip Adams, Noel Pearson, Michael Costello, Janet Albrechtsen, Imre Salusinszky and Angela Shanahan. It also features daily cartoons from Bill Leak and Peter Nicholson.

See also

* List of newspapers in Australia
* Australian Journalism


External links

* [ The Australian Online]
* [ The Australian under a cloud]

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