The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald is a daily compact newspaper owned by Nine in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1831 as the Sydney Herald, the SMH is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Australia and a national online news brand; the print version of the newspaper is published six days a week. The Sydney Morning Herald includes a variety including the magazines Good Weekend. There are a variety of lift-outs, some of them co-branded with online classified advertising sites: The Guide on Monday Good Food and Domain on Tuesday Money on Wednesday Drive, Shortlist on Friday News Review, Domain, Drive and MyCareer on SaturdayAs of February 2016, average week-day print circulation of the paper was 104,000; the editor is Lisa Davies. Former editors include Darren Goodsir, Judith Whelan, Sean Aylmer, Peter Fray, Meryl Constance, Amanda Wilson, William Curnow, Andrew Garran, Frederick William Ward, Charles Brunsdon Fletcher, Colin Bingham, Max Prisk, John Alexander, Paul McGeough, Alan Revell and Alan Oakley.
The February 2016 average circulation of the paper was 104,000. In December 2013, the Audit Bureau of Circulations's audit on newspaper circulation states a monthly average of 132,000 copies were sold, Monday to Friday, 228,000 copies on Saturday, both having declined 16% in 12 months. According to Roy Morgan Research Readership Surveys, in the twelve months to March 2011, the paper was read 766,000 times on Monday to Friday, read 1,014,000 times on Saturdays; the newspaper's website smh.com.au was rated by third-party web analytics providers Alexa and SimilarWeb as the 17th and 32nd most visited website in Australia as of July 2015. SimilarWeb rates the site as the fifth most visited news website in Australia and as the 42nd newspaper's website globally, attracting more than 15 million visitors per month, it is available nationally except in the Northern Territory. Limited copies of the newspaper are available at newsagents in New Zealand and at the High Commission of Australia, London. In 1831 three employees of the now-defunct Sydney Gazette, Ward Stephens, Frederick Stokes and William McGarvie, founded The Sydney Herald.
In 1931 a Centenary Supplement was published. The original four-page weekly had a print run of 750. In 1840, the newspaper began to publish daily. In 1841, an Englishman named John Fairfax purchased the operation, renaming it The Sydney Morning Herald the following year. Fairfax, whose family were to control the newspaper for 150 years, based his editorial policies "upon principles of candour and honour. We have no wish to mislead. During the decade 1890, Donald Murray worked there; the SMH was late to the trend of printing news rather than just advertising on the front page, doing so from 15 April 1944. Of the country's metropolitan dailies, only The West Australian was in making the switch. In 1949, the newspaper launched The Sunday Herald. Four years this was merged with the newly acquired Sun newspaper to create The Sun-Herald, which continues to this day. In 1995, the company launched the newspaper's web edition smh.com.au. The site has since grown to include interactive and multimedia features beyond the content in the print edition.
Around the same time, the organisation moved from Jones Street to new offices at Darling Park and built a new printing press at Chullora, in the city's west. The SMH has since moved with other Sydney Fairfax divisions to a building at Darling Island. In May 2007, Fairfax Media announced it would be moving from a broadsheet format to the smaller compact or tabloid-size, in the footsteps of The Times, for both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Fairfax Media dumped these plans in the year. However, in June 2012, Fairfax Media again announced it planned to shift both broadsheet newspapers to tabloid size, in March 2013. Fairfax announced it would cut staff across the entire group by 1,900 over three years and erect paywalls around the papers' websites; the subscription type is to be a freemium model, limiting readers to a number of free stories per month, with a payment required for further access. The announcement was part of an overall "digital first" strategy of digital or on-line content over printed delivery, to "increase sharing of editorial content", to assist the management's wish for "full integration of its online and mobile platforms".
In July 2013 it was announced that the SMH's news director, Darren Goodsir, would become Editor-in-Chief, replacing Sean Aylmer. On 22 February 2014, the final Saturday edition was produced in broadsheet format with this too converted to compact format on 1 March 2014, ahead of the decommissioning of the printing plant at Chullora in June 2014. According to Irial Glynn, the newspaper's editorial stance is centrist, it is seen as the most centrist among the three major Australian non-tabloids. In 2004, the newspaper's editorial page stated: "market libertarianism and social liberalism" were the two "broad themes" that guided the Herald's editorial stance. During the 1999 referendum on whether Australia should become a republic, the Herald supported a "yes" vote; the newspaper did not endorse the Labor Party for federal office in the first six decades of Federation, but did endorse the party in 1961, 1984, 1987. During the 2004 Australian federal election, the Herald annou
Panorama (TV programme)
Panorama is a British current affairs documentary programme aired on BBC Television. First broadcast in 1953, it is the world's longest-running news television programme. Panorama has been presented by many well known BBC presenters, including Richard Dimbleby, Robin Day, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Vine; as of 2018 it still retains a peak time transmission slot on BBC One, but without a regular presenter. The programme airs worldwide through BBC World News on digital services and cable in many countries. Panorama was launched on 11 November 1953 by the BBC. Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy was the original presenter, who only lasted one episode after accidentally broadcasting a technical mishap. Max Robertson took over for a year; the programme had a magazine format and included arts features. Richard Dimbleby took over in 1955 and presented the show until his death in 1965, his son, David Dimbleby presented the programme from 11 November 1974 – the 21st anniversary of the show. Other past presenters include: Sir Robin Day, Sir Ludovic Kennedy, Sir Charles Wheeler and Jeremy Vine.
On 13 December 2010, it was announced that the programme would be relaunched during the new year with no regular presenter. Panorama set an example for the German magazine series of the same name, produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk, broadcast by Das Erste. Panorama is one of the leading political magazine shows; the theme music is an adaptation of Francis Lai's "Aujourd'hui C'est Toi", which has run since 1971. Prior to this, from 1968, Rachmaninov's Symphony No.1 in D Minor, 4th Movement, was used, before that the theme was Robert Farnon's "Openings & Endings". Rachel Jupp Max Robertson Richard Dimbleby Sir Robin Day David Dimbleby Robert Kee Jeremy Vine no regular presenter Hilary Andersson Richard Bilton Jane Corbin Tom Heap John Humphrys Andrew Jennings Shelley Jofre Paul Kenyon David Lomax Gerry Northam Samantha Poling Raphael Rowe George Edwin Scott John Sweeney Peter Taylor Jeremy Vine Vivian White Chris Rogers John Ware Alys Harte Benjamin Zand In 1955, Panorama filmed Christopher Mayhew taking mescaline under medical supervision.
The resulting programme was never broadcast, though the footage and transcripts were released. Panorama broadcast a famous hoax film about the harvesting of the spaghetti crop on April Fool's Day, 1957. Broadcast on 4 May 1955, Malcolm Muggeridge talked with Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist artist. In January 1984Panorama broadcast an episode which claimed that three Conservative MPs had links to far-right organisations both in Britain and on the Continent. There was controversy over the editing of the programme: it juxtaposed shots of Howarth wearing a train driver's uniform at a steam railway enthusiasts' rally with the claim that he had attended a fascist meeting in Italy, falsely implying that the uniform he was wearing was a fascist one. In response and Howarth sued the BBC; the Director-General, Alasdair Milne, told the governors that the BBC's defence was "fire-proof" but in late 1986 the acting chairman, Lord Barnett, realised that the programme would not withstand legal scrutiny.
Hamilton and Howarth received around a million pounds in libel damages. Former Panorama producer Tom Bower stated that the programme had been "woefully misconceived" it had been "lunacy" to attempt to equate the trio "with the widespread Marxist infiltration of the Labour party", he cites the episode as the moment when Panorama "began to lose the plot". Arguably the most famous Panorama programme of all was the 1995 interview of Diana, Princess of Wales by Martin Bashir, which occurred after her separation, when she discussed the rumours about her personal life; the programme's filming and planning was subject to extreme secrecy, with Richard James Ayre, the Controller of Editorial Policy, authorising a series of clandestine meetings between Bashir and Diana. One of the most controversial broadcasts of recent time was the "Who bombed Omagh?" programme, which named those suspected of involvement in the Omagh bombing. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alan Fry of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist unit SO13 said that the Real IRA attack on the BBC Television Centre could have been a revenge attack for the broadcast.
In 1987, the Panorama programme Scientology: The Road to Total Freedom? for the first time exposed on broadcast television the secret upper-level doctrines of the Church of Scientology, featured an animated retelling of the Xenu incident of Scientology doctrine. On 14 May 2007, an episode titled Me was broadcast; the journalist John Sweeney presented the edition, showing how the Church reacted to his journalistic investigations, including its reaction when he stated to members that some people describe the organisation as a "cult". At one point during an interview, the presenter lost his temper with a member of the Church of Scientology. However, the 2007 Scientology episode was Panorama's greatest audience since it moved to Monday evening. A follow-up programme, The Secrets of Scientology, was broadcast on 28 September 2010, presenting proof that the Church had harassed Sweeney during the making of the earlier documentary, with the specific intention of making him react in the way he did, in addition to numerous interviews with former high-ranking members of the organisation, subject to harassment.
Since 2002, Panorama has made four programmes about the anti-depr
Crikey is an Australian electronic magazine comprising a website and email newsletter available to subscribers. Crikey was described by former Federal Opposition Leader Mark Latham as the "most popular website in Parliament House" in The Latham Diaries, it had in 2014 around 17,000 paying subscribers. Crikey was founded by activist shareholder Stephen Mayne, a journalist and former staffer of Liberal Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, it developed out of Mayne's "jeffed.com" website, which in turn developed out of his aborted independent candidate campaign for Kennett's seat of Burwood. Longstanding Crikey political commentators/reporters have included former Liberal insider Christian Kerr, Guy Rundle, Charles Richardson, Bernard Keane, Mungo MacCallum and Hugo Kelly. In 2003 Stephen Mayne, the proprietor, was forced to sell his house in order to settle defamation cases brought by radio presenter Steve Price and former ALP senator Nick Bolkus over false statements published about them by Crikey.
Staff of treasurer Peter Costello banned Crikey from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 budget'lock ups', in which financial journalists are shown the federal budget papers some hours in advance so that their publications can report the budget in depth as soon as it is released, on the grounds that Crikey is not considered to be part of the "mainstream media". On 1 February 2005, it was announced that Stephen Mayne had sold Crikey to Private Media Partners, a company, owned by former Editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald, Eric Beecher, for A$1 million. Under the agreement, Mayne has written for the email newsletter. Under PMP's stewardship the publication aimed for "professional" style, avoiding the use of in-house nicknames and other idiosyncrasies of the original Crikey. In February 2006, The Age reported that a co-founder and writer, Hugo Kelly, had been sacked for reasons the company claimed were on the grounds of professional misconduct but which Kelly maintained because they had "no guts".
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Media Watch (TV program)
Media Watch is an Australian media analysis television program presented by Paul Barry for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The program focuses on critiquing the Australian media, it played a key role in revealing the unethical behaviour of radio talkback hosts, which became known as the "cash for comment affair" and was the subject of an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Authority. Media Watch is a 15-minute program which identifies and examines instances of what the program determines to be failings in news coverage by Australian media outlets; the series features a single host speaking directly to camera, detailing a mix of amusing or embarrassing editing gaffes as well as more serious criticism including media bias and breaches of journalistic ethics and standards. Over the years, the emphasis has shifted towards the latter. Although most episodes of Media Watch focus on any recent incidents of media misconduct, episodes sometimes focus on a single issue of particular importance.
Stuart Littlemore was the inaugural host of Media Watch and remains the longest-running host to date. Following his nine-year tenure, various other journalists have hosted the program. Paul Barry, who hosted the program in 2000 and for a brief period in 2010, resumed hosting duties in 2013. Stuart Littlemore Richard Ackland David Marr Liz Jackson Monica Attard Jonathan Holmes Paul Barry In 1999, the program revealed that influential talkback radio hosts Alan Jones and John Laws had been paid to provide favourable on-air comment about companies such as Qantas, Optus and Mirvac, without disclosing these arrangements to listeners, it persistently criticised the Australian Broadcasting Authority as impotent or unwilling to regulate broadcast media, to properly scrutinise figures such as Jones and Laws. The revelations won Media Watch staffers Richard Ackland, Deborah Richards and Anne Connolly two Walkley Awards: the Gold Walkley, the Walkley for TV Current Affairs Reporting. In 2004, Media Watch played a major part in forcing the resignation of ABA head David Flint, after it was discovered that Flint had sent Jones admiring and effusive letters at a time when the ABA was investigating Jones concerning further cash for comment allegations.
The reports won Media Watch another Walkley, TV Current Affairs Reporting to staffers David Marr, Peter McEvoy and Sally Virgoe. Australian 60 Minutes reporter Richard Carleton sued Media Watch over allegations of plagiarism; the judge declined to award any damages. The ABC World Today reported on 18 December 2002: "The veteran reporter was horrified to see Media Watch accuse him of plagiarising a BBC documentary on the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica for his Channel Nine program, but today a judge ruled that though the program did defame Mr Richard Carleton and two colleagues, it was fair comment and no damages were awarded." This ability to generate controversy led to the temporary cancellation of the show. In 2000, host Paul Barry was controversially sacked and, in 2001, the program itself was axed by Jonathan Shier, the head of the ABC. However, in early 2002, after Shier was himself sacked in controversial circumstances, the show returned with Marr as the new host. While Media Watch was off air, former host, Stuart Littlemore, presented a replacement program, that examined issues about the media, running for 13 episodes between March and May 2001.
Starting 2017 in conjunction with the series return, a weekly online spin-off series was created. A new episode is uploaded every Thursday onto their website, social media outlet, iView and ABC's official YouTube channel, each episode running for two minutes. Unlike the main show, Media Bites is more casual in presentation, Paul Barry sits in the production office talking to the camera in a position similar to many online vloggers. Barry is in more casual clothing using the light source of the office instead of professional lighting; each episode has two mini-stories and the week's alternative fact. The mini-stories are in essence a shorter version of the main series in-depth format, introducing the story and explaining the problem. For example, a story where Women's Day ran an article about Paul Hogan's ex-wife, in which using a photo of Norlene with her son, the article incorrectly attributes the son to being deceased partner Reg, stating the couple were a "cute pair", only to be corrected by a tweet from a family member.
The Alternative Fact of the week points out an incorrect or baffling tidbit in regards to US president Donald Trump. Episodes conclude with a tease for the following episode of the main show; the episodes quips from Barry as the main show. Episodes are edited in a similar fashion to the main show, with relevant corresponding images and effects relating to his narration; the stand-out difference in editing is that subtitles are permanently part of the video along the bottom of the screen, instead of being an optional closed caption. Episodes are only available to watch in Standard Definition; the show's presenters have taken some pride in the vehemence of the criticism. In 2002, the then-editor of The Daily Telegraph, Campbell Reid, sent host David Marr a dead fis
Peter Hartcher is an Australian journalist and the Political and International Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. He is a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based foreign policy think tank. In 1981, while a student at Chevalier College in Burradoo, NSW, Hartcher was national winner of the Sydney Morning Herald's Plain English Speaking competition and won a trip to England, where he won the international final the following year, his career in journalism began the following year with a cadetship at the Sydney Morning Herald. In 1986, he took up his first overseas posting as the newspaper's Tokyo correspondent. On his return to Australia in 1988, Hartcher was made chief political correspondent, a position he held until 1991, when he accepted a job with the Australian Financial Review as Tokyo correspondent. Between 1995 and 2000 he was the Australian Financial Review's Asia-Pacific Editor, his 1996 investigative series uncovering the secret negotiation of a security treaty between Australia and Indonesia won the Australian journalism award, the Gold Walkley.
He went to the US for three years, where he was the Washington DC correspondent. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Citibank Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2004, Hartcher rejoined the Sydney Morning Herald in his current capacity. In late 2012 and early 2013, Hartcher wrote several columns covering Prime Minister Julia Gillard's ailing leadership and the potential return to leadership of the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. In 1998 Hartcher published his first book, The Ministry, an exposé of the role played by Japan's Ministry of Finance in that country's economic collapse and subsequent stagnation. Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing 7 Trillion Dollars, Hartcher's critique of Greenspan's and the Federal Reserve Board's management of the US economy through the years of irrational exuberance, was published in 2004 to a mixed reception in the US, but was met with greater critical enthusiasm internationally. In 2007, Hartcher wrote Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election in Black Inc's Quarterly Essay, an analysis of the Australian electorate's collective psyche and what he argues is its peculiar susceptibility to manipulation.
In 2009, Hartcher published To The Bitter End: The Dramatic Story of the Fall of John Howard and the Rise of Kevin Rudd. In 2011, Hartcher published The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made Its Own Luck – And Could Now Throw It All Away, for which in 2013 he was awarded the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Peter Hartcher's column in The Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Murray (presenter)
Paul Murray is a conservative radio and TV broadcaster based in Sydney, Australia. He was the former regular Mornings presenter on 2UE show "A Sydney Morning", he hosts Paul Murray Live on Sky News Australia which airs Sunday to Thursday at 9pm AEST. and Saturday Edition. Prior to joining 2UE Murray worked for Triple M 2005-2010, Nova969 2001-2004, 2SM 1999-2001 and 2GB 1998-2000 and again in 2004. Murray has won a variety of radio awards including Best Documentary, he has been nominated several times for best comedy segment and in 2012 was nominated for best talk presenter. Late in 2005, Murray left Nova 96.9 to commence his television career. In November 2005, he began reporting and hosting segments for the Seven Network's morning current affairs & variety program Sunrise. In 2008, Murray joined The Shebang with Marty Sheargold and Fifi Box on Triple M's Sydney breakfast shift and co-hosted the short-lived chat show The NightCap on 7HD; the latter program debuted with the first known public discussion of the childhood accident that left him with only nine toes.
He joined Sky News Australia where he began hosting 180 with Paul Murray. At the start of 2009 Murray began hosting the All New Paul Murray Show on Sydney and Melbourne's Triple M from 7pm-10pm weekdays and on Brisbane's Triple M from 10pm-1am; that year, he was replaced by Ugly Phil and began hosting a drive program, Paul & Rach with Rachel Corbett. In November 2010, it was announced that Murray would be moving to AM radio station 2UE, he hosted both Drive and Morning shows and in early 2013, he began hosting the morning show Sydney Mornings. In October 2013, Murray criticised the decision by 2UE to sack fellow radio host Jason Morrison. In December 2013, after a period of declining ratings for Murray's show, it was announced that Murray was leaving 2UE and moving to Sky News full-time to host the show Paul Murray Live on weeknights. In January 2013, Murray started working on a new show "A Sydney Morning with Paul Murray" which, unlike other 2UE programs, broadcasts out of the Sydney Morning Herald newsroom.
The show is on air from 8:30 to 11:30am on 954AM. Prior to working on the morning program, Murray was the host of "Drive with Paul Murray" from 2011-2012. In March 2006, he commenced as the new Triple M network presenter from 6-7pm Monday to Thursday, with an hour long current affairs radio show titled The Paul Murray Hour. In July, the Triple M network replaced Murray's show with an 80s music hour, but in August Murray returned hosting a similar program, The Paul Murray Show, but in the 7-9pm timeslot. In 2007, Lisa Millard joined the show as co-host; the show broadcast out of Sydney to multiple cities throughout Australia. Murray announced the frequency as 104.9 MHz, the relevant frequency in Sydney. The show ended at the end of 2007, although in 2009 it was reinstated on Triple M in Sydney and Brisbane; the 2006-2007 show always ended with the song "Watermelon Man" and included: interviews with media personalities fictitious advertisements e.g. for La De Da Magazine sketches satirising current events characters parodying other well-known voices Pauly's Pub Trivia On the job with Paul & Milly Clubbing of baby seals Nude News This climactic competition every evening followed the common radio-quiz format in which callers call in and the first contestant answers as many questions as they can before the compere passes to the next caller.
There were five questions. When an inadequate number of callers rang in, Mashup of The Doors' Riders on the Storm and Blondie's Rapture was played as punishment music until enough contestants called; the quiz was run in the last 5 minutes of the show. Hints were given to ensure; these got as simple as just say <answer to question>. The prize was nothing but it became the chance to hear the song "Watermelon Man", the answer to the fifth and last question. Murray's parodies of Sydney personalities include: Ian Waley the Love Muscle Alan Jones Bob Carr Richard Aspen Murray is married and lives in Sydney, he is a Holden fan. He is an atheist. Murray and his wife Sian's 1-day-old son, died in August 2012 due to complications from a premature birth. Triple M: Paul & Rach A Sydney Morning with Paul Murray
Peter Craig Dutton is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Home Affairs Minister in the Morrison Government, has served as Member of Parliament for Dickson since 2001. Dutton served as Minister for Health and Sport from 2013 to 2014, Immigration Minister from 2014 to 2017 in the Abbott and Turnbull Government. On 18 July 2017, he was named Minister for Home Affairs and appointed by the Governor-General on 20 December 2017 to lead the Department of Home Affairs, a newly created portfolio giving him oversight of ASIO, the AFP and Border Force, he served as the Minister for Workforce Participation and Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer in the Howard Government. News outlets controlled by Rupert Murdoch have touted Dutton as a future Prime Minister in spite of his low popularity with voters and an ongoing grassroots campaign to depose him from the seat of Dickson. In the first August 2018 spill he challenged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party, but was defeated by 48 votes to 35.
In the aftermath of the spill Dutton resigned from Second Turnbull Ministry and rejected an invitation from Turnbull to remain in the Cabinet. In the second leadership contest, Dutton was defeated by Treasurer and Acting Home Affairs Minister Scott Morrison by 45 votes to 40. Following the appointment of Scott Morrison as the new Prime Minister on 24 August by the Governor-General, Morrison re-appointed Peter Dutton to the Minister for Home Affairs, but relinquished his duties and responsibilities for Immigration and Border Protection, appointed David Coleman as Immigration Minister. Dutton was born in the northern Brisbane suburb of Boondall, the eldest of five children, with one brother and three sisters, his mother Ailsa Leitch worked in his father Bruce Dutton was a builder. Dutton finished high school at Bald Hills. Dutton joined the Young Liberals in 1988, he became the policy vice-chair of the Bayside Young Liberals the following year and chair of the branch in 1990. At the 1989 Queensland state election, the 19-year-old Dutton ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate against Tom Burns in the safe Labor seat of Lytton.
Dutton graduated from the Queensland Police Academy in 1990. He was a Queensland Police officer for nine years, working in the Drug Squad in Brisbane in the early 1990s, he worked in the Sex Offenders Squad and the National Crime Authority. As a second job, he worked with his father in a building business. In 1999, Dutton left the police force to become a businessman, completing a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology, he and his father founded the business Dutton Holdings, registered in 2000. The company bought and converted buildings into childcare centres, in 2002 it sold three childcare centres to the now defunct ABC Learning. ABC Learning continued to pay rent to Dutton Holdings for a commercial lease until at least 2007. Dutton Holdings continues to trade under the name Dutton Development. Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, he was elevated to the ministry after the 2004 election as Minister for Workforce Participation, a position he held until January 2006.
He was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. He retained Dickson at the 2007 election, which saw the government lose office. However, his margin was reduced to just 217 votes more than Labor's Fiona McNamara. Following the 2007 election, Dutton was promoted to shadow cabinet by the new Liberal leader Brendan Nelson, as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation. In 2008, he chose not to be present in the chamber during the apology to the Stolen Generations, which enjoyed bipartisan support, he said "I regarded it as something, not going to deliver tangible outcomes to kids who are being raped and tortured in communities in the 21st century." In a 2014 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Dutton said he regretted boycotting the apology: "I underestimated the symbolic and cultural significance of it."In September 2008, Nelson was replaced as Liberal leader by Malcolm Turnbull, who appointed Dutton as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing. He retained that position when Tony Abbott succeeded Turnbull as leader in December 2009.
In June 2010, Dutton released the Coalition's mental health policy. It received favourable reviews, with The Australian describing it as "the most significant announcement by any political party in relation to a targeted, evidence-based investment in mental health". Dutton retained his seat with a positive swing at the 2010 federal election, despite an unfavourable redistribution. In the lead-up to the 2013 federal election, he announced a range of Coalition health policies, which were received favourably by industry groups; the Australian Medical Association said "the Coalition has delivered a strong package of practical, affordable health policies that would strengthen general practice", while Cancer Council Australia said that "Dutton's promise to finalise the bowel cancer screening program by 2020 would save an additional 35,000 lives over the next 40 years." As the 2010 election approached, it looked like Dutton would lose to the Labor candidate due to a redistribution of division boundaries that had erased his majority and made Dickson notionally Labor.
To safeguard himself, Dutton sought pre-selection for the merged Liberal National Party in the safe Liberal seat of McPherson on the Gold Coast. Some constituents complained, "The abandoning of a seat by a sitting MP halfway through a parliamentary term to