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Murdoch’s coup

How the Australian version of Sky News has become a home for the far-right

The view from Sydney: Ruby Hamad

A few days after the most recent toppling of a sitting Australian prime minister by his own party, former prime minister Kevin Rudd—the first to be so unceremoniously deposed—penned a scathing indictment of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.

Murdoch, Rudd said, is “the greatest cancer on Australian democracy”, and, far from being a mere media mogul, “operates as a political party, acting in pursuit of clearly defined commercial interests, in addition to his far-right ideological world-view.”

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In Prospect’s October issue: Rafael Behr argues that politics has been poisoned by Twitter—the platform often drives the political news agenda, encourages people to descend deeper and deeper into echo chambers and sees MPs and their families regularly abused. Meanwhile, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger explains how Oxford picks its students and says that more needs to be done for the colleges to be more inclusive. Also, Jasmin Mujanovic outlines how Bosnia’s elections this month could tip the country back into conflict. Elsewhere in the issue: Alex Dean highlights the alarming decline in the number of students studying a foreign language at GCSE and beyond. Will Self reviews a series of new books about liberalism, arguing that “we need more than just social freedoms and the free market.” Aimee Cliff charts the story of the dying dream that London would be a 24-hour city.