Tamed Estate: cosy media club getting Coalition’s ‘drops’ expands to include Rupert’s tabloids

It’s been a while since the government actually announced a policy and that drought looks set to continue. Because even though there was blanket media coverage of the fact that the federal government is planning a big budget spend, the government once again delivered that announcement via “a cosy briefing to a tight crew of chosen Canberra-based journalists“.

And the cosy crew dutifully did their bit, with near-identical articles posted almost simultaneously late on Wednesday night, each regurgitating Josh Frydenberg’s draft speech, with reports of what the Treasurer “will say” littered throughout their publications.

The only difference this time from previous drops was that the circle has expanded beyond The Australian, The…

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