Top 5 Issues in the Australian Media 2016 


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the country is imposing a three month state of emergency, after an unsuccessful military coup attempt last week. Erdogan said the state of emergency was not a threat to democracy, with governors given expanded powers, including the command and control of the army. 246 people died in the coup and over 1,500 were injured, with over fifty thousand people either fired or suspended and nearly ten thousand people detained. The Turkish government has also blocked Wikileaks after the website dumped almost 300,000 emails from Erdogan and his party on Tuesday evening.


France is also in a state of emergency after a terror attack in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations, where 31 year old man Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowd, killing 84 people and injuring at least 50. The country observed three days of mourning and monuments around the world have lit up with colours of the French flag. There has been no evidence linking the perpetrator to the Islamic State group, although they have claimed responsibility for the attack.


Ahead of the United States election in November, the Republican Party convention was held this week, with many prominent Republicans not attending and primary runner-up Ted Cruz not endorsing Donald Trump as the presidential nominee. House Speaker Paul Ryan shared a photo online of over 100 interns, and was criticised for the lack of diversity. Melania Trump was also criticised after it was revealed sections of her opening speech were plagiarised from a 2008 address by Michelle Obama.


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his reshuffled ministry this week, sworn in by the Governor-General in Canberra on Tuesday morning. The frontbench includes 23 Cabinet ministers, with Kelly O’Dwyer’s title changing from Assistant Treasurer and Small Business Minister to Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Christopher Pyne sworn in as Minister for Defence Industry, and Josh Frydenberg sworn in as Environment and Energy Minister after the two portfolios were merged.


More than a dozen national anti-doping organisations, and the World Anti-Doping Agency, have called for the immediate suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and provisionally ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics in August, following the release of the McLaren report on Russian doping this week, which revealed evidence of systemic and widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Quote of the week:

“Raise your hand if you believe in science!”
– Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins at an invite-only benefit, reportedly towards Republican guests.