Alliance condemns ABC chairman's ?group-think? speech

Alliance condemns ABC chairman's ?group-think? speech: Alliance members present at the now infamous speech delivered by ABC chair, Maurice Newman were appalled what appeared to be a blatant breach of editorial independence as well as a thinly veiled attack on the professionalism and integrity of ABC journalists. Alliance federal secretary Chris Warren has written to both Newman and ABC managing director, Mark Scott, warning that this breach of editorial independence risked damaging the public broadcaster's reputation for high quality, independent news and current affairs. Read Warren's letter to Newman here, and to Mark Scott here.

Indonesian Journalists? Association challenge Balibo ban

Indonesian Journalists? Association challenge Balibo banThe Indonesian Journalists? Association has mounted a court challenge to the Indonesian censor's decision to ban public screenings of the award-winning film, Balibo. Alliance federal secretary, Chris Warren, wrote this week to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, urging him to raise the issue during the visit to Canberra this week of President Yudhoyono. Read the letter here. Read coverage of the issue:

Your future. Your agreement. ABC 2010

Your future. Your agreement. ABC 2010What do you want to see in your new agreement? Have your say on pay and conditions by going to All staff are welcome to complete the survey, so pass it around to your colleagues today. More information or to become a workplace delegate contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pacific Mags company offer and survey

Pacific Mags company offer and survey The Pacific Magazines collective agreement is under renegotiation, after management put forward a proposal for the new agreement. To see the full proposal click here and fill in the survey here. For more information contact Claire O'Rourke on 02 9333 0935 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2009 Walkley Winners Announced

ImageHe lost three Walkley trophies when the Black Saturday bushfires destroyed his Kinglake home, but now The Australian's Gary Hughes? trophy case will be groaning after he took out the 2009 Gold Walkley and Best Print News Report for his accounts of the disaster. News Ltd also presented Hughes with three replacement trophies for those he lost. FoI campaigner Michael McKinnon was recognised for Journalism Leadership, and Tony Stephens for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism at the 54th Walkleys in Sydney last night. Get the details on all the winners here.

Federal Council Kicks Off

ImageFederal Council, the decision-making body of the Alliance made up of 81 working members from all sections and from all around Australia, will in Sydney today and tomorrow to discuss ways to deal with the rapid changes reshaping the media and entertainment industries, and how we can turn these changes to the benefit of members. This follows two days of meetings by the different parts of the union. The Federal Council will hear from a range of guest speakers, including Minster for the Arts, Peter Garrett, this afternoon. For regular Federal Council updates go here.