Royal Commissions and inquiries prompted by ABC journalism

by Bill Browne

Public interest journalism from the ABC has placed scrutiny on issues that governments would prefer to ignore, prompting numerous government inquiries and investigations – what Josh Taylor, writing in Crikey, called “The Four Corners effect”.

There has been notable, nationally significant investigative journalism done by commercial broadcasters, with profound consequences for Australian democracy, but at nothing like the same scale as that of Four Corners and other ABC journalism.

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