Stop the presses: strikes in the Australian news media

Margaret Van Heekeren

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Despite a preference for conciliation and arbitration, and a commitment to the public service role of information provision, the Australian news media have a long history of strikes disrupting news production. In detailing this history, from 1829 to the present day, this article draws from archival and newspaper research to supplement previously published accounts of major strikes to create a chronology of strikes that halted news production for a day or longer. The sector's strike history can be categorised into three distinct eras: nineteenthcentury printers' strikes; major-impact journalists' and printers' strikes of the mid-twentieth century; and low-impact strikes of the 2000s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalMedia international Australia incorporating culture and policy
Issue number150
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Press coverage
  • History
  • Periodicals--Publishing
  • Strikes and lockouts
  • Mass media


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