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A Labor Press – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, History, Journalism, Politics, Progressive Politics, The Media

One of the most grievous war casualties for the NSW labour movement had been the postponement of its plunge into daily journalism. After comprehensive planning directed principally by Chris Watson, by mid-1914 the AWU-established Labor Papers Ltd had everything in readiness – the finance collected, the staff chosen (Keith Murdoch was associate editor), the premises built and the machinery ordered. At long last, NSW Labor’s dream of its own daily paper – Boote’s Australian Worker was admirable, but not a daily – to combat the antagonism and misrepresentations of the Sydney dailies seemed on the verge of fruition. But the outbreak of the Great War delayed delivery of the machinery, the price of newsprint rose, and Watson decided to postpone the launch until after the war. When that time came he had parted company from the Labour movement, which had developed grander visions of a chain of Labor dailies in all the capital cities. However, the necessary extra capital could not be raised from the unions.

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