Newspaper Reporting and Changing Perceptions of Ministerial Accountability in Australia
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australian Journal of Politics and History © 2012 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Australian Journal of Politics & History
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 236–250, June 2012
How to Cite
Dowding, K. and Lewis, C. (2012), Newspaper Reporting and Changing Perceptions of Ministerial Accountability in Australia. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 58: 236–250. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01634.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
Throughout the developed world, there is a general perception that politicians are more corrupt than they used to be. In Australia these claims appear to be supported in recent decades by far more calls for ministers to resign. In this article we argue that the perception of declining quality in our federal government ministers is the result of much greater media attention, the rise of new controversial cross-cutting issues and changing cultural attitudes rather than declining parliamentary and ministerial standards. We argue that the belief that politicians are more corrupt or less trustworthy than they used to be has arisen because they are now much more comprehensively reported upon; and we suggest that ministerial accountability might have been enhanced by more extensive media coverage.