Media framing of the resources super profits tax

Michael Gilding, Elizabeth Merlot, Shirley Leitch, Vikki Bunton, Lee Glezos

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The mobilisation of the mining industry in opposition to the proposed Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) was a landmark event in Australian business-government relations. In this paper, we examine news media framing of the RSPT issue through an analysis of the stories published by major Australian newspapers. We contend that news stories were heavily weighted against the new tax within a discursive field dominated by economic arguments. Social justice arguments were marginalised within news frames that privileged economic considerations and equated the interests of the mining sector with the broader national interest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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