Michael Tanner

Michael Tanner is completing a Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy. His writing explores the intersection of economics, the media and public health. His writing has also been published in The Age. Michael’s Twitter handle is @MichaelTanner_

Michael Tanner is completing a Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy. His writing explores the intersection of economics, the media and public health. His writing has also been published in The Age. Michael’s Twitter handle is @MichaelTanner_


Tamed Estate: arrest of FriendlyJordies producer attests to dangerous state of democracy

The arrest of a producer of YouTube journalist and comedian FriendlyJordies has disturbing implications for free speech and civil liberties....

Tamed Estate: Christian Porter ‘zero for three’ but News Corp claimed Porter victory

Legal experts were in no doubt whatsoever that Christian Porter had given up but News Corp madly spun the line...

Tamed Estate: Labor hunted in Hunter byelection

Labor had not held the seat for more than a century but it was still portrayed as a cataclysmic defeat...

Tamed Estate: cosy media club getting Coalition’s ‘drops’ expands to include Rupert’s tabloids

And in true Orwellian Doublespeak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison used the war footing to paint himself as the champion of...

Numbers can lie: the science behind opinion polls

Opinion polls are given far too much importance, particularly given their methodology is not transparent; their language can shape answers;...

Tamed Estate: Nine’s ‘Exclusive Survey’ by Liberal lobby associates as credible as Angus Taylor’s ‘clean coal’

And all guns saluted the PM's climate announcements. But while other countries are targeting green hydrogen production, Energy Minister Angus Taylor...

Own Goal: IPA report a ringing endorsement that Coalition policies have failed

It was to much fanfare that the Institute of Public Affairs announced the hiring of Tony Abbott to “lead a...

Tamed Estate: media kicks off 2021 copying and pasting government “drops”

Spruiking the Coalition’s 2020 tax cuts; Australians’ ‘$200 billion’ war chest; Google’s experiments; free speech; and even a Liberal Party...

Tamed Estate: Gladys leads from behind

On the journey of Covid-19 and “enemies of the state”, hotel quarantine, sycophancy, the vaccine, MPs’report cards, and Reds under...

Tamed estate: Scott Morrison, the master magician

Prime Minister Scott Morrison swung the spotlight away from the mounting evidence of the misuse of taxpayer funds and on...

Megaphone Madness: how reckless media impeded Victoria’s Covid-19 recovery

The media we consume influences our compliance with Covid-19 recommendations. The unbalanced media coverage in Victoria is impeding the state’s...

Cuts to JobSeeker, Jobkeeper: out of the frying pan and into the fire

Hefty cuts to JobSeeker and JobKeeper mean that Australia now faces a potentially more deadly epidemic than Covid-19. But it...

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