WEEKEND READ: Yesterday's man

When Rupert Murdoch flew in to deliver his first Boyer Lecture, the Sun King invoked old-style motherhood statements to address the nation's problems. As our most influential expat, he'd be better off pushing for concrete reforms.

Murdoch spoke of the "need to revive the sense of Australia as a frontier country and to cultivate Australia as a great centre of excellence.” He went on to argue the need to "reduce dependency on government, to reform our education system, to reconcile with Australia’s Aboriginal population and to maintain a liberal immigration system.”

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