Dr Mumbo

Australia: Officially better than Canada

If Australian readers of The Guardian were concerned that the territory is a mere outpost from the main game, editor Alan Rusbridger went out of his way to reassure them last night. In his interview with Annabel Crabb he pointed out that although the masthead used to have more readers in Canada, Australia had been given priority.

Given Australia a gentle pat on the head, he told the audience: “You’ve now overtaken Canada. Well done.”

Rusbridger also dodged attempts to bring him into the controversy over Crikey’s payment policy for contributors to the Daily Review, saying: “I don’t think it’s a question of ethics. Anybody who is troubled by that should not work for Crikey. I have great sympathy with that.

“The problem is there will be a number of people who are passionate about the arts who will want to.”


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