The official website of the national Australian daily newspaper
The Australian, also referred to as The Oz, is a broadsheet newspaper published in Australia Monday through Saturday each week since 1964. The Australian is the biggest-selling national newspaper in the country, its chief rival being the business-focussed Australian Financial Review, with weekday sales of 135,000 and Saturday sales of 305,000. These figures are substantially below those enjoyed by metropolitan dailies in the major cities. The Australian is published by News Limited, which also owns the sole or most popular metropolitan daily in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.
Mitchell has said that the editorial and op-ed pages of the newspaper are centre-right, "comfortable with a mainstream Labor prime minister, just as it was quite comfortable with John Howard."
The newspaper has long maintained a particular focus on issues of Aboriginal disadvantage: "We always campaign very hard on Aboriginal issues because our readers want to see the problem fixed, not because they just wanted an apology."
The newspaper also devotes attention to the information technology and mining industries.
Under the previous Howard Government, some say The Australian's perceived cosiness with the government caused it to be nicknamed 'The Government Gazette' among journalists, including sections of the Canberra press gallery.
The Australian has run many articles critical of the science, and more particularly the politics, of climate change. It has received criticism for its climate change reporting from climate change commentary website RealClimate.
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