The Australian’s editorial (“Prime Minister finally confronts AWU questions”, 24/8) states that the PM “has continued to conflate serious reporting of these events with a malicious online smear campaign against her. She has also attacked The Australian.” Even a cursory glance at many of the hundreds of blog comments published daily on The Australian’s website demonstrates that she has good reason to do so.

The Australian’s apology to the PM (23/8) for publishing potentially defamatory material was not only terse and ungracious but also insincere, as it published and then retracted the exact same allegations five years ago. That is not an “error”, it is something that needs an explanation.

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