Congratulations to Chris Mitchell, editor of The Australian who has won
an award from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association for journalism that promotes their interests:

In congratulating Chris Mitchell, APPEA’s Chief Executive Belinda Robinson observed that “over the past twelve months The Australian‘s in-depth coverage of a range of public policy issues affecting Australia’s upstream oil and gas industry has been of a consistently high standard. The reporting has been thoughtful, balanced, analytical, well researched and a big effort was made to ensure that all facets of the issue were presented.”

Several correspondents at The Australian including Michael Stutchbury, Lenore Taylor, Matt Chambers, Cath Hart and Matthew Warren, were judged to have significantly contributed to this very high standard of journalism.

The Australian did not report on their 2008 victory in RealClimate’s prestigious award for Most consistently wrong media outlet, but the APPEA award generated this headline: Editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell wins top award.

The APPEA Environment Award went to Woodside Energy, not for doing anything to conserve or improve the environment, but for research that

demonstrated that the effects of oil and gas appraisal activity on the surrounding environment, even in sensitive areas, are much lower with quicker recovery rates than previously thought.

More discussion at Larvatus Prodeo, Pollytics and Pure Poison.


  1. #1 Dr Harry Borhlsachs
    June 2, 2009

    APPEA giving Chris mitchel an award for climate change journalism? That’s about as legitimate as the Cronulla Sharks football team giving Ralph magazine an award for promoting the feminist cause. Talk about an “up-yours” to the scientific community. Well, screw you too APPEA.

  2. #2 Hot & Bothered
    June 3, 2009

    I would be most upset if I was Greg Roberts. Not even a mention.

  3. #3 Hot & Bothered
    June 3, 2009

    I would be most upset if I was Greg Roberts. Not even a mention.

  4. #4 Hot & Bothered
    June 3, 2009

    I would be most upset if I was Greg Roberts. Not even a mention.

  5. #5 MikeM
    June 3, 2009

    That accursed organ of evil, running-dog capitalism, The Australian Financial Review, reports today in a front page story:

    Investors warn miners on climate stance

    Australia’s largest institutional investors have accused resources companies of issuing different, more alarmist, warnings about the impact of emission trading to politicians and the public from the disclosures they are making to shareholders.

    They say shareholders have not received the same messages about the massive financial and job losses resluting from the proposed scheme that have regulaly been made in public debatge by some high-profile, emission-intensive companies. The independent assessment by these investors – which include AMP Capital Investors, Colonial First State and BT Financial Group – is that the impact of the government’s carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) on most companies will be minimal. […]

    Don’t expect to read about this in The Australian.

  6. #6 sod
    June 3, 2009


    i have serious problems, making up another award, that is more damaging to the view of any sane person on the Australian paper.

    perhaps “pedophile association award for fair and balanced reporting on our cause” could qualify…

  7. #7 Eat the rich
    June 3, 2009

    WANKERS, one and all. Mitchell is a grovelling little Murdochite. What a bane on this country that family is.

  8. #8 Dave Andrews
    June 3, 2009


    Calling RC’s duff award “prestigious” is just as bad as what you are accusing the Australian of.

  9. #9 luminous beauty
    June 3, 2009


    Thanks for the Socratic irony.

  10. #10 Sadly out of touch in Sydney
    June 3, 2009

    What is a “duff award”, why is it comparable with a gong from an industry association given for fifth column spruiking of the industry association’s wares, and is Dave Andrews a proud student of Socratic Irony visiting from the Marohasy bog? Why do I have so many questions inspired by so few words from Dave and beautiful?

  11. #11 Tim Lambert
    June 3, 2009

    I hereby award Dave the prestigious Deltoid award for “Not Getting It”. Congratulations Dave, you earned it!

  12. #12 Dave Andrews
    June 5, 2009


    Sorry, I cant accept. No award you offered could ever be prestigious.

  13. #13 t_p_hamilton
    June 5, 2009

    Tim said:”I hereby award Dave the prestigious Deltoid award for “Not Getting It”. Congratulations Dave, you earned it!”

    Dave said:”Tim,

    Sorry, I cant accept. No award you offered could ever be prestigious.”

    Looks like Dave is trying for the Lifetime Achievement “Not Getting It” Award.

  14. #14 luminous beauty
    June 5, 2009

    Not only does Dave not get it, but he doesn’t get that he’s not getting it. Not only that, but he wouldn’t take it if you gave it to him.

    So there!

  15. #15 dopey
    June 5, 2009

    Dave never has gotten it and likely never will. Check this out from last September: Tim quotes from elsewhere “The trip includes airfare, four nights in a four-star hotel, behind-the-scenes tours of top museums and labs, and dinner with your favorite ScienceBlogger.” So far so straightforward although I just italicized the key bit for Slow Dave’s benefit (he keeps on trying to get stuff, just can’t really manage it). Anyway that’s what Tim wrote to which to wit the twit Dave responded “Why would I want to have a meal with you?” Boom boom!! OK OK this is good stuff right? … to which I responded “Well – why not tell us Dave why Tim is your favorite ScienceBlogger? And for fun, why he should be keen to eat with you – something to do with your brilliance, the sparkling wit and repartee you normally offer your dining companions? an extraordinary degree of personal hygiene? c’mon and share!” OK OK it’s gold this stuff, GOLD I know! OK so Dave – oh man this guy knocks me out he really does i just love his work! – so Dave then says “Dopey, Did I say Tim was my “favourite science blogger”? boom boom …

    Alright orright OK enough already of this hilarity but – Dave Andrews you just rock my bloggin’ world! 🙂 🙂

  16. #16 dopey
    June 5, 2009

    Hey I’ve got an idea! John Quiggin has a masthead or sidebar or something – OK it’s a sidebar, whatever – with testimonials from luminaries such as Richard Alston and quips like “Smarter than Britney Spears”. This stuff is cool. OK OK so Tim why couldn’t you get a bit funkier following Quiggin? You should have a masthead thingy or whatever saying “Tim Lambert – favourite blogger of DAVE ANDREWS (and possibly JANAMA too)!”? Yes, yes?

  17. #17 Sally Johnson
    June 10, 2009

    So lots of snow in parts of Melbourne….”brrrrr its cold in here. Must have something to do with the atmosphere.”

    Oh no, wait…I must be in denial. It is actually really warm, right Tim?


  18. #18 Chris O'Neill
    June 10, 2009

    So lots of snow in parts of Melbourne

    Well, near Melbourne anyway.

    It is actually really warm, right Tim?

    Yeah, it’s never snowed IN Melbourne before.


  19. #19 Gaz
    June 10, 2009

    Yes, once again, the good ship AGW has foundered on the treacherous rocks of winter.

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