Louise Adler, Cardinal Pell and the culture war

Page 1 in The Weekend Australian. Louise Adler is the head of the Melbourne University Press which is about to publish a book containing allegations of child abuse in relation to Cardinal Pell. Interestingly the Chancellor of the University Allan Myers QC was Cardinal Pell’s counsel during the royal commission into child sex abuse.

This looks like a pretty ordinary effort by a supposedly quality publisher but Louise Adler has form in the culture wars. I have not charted her history but I can record an interesting conjunction of events many years ago, maybe last century. Yes it was 1988 when she became the editor of the Australian Book Review a kind of monthly trade journal for Australian publishing produced by the Book Council. I subscribed to the monthly magazine and contributed occasionally. It was a rather drab publication with little colour and minimal artwork on paper of very moderate quality. As you would expect the contributors were mostly left of centre but there was a degree of balance and it was all pretty low key. That was a long time ago.

Then several things happened. The most obvious was the physical form of the magazine which came out on glossy paper with very flashy and eye-catching artwork. The reviews were overwhelmingly hard left. Looking at the masthead revealed that the magazine was sponsored by the Victorian Ministry of the Arts. And the new editor was Louise Adler. So there it was, another institution captured by the left.

Postscript, have a look at the Review attached to The Weekend Australian today and see the space devoted to the horrors of colonial Australia and other progressive themes. Last week was probably much the same, with a bonus in the form of an uncritical review of a book about the Trump family depicting them as a collection of amoral monsters. Come on Rupert!

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37 Responses to Louise Adler, Cardinal Pell and the culture war

  1. Dave in Marybrook

    I share your disappointment with what can only be called black armband reviews in the Review. Nick Rothwell on culture is good- Christopher Allen on art is indispensable- at least the editorial offices at the Oz can tolerate some genuine diversity.
    Then again, I unwisely followed a positive review of Warren Mundine’s memoir in the usually solid Quadrant. It is a stinker.

  2. jupes

    Louise Adler is the head of the Melbourne University Press which is about to publish a book containing allegations of child abuse in relation to Cardinal Pell. Interestingly the Chancellor of the University Allan Myers QC was Cardinal Pell’s counsel during the royal commission into child sex abuse.

    The perfect example of why the left are winning.

    Can you imagine a university chancellor of the left allowing a book of, say, Aboriginal pedo accusations be published by his university?

  3. Geriatric Mayfly

    I had thought matters Pell were strictly off-limits. Or has Adler received the nod from some corrupt corner of this whole charade?

  4. Rafe Champion

    Yes Dave a few years ago Giles Auty was the national art critic and he was at war with the editor of the Review pages. He contributed to The Spectator every week for years when he lived in England, then he came over here, then he went back. Now he is in Australia again and contributing to The Spectator.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Allan Myers is a great man. Sad this happening on his watch.

    As a devout Catholic he needs to make amends here.

  6. Infidel Tiger

    Should also be noted that Adler and abbott are friends.

    He has a very strange group of people he considers friends.

  7. Roger

    Postscript

    Thanks Rafe. I was recently tempted to renew my Oz sub.

    “Hello, my name is Roger and I’m a former subscriber to The Australian.”

  8. nemkat

    Niki Savva mentions some other Abbott friends in The Road To Ruin.

    Apart from Christopher Pearson, there’s Malcolm [Cate] McGregor, Michael Kirby, Anthony Fisher, a few others.
    It’s kinda depressing, really.

  9. nemkat

    Louise Adler was also on a School Board that went through upheaval some years ago.
    May have been Preshil, anyway, it was unprecedented.

  10. Richard Bender

    Not sure the review of the Trump book was uncritical, given the reviewer more or less said that it was pointless.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    Be interesting if we advertised for persons who felt wronged in any way by the leftist” elites” to come forward and tell their stories .I bet there would be more than an element of truth in most of the accusations . There is precedence vicpol did it in the Pell case, they couldn’t find real evidence so they fished around publicly for concocted allegations , a bit like Stalin’s NKVD did during the thousands of “show trials “ they staged with compliment “judges”,history repeats under a new generation of fascists in the Soviet mold .

  12. max

    Adler sacked the principal of Methodist Ladies College. It was a breathtaking move, as Rosa Storelli was one of those women who was obsessively invested in her job and had to be blasted out after financial infractions. . Adler is formidable but she has plenty of enemies; hope Myers is on his game.

  13. Mark A

    max
    #2757481, posted on July 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Adler sacked the principal of Methodist Ladies College. It was a breathtaking move, as Rosa Storelli was one of those women who was obsessively invested in her job and had to be blasted out after financial infractions. . Adler is formidable but she has plenty of enemies; hope Myers is on his game.

    Wasn’t she reinstated? Or her supporters tried to anyway?

  14. Mark A

    Infidel Tiger
    #2757409, posted on July 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Should also be noted that Adler and abbott are friends.

    He has a very strange group of people he considers friends.

    Same as the bolter, anyone who is willing to talk to him is a friend.
    If they talk to him twice then they are bosom buddies.

  15. max

    There were protests, Mark A, and a few meetings, but Adler won the battle.

  16. OneWorldGovernment

    I’m going to love the co2 released from the burning of Melbourne ‘university’, and all the other so called universities around Australia, but particularly the melbourne university press.

  17. None

    Is this in relation to the book that’s already been published the one that had to be pulled? In any case Melbourne University should I take full control of the University Press and use it just for academic publishing or just let it go entirely into private hands and not subsidise it at all. In fact why is the taxpayer subsidising trash publications like Mulligan’s book of slanders about Pell? If it was such a great seller how come she couldn’t find a publisher in the private sector? And you know the Truth newspaper used to print shit for years. If some crazy lady said “I was abducted by aliens” the paper could print “lady claims she was abducted by aliens” and argue that was the truth. That’s about the extent of the truth about Mulligans book.

  18. stackja

    George Pell following Matthew 5:39.

  19. Herodotus

    The zombie left never stops, while the right meanders down the garden path.

  20. The sad thing is that just about everything published (print or audiovisual) today is predominantly a reflection of the world view of the Left.

    I used to be a fan of science fiction and even that seems to have fallen fully to the ideals of the Left.

    Blogs and YouTube (to some extent) are the last bastions where you can still convey ‘dangerous’ ideas. But for how long?

  21. struth

    The control of the internet is being fought hard to achieve.
    They’re not really winning there.
    The USA and Trumps election was due to the internet and the left wing MSM losing control of the narrative.
    We only have a small window of time left to do the same..

  22. Crossie

    The USA and Trumps election was due to the internet and the left wing MSM losing control of the narrative.

    Not really. Trump won for one reason only – illegal immigration which is a yuuge problem in US. None of the other candidate would say a single bad word against it.

    MSM then and now have a firm grip on information desemination, Fox News were almost neutral and only a small handful of blogs were promoting Trump. Illegal immigration swung it for him and is still the only front and centre issue.

  23. Here’s another way that the media, our ever factual Their ABC reports on stories, the main headline:

    The Australian mayor who took on Trump — and won

    If you go to the link, the story headline:

    Donald Trump overturns refusal to lower flags for Maryland victims after Australian took him on

    The real story, down near the end:

    Ms Huckabee Sanders later told reporters, as soon as Mr Trump was aware of the request, he overturned the initial refusal.

    The earlier story also blamed Trump, when in reality it was some bureaucrat in the White House:

    Donald Trump declines Australian Mayor’s request to lower flags for Capital Gazette victims

  24. Egor

    Cut the *rap.
    Pell regularly approved transferring clergy to other diocese where their child molesting habits were unknown.
    Of course, he didn’t know why he was doing that.

  25. Roger

    Interesting figure: MUP publishes two trade books for every academic book.

    Judging by the promos on their website, it might as well be the ABC’s publishing arm.

    The revolution is being subsidised, comrades!

  26. stackja

    Much *rap about George Pell. Courts usually demand evidence.

  27. stackja

    An independent fund was established where people could contribute to his costs. The Archdiocese of Sydney did not establish the fund nor is it managing the fund.

    Following the Cardinal’s recent court appearance there has been further widespread support for the Cardinal from people wanting details of the fund to which they can contribute.

    These details are:

    Ferdinand Zito and Associates Law Practice Trust Account

    Bendigo Bank

    BSB: 633-000

    Acct No: 1359-51192

    Ref Code: LFGP

    If you would like to request acknowledgment of the receipt of funds please email [email protected]

  28. C.L.

    Rafe, could you clarify whether you’re talking about the withdrawn Milligan book or a new book.

    ??

  29. Des Deskperson

    ‘Rafe, could you clarify whether you’re talking about the withdrawn Milligan book or a new book.’

    CL, from my reading of the Oz article just now, it’s clearly the withdrawn one: ‘Cardinal: the Rise and fall of George Pell’. There is nothing about a new book.

  30. Dr Fred Lenin

    The communist fascist left must be desolatedby the falling relevance of their media. Years ago they had Pravda and Izvestia in print and the Soviet tv and radio aparat ,the US had NYTand Wapo in print and CNN etc in tv and radio . We had SMH and Melbourne Pravda in print and alpbc in tv and radio. The net has destroyed them all they are all terminally ill and on their deathbed . Won’t be long before the propagandists are lined up at Centrelink ,looking for disability pensions due to mental issues .

  31. Rafe Champion

    Thanks for clarification, it looks as though I need an in-house fact checker:)

  32. Tel

    Pell regularly approved transferring clergy to other diocese where their child molesting habits were unknown.

    Strangely… that’s not what he is being accused of by the State of Victoria.

  33. gowest

    Subscribe to Foxtel ,

    Record Outsiders, Bolt, Credlin, Alan Jones, the Paul Murray’s second hour – its cheap therapy for ABC syndrome and Ross Cameron is a card!

  34. None

    Egor
    #2757565, posted on July 8, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Cut the *rap.
    Pell regularly approved transferring clergy to other diocese where their child molesting habits were unknown.
    Of course, he didn’t know why he was doing that.

    Total and utter falsehood and slander by Egor. He isn’t even being charged for that. But it’s the lies and slanders by the likes of Egor that have encouraged others to make false accusations.

  35. Good one Egor – I do like an my out and out lie with breakfast. Give one example, please.

  36. Habib

    I dropped the Oz when I shifted house a month or so ago, it’d been drifting left for some time, it was impossible to get a letter published, and Bill Leak karking it and being replaced with the laughably awful and amateurish Kudelka and Clement was the final straw, not worth the fiver a week it cost. Despite the protestations of the chattering classes it was never a bugle of conservatism, like Abbott a mild centrist with DLP overtones and a few pockets of derisory socialism. For some reason I get a Saturday and Sunday Courier/Sunday Mail hurled over the fence on the new gaff, I sure as shit won’t pay for them but it’s worth a quick scan to see how far News Ltd has been infiltrated. It always was pretty pro-Labor but now it’s cover to cover cretinous commie crap.

    And Louise Adler is a hideous marxist crone, long overdue a chopper ride.

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