Here is a whinge from Michael Danby (emphasis added):
My experience with Melbourne’s The Age is worse. In 1985, when I was the editor of the fortnightly newsletter The Australian-Israel Review, I wrote an opinion piece for The Age in support of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his then imminent signing of the Rose Garden Peace Accord, under Bill Clinton’s auspices, with then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton “peace” accord was in 1993.
For holding that position, Fairfax did not publish an article of mine for another 25 years …
Coming up in 2018.
During the ensuing 25 years, including the period 1985-2010, including when I was an elected member of parliament in an area representing part of the core readership of The Age, not a single article that I submitted was published. I gave up after 200!
Danby has a history of getting his dates wrong. In 2009 he wrote this in the WSJ (emphasis added):
In 1997 Australia had a similar case to this one, when Australian businessman James Peng was arrested in China. Mr. Howard didn’t “pick up the phone” to President Jiang Zemin. Instead he worked patiently through diplomatic channels, and eventually secured Mr. Peng’s release.
That isn’t how the ABC reported the event:
Successive governments have made sure the Peng case has been an irritant in the bilateral relationship since 1993. It was then the Chinese-born Australian citizen was seized by Chinese security officials in the Portuguese enclave of Macau, bundled across the border and charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of company funds. And then, after two years in detention, a sixteen-year sentence in a Chinese jail, based on laws passed sixteen months after his initial detention.
Maybe Danby has nothing worth saying. As I keep telling people there is no shortage of soft-left opinion, even if elected to the Parliament.