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News Media Articles Analysis

News Media Articles Analysis

QBCC cancels more licenses of a builder charged with the death of two workers at Eagle Farm last year by Blucher (2017).

What the article is about

The article talks about the cancellation of a builder’s licence after being charged with the death of two workers in 2016. The revocation of the licences came after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation launched an inquiry to investigate why the Queensland’s construction watchdog granted the licences to the builder who was facing manslaughter charges for the death of two workers at his firm (Blucher 2017). According to the police, the two died because of negligence by their employer. The article suggests that the builder should not be awarded the licences when the case against him for slackness that led to the eventual death of his workers is still on. Further, the author is categorical that a government watchdog like the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) must interrogate those it issues licences to so as to have integrity and give authorizations to organizations that promote healthy work environments for their workforce , and ethics following laid down regulations (Bates 2016).

The Author and Its Significance

The article is written by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a government news media outlet, for the purpose of informing the public that the requirement for organizations to follow regulations is significant. The issuance of licenses to the builder is a national issue since it involves work safety after the death of the two employees. Work Health and Safety (OHS) acts, regulations, and regulating agencies require business owners and employers to ensure that their workplace environment is safe by following the laid down procedures. It is incumbent of the organization to ensure that these conditions are put in place (OHS 2017). Therefore, QBCC’s decision to give the builder a new license goes against these provisions, and that’s why the article and the news agency goes out to inquire why the builder was given the licenses despite the negligence charges against him.

The Publisher and Significance

The publisher of the article is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The significance of the publisher and the author borders on the need for news media outlets and corporations to inform the public on matters that are important, especially where government-business relations are involved (Blucher 2017). The regulations of licenses by government watchdog bodies like QBCC needs scrutiny and public participation, and the news media plays a significant role in the achievement of such investigative interrogation of such processes.

Assumptions, Values, and Ideologies

The underlying assumptions in the article include the fact that a government goes against its own legislation to issue licenses to a builder facing criminal charges, in this case, manslaughter. Secondly, one would assume that the builder may have bribed his way into securing the new licenses from the QBCC. The values that arise from this article include the integrity of the process, the need to ensure that workers are protected, and the need to hold organizations to account for their actions and decisions (Safe Work Australia 2017). The article does not have fundamental ideologies.

Why I selected the article

I chose the article since it demonstrates a significant need for the government to stamp its regulatory authority. Government relations with businesses must be based on integrity, and its role in ensuring that economic development takes place in a safe and healthy environment for everyone, especially employees (Bates 2016). The article demonstrates unit-related concepts like the appreciation of government’s role in business for positive social and economic goals. Secondly, the article demonstrates the need for a student to take projects that require analysis, and effective communication before writing.

Article 2: Offshore gas project royalty would reap billions for government, report says by Katharine Murphy

What the Article Is About

The article states that a new research from the academic world shows that the federal government can only benefit from the offshore gas projects if it makes such projects subject to a royalties’ regime. The article suggests that the government should impose a ten percent royalty on all offshore gas and oil projects in the country so that taxpayers can get a fair return on these natural resources. However, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) is opposed to the proposed new regulations (Murphy 2017). The association is categorical that a system overhaul would lead to investment risks as it will dent the country’s ability to attract projects and diminish its capability to create sustainable tax revenue streams for the coming generations. On its part, the government insists that it will use the review opportunity to assess and determine how it can realize better rates of return, especially in light of the need for more revenue to support its budget (Australian Government 2017).

Written by/for and its significance

The article, written by The Guardian’s Katherine Murphy, a political editor, is meant to offer more information to the public, energy industry players, and government agencies on what is the best way for all to get benefits. The article is categorical that most of the revenue from offshore oil and gas activities does not benefit the public yet these are natural resources that should draw benefits to them (Kraal 2016). It is significant that the article addresses the issue from an academic perspective since a study done by an academic proves that a review of regulatory framework is essential if the public and government want to get the benefits of such projects.

The Publisher and Significance

The publisher of the article is a reliable news media outlet, The Guardian. The significance of the publisher is that she offers unbiased opinion on the issue, only postulating what the academic says, the government’s position on the matter, and the reaction from the energy industry players in a long-term manner. The publisher is categorical that indeed the public deserves to benefit from the projects, and not to wait for longer, and such can only be accomplished through a new regulatory framework by the government (CDRT 2012).

Assumptions, values, and ideologies

The article presents several underlying assumptions. For instance, the assumption by the energy players that such regulatory policies will make the country unattractive to investor in the energy industry, the assumption that the country will face a gas shortage by next year, and that government may not get the revenue streams in a long-term manner (Ong 2016). Values in the article include the government’s ability to get benefits for the public from these natural resources and the need for integrity and honesty on the part of industry players. The overriding ideology is the association’s perspective of having a capitalist approach to the issue and proposed review (Murphy 2017).

Why I selected the article

I selected the article since it offers an informative analysis of the proposed regulatory policy, especially from a study that is not based on any political persuasions or sectarian interests. The unit-related concepts demonstrated by the article include understanding of the government’s role in business, especially in pursuit of social and economic goals for the country, and its global responsibility on economic issues. The article also demonstrates the need to conduct research on projects, offer analysis, and nurturing of effective communication through writing.


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