Abstract: When government statements talk about a secret deal with a multinational consortium that will see more than A$250 million spent on a town with a population of around 1000 people, questions need to be asked. Basic maths equates the spend to around A$250,000 a person and yet many people in the town are unhappy about the whole deal. Tracking Onslow was a collaboration between a university and a local government that used journalism as a methodology to document and interrogate the interaction between Chevron, the state and local governments and the Onslow community over a three-year period. This article focuses on the production of the lead feature of the final edition. It presents the published article and a reflexive exegesis that uses Foucault’s ideas about power and knowledge to frame and evaluate the journalistic endeavour.
Frontline: Interrogating power and disrupting the discourse about Onslow and the gas hubs
Davies, Kayt (2016). Interrogating power and disrupting the discourse about Onslow and the gas hubs. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(1), 167-186.