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The full force of federal law this week was really being unflinchingly pointed elsewhere โ€” at people whose names we donโ€™t even know yet: the future whistle-blowers.

These are the real quiet Australians: the people our most important journalists rely upon to bring you the most important stories in the public interest, and they do what they do in terrifying isolation.

At a federal level, whistle-blowers in this country face jail for making disclosures about subjects including immigration and national security: exactly the kinds of subjects that require inconvenient and uncomfortable scrutiny within a healthy democracy.

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I remembered this: the day that Christchurch kids, Maori and settler, boys and girls, came together on the streets and performed the Haka to remember two of their schoolmates killed in the Christchurch massacre in March.

It was a moving and thrilling sight. But for me the most powerful message of this spontaneous moment was the sense of this being a shared culture.

One known and owned by all the kids, all of whom have been schooled in Maori culture and history and language from a young age. It was their Haka โ€“ white and brown.

The difference between the way Australia treats its Indigenous people really stood out to me when I visited New Zealand a few years ago.
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Apparently, I wasnโ€™t tough enough on the Government. I didnโ€™t demolish all their scare campaigns. Iโ€™m an IPA plant and a Murdoch stooge (yes, that again โ€“ for the love of god, could someone please tell that to all the Murdoch columnists who continue to write me up as the second incarnation of Rosa Luxemburg?)


Youโ€™d have to have a sense of self bordering on the psychopathic not to take some of this on. Apart from the daily intensity of knowing that every moment of your paid job is broadcast live to the country and therefore to be scrutinised by all, thereโ€™s another level of pressure and, yes self-doubt, that comes with political interviews during a federal election. Did I do a good enough job? Was it properly researched, balanced, informative, rigorous? And a natural tendency towards self-doubt will always lend a receptive ear to the clamour of criticism.

Really enjoyed your reflection on the week that was Virginia. I have found some of the responses disconcerting to say the least. There was at least solace in Annabel Crabb’s analysis on the situation. Keep up the great work.
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The Weekend Reads is a weekly newsletter written by Virginia Tripoli, the new morning host for ABC Melbourne. It is both a reflection on the week just past and some mixture of reflections and links, as well as a short list of popular pieces on the ABC News site.