The Election that Forgot the Environment? Issues, EMOs, and the Press in Australia

Libby Lester, Lyn McGaurr, Bruce Tranter

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The 2013 Australian federal election campaign has been described as the campaign that “forgot the environment.” We test this claim by comparing the news representation of the environment and environmental movement organizations (EMOs) in Australian federal elections from 1990 to 2013, and consider how coverage of environmental issues and organizations has changed over time. We also analyze the intensity and range of coverage of EMOs and environmental issues during the 2013 election campaign in relation to behind-the-scenes media practices of EMOs, including the circulation of media releases and other campaign material, and levels of activity on social media and organization Web sites. We find that this activity did not translate into high visibility in news media for EMOs. We offer tentative evidence of a link between the dominance of climate change coverage and the poor visibility of EMOs and other environmental issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-25
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Press/Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian election campaigns
  • Climate change coverage
  • Environmental movement organizations
  • Mediated environmental conflict
  • Mediated visibility

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