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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Career: Sunday Observer

‘Too bloody bad if anyone gets mangled’

A clear snapshot of the mindset of Observer publisher Maxwell Newton is given in the interview I conducted with him in 1975. I was aged 18. The interview was published in Farrago, the University of Melbourne on June 4, 1975. “Publisher of the “soar-away” Sunday Observer, Maxwell Newton now holds the position of director of

Regal Press: dodgy days with Dern

In the late 1970s, the Victorian Legislative Assembly ordered a report on monies advanced fromthe Co-Operative Farmers and Graziers Direct Meat Supply Ltd to interests including the printing businesses of Dern Langlands and Maxwell Newton. Mr Alex Chernov, of Owen Dixon Chambers (later Victorian State Governor, 2011-15), tabled his report in September 1979. Chernov said