New Plans for New Matilda


New Matilda Magazine is being restructured to ensure it continues to provide independent news and comment.

The magazine will be re-launched as an independent media outlet to provide high-quality journalism and debate on a daily basis. The current New Matilda Policy Portal will operate separately and be transformed into a public interest think tank.

Last month, New Matilda’s directors recognised that the magazine required a capital injection and welcomed Duncan Turpie’s offer to invest in it. He is a New Matilda Director who wants to see the magazine prosper. His offer was accepted by New Matilda shareholders at an AGM this morning. Duncan will be sole director and owner. Editor José Borghino and Associate Editor Marni Cordell will both remain with the magazine.

All current Policy Portal work will continue in the new think tank. Founding chairman of New Matilda, John Menadue, will be the think tank’s Chair and current Policy Coordinator Miriam Lyons will be Director.

Established in August 2004, New Matilda is now a prominent media and policy development outlet, with many significant achievements to its name. It has published over 2000 articles by more than 500 contributors, launched major policy statements such as Our Common Wealth and Reclaiming Universal Health Care and generated widespread public awareness and support for a Human Rights Act for Australia.

Initially, New Matilda aimed to provide both an independent media voice and policy development, and these two aims evolved side-by-side. However, in recent months the two have outgrown each other. As the Policy Portal succeeded in promoting its own policy agenda, it affected the perceived independence of the magazine. Likewise, as the magazine’s influence and readership grew, it became more difficult to gain mainstream media coverage for New Matilda’s policy development work.

The New Matilda board, in October last year, agreed to explore the option of separating the Policy Portal from the Magazine and setting it up as an independent think tank. This was pursued so that both parts of the enterprise could reach their potential.

Like all new small businesses — especially those embarking on independent publishing in Australia’s small marketplace — New Matilda’s first years have been difficult financially. Duncan Turpie’s generous offer will enable New Matilda magazine to mature into a credible source of cutting-edge news, analysis and opinion. As Australia’s media ownership becomes increasingly concentrated, our presence as an independent media outlet is more important than ever.

Meanwhile, John Menadue and Miriam Lyons have been working to establish the new think tank which will continue to debate, develop and promote policies for a fair and sustainable Australia. The think tank which will be called the Centre for Policy Development has been seeking pledges of support and is well on the way to meeting its fundraising target for its first year of operation. All current New Matilda subscribers will be offered memberships to the Centre for Policy Development when it launches in April.

The New Matilda board and staff would like to thank shareholders who were willing to invest in a company that sought a social dividend above any financial return.

We would also like to thank our loyal subscribers who have provided enormous support as readers and contributors.

All current subscriptions to New Matilda will be honoured and Duncan Turpie and the staff of the magazine will be developing new features for a re-launched website in the near future.

New Matilda is independent journalism at its finest. The site has been publishing intelligent coverage of Australian and international politics, media and culture since 2004.