Document Type

Journal Article


Auckland University of Technology, Pacific Media Centre


School of Arts and Humanities




Originally published as: Davies, K., & Barndon, K. (2016). Interrogating power and disrupting the discourse about Onslow and the gas hubs. Pacific Journalism Review. 22(1) 167-186. Auckland University of Technology, Pacific Media Centre. Original article available here


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 $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.

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