News Weekly

Not to be confused with New Weekly.
News Weekly

Cover of October 2010 issue
Editor Peter Kelleher
Frequency Fortnightly
Publisher National Civic Council
First issue 1941 - former title 'Freedom'
Country Australia

News Weekly is an Australian current affairs magazine, published by the National Civic Council, with its main headquarters in Balwyn, Victoria.[1][2] It also has offices in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia.[3]

History and profile

News Weekly was founded by B. A. Santamaria and first published in September 1943, under the name Freedom; it later changed its name to Australia's national news-weekly.[3] It changed its name to its current name in 1946–47.[4][5][5][6]

News Weekly adheres to the five primacies of the National Civic Council; promoting the national interest, assisting small enterprise, supporting the family, fostering the tested values derived from Judeo-Christian heritage and defending life.[3]

According to the Kempsey Library listing, News Weekly provides analysis of current cultural, social, political, educational, and economic trends in Australia, focusing on ethics.[7]

In 1955, it had a circulation of 30,000 copies.[8] The magazine's current editor is Peter Kelleher.[9]

Associated groups include the Thomas More Centre and the Australian Family Association.[3]


  1. Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis Group. 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. "Contact News Weekly". News Weekly. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "About Us". News Weekly. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  4. Thomas Sheridan (1975). Mindful militants: the Amalgamated Engineering Union in Australia, 1920–1972. ISBN 0-521-20680-4. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  5. 1 2 Ross Fitzgerald; Adam James Carr; William J. Dealy (2003). The Pope's battalions: Santamaria, Catholicism and the Labor split. Univ. of Queensland Press. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  6. "Freedom". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  7. Australian Newspapers
  8. Interviewer: Robin Hughes (23 April 1997). "Bob Santamaria – Interview Transcript tape 5". Australian Biography. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  9. "Contact Page for News Weekly". News Weekly. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

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