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Janet Kim Albrechtsen (born 23 September 1966) is a right-wing Australian opinion columnist, social commentator and conservative pundit with the News Limited-owned newspaper, The Australian. She is also a member of the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia's state-owned national broadcaster.


Early life and education

Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating in law, with honours.[1] Albrechtsen later moved to Sydney, where she worked as a solicitor in commercial law at Freehills.[1] She subsequently attained a doctorate in law (SJD) from Sydney University.[1] Her thesis was titled: 'The regulation of the fundraising process in Australia: searching for an optimal mix between legislative prescriptions and market forces'.[2] Albrechtsen has also taught as an academic.[3 ]


Since turning to commentary, Albrechtsen has written for the Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age, Quadrant, Canada's National Post, The Vancouver Sun and The Wall Street Journal Asia.[1] Albrechtsen has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Council since 2003.

In 2008, Albrechtsen wrote a well-received chapter for Peter van Onselen's book The Liberals and Power. According to a review by Norman Abjorensen, a left-wing commentator who has written extensively about John Howard, she makes a solid argument that the Liberals have become preoccupied with "dominating the rational low ground," abandoning the high moral ground to the left. Abjorensen takes issue with her characterisation of the Labor Party as leftist, but appreciates her view of Howard's legacy as not just a transformation of the Australian economy but also one of the Labor Party.[4]

Work with the ABC

She was appointed to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 2005.[1] Media Watch host David Marr, said that she was a "sloppy journalist" and as such the appointment was "remarkable".[5] Albrechtsen had been critical of the ABC prior to her appointment to its Board..

Personal life

She was married in 1991 to lawyer John O'Sullivan and now has 3 children, two daughters, Caitlin and Sascha and a son, Jamie, aged 15, 13 and 9.[1]

Views and influence

In 2002, the ABC's Media Watch program accused her of misquoting a French psychiatrist, Jean-Jacques Rassial. An article in the British Times stated:

”Jean-Jacques Rassial, a psychotherapist at Villetaneuse University, said gang rape had become an initiation rite for male adolescents in city suburbs."

In Albrechtsen's column, she reworded this, writing:

”Pack rape of white girls is an initiation rite of passage for a small section of young male Muslim youths, said Jean-Jacques Rassial, a psychotherapist at Villetaneuse University".

Media Watch took issue with the addition of white (in white girls) and Muslim (in Muslim youths) being added to Rassial's argument. Rassial, when notified, rejected Albrechtsen's statement and claimed that she had misrepresented his research. [6] In response, Albrechtsen accused Media Watch of "misleading conduct of the kind you purport to expose", left-wing bias and ambush journalism.[7]

According to Mark Davis, an author and teacher of culture and communication studies, Albrechtson was one of four 'suspect' commentators in the Australian press to "sound the warning that this environmental catastrophe [global warming] will pass into memory" in the 2000s.[8]

Albrechtsen's views are generally right-wing. She supports free market policies, as well as social conservativism, such as opposition to gay marriage and assimilation of migrants and Aborigines.

A frequent commentator on legal issues, she has criticised both the High Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia for judicial activism.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Who's Who in Australia - entry on Janet Albrechtsen
  2. ^ Sydney University Library website
  3. ^ "Profile: Janet Albrechtsen".,20867,9277270-32523,00.html.  
  4. ^ Abjorensen, Norman (February 2009). "The long road back to office". Australian Book Review (308): 18–19.  
  5. ^ Caldwell, Alison (24 February 2005). "ABC critic appointed to board of directors". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-04-30.  
  6. ^ Media Watch (9 September 2002). ""Janet Albrechtsen's View"". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-06-06.  
  7. ^ "Email from Janet Albrechtsen to Peter McEvoy". 6 September 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-06.  ; "Media Watch, Muslims, Albrechtsen and Others". 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-11.  
  8. ^ Davis, Mark (2008). The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 192–194, 199. ISBN 9780522854848.   "In her blog for the Australian, Albrechtson claims that the 'Stern Review' fails to account for human adaptation. Global warming, she says, has been debunked by Bob Carter. [...] This is an argument based fallacies that have been comprehensively debunked."

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