Press power: The Daily Telegraph as a change agent

• NSW police chief Mick Fuller yesterday admitted the Telegraph was right and authorities were wrong.

When The Daily Telegraph takes a stand, governments and the powerful take immediate action, starts an editorial today in The Daily Telegraph:

There have been three cases this week when The Daily Telegraph’s reporting has led to direct and positive reactions from authorities, and created circumstances that will make Sydney and NSW better places to live.

Our campaign for the rights of domestic violence victims, highlighting the relative leniency in sentencing for those convicted of killing a spouse or partner, has now prompted a review of sentencing procedures.

“The Sentencing Council will examine how sentencing decisions affect families of homicide victims and the devastating impact of domestic violence,” Attorney-General Mark Speakman announced.

As well, following The Daily Telegraph’s intensive multi-day background investigation of accused child-sex attacker Anthony Sampieri, NSW police chief Mick Fuller yesterday admitted the Telegraph was right and authorities were wrong.

As The Daily Telegraph pointed out, Sampieri should have been charged and his parole instantly revoked after police learned of alleged obscene phone calls three weeks before a seven-year-old girl was allegedly attacked in a Kogarah dance studio toilet.

Thirdly, legislation has now passed that will grant greater support to victims of crimes committed by offenders found to be mentally ill. Again, this important reform was a Daily Telegraph initiative.

When The Daily Telegraph takes a stand, we know our readers will back us all the way. And that’s why between us we can get things done.

Read the complete editorial here.

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The NSW news brand has been making an impact in the same week it received an enthusiastic endorsement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.• “I want to congratulate The Daily Telegraph for being a voice for Sydney.”

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