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Australian media and the rise of the redneck

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Shaun Newman is puzzled — why do Australia's "few hostile rednecks" get so much media attention these days and the moderate majority so little?



I have noticed that newspapers do not publish many letters from progressive writers these days, which is sad from the perspective that media is supposed to present a balanced view of society’s views.

The attention that the press has given to the Convoy of no consequence is far from balanced reporting. This fizzer of 180 trucks organized by a man who believes in a New World Order among other things received far more coverage than a union meeting with twice the number of people attending.

Are the people of this great nation impressed with a few hostile rednecks who oppose the carbon price? I think not. We as a society need to take action on climate change as most other nations of the world are doing. There are several ways to approach the solutions; however a price on carbon remains the most economically viable for our economy.

Those of us who can readily understand the affects of climate change have converted existing dwellings to solar water heaters and have solar panels contributing power to the grid. Not only are we helping to delay the affects of climate change, we are saving money on our power bills.

In North Queensland, we have the proposed Copper String renewable energy project underway, and hopefully at some stage the Queensland Government may realize that the Burdekin Falls Dam Hydro Electricity project is in fact very worthwhile. No, I am not a greenie, simply someone who wants a future for my grandchildren; common sense at one time was common.

 
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