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 qldblue
Joined: 2/4/2009
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In my area we had the coverage of the Queensland elections in our paper but the coverage from other printed media and the electronic media covered the issues very much the same.

Murdoch might be very powerfull in his own controlled section of the media but he doesn't control all the sources of the media.
 Sunny_Coaster
Joined: 9/3/2011
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Posted: 3/30/2012 3:58:10 AM
7,9,10 and pretty much every paper in australia is either Murdoch or Rinedheart...
 qldblue
Joined: 2/4/2009
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Posted: 3/30/2012 4:47:44 AM
7 is Kerry Stokes and then we have ABC and SBS.

But wait there is more, we have the news service on Bigpond, Yahoo, and several more avenues for the use by people.
 internetdatinglol
Joined: 5/17/2007
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Posted: 3/30/2012 7:46:01 AM
I just use Google News. Definitely ignore the Courier Mail and the Daily Telegraph though.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Posted: 3/30/2012 6:03:45 PM
Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera.
 HappyRocker
Joined: 8/13/2011
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Posted: 3/31/2012 1:36:46 PM
It would be niaive to expect the media to be entirely unbiased in their reporting. After all if someone's career prospects depend on a billionaire's approval ... however the ABC TVand radio are often biased against the conservatives. They should. Every time the conservatives get into power they cut ABC funding.

But the real problem that Australia has (nationwide and statewide) is that politicians of both sides are totally cynical in their view of the electorate. I think this is bought about by two fctors -
a. The employment of advisors that have no real world experience.
b. Lack of understanding of the principles of the Westminster system of government.

This attitude has percolated through to the Public Services as well.

Under Westminster you can't tax one group of people (and believe me I have little sympathy for mining billionaires and use that money or even parts of that money to bolster your vote by giving itto another section of the community. That could be defined as corruption under Westminster. That behaviour is quite acceptable under fascism but under fascism the flow of money would probably go the other way.

Under Westminster the government executive CAN tax a group of people who are causing harm to the environmment (or health, or any other issue that effects to the detriment any part of the community) and use that tax revenue to lessen the detrimental effects.

So under Westminster a government can tax companies that are making profit selling product that puts greenhouse gases into the envirironment (Under Westminster car manufactureres should be taxed as well). Those funds would have to go into removing or reducing the effects of greenhouse gases or research and developement into reducing the effects.

The Australian people have been briught up under the Westminster form of government and although they don't seem to be able to articulate why they are feeling uneasy, they are removing governments because they are uneasy at the policies they are witnessing.
 MrsNaamah
Joined: 11/8/2011
Msg: 65
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Posted: 4/1/2012 3:00:43 PM

I just use Google News.



I watch "behind the news" ABC there too young to be corrupt !!



Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera.


Those all sound great, but I learn all I need to know about the goings-on in the world from DC Comics. I avoid Marvel because I don't like that green guy.
 TheJokerau
Joined: 1/1/2012
Msg: 66
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Posted: 4/16/2012 8:27:43 PM
Main parties: Centre Left/Socialists, Social Democrats or Moderates.
Centre-Right are the Conservatives, Christian Democrats and Liberals.

Minor parties: Far left represented by Environmentalists and Communists.
Far right represented by the Nationalists.

In Australia the far left is represented by the Greens.
The far right is represented by the National Party.

The Australian Democrats were the only Central party that was neither biased towards Liberal or Labor. They did a good job at keeping both Liberal and Labor accountable.
 internetdatinglol
Joined: 5/17/2007
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Posted: 4/19/2012 11:09:02 PM
Actually a lot of the Nationals' economic policies are to the left of Labor. They are classed as agrarian socialists by political scientists. That said, they have a broadly conservative outlook the rest of the time so they align with the Liberals federally (where their economic views are widely ignored). They're not "far right" really, just conservatives with crackpot country economics. A dying breed it's safe to say.

As for the Democrats it is true that they started out as being broadly centrist but with time they became left-leaning and voted with Labor and The Greens towards the end of their representation in the Senate. This is why they collapsed, their base moved to The Greens.

On top of that, The Greens are left-wing in the broad sense, but the "far"-left are represented in Australia (on the ballot paper anyway) by the Socialist Alliance. Not that anyone cares!
 Jewel_Of_Denial
Joined: 8/9/2011
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Posted: 7/26/2012 2:56:21 AM
the beauty of democracy is that we all get the governments that we deserve.
not happy?
then start your own political movement
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Posted: 7/26/2012 3:07:49 AM
the beauty of corporatocracy is that we all get the governments that benefit a tiny minority.
not happy?
then buy some lobbyists in Canberra.
 Hilly02
Joined: 10/7/2011
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Posted: 7/26/2012 3:10:06 AM
I tried to buy Clive Palmer but it was pay by the kilo so I was stuffed.
 gingerosity
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Posted: 7/26/2012 3:13:56 AM

pay by the kilo


Sounds very venetian.
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