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Australia a multi party democracy, but the media doesn’t “get this”

 

It reflects badly on journalists and commentators who run the Opposition line that minor parties have no legitimate rights to be major players in our parliamentary democracy….Australia is not, and has not been for decades, a two-party political system and old school members of the media who struggle with that are going to have to come to terms with the political reality.

Groundhog day as some media indulge in anti-Green spin Online Opinion, By Vivienne Wynter – , 20 July 2011  I nearly choked on my kangaroo curry the other night watching the commercialtelevision news anchor ask viewers: “Who is running this government?” 

This question was posed in an introduction to a story about the Greens announcing the Renewable Energy Agency, prior to the Carbon Tax announcement.

if the party continues on current form, the next election is looking good with the Greens on track to win a second senate seat in at least two states to become the most successful minor party in Australian history.

Several other mainstream media outlets parroted Tony Abbott’s lines in similar fashion, parading for all their ignorance about Australia’s multi-party democracy and some reporters’ lazy willingness to let Mr Abbott write their news copy…….

It reflects badly on journalists and commentators who run the Opposition line that minor parties have no legitimate rights to be major players in our parliamentary democracy. It makes those journalists and commentators look like they need to go back to school to study ‘Political Institutions 101′ so they can get their heads around what most voters already know.

Australia is not, and has not been for decades, a two-party political system and old school members of the media who struggle with that are going to have to come to terms with the political reality.

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=12338

 

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July 20, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, media

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