Nov 23, 2012

Tale of two Australias, one disconnected from reality

There's the Australia that exists in reality. Then there's the second Australia, created by the media and the public imagination. Which one do you live in?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

We live, it seems, in two Australias.

One exists in so-called “reality”, allegedly observable via evidence and facts. The other one exists in the mind of many in the media and the government’s critics in business.

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57 thoughts on “Tale of two Australias, one disconnected from reality

  1. Edward James

    Is it true Australian taxpayers stump up $20 m a day to pay off our national debt? Edward James

  2. susan winstanley

    So good, I have printed a copy!
    Can we have a Tea Towel please?

  3. robinw

    Too true Bernard. The sheer amount of lying that is done in the MSM, particularly by one Australia wide organisation, is stupendous. We have a brain washed populace (as is evidenced by some of the comments here) who believe that what the rich want will be good for us all. Absolute fantasy of course but that’s the dominant paradigm which is put out by the mega rich and swallowed lock stock and barrel by the majority.

    You just have to see today’s Telegraph bill board to realise just what tosh we are being fed on a daily basis.

  4. virtualkat


    now what do we do about it???


    Bernard instead of sitting behind a desk come out into the real world where ordinary Australians are working or trying to earn profits from running a business then you will see the real Australia.

  6. Wombat

    @Edward James Yup, it’s true. Comes out of a $1.4 trillion economy – works out at about one half of one percent of GDP. Staggeringly small, isn’t it?

  7. Wombat

    @ Maree Whitton

    Ah yes, the “real world” full of “ordinary Australians” and the “real Australia”. I heard them on talkback radio this morning, discussing today’s edition of The Australian.

  8. Mr Denmore

    I was beginning to think it was just me.

  9. Holden Back

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

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