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Today we’re reminded that the ABC, long before the Sky News blow-up, also broadcast the views of Blair Cottrell. Plus, the looming problem of underemployment.

On televising white supremacists

Graham Lynch writes: Your conclusion that Sky News is a threat to national security for interviewing a white nationalist would be more convincing if the same conclusion had been reached when ABC Hack lent him the same legitimacy in front of a much wider, younger and impressionable audience on 22 September 2016. But not a peep as I recall. Sky made a major faux pas putting this character to air, but they have apologised and removed the interview from streaming media, as they should. Meanwhile the ABC Hack program remains online and on iView, without apology, remark or contrition. And this is not whatabouttery, it is simply a comment on the selective and confected outrage that characterises this country’s “quality” media. The ABC put him on air — first it must be said — and, like Sky, should recant. Anything less shows up today’s moral panic as just a steaming pile of hypocrisy.

On Turnbull’s drought relief plan

Anne Findlay writes: As someone brought up on a farm (admittedly not in Australia) I know that farmers need to have a good deal of optimism. However, it surprises me to see how they can keep stocking their farms when forecasts show very little rain. It must be the most dreadful thing to see your animals slowly starving to death and I wonder if there isn’t some sort of livestock market whereby farmers with adequate grazing can agist some of those cattle or sheep dying in NSW. Is there an “agistment database” where farmers can say what grazing they have and those needing it can send animals down to be agisted until they reach market weight and then the two sides share the profits?

I was thinking that all the big trucks going on the hay run could bring some animals to be rescued rather than travel “empty” back down south.

On the looming problem of underemployment

Marcus L’Estrange writes: If you use the real unemployment figures, as detailed in the Roy Morgan poll or the “old” ABS “Persons not in the labour force” survey it’s a nonsense to say underemployment it is now far more prevalent than unemployment. Adam Creighton, The Australian‘s Economic Editor and hardly a raging leftist, summed it up well when he wrote last year: “Be honest about unemployment — it’s above 15%” and underemployment is 8%. To me it’s just not sensible to use dodgy figures to write an article for you end up deluding yourself. After all, if you won’t properly measure it, you can’t write about it, can you?

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