Crikey readers had much to say on whether the government will be held to account for the economy’s prolonged period of stagnation. Elsewhere, they reacted to INQ’s latest investigation into the questionable tactics of media companies looking for a scoop, and discussed rural Australia in drought and the government’s emissions disinformation.
Tom Mehigan writes: The new federal government has seemingly convinced workers that their tax cuts will compensate for eight years of wage stagnation. If there is absence of effective trade union action there will be encouragement for further likely watering down of workers’ wages and conditions. The disengagement from politics we have heard about recently, now reaching as high as 65%, plays beautifully into government thinking. We truly get the government we deserve.
Judy Hardy-Holden writes: That makes such depressing reading. Fortunately I am also reading, for the second time, Leigh Sales book Any Ordinary Day, where she confronts these issues with research, personal interviews, suggestions from experienced journalists, and her own bravely stated short comings in her career. I think there are journalists, and there are journalists. Some are very sordid, but some approach the same dilemmas with compassion, empathy and a genuine effort to support the important foundational tenets of journalism.
Mary Wood writes: If this does not underline the necessity of an Indigenous voice to parliament to be enshrined in the constitution I don’t know what will. Not content with draining the river systems we are now prepared to contaminate the artesian basin with fracking and coal mining. For what — yet more wealth for the top few per cent.