05 September 2011


Imagine the shock and horror when opening The Age's opinion pages on Monday 5 September 2011 to discover that Amanda Vanstone and John Howard were setting the tone of political discussions on the Australian Labor Party's leadership issues and its asylum seeker policies!

Why on earth would anyone other than a dyed-in-the-wool, rusted on reactionary bigot be interested in anything these two has-beens have to say about the politics of 2011??

Just imagine The Age having supporters of the Palestinians and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns writing opinion pieces to be shared with readers - if there are any left after 5 September - and showing that The Age's editor-in-chief and his reporters and journalists were open to views other than those of the zionists who seem to hold disproportionate sway over Fairfax!!

It really is time that the journalists who draw their pay from Fairfax put some pressure on their bosses to make them publish views other than those of the most reactionary members of our societies.

Vanstone and Howard have other avenues to make their repugnant and repellant views public, and the newspapers we read are not those who should give them room for those views. Howard and his government, which included Vanstone, had more than 11 years to push their particularly repulsive barrows, and voices opposing their views were made to grow dimmer in that time due to a very compliant media!

Fortunately there are many alternatives in 2011 where one can make one's voice heard and where one can also obtain information which the media deny us with their own self-censorship, but it is still wrong that Fairfax should give column space to these people who have access to all those media on radio, television and print whose views are the same as theirs.

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