Note: This letter was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here.
(*I’m going to get political here because the Australian election is on May 18 and with Australia’s level of media ownership concentration being one of the highest in the world (utterly ridiculous) I want my viewpoints to be publicised for balance lol!*)
Watching Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Q&A last night and comparing his performance with the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s performance on 7:30 and I can see how my Australian Labor Party supporting parents have supported Shorten for a decade, volunteering and showing up to many ALP gatherings (for those of you who aren’t familiar with Aus Politics, the ALP share similar political philosophy to the Democratic Party).
Shorten was calm, measured and articulate. Morrison looked like a blustering fool in comparison.
The Twitterverse seemed to agree with my assessment. But today, running a quick online search and lo and behold, Murdoch, News Corp and co. aka“The Murdochracy” who control much of mainstream media in Australia (over 140 media sits and publications all-in-all including the ones they have controlling interests in) are running nauseating headlines such as:
Bill Shorten attacks ‘pack of liars’ in Morrison Government – news.com.au
Even for Bill Shorten, that swipe is a bit rich – The Australian
Bill Shorten on Q&A: Question that offended Opposition Leader – news.com.au
Compare The Murdochracy’s headlines with these ones:
Q&A: Bill Shorten utters the most powerful and personal sentence of the campaign – Sydney Morning Herald
Bill Shorten Might Have Sealed The Election With His Q&A Performance – 10 Daily
Bill Shorten faces down hostile questions in solo Q&A appearance – The Guardian
I can’t wait for Australia’s media laws to change so that the landscape is less skewed, but in the meantime what I can do is uncover biases and to encourage people to do proper research into each of the parties and candidates and ensure they are voting in line with their principles. The way I view politics is the way I view life – consider your ethics and values, do your homework and then take direction action (in this case, volunteering for your nominated party/candidate, sharing your opinions and having discussions, VOTING!) if you want to see positive changes.
Anyway, enough about that, here’s who I’m following, what I’m reading and listening to this week:
Elizabeth Gilbert: The Curiosity-Driven Life, Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Australian politician Sarah Hanson-Young on sexism in politics, Australian Politics Live
Ex-Google Manager Tristan Harris says tech is “downgrading” humanity – but we can fix it, Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
Chronicles Volume One by Bob Dylan (yes, THAT Bob Dylan)
People / Accounts:
Senator Richard Di Natale, The Australian Greens Leader
500 Women Scientists, an organisation making science more open, inclusive and accessible.
Articles / Reports:
Children Change Their Parents’ Minds About Climate Change, Scientific American
How Global Warming Has Made the Rich Richer, BBC
Climate Cuts, Cover Ups and Censorship, Climate Council (Australia)
Anyway hope you all have a fab week and let’s keep being the change!
Peace, love and all that jazz,
Jen xx (Editor-in-Chief)
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