James Dryburgh

All four channels consistently refer to the opposition to the Pulp Mill as ‘green groups’ and ‘environmentalists’. This is misleading and grossly inaccurate.

Rallies, polls, interviews and pub conversations consistently reveal that the oppostion to the Mill is a far more diverse cross-section of society, and not merely Tasmanian society. It includes economists, business people, ‘democratists’ and indeed, card carrying Laboral voters. I speak to many people who would be offended at being labelled ‘green’ or an ‘environmentalist’ but are fervently opposed to the Mill.

Let Down by the News

NEWS reporting should be factual and neutral as there are other mediums for opinion and judgment. Yet, continually we are let down when the Pulp Mill is covered on the news. This is the case on SBS and the ABC, not merely Win and Southern Cross, where one might expect it.

All four channels consistently refer to the opposition to the Pulp Mill as ‘green groups’ and ‘environmentalists’. This is misleading and grossly inaccurate.

Rallies, polls, interviews and pub conversations consistently reveal that the oppostion to the Mill is a far more diverse cross-section of society, and not merely Tasmanian society. It includes economists, business people, ‘democratists’ and indeed, card carrying Laboral voters. I speak to many people who would be offended at being labelled ‘green’ or an ‘environmentalist’ but are fervently opposed to the Mill.

Supporters of the mill are not categorised/stigmatised on the news in the same way those who oppose the mill are. This smacks not only of poor journalism but a misguided attempt to polarise the issue into green or not green and make lazy generalisations about people who oppose the mill for a multitude of reasons.

We should expect much more from our news, especially on publicly funded networks.

James Dryburgh