This is a guest post from Rx from comments left on this piece (Ross Gittins says – How mining companies campaigned for a ‘government’s defeat’ and brought down a Prime Minister). Thank you RX. Posted with permission.
Australia is a democracy in name only. Sure, we get to vote every few years. But the majority of the population are so brainwashed by the one-party propaganda of the mainstream media (on behalf of assorted billionaires) that they do as required in any case.
There is a lot to be said for teaching civics, history and economics in the school system. At least if people know the basics of what makes a society ‘tick’ they’re less likely to be duped by those with anti-social agendas.
An independent non-political public service broadcaster would be an invaluable asset to democracy, too, as a bulwark against the bias and agenda of the for-profit media. We used to have such in Australia, but the rodent Howard poisoned it from the top down, and the toxin is now expressed across its news and current affairs output.
The ABC may be the most baised public broadcaster in the world. I have certainly not encountered anything like it.
With one of the most concentrated media ownership regimes in the world under Murdoch, to then lose the independence of the public broadcaster defies description as an assault on democracy.
For another brilliant piece by Rx: Are the Media seeking regime change because a Car-Crash Abbott government would increase sales?
and, Who’s watching The Watchers? We are! (The Complete Failure of the Media To Hold Tony To Account)