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Giant PR machine swings into gear against the Convoy (Australia carbon tax "WARS")
JoNova ^ | August 23rd, 2011 | Joanne

Posted on 08/23/2011 9:12:51 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Giant PR machine swings into gear against the Convoy

It’s important for the big-government-dependent parties to deny the power of the Convoy.

Less than a week ago, there was a rally at Parliament House with around 3,000-5,000 people. And today there was another one, this one with around 600 vehicles according to Matt and Janet Thompson, and this one by people who have gone to extraordinary lengths, driving up to 5,000 kilometers from all corners of the country.

The convoy is a rolling protest that involved thousands of people across the nation. In Sydney, people switched their headlights on in sympathy, and Andrew Bolt records at least one witness suggesting half the cars on the road had their lights on.

Feelings and support for the convoy are widespread and running high. One of the convoy supporters from near Clermont reports: ‘In only 24 hours, we gathered 300 signatures for the petition, local beef producers had organised fuel donations of over $13,000 and the CWA had organised food and drinks for everyone on the convoy.  This support from a town of only 2000 was amazing and a testament to a united effort.’

Dale Stiller’s comment is typical on Just Grounds: The convoy has experienced nothing but support. There have been flags, balloons & ribbons on gates, signs & fences all the way from Rockhampton to Goondiwindi. Other trucks as they pass on the highway are on the 2way, wishing the convoy well and of course often accompanied by a blast of the air horns.

The bottom line is that the nation supports the Convoy: There are over 100,000 votes on the NineMSN poll and 80% are with the trucks.

Photo: A convoy of trucks protesting against the Federal Government's proposed carbon tax make their way through the Canberra CBD (User submitted: Michael Sherwood)

So what do you do when hundreds of cars, trucks and vans descend on the Parliament in a historic move, from all over the country, demanding an election? If you are the ABC, you  call it “200 trucks”, don’t mention the cars, feature those who have an interest in putting down the protest (Bob Brown), and make sure you mention how it was “smaller than expected” when actually, it started as one driver, and thousands of people joined in.  The ABC coverage is so shamefully biased, a government PR agency could hardly have done a better job. They carefully avoided selecting any of the key messages in the speeches or petition (but they put in any odd unconnected grievance they could find); they didn’t interview the organizers,  instead just showing a snippet of a song and a truckie tooting. They didn’t mention how far the trucks had come, how much expense they had gone too, or that the Convoy had gone to great lengths to make sure they didn’t inconvenience the people of Canberra.

That ABC report didn’t ask a single driver why they had felt it was necessary to take such extraordinary action.


Unless I missed it, the 6pm ABC radio news in Perth found time to mention there was backburning around Broome (it is a big wildfire up there), but not enough time to mention that thousands of people are so angry with the government they drove all the way from Broome to protest.

The Convoy organizers staged their entry so carefully, coordinating it with the Federal Police. They meticulously planned everything so as not to put out the average Canberran, even starting at 5.30am so as to avoid the peak hour traffic. They were scrupulously considerate. (Perhaps too much so.)

In the end, the fact that they were so well organized  and polite was used against them. The pro-government forces hyped up the anger against the out-of-towners with threats that “it would cause major traffic delays” and “bring Canberra to a standstill”. But when the protest didn’t cause any of the promised disruption, instead of admitting they were wrong, and apologizing, they pretended that the lack of traffic problems shows the Convoy was a fizzer. Spin spin spin. It’s too easy, isn’t it? If the Convoy had slowed up the traffic, it would be called a nuisance.

How do you portray the grassroots movement of cattlemen, miners, truck-drivers, business-people and farmers as being unrepresentative? Just call them all “truckies”. Oh, and ignore the devastating polls that show that this government is one of the most unpopular groups in all Australian history — that indeed 6 out of 10 Australians share similar opinions to the protestors that are being called “extremists”.

It’s time we protested about the ABC. What’s the point in protesting about the government, if it won’t be reported accurately by the main Australian taxpayer funded broadcaster? Solve the ABC problem first, then the other problem — inept, self serving governments — will tend to solve itself.  It’s time to demand better reporting, or get our tax money back.

Some of the news round up:

Govt, Greens claim truck rally a ‘flop’

Canberra braces for truckie convoy protesting against Gillard Government

The number of drivers joining the ‘convoy of no-confidence’ has failed to meet organisers’ expectations

Photo Gallery

Police baffled by Alan Jones’ claim Convoy of No Confidence trucks stopped at ACT border

The Labor Party is mocking the people who would normally be its support base

Anthony Albanese, Labor MP, stood in the House of Reps and labelled the concerns of ordinary Australia, represented by the Convoy, as a “Convoy of No Consequence”. Then he and his colleagues laughed….

Rashida Khan replied:  The government thinks the plight of the average Aussie of all walks of life who politely ask for better treatment and respect is a stupid joke.

Denise on Just Grounds: Paul, we’ll get the last laugh when they lose their seats at the next election. We will laugh loud an long.

The Just Grounds team are asking people to email the Government:

Please send out emails tonight and tomorrow morning to Labor and Greens MP’s – ask them whether they will meet with Convoy organisers and listen to the concerns of ordinary Australians.

You can either:

1.  Click on this link and follow the instructions to send the pre-written letter to all politicians; or

2.  Write your own letter and put this address in the “To” box of the email; or

3.  Write your own letter and manually put in email addresses. (Psst, says Jo,  I have an email  list here…for Australian Parliamentary Representatives)

UPDATE: Alan Jones was livid when an SMH journalist asked him if he was being paid to be there.

The SMH Journalist Jaqcueline Maley reports Alan Jones’s response:

”There are farmers there who say to their wives and family – I hope you’re listening and report this, Jacqueline Maley from The Sydney Morning Herald [SMH] – who say to their wives and family, ‘I’m just going [up] the back to fix up the fences, and they don’t come back,”’ he told the crowd, who duly jeered at me.

”I spend a lot of my time doing those sorts of things. I’ve just been asked by a journalist from The Sydney Morning Herald, am I getting a fee from being here today?”

But goes on to say how intimidated she felt by the vitriolic booing: “All because I asked a question.”

Ms Maley completely underestimated the depth of the anger that it takes to get productive people to drive across the continent to protest. These people are losing businesses, sometimes their life’s work, and are protesting at great personal expense. Alan Jones is referring to suicides among farmers. Our politicians are using bare-faced outrageous lies, and treating the people they are supposed to serve with contempt. No wonder people are mad.
Ms Maley was presumably paid to be there. They just don’t get it.

UPDATE: Those in the Convoy had a blast.

Matt and Janet were euphoric when I spoke to them yesterday. See Quadrant for the Thompsons reports and photos.
Matt and I both cried. After 4½ days of driving across Australia, hearing from every-day hard-working Australians about how difficult it is to just get on with producing, we had one hell of a welcome to Canberra yesterday morning!”

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: australia; carbontax; climatechange; globalwarminghoax

1 posted on 08/23/2011 9:13:01 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Fair Go!

2 posted on 08/23/2011 9:14:01 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: TigerLikesRooster; landsbaum; Signalman; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Lancey Howard; ...


3 posted on 08/23/2011 9:14:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I'm a little surprised you chose not to comment on this. It's not all that often you get to see a truly novel observation. :-)
4 posted on 08/23/2011 9:26:17 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; proud_yank; Bockscar; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

5 posted on 08/23/2011 9:27:28 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Carry_Okie
Thanks....I didn't see the thread before.

Got it on my favorite keyword list now.!!

6 posted on 08/23/2011 9:36:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Time for a revolution in Oz - and Romanian term limits for certain politicians, newscasters and academics. Come to think of it - that’s what we need here.

7 posted on 08/23/2011 9:37:31 AM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I think the time to target the MSM with protesting is long past due.

8 posted on 08/23/2011 9:39:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

‘Cause we got a great big convoy
Rockin through the night
Yeah we got a great big convoy
Ain’t she a beautiful sight
C’mon and join our convoy
Aint nothin gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin convoy ‘cross the USA (nothing rhymes with Australia, sorry)

9 posted on 08/23/2011 9:40:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator; Fred Nerks


10 posted on 08/23/2011 10:14:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This little hypothesis is serious. It makes sense from first principles on a microscopic scale all the way up to continental scale. It has SERIOUS implications, both historic and for the future in terms of topsoil, water resources, and therefore carrying capacity for both man and beast. It also points toward what might be achievable in restoring the planet's vegetative cover.

The key is to rethink our relationship with the land around us. That is what Genesis 4 is actually about, a story of awesome scope and implication.

11 posted on 08/23/2011 10:33:42 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Am I to understand the good people from down and under don’t like the idea of being robbed.....

12 posted on 08/23/2011 2:26:09 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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