Carbon Tax timeline.

7 Oct

The Carbon ‘Tax’ is a perfect example of the sort of issue I’d like Cut the crap to cover. The media coverage on the issue has been covered all ground, from hysterical to sensible and every other degree in between. A lot of personal opinion has been spread, and many facts mislaid, forgotten or blatantly lied about. I imagine Gen Y finds the hysteria annoying, off-putting and offensive, so I would strive to present a fact-based, balanced case. This post will look at some of the examples of the media coverage; the good, the bad, and the down-right ugly.

First cab off the rank will have to be Andrew Bolt. As the most read Australian opinion blogger, it’s disgraceful how he has handled the whole argument. His blog is filled with anti-carbon tax pieces, and devoted a large chunk of his TV show on the issue too. This video sums of his show on the 9th of October sums up his ‘coverage’ of the issue well.

The ABC’s BTN program breaks the big issues down to a level that primary school kids can understand. I like the way they use hypotheticals and graphics to clarify the jargon and spin around the issue.

http://www.abc.net.au/res/libraries/cinerama2/cineramaEmbed.swf?version=2.0

The major print companies have included a range of reports on the carbon tax over the last year, from positive, to negative and explainer pieces.

Sydney Morning Herald offered this article on July 10 aiming to explain the Carbon Tax. It’s a reasonable job, but pretty boring and un-interesting as far as interaction and engagement go. Jessica Wright also wrote about the compensation people were to receive on the 10th. These articles are fine factually, but miss the creative thinking that’s needed to engage gen Y.

On the independent media side, Crikey published a range of opinons, some rubbishing Abbott’s opposing views and also shining the light on the environmental lobby groups that support the tax.

Ben Eltam is a regular New Matilda contributer, and published this article praising the carbon tax the day after the detail was released. Three days after that he published this one, that was more critical of the plan, presumably after having more time to sift through the huge amount of detail that was released on the 10th. While rich in detail, and even having a graph, these look boring and seem like ‘hard work’ to chew through with the huge amount of text and not a lot of fun.

The topic is popular in the political sphere as it’s one of the biggest changes to the financial system in Australia’s history, and therefore has a high public interest.

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