Here’s Scomo-era ABC TV’s Allyson Horne in Brisbane getting fast out of the blocks with her news ‘analysis’. Ms Horne failed to contact me about this story.
Below a quick list of seven things wrong with this 'analysis'.
*First line: ‘If there’s one thing Queenslanders don’t like it’s being told what to do.’ Ms Horne is plagiarising the Murdoch media, but not mentioning that Joh Bjelke-Peterson set the stage by coming to Tasmania to demand it build the Franklin dam.
*First photos caption says that the convoy ‘... united agriculture and mining sectors’. Wrong. The convoy met agriculturalists all along the way who opposed Gautam Adani’s mine, not least its impact on water.
*’Jobs are key in Queensland and Adani's Carmichael Coal mine will guarantee work.’ Not so. Australia Institute studies show Adani’s mine will be jobs-negative as it will rob jobs from other mining. That’s before automation sets in.
*Ms Horne’s boxed quote from the NLP’s Michelle Landry encapsulates both the above points: at best, this journalist turned a right-wing politician’s opinion into her idea of ABC analysis.
*‘Bob Brown's anti-Adani protestors were met with a frosty welcome from pro-coal locals.’ And and a warm one from bigger numbers of anti-Adani Queenslanders including 5,000 in Brisbane.
*’In Adani country, Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd recorded swings of up to 15 per cent to transform their ultra-marginal electorates into comfortably safe seats.’ The 3 MPs Ms Horne names got less than 2% (-1.1% in O’Dowd’s case) change in their primary votes. Labor’s lost vote went across to Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson and then a lot leaked through preferences to the LNP. No swing reached 12%.
*’Queenslanders have a history of championing charismatic politicians like ... Barnaby Joyce ...’ Really.
Allyson Horne should get back on the fence.