In an article headed “O’Farrell referred to over ICAC bribe claim” by the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Staff reporters”, whoever they may be, it is reported that the NSW Opposition wants to take the Premier to court because he “lobbied a parliamentary inquiry to review entitlements to minor parties.”
The reference is in the context of the recent trade-off of hunter access to National Parks, so the SFP would support the Power Sell-off Bill. It seems the Federal Government can get away with doing deals, an everyday political occurrence, but the conservative O’Farrell government cannot.
Now to the nub of this article. This passage appeared toward the end of the piece:
Under the agreement, recreational hunters will be allowed to cull feral animals in 79 of the state’s 799 national parks and reserves and conduct “conservation work“.
Now, by only putting quotation marks around those three small words, no doubt taken from a larger quoted passage, the Herald has immediately cast an aspersion on the concept of conservation work and, in effect, said that the concept is untrue.
Keep an eye on the mainstream print media. They will try to put one over their readerships by slipping in a phrase here and inverted commas there and by doing that enough, they will gradually, but subtly, change public opinion. In this case, lawful shooters are being beaten over the head with a virtual hammer in a velvet glove. shooters.