Barbara Roughan, Kingscliff
Last week, a story about the Kingscliff hospital site being vandalised and some tools stolen was reported in the Gold Coast Bulletin. The online article contained photographs, one of which was a picture of a peaceful meeting outside the site by our group members, exercising their democratic right to protest against a very dubious decision.
The placement of the photograph and comments by the Honourable Brad Hazzard implied that our group, the Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital from State Significant Farmland, was somehow involved in the vandalism.
Today, after diligent fact checking, we note that the police have no record of the incident at all, leading us to question the veracity of the article.
Is this an Australian example of ‘Fake News,’ having been manufactured to negatively smear our group of concerned citizens?