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Greens gun and taser policy

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It would be such a shame to see The Echo, a newspaper formed to offer an alternative view to an agenda-driven conservative press, turning itself into a machine for unapologetic propaganda of its own.

I refer specifically here to ‘Greens candidate defends gun/taser policy against Labor’ (Echo, 26 June). It could however relate to any number of almost weekly such ‘news’ items where the Greens candidate is given free, unquestioned reign while any scant voice offered to others will be selectively paraphrased and rebutted.

The report might have included the perspective that headline events, like the death of aged-care resident, Clare Nowland, might be viewed in the context of the number of more numerous, but less-publicised events, where lethal force and/or dangerous situations may have been avoided by tasers. 

It might have pointed out that a policy confining the distribution of weapons to specialised units and ‘situations where life is threatened’ poses difficulties. All wonderful Greens idealism but how often do violent offenders (psychologically disturbed or otherwise) give notice that they will pose a lethal threat so that the crack unit might be rapidly assembled? Or so the patrol officer can assess the danger before hightailing back to the station for a taser?

It might also be less insulting to the Greens candidate not to assume that her merits cannot hold their own on an even playing field. Certainly less insulting to your readers – is this the standard of journalism we deserve?

Elizabeth Levy, Suffolk Park

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  1. There is no doubt that when push comes to shove and hard decisions have to be made the Greens can always be relied upon to make dangerous situations even worse. Research shows that 78% of people think the Greens are looking after the environment, water, wildlife and climate, when confronted with the broader Greens policies on border protection, defunding non-govt schools, partially defunding the ADF, “phasing out” private aged care and total decriminalisation of hard drugs, 30.6% of Greens voters said that they less likely to vote for the party. I find it quite amazing that only 30.6% saw the light.

  2. A typo correction – “Plan to wipe the Greens vote with facts’, by James Campbell, 9/7/24.”, the date “9/7/24”, should read, 7/7/24.


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