The Australian EPA is doing a Public Environmental Review (PER) and is soliciting comments from the public. This is our chance to be heard, but please consider a few things, before you write your response.
As usual, “DaShark” has beat me to it and written an excellent blog on the subject. Here are a couple of things he mentions.
During the first period of public review, here is what happened.
The 14 week trial attracted intense media and community interest.
The trial generated:
- 765 separate articles on sharks in local, state and national newspapers
- 1,100 radio news bulletins on sharks (Western Australia)
- 850 radio talk back comments on sharks (Western Australia)
- 290 television news items on sharks (Western Australia)
- 286,000 emails and letters to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) – a significant number of which were pro forma emails
- and a significant number of postings on Twitter and Facebook, some of which were offensive and contained personal attacks on members of the Government and staff involved with the program.
The 14-week trial generated “offensive and contained personal attacks on members of the Government and staff involved with the program” on Twitter and Facebook.
Supporters said they had “no choice but to stay quiet due to the level of abuse and vilification received”, describing the level of personal attack and social media postings as “unacceptable”.
“The Government is now more acutely aware of the level of abuse that was directed towards supporters of the program and the reasons for so many staying silent,”
So basically, they blame us for why, what they claim is the silent majority, has stayed quiet on the subject. They are not kidding, that’s what they believe. If we want them to listen to us, we have to mind what we say and how we say it.
Here is DaShark’s advice.
Not really convinced that the WA government will listen – but along with the federal assessment, it’s the best opportunity we got.
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