Not long after the LNP took office in Queensland, the Fairfax owned Brisbane Times set up an opinion column titled The Watcher, as an expose of sorts of the inner goings on in the new government. The Watcher’s tagline is: The Watcher knows government. The Watcher knows media. The Watcher sees all. The identities of our contributors, who are not journalists, are verified but remain anonymous.
In it’s most recent column, The Watcher, is having a dig at the lack of information that is being released by the current government, and commenting on the scarcity of The Premier’s press conferences.
The author talks about the banning of TV cameras by the speaker for nine sitting days as if it is some sort of great injustice to democracy. Even though the media will still have access to the official news feed, public gallery and Hansard. It should also be pointed out that the speaker banned independent TV cameras because they breached the Media Access Policy when they broadcast the behaviour of protesters in the Public Gallery on a recent sitting day.
Then moving on to criticize question time in Parliament as the government’s chosen method for the dissemination of information. Basically equating it to a mutual back patting session where one government politician asks another government politician a question that will allow the to gloat about how much better than the previous regime they are, with the anonymous author remarking, “So much for robust debate on the floor of the people’s house.”
Whilst the article does raise some interesting items to ponder, maybe the media should look a little closer at their own behaviour before they start pointing the finger at others.