Monash City Council’s complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority about Today Tonight’s coverage of the proposed sale of Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens was not successful.
In 2013 Today Tonight ran three segments on the community’s protest against the Monash Council’s proposal to sell aged care residents. The segments were very successful in informing the community of the protest. They included interviews with residents directly affected by the sale.
Issues raised were:
Issue 1: Provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person on the ground of age and/or gender
Issue 2: Portray in a negative light by placing gratuitous emphasis on age and/or gender
Issue 3: Accuracy
A. Statements that are not factual e.g.
Councillors are ‘cowardly’, ‘sneaky’, ‘have reached a new low that is disgusting’, conduct themselves with ‘democracy, Monash style’, ‘ignore’ and ‘fob’ ratepayers, and are motivated by ‘money’, ‘greed’…
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