In the past three years there have two significant public protests against the government of the day. There was the failed ‘convoy of no confidence’ in 2011 to protest against Julia Gillard’s ‘carbon tax’ and now we are in the middle of the highly successful Australia wide March in March protests against the Abbott Government.
The media attention to these events has been worlds apart.
The mainstream media ran with the convoy of no confidence stories for almost a week, focusing on both the promotion to the event and the event itself. For example, on August 18 2011, in the lead-up to the convoy The Australian eagerly told us that:
The “convoy of no-confidence” in the federal Labor government, a convoy of trucks, trailers and campervans sponsored by the National Road Freighters Association started out from all over Australia yesterday and will be converging on…
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