Good news for Abbott's Booby?

To: friarbird43 friarbird43 <>, "<>" <>, calyptorhynchus <>
Subject: Good news for Abbott's Booby?
From: Mick Roderick via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 01:02:15 +0000 (UTC)
Not always Ken. The Guardian gave full attention to the Abbott's Booby and 
biodiversity issues in it's piece yesterday:
The ABC did the same thing in July last year when they warned closure of the 
mine "could spark economic collapse". I too was disappointed in the way they 
reported yesterday's announcement. We should all be sharing the Guardian 
article with our networks.

      From: friarbird43 friarbird43 <>
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calyptorhynchus <> 
 Sent: Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:24
 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Good news for Abbott's Booby?
Dear all,
Good news for Abbott's Booby? The way the story positions the reader one 
would think that there is no good news!

One of the things that disturbs me about this story is the way it is 
reported. [Even on the ABC]. ALWAYS the [traditional short term] 
economic argument is emphasised over the environmental.

The headline, "Christmas Island facing economic collapse as mine 
expansion rejected to save famous red crabs" - clearly suggests that 
everyone should consider this a terrible outcome. The environmental / 
biodiversity value is reduced to 'those red crabs'.

If we consider that mining continues until the whole island is gutted, 
at the end of the day the miners will still lose their jobs, the island 
would then face an economic crash but only after all eco tourism assets 
have safely been destroyed. I assume the journalist would then be happy 
with that option....

I want the headline; 'Huge Win - Christmas Island is protected forever!"

good birding,
Ken Cross

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