In the Lies Section we will cover some of the misreporting – mostly by simple human error I hope but sometimes by intention.
For example, an article in the Fairfax Leeton newspaper (The Irrigator) written by Talia Pattison makes the following statement:
“Dick Smith’s controversial campaign to ban immigration in Australia has been met with anger by one Leeton group.”
I have never had a campaign to ban immigration in Australia. I have always been pro-immigration, but at the right levels. I recognise that Australia is what it is today because of the extraordinary people who have come here in the last 200 years, coupled with the great resilience from the Aboriginal Australians who have lived here for over 60,000 years. They had some brains. They never had more than 1 million people, so they did not destroy the habitat that they lived in.
I rang Talia Pattison and asked why she was writing lies, and she told me that she had only glanced at my Fair Go Manifesto. I then spoke to her editor, who was defensive, and shortly after produced an opinion piece entitled, “Misunderstanding Dick Smith’s immigration stance is not just the fault of the messenger” blaming me for his journalist’s incorrect statement with the following text:
“Smith’s poorly constructed campaign and resulting drastically differing public opinion proves it’s now more important than ever to make messages clear, precise, and idiot proof.”
Have a look at the original article and his opinion piece. By the way, the poll which the editor undertook ‘Do you agree or disagree with Dick Smith’s immigration campaign’, the vote for ‘Agree, It’s what’s best for our country’ received 82.76% of the vote, while ‘Disagree, the more immigrants the better’ received 16.09% of the vote.
Robyn Tabreet who is quoted and says I should come down from my “ivory tower” it appears had never seen my Fair Go document and was relying on erroneous information from the journalist at The Irrigator. This misinformation ended up with an article “Leeton Multicultural Group opposes Dick Smith’s controversial immigration campaign.”
One of the comments by Robyn Tabrett is as follows:
“She said Mr Smith didn’t realise how important immigrants were to Australia.”
In fact, as stated above, I do realise how important immigrants have been to Australia. However I’m sure Mrs Tabrett wouldn’t agree that we should have endless immigration numbers coming here. Note that Mrs Tabrett makes the following statement:
“Obviously we can’t be taking in all refugees…”
With robotics and automation there is a good chance we wouldn’t be able to provide proper jobs and careers for an endless supply of immigrants, and after two or three generations of not being able to get a job, people get awfully angry. You don’t need crazy religious beliefs to generate terrorism under those circumstances – it is just the unfairness of the resultant situation.
See the article here.
In the New Daily article ‘Dick Smith’s anti-immigration message has the potential to damage the economy’, journalist Rob Burgess claims:
“Dick Smith launched another anti-immigration campaign this week.”
That’s a lie. My campaign is not anti-immigration. I support immigration at 70,000 per year, which is our long-term average, is indeed very high per head of population by developed country standards.
This will allow a healthy family reunion program and also the entry of skilled workers that for some reason we don’t appear to be able to train here.