Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Green Ad everyone's talking about - but big media is trying to stop you seeing

Blink and you might have missed it in the UK media - but there's an election going on in Australia right now - and the Greens are doing fairly well.



Looking at this clip - it's fairly easy to see why: combining the big environmental message (we need to put climate change at the heart of our decision-making) with a social issue (we believe in making dental health free), a liberal 'flag' issue (we support gay marriage), and a foreign relations issue (we would put people and rights at the heart of our immigration and asylum policies) the Australian Greens are portraying themselves as the left-leaning all-rounders of the election - just as we were able to do in the run-up to Caroline Lucas's election as England's first Green MP.

Naturally, the Greens wanted to show this clip again and again - using it as an election ad: but ABC - the 'big media' corporation that owns the rights to the clip, has refused permission for it to be re-shown. I guess the idea of the Greens doing well in elections is always going to ruffle a few feathers in the world of 'big media'.

3 comments:

  1. Just curious, how does ABC own the right to a Greens ad?

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  2. James

    Good question - part of the deal made to show it on national TV during election coverage, as I understand it

    Ben

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  3. Amazing how 39 seconds can say so much!?

    Don't know what it is but there's something so beautiful about it.

    Rachel Fryer

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