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Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Erwin Chlanda.

No Russell, it ain’t. Our journalism is in the reports, and we stand by them.
Many readers’ comments are providing valuable facts.
What some say is not news nor fact, but an expressions – sometimes outburst – of opinion. But they have the freedom of speech as well.
Our readers know to tell the difference.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

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Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thanks, Russell (Posted December 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm).
What you label as a generalisation is an assertion we make with complete confidence: Reader statistics for each report – which we have to the accuracy of one through Google Analytics – establish that stories attracting little or no comment (the majority) can have just as many readers as stories that attract a lot of comment.
This shows us that readers are coming on to our site primarily for the journalism it provides, while we welcome the many who also respond to the forum for discussion it creates.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
Since November 30 we’ve made several requests to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for comment. Not a peep out of them.
Regards, ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


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