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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.

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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

Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
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.

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Hi Patricia, asking questions about issues in the public interest and reporting the answers, or their absence, that is what we do.
No apologies. Stand by for lots more.
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How hard is it to keep cattle out of a small conservation reserve?
Hi Ruth, thank you for your comment.
There is no water in the small reserve. The little creek is usually dry and if it flows, it would enter from the north and flow out to the south, which means the stock don’t need to be inside to have a drink.
The flora is a mess but would of course recover with grazing animals being kept out.
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