Stay in touch with Gilligan

The Australian advises parliamentarians to listen to the likes of Neil Mitchell and Allan Jones “to be in touch with voters in suburban Australia” (“Who listens to the radio?”, 4/3).

A similar result could probably be achieved by watching re-runs of “Gilligan’s Island”, but I would prefer that my elected representatives applied standards of rigour and quality when allocating their valuable media time.

Most shock-jock listeners only seek entertainment, and don’t share the views of the ranting hosts and their deranged callers. This fad has run its course in its birthplace, the U.S., with ratings plummeting, and with luck its offspring here will soon follow.

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