Is Deveney loud?

Did Catherine Deveny “shout down” Archbishop Jensen on Q&A as The Australian’s editorial (“Questions and mockery”, 12/9) and several letter-writers would have it? Or is that an illusion caused by antipathy for her message?

An analysis of the transcript¹ shows that Deveny spoke 1,259 words to Jensen’s 2,592, and that both interrupted other panellists three times each. It may be that Deveny has the louder voice, but it is not possible to tell from TV audio, which is compressed to eliminate volume differences.

It seems that when someone we disagree with speaks even half as much as someone we support, it’s still too much for some.


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