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Big Rigs - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINION - ED­I­TOR KIRSTIN PAYNE kirstin.payne@bi­grigs.com.au

THE in­ter­net is a won­der­ful in­ven­tion, don’t get me wrong.

It keeps us in touch with our friends and fam­i­lies and al­lows us to ac­cess a wealth of knowl­edge at the click of a but­ton.

But the ugly un­der­belly of our on­line world sure showed its face this week, jump­ing over the thick line be­tween a de­bate, and a clear at­tack.

For a sec­tor that calls for team­work and ef­forts to pull to­gether, those on­line were sure ready to pull peo­ple down.

The prob­lem started early, with a story about a group of TWU work­ers rais­ing money for the fam­ily of a sick child.

Pol­i­tics aside, rais­ing money to help a child is al­ways a good thing – well, not ac­cord­ing to a few.

The same on­slaught oc­curred for a driver who de­cided to share his thoughts on the con­di­tion of the Bruce High­way, la­belling it the worst ma­jor high­way he’s driven on.

Whether peo­ple agreed or not, the crit­i­cism of some­one who was sim­ply try­ing to bet­ter our roads and get those in power to lis­ten was re­lent­less.

De­bate is great, but to keep push­ing for mate­ship in the in­dus­try we need to make the ef­fort both at the de­pot and key­board.

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