Not one re­ply

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I have writ­ten in­di­vid­ual let­ters to ev­ery MP on three oc­ca­sions, a to­tal of 366, and also to sev­eral min­is­ters. I have re­ceived 19 pro forma ac­knowl­edg­ments, but not a sin­gle re­ply or an­swer to my queries from any Mem­ber.

I have also con­tacted 18 na­tional news­pa­pers on this lack of ac­count­abil­ity by gov­ern­ment, with no re­sults.

We ap­pear to have be­come a voice­less so­ci­ety, cen­sored. Are our Par­lia­ment and its Mem­bers un­ap­proach­able, not an­swer­able to their con­stituents? Has the me­dia com­pletely re­nounced any re­spon­si­bil­ity in this mat­ter, re­pu­di­ated any need to keep the pub­lic in­formed?

If so, what is their pur­pose? Where is their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity?

BRYAN JOHN­SON

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