In an election year letters to the editor tend to become quite partisan and pointed as the formal campaign period approaches.
The thrust of both these letters followed party lines, with the former addressing single parent welfare payments and the latter commenting on public debt by way of an anonymous online IOU Australia “debt clock” of dubious repute which Whois states is registered to Masina Pty Ltd/Winning Post Productions.
Ordinary voters should have all available information in order to decide just how much weight they give to published opinion in an election year, when letters to the editor are often seen as a dirt cheap form of political advertising in support of local candidates.
The Daily Examiner has recognized this issue and on 11 July 2013 published this note:
Anyone found not complying will not be published again until after the election.