Here’s the drill on smart shopping

The Glass House is indebted to a Farcebook fiend for this doozey from The Courier-Mail’s online edition. It really grabbed our … ahem …. ATTEN….SHUN!

We can’t be sure it also ran in the the print version but we certainly hope so.

Still, there will probably be plenty of grizzled and cynical retired hack subs and smelly old ex-reporters in Bugland who will look at this rather embarrassing misuse of two words whose meanings probably couldn’t be further apart and go: “Meh!”

Infantry. Inventory. Mixing up them is no biggie. The proper use of words is so, so 20th Century!

Above: Troops from the crack 1st Royal Australian Regiment based at Enoggera Barracks in inner-Brisbane march into the nearby Woolies at Ashgrove to begin an arduous eight-hour shift sitting on the shelves in the tinned vegetables, soups and sauces aisle. Other soldiers from the base’s 7th Combat Brigade went straight to the toilet paper, paper towels and tissues aisle to take up positions there. The troops were replaced late in the afternoon if they hadn’t been sold by then, either through normal, controlled shopping or as a result of shameful panic buying.

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A story untold….

The ABC Online news website is running a story about laws in force in Scotland that tackle the problem of coercive control in domestic violence situations – where one person in a relationship uses behaviour such as threats, insults, control of finances, to dominate and control another.

But something is missing from the story.

The story (pictured below) told of the current Federal Parliamentary inquiry into domestic violence that recently heard from Dr Marsha Scott, the CEO of a group called Scottish Women’s Aid.

As the ABC story explains, Scotland last year enacted laws criminalising coercive control – something several Australians states are examining right now.

The story said the Scottish laws “are considered the ‘gold standard’ for protecting women and children from coercive control”.

Dr Scott was referenced saying the old laws were ineffective at responding to coercive control.

She was quoted as saying: “The status quo was not acceptable in Scotland, and I would suggest it’s not acceptable in Australia either.”

Too true. Sounds like we could do with the laws now operating in Scotland.

But what do the new Scottish laws do that the old laws didn’t?

Who knows, because the ABC story never explained what we here at The Bug consider the most vital point.

The story did give some background, saying that the Scottish law “was developed carefully over time and produced with women’s organisations, in consultation with victim-survivors of domestic violence”.

But not one word about what the laws actually do.

In a story of 29 paragraphs not a single syllable telling readers anything about what the story was meant to be about.

Ah, the standards we have come to expect in 21st Century news reporting!