A Comparison of the Media Response to the Rio +20 Summit in Canada and Australia

Natasha Clare Livingstone


Relevant articles from The Australian, SBS Australia, Courier Mail, The Globe and Mail, CBC News and The Telegram were analysed with regard to their portrayal of the Rio +20 Summit. Canadian media had more bias, fewer stories, and were more likely to portray the conference as a failure and a waste of time than Australian media. The Canadian media’s portrayal of the conference may have been affected by Canada’s lack of participation due to the Harper Government’s disinterest in the environment. The Australian media’s portrayal of the conference resulted from Australia’s participation in it, due mainly to governmental interest in ocean conservation.


Ocean; Sustainability; Newfoundland; Great Barrier Reef

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