The July edition of the NTEU Advocate featured a fascinating article with the title “Save the Library – burn the books!” subtitled “Adventures in reverse psychology”.
Last year the US city of Troy Michigan were considering closing their Library to meet a budget shortfall. The city leaders decided for a referendum with the two options – close the Library or accept a small rate rise. Opponents of the move got together and came up with a fascinating idea. They erected signs around the city that read “Vote to close Troy Library on August 2- Book burning party on August 5”
Who wants to be part of a town that burns books? There was a resounding vote against the idiotic book burners and the Library was saved.
It got me thinking. Australia’s Carbon Pricing Policy will certainly be under threat if the current opposition become the government.
Could reverse psychology work for us? I imagine signs going up in Sydney “Abolish the carbon tax – in 20 years Blacktown will be the new Bondi” and “Abolish the carbon tax – the Opera house will make a great dive site”.
In Townsville we would be able to promote our new twin island tourist attraction “Castle and Magnetic Islands – the jewels in the crown”.