What is the writer’s contention in this editorial about the Occupy Melbourne...

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The author's contention in this editorial is that the Occupy Melbourne protestors (and the Occupy movement in general) cannot simply be sneered at and ignored.  The author concedes that the movement is ridiculous in many ways.  However, he says, their protest has a real point and it is one that we need to think about seriously.  He argues that our society has become too unequal.  Further, he argues that the big businesses and the rich have stopped contributing to society and have started to simply act in selfish ways by taking much more money than they truly have earned.  For this reason, the author says we need to think about whether this is the sort of society we want or if, instead, changes are needed.