Censorship comes to Australia

The Australia of the future?

UPDATE: Regarding jurisdictional issues, the following extremely concerning paragraph stands out:

11.69 Another aspect of jurisdiction concerns how the News Media Council will exercise its power over all internet publishers. Foreign publishers who have no connection with Australia will be beyond its reach. However, if an internet news publisher has more than a tenuous connection with Australia then carefully drawn legislation would enable the News Media Council to exercise jurisdiction over it. 

“More than a tenuous connection” with Australia? Wow. This is really scary stuff.

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Reposting from Menzies House email from Timothy Andrews:

Late yesterday afternoon, I read something that sent chills down my spine.

Mr. Ray Finkelstein QC, a left-wing former Federal Court Judge with no media experience, at the request of the Gillard Government, issued a 400 page report which calls for a Big Brother Super-Regulator to ‘regulate’ political speech and – among other things – impose new laws with the power to stop climate change realists from speaking up.

Its “recommendations” will sicken every single Australian: They actually call for a Big Brother Super-Regulator to censor not just the newspapers and TV, but websites, personal blogs, and even what you say on Twitter!

This is a proposal that would seem right at home in North Korea or Zibmabwe. I never thought – as dark as things seemed- we could stoop this low here in Australia.

It is clear from the report, in particular paragraphs 4.31-4.42, that silencing climate realists is a major reason for these regulations: it is unashamedly explicit in this (and even uses the dirty trick of using polls from – wait for it – 1966 as evidence the media is pro-climate skeptic, and that – wait for it – only the ABC is unbiased!)

The size and scope of the proposed Super-Regulator is breathtaking. They will have the power to impose a “code of ethics”, force you to print views you don’t agree with as part of a ‘right of reply’, take you to court, and even make you take pieces down! Even personal blogs that get only 40 hits a day will be covered! To make matters worse, the SuperRegulator “would not have to give reasons for its decisions” and the decisions “would not be subject to appeal.” Even climate change websites in other countries like Watt’s Up With That will be covered by this!

We need to speak out now – while we are still allowed.

This is why I just created www.FreeSpeechAustralia.com so we can work together to help stop this nightmare from becoming a reality. .

It includes an online petition, which I STRONGLY urge you all to sign and to pass onto all your family and friends, as well as an “Action Centre” detailing what other activities you can take, a resource toolkit, and links to a Facebook page and Twitter account.

It certainly looks like we should be very concerned by this move. Commenter Baldrick kindly pointed me to some key sections of the report, namely this on bias:

4.25  To deal with the difficulties of identifying and measuring bias the polls reported here attempted to measure bias as diversions from fairness and diversity of opinion, on a scale presenting bias as a polar opposite to ‘balance’. On this basis:

  • bias is much more commonly perceived to exist in the conduct of newspapers than in television or radio
  • the ABC is perceived to be the least biased media organisation in Australia, and
  • there is perception of persistent bias against the Labor Party particularly in pollsconducted in the earlier years of the period covered by this analysis. 

If ABC is perceived as balanced, then the report’s authors must be more deluded than we could possibly give them credit for. Balanced if you’re a lefty ex-judge, I guess? It also reports favourably on criticism of News Ltd’s tabloids on climate change issues:

4.33  One of the conclusions reached in the report was this:

The two biggest News Ltd tabloids—the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph—have been so biased in their coverage that it is fair to say they ‘campaigned’ against the policy rather than covered it. 

Furthermore, and in a clear indication that the report is horribly skewed, it cites Robert Manne, a well known alarmist and sympathiser towards the climate consensus when discussing the coverage of climate issues in the media:

4.40  For instance, the Inquiry heard from Professor Robert Manne who, earlier in 2011, had written an extensive critique of The Australian newspaper in Quarterly Essay entitled ‘Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the Shaping of the Nation’ that examined seven case studies of the newspaper’s coverage of issues.
4.41  One of his case studies concerned coverage of climate change policy and his findings mirrored those of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. Professor Manne’s research found that articles unfavourable to action on climate change outnumbered favourable articles by a ratio of four to one.
4.42  In his response to Professor Manne’s work, Paul Kelly who is The Australian’s editor-­‐at-­‐large, did not refute Manne’s statistics. Instead, he argued that Manne’s position was based on a ‘rejection of debate’ about the science of climate change:

One reason for the public’s backlash making carbon pricing so unpopular was the precise attitude [Manne] took. While pretending to be rational his rejection of debate was really faith-­‐based dogmatism and the Australian public didn’t like being told what to think by patronising experts. 

All this will amount to little short of censorship of views which criticise the Government, and it will apply to blogs as well. I highly recommend getting behind the Menzies House campaign if you wish to see free speech remain as a fundamental right in Australia.

I haven’t yet had a chance to read it in full, and I won’t be doing so in the near future, but there are jurisdictional issues here which I would be very interested to understand further. Despite what is said above, the Australian government cannot legislate regulations to take effect over media organisations outside Australian jurisdiction, without bipartisan agreements between those other states. I do not foresee this happening – for example in the US, the First Amendment prohibits any law infringing on the freedom of speech or the press.

I therefore would have thought that overseas organisations, or blogs hosted overseas, cannot be subject to domestic Australian legislation. Further information required to determine its precise effect.

The report is online here.

Comments

  1. This is disgusting.

  2. Whilst Australia may rank number 8 on the Corruption Perceptions Index, according to the Press Freedom Index 2011/2012, from Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom, currently Australia is ranked at 30, even before the new Big Brother Super-Regulator laws come into effect.

    Even countries like Niger, which has a Corruption Index (CI) score of 134, has a Press Freedom Index (PFI) score of 29. Mali has a (CI) score of 118, but has a (PFI) score of 25. Suriname has a (CI) score of 100 and a (PFI) score of 23. Jamaica has a (CI) score of 86 and a (PFI) score of 17.

    More corrupt countries have a greater freedom of the press than Australia, even before this new Big Brother Super-Regulator. What does that say about Australia and our Government?

  3. They’ll never take us alive!

  4. Glen Balmer via Facebook says:

    Who would have thought that Conroy would reincarnate Goebbels policies? What next: Concentration camps for skeptics — ahhh those warmista’s have already written about doing it, so I wouldn’t put it past this Labor government — they’re already following Goebbels!

  5. I almost want the Labor party to try and get this enacted into law. There is no way that it would survive a High Court challenge. In the case of Lange v The Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1997 (the ABC winning a case 15 years ago that will result in their inability to silence those they wish to silence now is just poetic) the High Court ruled that Australians have an implied Constitutional right to free speech in regards to any issue that might affect the outcome of an election and an extended right to free speech in general regarding politics. Trying to control what they print might destroy the lovefest that Fairfax has with Labor.

  6. horacemonster says:

    “I therefore would have thought that overseas organisations, or blogs hosted overseas, cannot be subject to domestic Australian legislation. ”

    Overseas blogs could indeed be subject to Australian legislation. Australian internet users could be restricted from viewing certain blogs. Just like in China or North Korea.

    This is incredible! Even an attempt such as this on free speech is a scandal, even if they don’t succeed.

  7. This is how Labor and the Greens intend to win the next election.

    Stifle ALL opposition. No other voice will be allowed.

    IF there is actually a next election !!!!!!

    • Vivienne says:

      I was thinking the same thing myself, re the next election! especially with what is happening in the US with their war mongering Iran.

      Plus Obama way down in the polls and Ron Paul so high in the polls. I think we are well into 1984.

  8. Geoffry Simkins says:

    I have watched the Gillard government with interest. It is quite clear that, right from the carbon tax untruth, Gillard will do absolutely anything to hold onto power.

    This is a government of despots.

    I doubt that you Australians will have any more elctions – with this sort of thing I imagine that some sort of state of emergency, no doubt triggered by global warming concerns, will be used to postpone going to the polls again.

    The Australian people, like those of the UK, fought, against the odds, against Nazi tyranny sixty years ago. Will you now bow your heads and enter, without a chance of a voice, the new international marxist UN led permafrost of death?

    • Vivienne says:

      I worry that not enough people are awake to what is really happening to our World. Too many people think the UN is some kind of loving father figure, When as you say it is MARXIST led just as our present Government is.

  9. QLD Sceptic says:

    John, whilst I fully support your sentiment, do not under estimate this government, particularlry Julia Gillard and its determination to achieve its goals. It is determined to force a carbon tax onto us and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. Having already consistently ignored the majority of the electorate and commenced a campaign against any media outlet not agreeing with it, this is a logical step for the government.

    So I have just one question – who votes for labour, who almost always screw the economy, and why do they vote labour? Because say what you like about the Liberals, they support free press and they are against a carbon tax. And right now, that is enough for me.

    • Simon Colwell says:

      The Liberals may be against the carbon dioxide tax but a large chunk of them are still a bunch of global warming bed wetters. The Nationals are the only major party that stands up and says that man-made global warming is a load of crap.

      • The Loaded Dog says:

        Agreed Simon. I’m with Barnaby Joyce..

        • The two party paradigm is a scam, each representative should be an ‘Independent’ devoted only to their electorate and their Region. General Assemblies should be based on localised concentration of power and resources, with a Community Chest that can be used to finance Building Societies and local infrastructure, such as Schools and Hospitals etc. A loose federation based on mutual prosperity and security should replace the Federation of States and the Commonwealth and Federal bureaucracies. Parliamentary democracy is a scam, we need a Bill of Rights and it should be indefatigable, no vetoes, no back-door legislation, a rock solid concrete guarantee of personal freedoms and Rights. Genuine freedom in a State structure is very hard work, referendums should be the rule where any change of law or “reform” is touted!

        • Agreed, Veritas, we should be embracing a system whereby parliament must seek the approval of the electorate before any significant changes are made to our laws. We must be given the power to grant or refuse approval to any of their major legislative changes.

          This would be a move towards true democracy. We already vote for a candidate representing our favoured political party, but it is not uncommon for individuals among us to disagree with one or more elements of their policy platform. This way, Australians could have the government they want, as well as, at the very least, be given an opportunity to vocalise their objection to elements of the agenda that they don’t agree with, even if their opposition is unsuccessful.

  10. Finkelstein’s report is the least of our worries. What should alarm you is the National Broadband Network. When that is finally hooked up, almost every house, office, library, anywhere that you can access the internet will have a live feed, real time camera. Your laptop that has a built in video camera, your 3G and 4G phones, your desktop machines, even your gaming consoles are now using video cameras and are linked to the web.

    Wait until some event happens that scares the general public, such as a 9/11 or a super virus. Then it will be forced 24hrs live feed (for our own protection of course). Everyone will be monitored, and not just Australia either.

    Eventually we will see the collision of bankrupt economies and mass unemployment, the threat of Nuclear War in the Middle East, supposed ‘Peak Oil’, a super virus, and a sharp rise in natural disasters. It’s all happened before, but just wait till they all happen at once.

    The most important, and prophetic quote in cinematic history comes, ironically from Sin City, “Power comes from lying. Lying big, and gettin’ the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain’t true, you’ve got e’m by the balls. “

  11. Ken Ward via Facebook says:

    Just be sure to do what we are doing in America right now with our Communist president, stock up on plenty of ammunition.

  12. Lynn Yohana Howard via Facebook says:

    We are going through the same BS in the US. Power hungry asses need to control the people

  13. Tony O'Neill says:

    About 1000 years ago (with the Crusades), the middle class – merchants and artisans – arose. They demanded – and eventually received – democracy. Any country with a strong middle class has a strong democracy. Also, any country without a strong middle class lacks democracy – China, North Korea, Zimbabwe etc. The carbon tax is designed to destroy the middle class in this country, and the Murray-Darling Basin plan is to destroy Australian farmers. The NBN is to allow easy censorship of the internet, and the capacity of the fibre optics is to allow survelliance cameras in every house – after all, if you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about. And this destruction of free speech is to allow all the above to go ahead without criticism, and indeed, the knowledge of the Australian people. These mongrels are traitors, and should be treated as such.

    • Doug Moir says:

      Very well said Tony !!!

    • I have been thinking very much the same things. Add to that what Howard did to the Single Desk wheat sales, destroyed the dairy industry, exposing the country to all sort of disease and denying our own farmers an income with so many imports of fresh food, destroying the only chance that beef growers in the north have to sell their cattle, trying to wipe out wealth creation with “super profits” taxes, distribution of hard earned taxes from the wealthy to the “less fortunate” with excessive welfare that is designed to break the country, and get us into eternal debt with banksters, so that we will be at their control, as is happening now in Europe.

      ALL of our governments are part of the NWO.

    • George Tasker says:

      “if you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about”

      I know you said it in irony but let me add to it. Government speaking “If you’re doing nothing wrong we’ll find a way to regulate you into doing something wrong. We’re just not going to tell you about this part of it so that you will willingly forge your own fetters.”

  14. Same thing in Canada, of course.

  15. God help Australia.

    Commiserations from a friend overseas.

  16. sean2829 says:

    It’s kind of funny, even the Peter Gleick story was really about how to find the people funding Heartland so the contributors could be harrassed to force them to stop funding, thereby silencing dissent on the climate issue. The ironic thing is that the Pacific Institute Gleick founded was in Berkeley, CA. That’s the place where the “free speech” movement was founded in the 1960’s.

  17. Treeman says:

    Shane Dowling wrote about Finkelstein’s report back in September 2011. Raymond Finkelstein QC, better known as The Fink will go down in history as one of the greatest fools to ever be appointed a judge, an absolute legend. This is a man who tried to hear his own case which was before the court. It does not get much worse than that. Read it all here: http://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2011/09/26/justice-finkelstein-and-a-fist-full-of-dollars-this-is-the-clown-running-the-australian-media-inquiry/

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      Normally trying to “hear ones own case” would be an issue…but not for those of the sanctified left.

      They are so glorious in their own minds that they see themselves as infallible.

      They truly are our betters…

  18. Bob Malloy says:

    Borrowed the following from TWAWKI,
    If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. (George Washington)

  19. Robertvdl says:

    the peoples republic of Australia.

    • Robertvdl says:

      “Commenting Policy: All comments will be moderated and may take some time to appear on the site” is not the way to promote Free Speech

      • Unfortunately, there are always constraints on free speech to protect the rights of other private citizens, such as the law of defamation (one of the reasons why comments are moderated). However this is fundamentally different from constraints on free speech imposed by government, with the possibility of censorship of views of which it does not approve.

  20. agwnonsense says:

    Since when has Australia been without censorship in one form or another . Let those who are without sin cast the first stone,applies to the media as well, try telling the truth,the whole truth and nothing but the truth if you want some sympathy.Climate Change is Natural and CO2 is Life,Cheers

  21. @Ken. Unfortunately, we do not have a legal right to free speech, nor the right to bear arms. If we did, I bet ammo sales would sky-rocket.

  22. Check out this picture that was on the front of the NT News in July 2010.

    http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/07/08/162131_ntnews.html

    By the end of the day every copy I saw lying around had a pencilled in moustache and arm band. :)

  23. Ally E. says:

    OMG!

    This cannot be allowed to happen here in Australia. I think we need to get our MPs taking a good look at chapter four of the Report Of The Independent Inquiry Into The Media And Media Regulation, and not just at the Summary!

    If enough of them are outraged, they can bring about an election NOW. This is a travesty!

  24. GrahamD says:

    Censorship is when you prevent OTHERS seeing something, YOU do not like.

    Mr. Ray > Finkelstein < QC

    Join the dots and you will see there is a common pattern.

    • I have joined them and I’m seeing a common global pattern. never thought this way ten years ago.

  25. Ally E. says:

    Contact addresses for writing to members of the Australian Parliament can be found here (you may have to cut and paste this link)

    http://australia.gov.au/directories/contact-parliament

  26. Tony O'Neill says:

    Freedom is lost peacefully, quietly and ususally with the implied consent of the Majority.
    Freedom, unfortunately, is usually only regained by violent revolution.

    Robertvdl – that should be The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Australia

  27. The rising and falling magnetic output of the sun was known to be the only thing that global climate followed faithfully. The mechanism was not known. Now thanks to Henrik Svensmark and research at CERN the connecting mechanism is known. As to CO2 it has been ten times higher than present time CO2 levels, and the Earth much colder. Plenty of times such as during the Roman warming, and the Medieval warming, climate was MUCH warmer than present times with lower CO2. CO2 has been rising slightly for the past 10 years but the Earth getting cooler. Now Top Japanese, Chinese and Russian scientists are warning that known solar cycles that gave us warming until about 1998 are coming around to cooling. The predicted date for start of a “Little Ice Age” is 2014 and it is to last for 200 years. The Left is desperate to garner all the power and money it can before everyone knows it. Climate is driven by moisture rich, solar reflective clouds at the 2000 to 3000 foot level, it’s driven colder if cloud cover increases. A weakening solar magnetic output, as at present, means that more cosmic rays get to the Earth atmosphere. They create muons that catalyze the creation of the aforesaid climate shifting clouds. The mechanism is so important that during the times when our solar system was outside the spiral galactic arms, in the open, where cosmic rays are sparse, the ice caps at our poles melted away and the oceans were warm. If the magnetic output of the sun gets stronger as it did for our warming, less reflective cloud cover is the result of shielding out more cosmic rays. and more sunlight gets past the clouds to warm the Earth. Normally we have 60 to 70 percent cloud cover. Clouds drive the climate and stars (via cosmic rays) give the clouds their orders.

  28. These blood sucking socialist know no limitations to their lust for compete control and power, to think it is happening in Australia defy’s the imagination.
    Good luck Australia.

  29. For generations my direct family have fought to maintain our freedom in two world wars and other conflicts. My father fought for 6 years in WWII and my father in law withstood years as a POW only to return with serious illness. They both died prematurely and with crap like tis report I am now prepared to “fight” for that freedom which they had no second thoughts about putting their lives on the line for.

  30. Gillard always has been a communist, look at her record over the years.
    She is gradually implementing her own personal socialist agenda, written many years ago. That is why she refuses to discuss or re-examine policy faults – she is on a personal mission.
    She, Labour and the Unions must be stopped.

  31. uhavitbad says:

    But the porn is still OK, right?

  32. Scarface says:

    Scary… Get rid of this government asap, now that you still have a choice.

  33. Rhys Jaggar says:

    Out of interest, say I set up a UK website which included articles on climate realism, at what point would I fall foul of the Australian regulator?

    1. Some of my readers/bloggers are Australian.
    2. I commission an article by, say, Professor Bob Carter, an Australian realist.
    3. I commission articles about Australian climate policy and media laws.
    4. I raise money from Australian advertisers.
    5. I secure investment from Macquarie Bank.
    6. I marry an Australian and agree that our children will be born in Australia to make them Australian.
    7. I hire 25% of my workforce from itinerant Australians in the UK.
    8. I hire an Australian CEO, CTO and COO.
    9. I am stupid enough to commission Julia Gillard to write an article on my website.

    The words ‘non tenuous’ is a suitably vague description.

    Did the 400 page document go into specifics or will some kangaroo court judge try and ‘create precedent’ with a suitable Big Brother ruling in lieu of becoming some Supreme Court Judge down the line????

  34. Fenbeagleblog says:

    So….Why do you allow it in your free and democratic country?

  35. Ally E. says:

    I have written to my MP urging him to read this report carefully and to stand up for freedom of speech. The summary of this report makes it sound sweet as roses, but get into the guts of it and you’ll see a different story.

    11.67 states: “The second change arises from the fact that there are many newsletter publishers and bloggers, although no longer part of the ‘lonely pamphleteer’ tradition, who offer up-to-date reflections on current affairs. Quite a number have a very small audience. There are practical reasons for excluding from the definition of ‘news media’ publishers who do not have a sufficiently large audience. If a publisher distributes more than 3000 copies of print per issue or a news internet site has a minimum of 15 000 hits per annum it should be subject to the jurisdiction of the News Media Council, but not otherwise. These numbers are arbitrary, but a line must be drawn somewhere.”

    15,000 hits per annum translates to around 40 hits per day. Blogs like this one will fall under their control.

    11.78 states: “In order to preserve the ability of the News Media Council to act swiftly, there should be no internal appeal from, or internal merits review of, a determination. Nor should there be external merits review via the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

    And 11.70 (last dot point): “There should be no requirement for the panel to provide reasons for a decision…”

    This is all about leaving us bound and gagged. What’s next? Book burning? If a book sells more than 40 copies, will it be banned for being “seditious”?

    Please, write to your MPs about this. We need to be heard.

  36. Sage_Bush says:

    All that is left down under is drinking and sport mate. Anyone is who concerned about freedom of speech isn’t playing for the ‘team’ mate. Go along and you’ll get along, ya hear?

    What is especially appalling is the Australian government is actually quite weak. Its implementation of creeping communism has been happening for years. I stopped dreaming about going there when you all gave up your guns.

    None of you Aussies should be at all surprised that freedom of speech is teetering on the edge of the abyss.

    Unfortunately, you’ll need a revolution now. Happily, this would be a good thing to see; especially if the lady in charge gets what she deserves.

  37. Gillard is a puppet for Obama and the New World Order. She has been carefully implanted and trained. Obama is a fraudulent president of the USA. He has a fake identity and birth cert. (See Gerome Corsi) There is now underway legal moves by a sherrif’s dept to produce even more evidence of the Obama fraud. Lets hope impeachment proceeding will be launched before the next US elections. ALL the western govts have had NWO rulers installed many are war criminals, Blair, Cameron, Sarkosy, Netanyaho etc list goes on…

  38. fab_chic says:

    I have been led to believe that online petitions are worthless. Petitions must be physically signed. Have you checked into the legality?

  39. I’m an Englishman! I can only be free!

  40. Bad enough that half the media are owned by Murdoch. Now the Government is going to clamp down on what can be said as well.

  41. I opened a comment on a Delingpole blog with “Laws against Climate-Change-denial in 3… 2… 1…” back in July 2011 – see http://tgr.ph/yesNos ; when dealing with closed-minded zealots who are on a Crusade, you always have to know that eventually they want to unleash the mailed fist of the State against the opposition. (That the zealots are the dupes of the political parasites who simply want another ad valorem source of revenue, is beside the point; that they are also overwhelmingly Luddites who are opposed to capitalism and other drivers of human progress is also secondary)

    There is nothing more savage than someone who is convinced, to the core of their being, that Something Must Be Done. That’s the sort of mindset that saw Galileo and Bruno persecuted for “Geocentrism Denial”, and stems from a ‘correct line’ idea about discourse that would have been at home in Stalin’s era. it is the mindset of the Witch-Finder General, or the Grand Inquisitor.

    The truly horrifying thing about people who support caging a person for questioning an orthodoxy, is that they think that THEY are the good guys. They are calling for an absolute refutation of the principle of personal freedom-of-thought, and they think they have the moral high ground.

    They are shaking in their boots (and quivering with righteous indignation should anyone dare question their Revealed Truth or their motives) about something that stands a very good chance of being an utter shibboleth. In that way they are no different from the vermin who slaughtered their fellows in various idiotic competitions between different forms of Bronze Age religious witterings.

    There is a very high probability that the current hysteria about ‘climate change’ will have the same forecasting outcome as the ‘New Ice Age’ hysteria that preceded it.

    If that is the case, and ANYONE is imprisoned for ‘denial’ in the interim, then there should be a ‘vengeance posse’ that hunts down and deals harshly with those who advocated incarcerating their fellow man for thoughtcrime. (I’m deadly serious: to me, calling for the imprisonment of a man for what he thinks, is a declaration of a state of war between those who promulgate that idea and those who truly believe in freedom of thought. Such a war does not stop once the zealot is found to have destroyed another’s life and invaded upon his liberty for a sham: it’s NOT, and nor should it be, ‘let bygones be bygones”).

    It is already the case that the landscape is littered with as many busted forecasts from the Chicken Littles, as there are failed forecasts of the Second Coming or the Rapture. As with the Rapture-tards, the Chicken Littles raise their busted flush by pushing out their end-dates and upping the claimed eventual impact.

    The difference is that since Church hegemony has been overthrown, the religious nutcases only waste their OWN money and time in the promulgation of their particular form of millenarian End-Times whackery – whereas the climate Torquemadas are on a gravy train laden with extorted tax funds.

    • ThisIsDumb says:

      “The difference is that since Church hegemony has been overthrown”

      Political Correctness is the State Religion of the entire West.

      Long live political Correctness and Mommy Professor!

      Mommy knows best!

  42. You can’t legally have a gun as a private citizen in Nth Korea or China or Northern Vietnam or Cuba

  43. Griffen. says:

    1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy

    2. Create a gulag

    3. Develop a thug caste

    4. Set up an internal surveillance system

    5. Harass citizens’ groups

    6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release

    7. Target key individuals

    8. Control the press

    9. Dissent equals treason

    10. Suspend the rule of law

    All of these things are now being implemented in the west.

  44. Griffen. says:

    The 10 steps to a corporate fascist worldwide dictatorship.
    A bland grey impoverished collectivist hell hole.

  45. derfel cadarn says:

    WOW !!! A four page report on how censorship is good for freedom,what will they think of next. When you need this type of muscle to promote your ideas,you can be assured that your ideas suck.

  46. You’ve got this guy’s name wrong – right ?

    Frankenstein ??

    Both produced monsters dangerous to mere mortals !!

  47. The report doesn’t say that the ABC is balanced, it says it is perceived as being the least biased. This would be so by many measures. By making that claim you are attributing something to the report that is not in fact there. And ths is but one example of many. It seems to be a habbit here, and is no better than the tricks used by those in the media you seem to distrust. Take a hard look at yourself.

    • “Least biased” is semantically equivalent to “most balanced” in relation to the entire spectrum of news media, a claim which is clearly nonsense when you look at the ABC’s treatment of climate issues, and its unfailing support for Labor at all costs. And it is just one example of many in the report (which I cited) which provide evidence to support the conclusion that the report itself is clearly written from a biased perspective.

      • Here, Here! “C” should find another hobby rather than following the monkey around hoping to find treasure in what he leaves behind!

        “We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties”.

        (Oath sworn by diggers at Bakery Hill, 29 November 1854)…

        Not just a lefty sound-bite anymore eh?

  48. With rights come responsibilities. With responsibilities come rights.
    I doubt that the most extreme elements of this would get through Parliament and, if they did, they would be up for challenge in the High Court.
    That said, you can never tell which way the High Court will jump or what power they will use in making a decision. It is not something people can afford to be complacent about.
    As for the idea that the ABC is not biased – surely that was a joke?

  49. Just George says:

    Australia, “the clever country” – where grown adults can’t be trusted to make up their own minds. Signs of a government getting desperate.

  50. inmate #68 says:

    This is what the NBN is for. It was always about allowing the Government access to your personal internet traffic (emails, websites, social chatter etc) and then being able to shut down any dissidents. It was never about a better service level.
    Note how Conroy has gone quiet on the ‘black list’ that all ISPs were told to enforce? No need now as ALL data will go through the NBN at some point and that is controlled by the Government.
    Our very own echelon
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echelon_%28signals_intelligence%29)

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  2. [...] Some excerpts from a Menzies House email from Timothy Andrews: [...]

  3. […] bubbling away just under the surface, were almost given free rein when the truly frightening Finkelstein report was released, which advocated a government-appointed watchdog to “regulate” news […]

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