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Thursday, October 30, 2008

No free speech in Australia

The Australian government will now decide what its citizens can and cannot read on the web. (h/t/ drudge)

Posted by Moin A Yahya on October 30, 2008 in Freedom of expression | Permalink

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It'll be here eventually. I am not sure how to stop it but I pretty sure voting won't do it.

Posted by: Ray K. | 2008-10-30 7:52:26 AM


""The need to prevent access to illegal hard-core material and child pornography must be placed above the industry's desire for unfettered access," Mr Wallace said.
(these are the same wankers that can't stop all the spam or make online banking transactions safe from hackers)

Well I've heard tell, the road to hell, is paved with good intentions....

Did y'all know that the rallying cry of the Bolsheviks in their struggle to create the Soviet Union was "Bread and Peace"?

Now who, I ask ya, could possibly be against bread and peace?

Posted by: Speller | 2008-10-30 8:15:13 AM


It seems like the entire Anglosphere is on a downhill skid, doesn't it? It's hard to believe that this is the same country that gave us Croc Hunter and Mad Max. With the exception of parts of the U.S. and Canada, the Anglosphere is getting more like Blairian England every day.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-10-30 11:42:55 AM


Ray, Speller and Shane how right you are. So while we fret about China trying to control what her citizens can read or access on the internet, we have our own control zealots wanting to do the same.

As for Australia I remember reading so years back about a couple of pastors being prosecuted for hate speech. They had dared to read passages from the Koran in order to make people aware of the threat from Islamists. I forget the state where it took place but it was very much like what we have experienced from our HRCs. As whether or not all Australian states had this kind of law I honestly do not know, but at the time I was shocked.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-10-30 12:26:49 PM


Australia is following England's lead a lot more closely than we are and they have been for a while now. But don't you worry, we'll get there too. Security here is going to reach the crowd control and surveillance levels seen in England.
Sometimes I think we won't be truly secure and safe until we're all in handcuffs and on camera.
So, don't forget to vote and remember to pay "your" taxes. Security and free speech aint cheap ya know!

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-30 5:34:42 PM


Every elected government removes a few "little " freedoms , always "for the public good" and often with majority consent or apathy. The loss of freedom comes in little steps.For every freedom removed another freedom must be moved into the breech.Remember the days you could ride a bicycle without a helmet? or play with real lawn darts?.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-10-30 10:57:19 PM


It is with regret that I inform you that the CRTC is looking into PRECISELY the same kind of “national Internet censorship”. In fact, Canada precedes Australia in “looking into” the issue. In typical Canadian fashion, of course, it take the Canadian government and/or its agencies significantly longer to actually DO anything about is intentions.

Remember this! Canada’s alleged “war on child poverty” - declared over three decades ago - has been SO effective that rates of child poverty today are PRECISELY where they were 30 years ago.

I have grave concerns about the direction in which Canadian government and its agencies are headed. However, my concern is tempered by the knowledge that “things Canadian” move more slowly than molasses flows uphill in December.

Posted by: Pesky Pundit | 2008-10-31 3:52:28 AM


I have grave concerns about the direction in which Canadian government and its agencies are headed. However, my concern is tempered by the knowledge that “things Canadian” move more slowly than molasses flows uphill in December.

Posted by: Pesky Pundit | 31-Oct-08 3:52:28 AM


Further to that:

I Thank God for Government waste. If the government actually spent the money we give them efficiently...we'd all be slaves by now.

Milton Friedman

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-31 6:12:50 AM


Some great comments! Here's one I hope is up to the rest:

When governments do anything, it is only through legislation, if I understand how things work. So every year, governments must do something. Ever time they do something, it results in an errosion of freedoms. Or am I missing something?

AND, I have thought, if we continue to legislate we will reduce freedoms to a point that in some countries like Spain or Britain, Sharia will easily replace common law with little opposition. Most of the tools Islamists need to control will already be in place.

Posted by: TM | 2008-10-31 1:05:33 PM


Sharia will easily replace common law with little opposition

Have you ever been to Britain or Spain? Have you ever been out of Saskatchewan?

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-10-31 1:26:24 PM


Stig, are you asking me? No to your first question, yes to your second. Everytime I have gone to Saskatchewan, I have come back to Alberta.

Posted by: TM | 2008-10-31 1:36:29 PM


Stig, are you asking me? No to your first question,
Posted by: TM | 31-Oct-08 1:36:29 PM

As you haven't actually been to either country and spoken to the locals how would you realistically know.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-10-31 1:59:22 PM


Stig,

First of all, I wouldn't know from first hand experience. But then I suspect most people in those countries don't know either. In any case, I have read enough to have a dangerous opinion of my own.

Secondly, I said "I have thought", which indicates I am admitting that I don't know for sure. But who does?

Posted by: TM | 2008-10-31 2:35:10 PM



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