Defend our Freedom of Speech

The key ingredient to a free society is a free press and the liberty to say as you please without invoking the tyranny of government. With the release of Ray Finkelstein’s 400 page report into the media, we seem to be losing grasp on what should be a non-negotiable right. Timothy Andrews of Menzies House writes:

Its “recommendations” should 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.   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 coved by this!

This is not a matter of partisan politics. If you are left wing or right wing, you should take action against this horror.

This very blog falls into the category deemed by Finkelstein to be regulatory-worthy, such is the loose criteria. It also contends that the ABC is the most unbiased news outlet in the country. Furthermore, it takes particular aim at global warming skeptics, taking keen notice of the testimony of Robert Manne.

I would urge everyone concerned about the future of Australia to sign the petition for the government to reject the report outright and to write to their local member of parliament. If we are to be serious in standing up for our most important right, then MPs should be completely inundated with our concerns. I wrote to the member for Corio, Richard Marles.

Mr Marles, I note with great concern the contents of Ray Finkelstein’s report into the media, which recommends unprecedented powers of regulation into newspapers, TV and even online commentary. I myself run a blog which is often critical of the current government and I fear the way this could be abused to censor dissent. Sir, no one should wield this sort of power. It is an affront to our democratic system and an assault on our freedom of speech. I urge you Mr Marles, as a member of the Australian government, to speak up against such a media watchdog.

Andrew Bolt, already a victim of the assault on what we write, highlights the importance of free speech.


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Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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12 Responses to Defend our Freedom of Speech

  1. agwnonsense says:

    When the media consistantly LIES and DISTORTS the TRUTH free speech becomes a moot point.The Australian media, with very few exceptions promotes the Government Line on CO2 and climate change,overlooks Juliars career of lies and fraud.I do not have a lot of sympathy for the media and until they get their act together and start telling the truth I will not watch the IDIOT box, read a newspaper or listen to a radio.

  2. Sean McHugh says:

    Agwnonsense, you miss the point dangerously. When you say: “I do not have a lot of sympathy for the media and until they get their act together and start telling the truth”, you don’t seem to realise that ones who lie the most for the Government will be least affected by this. There are still a few voices out there – this blog for example – that point out the socialist agenda, the incompetence, and the economic and political disaster that is the Labor/Greens Government. Our government wants to silence these opposing voices.

    “until they get their act together and start telling the truth I will not watch the IDIOT box, read a newspaper or listen to a radio.”

    Yeah, that will show the Labor/Greens, won’t it?

  3. agwnonsense says:

    What I was getting at is that in the long run nothing will change we will get fed the same crap with or without this lunacy and our complacency is to blame for putting up with it,If you agree with the PTB you have freedom of speech if you don’t look out

  4. Ally E. says:

    This is very much about silencing those who dare speak out against alarmist government proposals, carbon tax and global catastrophe. People are fed up with the nonsense. They are doing the research themselves, looking into the facts, weighing both sides of the arguments involved, and talking about what they are finding out.

    The public is waking up to what is happening, and the government doesn’t like it. This regulation is not about silencing or correct MSM (unless it doesn’t agree with government policy, of course), it’s about gagging the ordinary person utilizing and talking freely on sites like this one!

    • Aussie says:

      Well, when they come calling on my blog they do not make it past moderation. Moral equivalence is not acceptable. In other words if I want to have my say and blog about it, then that is my business…. 🙂

  5. Aussie says:

    @ Sean McHugh, I have been ignoring the print media for several years. I do sometimes read their crap online… and crap is the operative word when it comes to Fairfax and the ABC.

    The best way that we can hit back is to use our own blogs to make a statement. So yes we can show the watermelons that we mean business…..

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  7. Richard Ryan says:

    Andrew Bolt, a nobody in the field of wordsmiths.

  8. Richard Ryan says:

    AH YES! Silence is golden—–Julian Assange would know all about that—-free speech, in my arse.

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