Ben Laurie blathering

Australian Doublespeak

Isn’t it amazing that politicians have so little respect for their electorate that they are quite willing to say things like this?

Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy says new measures are being put in place to provide greater protection to children from online pornography and violent websites.

“Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road,” he said.

“If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd-Labor Government is going to disagree.”

I’m sure there’s no need to explain yet again why the Australian idea that they can filter the ‘net is doomed. But what does need some explaining, in my view, is why Conroy thinks he can get away with equating “protecting children from online pornography” and “watching child pornography”? Why have journalists become so passive that they will happily quote such nonsense without any inclination to do some actual analysis of the “news” they so mindlessly quote. It’s no wonder traditional media are in fear of the blogosphere.

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