At least former Wallabies wing Clyde Rathbone does:
Racial discrimination is conquered by the very freedom we stand to lose if we let governments dictate which speech is truly free. A culture cannot evolve simply by criminalising the expression of bad ideas……Relaxing the laws that bound our speech will invariably lead to offence, which in turn will lead to debate. Open conversation, rather than legal intervention, is our best hope for a lasting solution to racial discrimination.
Australia has joined the EU and the USA in sanctioning 11 Russians for the invasion of the Crimea. If that is the best Australia can come up with then Putin will essentially have free reign over Eastern Europe. There is no one that will stop him.
We are starting to get a taste of a post-USA world.
The establishment of Craig Thomson’s guilt in the HSU credit card scandal essentially means that the Gillard government was kept in power by the false denials of one man. Denials that mislead Parliament, a jail-able offense. Throughout, Gillard expressed her ‘complete confidence’ in Thomson, and so did the current ALP opposition leader Bill Shorten. While the establishment of the Gillard government was not illegal, the maintenance of the government certainly was. They relied on the lies told to Parliament about fraudulent matters to stay in power. Lies that ALP MPs surely did not believe.
When the parliamentary bells summoned MPs to Question Time at 1.55pm on Thursday, Labor members trudged towards the House of Representatives resigned and demoralised. ”I really hope the sex was good,” muttered one minister.
If Thomson had obeyed the Constitution as it related to making truthful statements to Parliament, then the Gillard government would have been no more. If Gillard and her colleagues had an ounce of integrity, they would have not accepted those lies and their government would have been no more. Gillard and her colleagues are therefore accessories to Thomson’s crimes
The ABC is on the rack. The public outrage over their coverage of the boat people issue is surprising in its extent and marks a turning point in the public mind on the role of the ABC in public life. Certainly the ABC’s initial claims that Navy personnel had tortured illegal immigrants on boats, claims that turned out to be utter rubbish, has highlighted the partisan nature of the public broadcaster. This claim also goes along with the work the ABC did in promoting Snowden leaks about DSD spying on the Indonesians. It was therefore reassuring that Abbott has picked up on this mood, and basically denounced ABC’s coverage of recent issues. But like clock work Turnbull has rushed to the defence of the ABC.
Mr Turnbull defended the Prime Minister’s right to critique the ABC but, in comments that could be interpreted as resistance to Mr Abbott, he said the ABC was rightly accountable to its board of directors, not politicians.
The ABC might be independent of the present government, but it is not independent of the LabGreen big government agenda as highlighted by Cory Bernardi on many occasions. In any case, Turnbull has been a non-performer since coming to power so I don’t think he carries the weight in the party room like he used to.
Wonder if there was any pressure put on Turnbull to announce the review into ABC and SBS operations?
“The study will focus on the costs of inputs – that is the ‘back of house’ day-to-day operational and financial operations, structures and processes applied to delivering ABC and SBS programs, products and services.
Apart from the overly generous PPL scheme, I agree with everything Abbott said. Based on this speech, I think Abbott is solid on the economy. Actually, I think this speech should be considered the benchmark going forward. Not just for Australia, but for the entire world. It hits on every major issue facing the global economy at the moment: ‘government doesn’t create wealth’, ‘better government is not about more government’.