- Will you miss us when we’re gone?
When protesters do emerge in significant numbers, however, it is the job of the news media to report them. It is indeed one of our most basic functions and one which we abjectly failed to perform on the weekend, first ignoring the twenty-thousand citizens who rallied across rural and regional Australia, before ignoring or underreporting the much larger numbers who rallied in the state capitals on Sunday....
Stepping away from the all of the issues captured by a thousand different placards on Saturday and Sunday, the systemic failure to recognise the significance of the story speaks to a deeper fear I have about the news media, which is not that we might die out as Google gorges itself on the last scraps of our advertising based business model… but that it won’t matter.
That you won’t care, and that there will be no reason to care.
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- George Brandis defends 'right to be a bigot' amid Government plan to amend Racial Discrimination Act - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
"People do have a right to be bigots you know," [Brandis] told the Senate.
Barely 20 minutes after his statements in the Senate, Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek asked the Prime Minister if he agreed with the Attorney-General that people had a "right to be bigots".
Tony Abbott did not repeat the phrase but said Australia's democracy and freedom depended on free speech.
"Of course this Government is determined to try to ensure that Australia remains a free and fair and tolerant society, where bigotry and racism has no place," Mr Abbott said.
So according to the Liberals, being a bigot is both a right and something which has no place in Australia. Funny how the right trots out free speech when they attack people, then screams bias and political-correctness-gone-mad when they are attacked.
It's already pretty impressive, then the helicopter gets involved...
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