Witness the end of democracy in Australia

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THE Howard Government will abandon plans to radically reform Australia's media landscape, instead restricting changes to cross-media and foreign ownership laws.
In a setback to the reformist aspirations of Communications Minister Helen Coonan, the Government will dump her big-ticket reform proposal in favour of a narrower set of changes.

John Howard has signalled he wants only a "plain vanilla" set of reforms. This will see cross-media and foreign investment restrictions lifted as the Government tries to encourage greater market competition.

In other words, giving Australia's entire fucking media to Murdoch, thereby ensuring a one-party government. Rest of World, take heed.

Hotman Paris Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 07:16 (sixteen years ago) link

did you see that parky interview with rupe a while ago? apparently he proudly exploited his siblings in a money making scheme when he was just a wee kid.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 07:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Italy to thread.

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 07:53 (sixteen years ago) link

How long ago now was it that the (unelected) Governer-General fired the (elected) Prime Minister? 30 years?

Forest Pines (ForestPines), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 09:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Like anyone really takes any of the Aus media seriously now as it is? I mean, come on.

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 11:48 (sixteen years ago) link

go on - you all watch it and read it.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow, it's like you guys are living in the People's Republic of China!! Use Google while you still can, I guess!! I wet my pants!!

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 28 September 2005 12:37 (sixteen years ago) link

John Howard about to declare Google un-Australian, unless it's used to find out cricket scores.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 14:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow, it's like you guys are living in the People's Republic of China!! Use Google while you still can, I guess!! I wet my pants!!


pr00de, where's my car? (pr00de), Thursday, 29 September 2005 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't the news there entirely centered around rugby anyhow?

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Thailand to thread (soon) watch this space

Paul Kelly (kelly), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:22 (sixteen years ago) link

rugby? lord no. you mean AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL

jimmy glass (electricsound), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:24 (sixteen years ago) link

This is pretty shit, but not as bad as the forthcoming anti-terrorism laws. (a la the us patriot act)

Isn't the news there entirely centered around rugby anyhow?

Nope. I don't even know what the fuck rugby is. (xpost, yes that's more like it, but no that's hardly what news revolves around here)

Andrew (enneff), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:26 (sixteen years ago) link

At least we'll still have ABC (A Basket Case) but that's not much consolation. They'll probably also reduce its budget to a thripence (is that a word?) to stop Kerry O-Brien, Four Corners and Lateline making the poor little MPs stand in the corner. So "investigative reporting" - aka "foot in the door" journalism - will be reduced to A Current Affair and Today Tonight, yay. I agree about the *anti-terrorism laws*, these are far more worrying. They're only to make Ruddock the Attorney-General look like he's doing something *useful*.

salexander (salexander), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:42 (sixteen years ago) link

can we all decide to go for indie media instead?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:52 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

And again?
Australia to Ban Alcohol for Aborigines

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Let's talk about them while they're asleep...

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm not! But fuck if I can be bothered talking about this shit.

Trayce, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:36 (fifteen years ago) link

it's not even midnight yet!

some of the stories about abuse of kids in those communities are horrific. banning alcohol won't do a fucking thing, though. i hope this government is voted out before the end of the year, they've pulled this sort of divisive shit far too often. makes me sick.

haitch, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:39 (fifteen years ago) link

We dont even have a decent oppositon anymore though. I've fuckin given up. I mean I vote green/labour but whats the damn point.

Trayce, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:42 (fifteen years ago) link

it's not even midnight yet!

Heheh, quite late enough. You're probably only downloading pornogrphy anyway...

According to Another Article the abuse was perpetrated by aboriginal and non-aboriginal people. Also as the ban is only on aboriginal land so totally useless? Or am I missing something?

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 21 June 2007 13:44 (fifteen years ago) link

As far as I understand the abuse they're referring to here primarily occurs in aboriginal settlements in the Northern Territory of Australia, which is very remote. Has/is there any analogous situation with native inhabitants in other parts of the world? And has it been dealt with effectively at all? Because it is indeed a shameful situation and it seems to me that it would be far worse for the government to sit on it's hands and do nothing at all.

badg, Friday, 22 June 2007 00:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, I love the way they're ignoring 'poverty/unemployment' and focusing entirely on 'alcohol'. Well done.

emil.y, Friday, 22 June 2007 00:38 (fifteen years ago) link

That's a bit flippant. They're not focussing entirely on alcohol. I think the main issue is child welfare.

badg, Friday, 22 June 2007 00:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Has/is there any analogous situation with native inhabitants in other parts of the world?

see: canada. not nearly as bad but not even close to good.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Friday, 22 June 2007 02:23 (fifteen years ago) link

That's a bit flippant. They're not focussing entirely on alcohol. I think the main issue is child welfare.

Indeed. Also: Aboriginal health in general. Fucking dreadful.

Drooone, Friday, 22 June 2007 02:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Aye. Those people are so horribly marginalized, and the areas they live in are SO ridiculously remote.

Trayce, Friday, 22 June 2007 02:32 (fifteen years ago) link

The Howard Government: continuing the great Aussie tradition of being so fucking patronising to the Aborginal people of Australia and treating them as little more than children whilst taking away all their prospects for a future and then blaming it on them, claiming that they're alcoholic dole-bludging pedophiles.

King Boy Pato, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:26 (fifteen years ago) link

heard about this earlier today, what a disgrace. this will only benefit bootleggers.

hstencil, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean ffs have you seen some of these remote communities? Theyre a day or 2 drive from anything, its dusty dry arid shit, there is nothing at all to do. No wonder everyone is driven to drink and violence.

Trayce, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Whilst at the same time both parties are falling over each other to be best at rolling out "high speed" broadband across the country to facilitate ease of pronography downloading.

SeekAltRoute, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:34 (fifteen years ago) link

my friend murray sed this on another forum's thread about this:

this will also be good news for sly-groggers: those who sell alcohol illegally. when the pub was closed in the community i was in a carton of beer would exchange hangs for up to $200!

hstencil, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I havent been in a functional aborignal community that wasnt dry, but yes it needs community support. What is NT aboriginal leadership response?

ps Youre a bad bad bad person "seekaltroute"

Kiwi, Friday, 22 June 2007 03:41 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...


Greetings Australian Government Officials, Members of Local and International Press, and the General Public. We are Anonymous.

Austrailia - 2/8/2010 - Over the past several years, we have maintained a close watch on the actions of the Australian Government with particular focus on its stance towards internet censorship.

Australia's laws on internet censorship are already among the most restrictive in the western world. Their government filters more internet content than any other Parliamentary Democracy. For some elements within the Government, including Telecommunications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy, this still is not enough. Late in January of 2009 he proposed legislature that would lead to mandatory ISP filtering for all of Australia. The stated goal is to prevent Australia from viewing "illegal and unwanted content" on the internet.

Anonymous' concern with this legislature is twofold.

First, the ambiguity of the term "unwanted content" is completely unacceptable. No government should have the right to refuse its citizens access to information solely because they perceive it to be "unwanted." Indeed, the only possible interpretation of "unwanted content" is content that the government itself does not want to be seen.

More importantly, Anonymous does not approve of the steps already undertaken by the Australian Government to control what their populous sees. Claiming to be cracking down on "simulated child pornography," many depictions of women with small breasts in pornography have been banned. Officials cannot claim that they believe the models in these movies are in fact underage, as the production the titles that have been affected are heavily regulated to ensure the age of the models. Instead they are relying on earlier ambiguous wording that allows pornography featuring models that "appear to be" under 18 years of age to be treated in the same manner as actual child pornography.

The repercussions of this censorship of a natural body type on the psyche of Australian women cannot be understated, but this is not Anonymous' concern. The Australian Government will learn that one does not mess with our porn. No one messes with our access to perfectly legal (or illegal) content for any reason.

We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget

Expect us.

Contact: operat✧✧✧.titst✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 22 February 2010 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

^^ operation titstorm, fyi

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 22 February 2010 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

Why is Australia so flipped out about the internet?

The Federal Government has confirmed it is considering a policy requiring Australian internet providers to retain precise data on how their users are using the internet, with the potential to include information on emails sent and — reportedly — their web browsing history.

“The Attorney-General’s Department has been looking at the European Directive on Data Retention, to consider whether such a regime is appropriate within Australia’s law enforcement and security context,” a spokesperson for the department confirmed via email today. “It has consulted broadly with the telecommunications industry.”

The spokesperson’s confirmation was also contained in a report by ZDNet.com.au (which broke this story), which stated that ISP industry sources had flagged the potential for the new regime to require ISPs to record each internet address (also known as URL) that an internet user visited.

Delimiter has contacted spokespeople from major ISPs such as Telstra, Optus, iiNet, Internode and Adam Internet to ask for a response on the matter, as well as the Internet Industry Association, a group which represents the ISPs. The office Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the office of Attorney-General Robert McLelland have also been contacted for comment on the matter.

The European Directive on Data Retention (2006) requires communications providers to retain a number of categories of data relating to their users.

Broadly speaking, they must retain data necessary to trace and identify the source, destination, date, type, time and duration of communications — and even what communication equipment is being used by customers and the location of mobile transmissions.

According to the directive, where internet access is concerned, this means the ISPs must retain the user ID of users, email addresses of senders and recipients of email, the date and time that users logged on and off from a service, and their IP address — whether dynamic or static applied to their user ID.

For telephone conversations, this means the number from which calls were placed and the number that received the call, the owner of the telephone service and similar data such as the time and date of the call’s commencement and completion. For mobile phone numbers, geographic location data would also be included.

The EU directive requires that no data regarding the content of communications be included, however, and it has directives regarding privacy, including the fact that data would be retained for periods of not less than six months and not more than two years from the date of the communication.

Any data collected is to be destroyed at the end of that period.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 12 June 2010 00:44 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

This internet censorship thing has been quiet recently. Unpopular govt beginning to understand why it's unpopular? Who knows.

Bentley Rhythm Trayce (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 5 January 2011 23:46 (eleven years ago) link

they'll probably just spring it on us at some point

poppagemoose (electricsound), Wednesday, 5 January 2011 23:50 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

A new beginning

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xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 10:01 (one week ago) link

thorpe is great

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