The Federal Government is becoming bolder and bolder in it’s concerted attack on freedom of speech in Australia through trying to censor any dissenting views.
The Australian has reported the Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy – the man who has previously said that he had the power to make telco bosses wear red underpants on their head if he wanted to, and also that the Federal Government should be “going to war” against News Limited – has tried to change legislation to ban the Bolt Report, and other similar shows such as Meet The Press, from being aired.
That’s right, he actually wanted to ban them:
CABINET ministers have canvassed a startling intervention in news and current affairs to prevent television networks from striking partnerships with other media companies in a sign of last-minute changes to reforms due within weeks.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is understood to have put the proposals to Julia Gillard on Monday night in an attempt to stop the Ten Network from working with News Limited to produce a Sunday current affairs program.
Of course, this proposal wouldn’t have applied to the staunchly left-of centre ABC:
Tthe high-level focus on the program appeared to ignore similar deals at the ABC in which Four Corners aired reports by journalists from Fairfax newspapers…
It seems that the proposal currently wasn’t approved, but what state of an affairs it is where the Federal Communications Minister in an allegedly free country like Australia, with the full support of parties like the Australian greens, can actively call for the government to ban contrary voices.