Politics : Freedom to what ?

FreespeechIt seems the well read, Lord of the Dance and ‘Minister for terrorism’ (mostly he seems to terrorise Labor with his knowledge of Parliamentary process) George Brandis is actually looking into removing some of the laws that impinge on our personal freedoms, my hope is that they will actually head back to a more classic liberalism and remove some of the more draconian laws imposed by previous governments of both persuasions. They have made a few small steps in this direction with the repeal of some of the laws banning the ridicule of parliamentarians and use of parliamentary footage, though the cynic in me thinks this was more for the benefit of the Murdoch press than any real sense of advancing freedom of expression; they are sending  mixed messages though, with the foreshadowed scrapping of the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments.

 

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Your right to say it

FreespeechNow this is a post that, I am sure, will surprise some people but I entirely agree with the change/repeal of what is now known as ’Bolts Law’. While I think Andrew Bolt is a right wing twat, I also believe that this bit of legislation went too far. In the words of Voltaire – I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it(yes I know not actually his direct words) and from a more modern source that puts it far more succinctly in my opinion..

Stephen Fry

“It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

Repeal of “Bolts Law”