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February 3rd, 2015 by Lucas

The Abbott address the National Press Club

Here is my translation of the Prime Minister’s speech to the National Press Club:
Over the summer, I’ve been talking to hundreds of Australians from all walks of life – in the street, on the beach, in cafes, even at the pub; and I’ve been talking with my colleagues.
“talking to” not “talking with”. You lot just don’t get the manna I’m laying down
As every Australian agrees, to live here is to have won the lottery of life – because we are as free, fair and prosperous as any country on earth.

You’re bloodly lucky to be here maate!

But these are testing times for our country.

I don’t know what the F is wrong with you people

2014 was a tumultuous year that’s reminded us to expect the unexpected.

Bloody Senate

Thirty eight Australians were shot out of the sky by Russian-backed rebels.

Took the heat off me for a while

A death cult, claiming justification in Islam, is creating a new dark age over much of Syria and Iraq.

Look over there! They’re worse than us!

And the terrorism it inspires has hit Melbourne and Sydney.

And if you’re not careful with your vote, they’ll hit Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth…

It was an anxious year for our well-being, as well as for our security.

And it’ll be another anxious year for our well being and security – we have the NSW elections coming up, and I’ve got to keep those rascally backbenchers in line.

At last, the US is growing, but Europe is stagnating, and China – our economic locomotive – is now growing at its slowest rate in a quarter of a century.

I was told to say this, but I don’t know what it means

And the price of iron ore – our biggest export – has halved in just over a year.

Revenues. Eh

In troubled times, people expect more of government, not less – and we have to deliver.

We’re going to deliver more to our mate. And because there is less revenue there will be even less for you plebs.

That’s why a government with the plan and the will to strengthen our economy and to protect our nation is so important.

Where did I put that plan. It was here a moment ago.

This government is more determined than ever to make the changes our country needs.

Needs so my mates in big business can squeeze you little folk for all the soylent green.

This government will deliver Australia’s economic future because only a Coalition government can.

Can deliver for my mates, not you lot.

As Liberals and Nationals, sound economic management is in our DNA.

Even though we’ve doubled the deficit, and increased net debt, which we may have indicated was bad ju-ju.

We’ve done it before and we are doing it again.

Anyone here remember the 21% interest rates when John Howard was treasurer? No? Excellent.

More than ever, in troubled times, government has to protect our people and stand up for Australian values.

By saying “Our People” we mean people who donate large sums to the Liberal Party.

This government would hardly have taken the political risks it has without the conviction that some change is absolutely unavoidable if our country is to flourish.

We figured if we did this slowly, someone out there in electronic-grafiti-land would figure it out, and bust us.

To create more jobs and more opportunities for families, we simply have to build a stronger economy.

By taking away penalty rates and minimum wage, everyone can have a job that pays nothing!

A stronger economy is the foundation of a stronger Australia.

And if the economy is stronger, everyone’s life is better.

And you plebs are not included in “everyone”, as you’re not real people.

A stronger economy helps everyone who’s doing it tough:

parents wrestling with school fees and health costs;

Those private school and hospitals are getting really expensive

small business people anxious to keep their staff;

We even cater for small business. Looks around nervously.

seniors whose superannuation has to fund their retirement;

And our mates in the banking sector need those senior superannuation funds to bleed dry with their fees

volunteers wondering if they can still afford to serve the community;  and

Back in the day it was called slavery

young people looking for their first job and their first home.

I wonder when my daughters are moving out.

Building a stronger economy is the fairest thing we can do because it means more jobs, higher wages, and more government revenue to pay for the services we need.


During 2015, our priority will be creating more jobs; easing the pressure on families; building roads; strengthening national security; and promoting more opportunity for all – with a new families policy and a new small business and jobs policy.


But we need to be candid about the challenges we face.

There won’t be enough to go around, so only Liberal Party donors will benefit.

The drift of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years cannot continue.

How dare the Labor Party help the little people

Standing still on reform means going backwards on living standards.

Nevermind those reforms that make the little people’s lives better, like NDIS, NBN, Universal Healthcare, Universal Higher education…

Just a few years back, under the Howard government, we were quite literally the envy of the world.

In 2007, we had a strong and sustainable budget with a $20 billion surplus and $50 billion in the bank.

After six years of Labor, the deficit had blown out to $50 billion and gross debt was skyrocketing towards $667 billion.

I hope no-one remembers the GFC.

Under Labor, government was spending too much; borrowing too much; and paying out too much dead money in interest alone.

How on earth are we going to splash cash on our donors if we have to pay this interest bill?

We can’t wait for a crisis – like Europe – to address this problem because the solutions then will be much worse than the solutions today.

Our problem is not that taxes are too low; our problem is that government spending is too high.

Which is why my government is second only to the Howard Liberal government for the biggest spending government on record

We are writing cheques that our children and grandchildren will have to meet through higher taxes, higher interest rates and poorer services.

I hope the economist don’t bring up the fact that inflation makes debt easier to pay off in the future.

Right now, we’re borrowing $1 billion a month just to pay the interest on debt that the former Labor government ran up.

That’s right – one thousand million every month to pay Labor’s interest bill – that’s a brand new tertiary hospital that could be built every single month if Labor’s interest bill did not have to be paid.

I hope they don’t go to the finance website and find out we’ve almost doubled the deficit since we’ve been in charge.

And without structural change, within a decade, we’d be borrowing $3 billion a month just to pay the interest on Commonwealth debt.

So – let’s spend the money we have to on the things we really need; and let’s borrow where we must, to invest judiciously in a stronger Australia for the future – but let’s stop borrowing just to meet the ordinary expenses of government.

“Things we really need”, like a new coal mine. Everyone likes coal.

Reducing the deficit means that interest rates will stay lower.

Even though the deficit has blown out, the RBA wouldn’t..

Reducing the deficit means that taxes can be cut.

For the Liberal donors, of course.

Reducing the deficit means more confidence in the economy.

Because of the largess I can give to the Liberal Party donors, who desperately need another yacht.

And reducing the deficit is the fair thing to do – because it ends the intergenerational theft against our children and grandchildren.

I had to work in the word “fair” somewhere.

We’ve never been a country that’s ripped off future generations to pay for today.

Never mind that for most of Australia’s history, we’ve run deficits.

And under my government, we never will.

Except last year, this year, next year, and hopefully the year after that, assuming you don’t absently mindedly vote for that other mob.

On election night, I declared that Australia was under new management and once more open for business.

It certainly isn’t open for you great unwashed.

Since then, new projects worth over $1 trillion have received environmental approval.

Greg’s rubber stamp has almost worn out

The carbon tax is gone – so every household, on average, is $550 a year better off.

Never mind that those electricity bills have actually gone up

The mining tax is gone – so Australia once more is seen as a good place to invest.

Because they are so stupid, they don’t charge us a fair amount for the dirt we dig up

Big new road projects are now getting underway to overcome commuter gridlock – and the new Western Sydney Airport is finally to be built after 50 years of indecision.

So in ten years there will be the same grid lock, and I can come to the rescue again with MOAR ROADS!

After 10 years of talk, free trade agreements covering more than 50 per cent of our exports – with China, Japan and South Korea – have been finalised with better markets for Australian farmers and lower prices for Australian consumers.

Yeah, I know the other mob laid all the groundwork, just so I could take the glory!

The live cattle trade that Labor closed down in panic over a TV programme is booming again.

Cruelty to animals? I stomp on animals

There are now 15,000 new trade support loans because apprentices finally have the support that’s long been offered to university students.

If we don’t pay for the apprentices, I might have to do some home handyman work. Margie said I wasn’t allowed to, after that incident.

At last, the NBN is rolling out, reliably and affordably.

On rickety old copper network which can barely carry voice signals.

And despite the argy-bargy, in every sitting fortnight since last July, the Senate has passed at least one major piece of legislation.

In 16 months of being in government, I’ve done one thing “right”

And, of course, the illegal boats that just kept coming and coming under the former Labor government have all-but-stopped.

Well, we’ve stopped talking about it.

The Abbott government has stopped the boats – and only this government will keep them stopped.

Stopped arriving.

The Abbott government has scrapped the carbon tax – and only this government will keep it scrapped.

My mates in the coal industry can cough a little easier, now they don’t have to compete with those pesky renewables.

My position on carbon taxes has been crystal clear since day one as party leader.

Never mind my flip/floppping prior to me becoming party leader

There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead.

At the election, the economy was weakening, the budget was haemorrhaging and unemployment was rising.

And it still is

Today, despite headwinds overseas, the economy is stronger, the budget is improving and the jobs market has strengthened.

If I keep saying stronger, it will be alright. It worked for Campbell, right? Oh wait.

Jobs growth in 2014 was triple the rate in 2013 – with 4,000 new jobs a week.

And yet the unemployment rate still goes up. I mean WTF

New housing approvals are at record levels.

Pushing the price up so the little people will have to rent forever. FOREVAH!

The registration of new companies is the highest on record.

We don’t talk about the failure rate.

Economic growth is now 2.7 per cent, up from 1.9 per cent a year ago.

But only for the big end of town. I managed to keep the ADF wages going up to only 1.5 per cent

Petrol prices are nearing 15 year lows, home loan interest rates are low and stable, and the September quarter had the biggest fall in power prices on record.

I’ll take credit for the drop in petrol prices, even though I put up the tax on petrol (but not for my mining mates).  I wonder if this will come back and bite me if they go up.

But I’m not here to defend the past – I’m here to explain the future.

My utopia, if you will

People are sick of Australian citizens – including people born and bred here – making excuses for Islamist fanatics in the Middle East and their imitators here in Australia.

Facts. Pfft.

It’s not good enough just to boost the police and security agencies, which we’ve done – by restoring the millions ripped out by Labor – and to improve data retention, which we’re doing.

We’ll need this police state, if you plebs got wind of what we’re really doing.

We have to tackle the people and the organisations that justify terrorism and act as its recruiting agents – such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Ohh  boogie men

We have already made it an offence to advocate terrorism and made it easier to ban terrorist organisations.

And by terrorist organisations, any organisation that threatens “our” way of life (including my grip on power).

If cracking down on Hizb-ut-Tahrir and others who nurture extremism in our suburbs means further legislation, we will bring it on and I will demand that the Labor Party call it for Australia.

Never mind that quaint notion of “representative democracy”, I need that police state NAOW

The police and the security agencies have told me that they need access to telecommunications data to deal with a range of crime, from child abuse to terrorism, and – as far as I am concerned – they should always have the laws, money and support they need to keep Australia safe.

How else am I going to find out who’s been leaking to the press?

And with the world still feeling the global financial crisis, people are anxious about our economic sovereignty.

Oops, I wasn’t suppose to mention the GFC. I hope nobody notices.  I’ll just appeal to their xenophobic side:

I am a friend of foreign investment but it has to come on our terms and for our benefit.

The government will shortly put in place better scrutiny and reporting of foreign purchases of agricultural land and better enforcement of the rules against foreign purchases of existing homes so that young people are not priced out of the market.

“young people” of calibre, of course

These laws were not legally enforced by the former Labor government – not once.

I can’t back that up.

This year, the government’s budget focus will be on strengthening the economy.

Because we have done much of the hard work already, we won’t need to protect the Commonwealth budget at the expense of the household budget.

Even though I’ve only got one measure through that dastardly senate.

As the intergenerational report will show, more is needed to put the budget on a credible path to a sustainable surplus – but as New Zealand has demonstrated, a good way to achieve this is not to make any unnecessary new spending commitments.

Unnecessary means no spending for you plebs.

We will always be looking for ways to make government more efficient and to crack down on waste.

Wasteful spending on people who aren’t donors.

Governments should never spend more than they must because every dollar government spends is a dollar you don’t spend, now or in the future.

I’ll just slip in the discredited “governments crowding out private spending” argument

So any new spending will strictly be directed to making the economy stronger so that long-term revenue increases.

Before Christmas, I said that over the break I’d be better targeting the proposed paid parental leave scheme and scaling it back, in a families package focussed on childcare.

I admire stay-at-home mums, as Margie was when our children were young, but support better paid parental leave to maximise young people’s – like my daughters’ – choices to have a career and to have a family too.

I accept, though, that what’s desirable is not always doable, especially when times are tough and budgets are tight.

As the Productivity Commission has said, and as mums and dads around Australia have reminded me, the focus really does have to be on childcare if we want higher participation and a stronger economy.

So a bigger parental leave scheme is off the table.

Values and beliefs are important but the most important consideration of all is what will best help families at this time.

I know that many women in many families are working just to pay the childcare – because that was the Abbott family’s experience when Margie first went back to work after becoming a mother.

Childcare fees skyrocketed 50 per cent under Labor which abandoned its promise to build 260 new centres.

More affordable and more available childcare means less pressure on the family budget.

More parents in the workforce mean that more people will make a bigger economic contribution as well as a social contribution to our country.

Women, after all, are our country’s most under-utilised source of skills and entrepreneurship – if female participation in Australia were six per cent higher, at Canada’s level, GDP would be higher by $25 billion a year.

So a better childcare policy is good economic policy as well as fairer family policy.

We’ll now consult widely on a way to improve the system of multiple payments, keep costs down, and put more money into parents’ pockets.

As well as a families package, we’re also working on a small-business and jobs package.

I admire people who take risks, have a go and employ others.

If you’re a small business owner, it’s likely that you’ve mortgaged your home in order to invest, employ and serve the community.

Quite literally, you have put your economic life on the line for others.

Every big business started off as a small business.

The new industries of tomorrow are likely to be started by the small businesses of today.

The best antidote to sunset industries is sunrise ones – and these are most likely to emerge from an enterprising small business.

Except when it comes from big coal miners and power plants to solar.

At the heart of our small business jobs package will be a small business company tax cut on July 1 – at least as big as the 1.5 per cent already flagged.

More jobs and better paid workers will only come from more profitable employers in a better position to employ people.

Every new worker is generating revenue – so spending to get unemployed people into work; on childcare to keep parents in the workforce; on infrastructure to get people to their jobs; and on a small business tax cut to create jobs will help to get the budget back towards the surplus our country needs.

Economic growth is the best and fastest way to restore the surplus.

Inflate away that debt

I hope that 2015 will see a more honest national conversation between all of us with Australia’s best interests at heart.

Because “all of us” is separate from Australia.

I want this year’s white paper process – on reforming the federation and on tax – to demonstrate Australians’ potential for change for the better rather than just politics as usual.

Finding ways to make every level of government more efficient, more effective and more accountable is in every Australian’s best interest and shouldn’t be an excuse for cheap shots.

Everyone who wants members of parliament to lift their game has an interest in governments taking more responsibility for the services they provide, instead of passing the buck.

We will also be inviting constructive debate across the political spectrum on all options for a better tax system to deliver taxes that are lower, simpler and fairer.

Unlike previous debates, we won’t pre-empt the outcome by ruling things in or out before the process has properly begun.

I do assure you, though, that this government wants to be remembered for cutting the overall tax burden, not for increasing it – for abolishing existing taxes, rather than imposing new ones.

As for the GST – it can’t and it won’t change unless all the states and territories agree.

It can’t and won’t change unless there is political consensus.

That means – leaving aside any minor administrative changes – that the base and the rate of the GST won’t change this term or next unless it’s supported by the likes of Bill Shorten and the Labor premiers.

Both white paper processes will be open and constructive: stakeholders will be consulted, submissions will be published; any hearings will be open, and the states will have senior representatives on steering committees.

Everyone who wants a say will have one – and the people will have the last word at the ballot box.

I had to put that in. Makes me look like I’ll take into account other people’s views.  I’ll just nod.  It worked so well for Campbell.

Sooner or later, all responsible members of Parliament have to put the long term national interest ahead of their short term political interest and there’s no better time to start than now.

So far, this government – and only this government – has had the courage to tackle the deficit, to protect our borders, and to build a stronger and more prosperous economy.

As I said so many times before the election, we will end the waste, stop the boats, scrap the unnecessary new taxes and build the roads of the 21st century.

And the results?

Waste – down
Boats – stopped
Carbon tax – gone
Roads – underway.

Sixteen months on, we’ve laid a strong foundation – but there’s more to do and we’re determined to get it done.

Our country is at an important economic crossroads.

There’s a mess to clean up after six years of Labor chaos.

And sixteen months of my goverment.

The Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years cannot become the new normal lest Australia join the weak government club and become a second rate country living off its luck.

You elected us to set Australia up for the long term.

You elected us to be an adult government focussed on you, not on ourselves.

Yet we only listened to ourselves musing over a cigar.

You elected us to make the decisions needed so that everyone who works hard gets ahead, aspiration is rewarded, and our children can look forward to more opportunities than we had.

Works hard, very hard, and not smart. I had to work in aspiration, as it gives the plebs something called hope.

You elected us to keep you safe and, with every fibre of my being, I am focussed on our national security challenges here and overseas.

I hope that didn’t come across too “creepy uncle”

Standing up for Australian values is something I have done all my life.

I so wished these values wouldn’t keep changing. I like the Australian Values back in 1950. Those were the days.

Leadership is about making the right decisions for our country’s future.

“Right” and “our”

It isn’t a popularity contest.

Otherwise I’d be out on my arse.

It’s about results; it’s about determination; and it’s about you.

I sincerely hope you don’t look at the deficit figures on the finance website, they are a little embarrassing

Australia deserves the stable government that you elected us to be just 16 months ago.

And I’m still working on that.

You deserve budget repair, no return of the carbon tax, no restart of people smuggling, and no in-fighting.

Um, yeah, well

We promised that we would do our best to keep you safe.

I’m sure that wasn’t creepy

We promised you hope, reward and opportunity.

We give you hope, reward our donors, and give opportunity to “our” daughters.

That’s what the Abbott government is working to deliver for you.


November 26th, 2014 by Lucas

When the PM normalises lying

Reblogged from

 “It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards. Nothing could be more calculated to bring our democracy into disrepute and alienate the citizenry of Australia from their government than if governments were to establish by precedent that they could say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards.”  Tony Abbott, August 22, 2011 

Every time Abbott lies to the citizens of this country we become increasingly disaffected, and not only from our Prime Minister, but from the institution he represents. Abbott has normalised the discourse of lies. He has taken the dishonesty of politicians to a whole new level. We barely expect anything else from him, and from his fellow politicians. Under the leadership of our mendacious Prime Minister, we have increasingly abandoned hope of fairness, straightforwardness, belief and trust. Our Prime Minister doesn’t think we are worthy of the truth.

One of the many unpleasant effects of being lied to is that the liar insults and patronises me by creating a false reality that I have to inhabit, until I discover I’m the victim of deception.The liar denies me the right to know the truth, a serious offence against me, because truth is something no one has the right to deny me.

Whether it’s on a personal or a political level, lying to me signifies the liar doesn’t consider me as entitled to the truth as is he or she. This infantilises me, is disrespectful to me, and denies me the knowledge I need to make informed decisions about my life. There’s little more insulting than being lied to, kept in the dark with lies of omission, and intentionally misled because the liar doesn’t consider you capable of handling the truth, or is acting entirely in their own self-interest because you knowing the truth will in some way threaten them.

The Prime Minister of our country, Tony Abbott, has never made any secret of his ambivalent relationship with truth. There is his notorious assertion that nothing he says is “gospel” truth unless it’s written down.

There’s his prescriptive declaration that “It is better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.” While this isn’t necessarily an endorsement of lying, it is a ruthless and callous prescription for relationship with one’s fellow humans. It recommends that one do that which one desires and if it backfires apologise, but it isn’t necessary under the terms of Abbott’s prescriptive to negotiate with or communicate intention to others, prior to taking an action. This has a similar effect to lying, in that it assumes an inferiority of some kind on the part of another that doesn’t require Abbott to enter into an equal, respectful relationship in which another’s opinions and wishes count for the same as his own.

We have a liar for a leader. When the lies start at the top, there’s little hope truth will ever see the light of day. Abbott is leading us into an abyss of normalised deception that will damage every one of us, because when dedicated liars are in power, the country will inevitably lose its way. If you don’t think this country is losing its way, you’re dreaming.

June 22nd, 2014 by Lucas

In the news

Whilst First Dog on the Moon makes lite of the situation with the school chaplaincy program, there are serious problems afoot.

For those not following the situation, the high court has ruled that the funding arrangement for the program is unconstitutional.

The government seems to have tried to get around the decision by pre-funding all of this year, and “forgiven” the debt created by the high court ruling.

This, and the issue with refugee visas, gives a picture of an arrogant government that believes that it can do anything they want, unbounded my democracy.

November 9th, 2012 by Lucas

Royal Commission into Child Abuse

Following an interview with a senior police officer on ABCs Lateline last night, admissions of pack rapes of children there have been growing calls for a royal commission into the systemic cover ups of child abuses in the Catholic Church.

Up until now, Barry O’Farrell (Premier of NSW) have resisted those claims. Today he announced a Special Commission of Inquiry into the matter, which has rather narrow terms of reference.

I would argue  that this organisation, if found to be systematically covering up child abuse, be designated a criminal organisation, have all state subsidies removed (tax breaks etc).

In related matter the Australian Christian Lobby (or ACL, funded in part by the Catholic Church) has called for a mandatory internet filter to hide child abuse material, porn, and other things they don’t like from everyone on the internet.

June 26th, 2012 by Lucas

Urgent – Lobby Greens to Uphold High Court Challenge Ruling on Chaplaincy

Reblogging from

National School Chaplaincy/High Court Challenge Update:

This is urgent. It would be great if everyone could get behind this today and promote it to your own networks. This is the time to mobilise folks.

The Federal government announced last night they are going to pass legislation to circumvent the High Court ruling on funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program. This is a cynical, underhanded move which, I imagine, won’t impress the High Court at all. It is not at all clear that this attempt to snub the ruling won’t end the government back in the High Court, but we have to wait to see their legislation first.

What we can do immediately, although it won’t overturn the legislation, is try to get the Greens to stand up in Parliament and oppose it – or at least demand amendments to the program. This will get publicity about what is going on and shine a spotlight on what the government is doing. But we need *you* and your networks to help.

As a matter of urgency, please send an email to the following list:,,,,,,,,,

Here is a sample letter. You can use your own words if you like, but please use the three dot points as they appear so we present a cohesive message.

Subject: Funding – National School Chaplaincy Program

Dear Senators and Mr. Bandt

You will be aware the ALP are planning to rush legislation through parliament to subvert the High Court decision in Willams v the Commonwealth and Ors.

This is an opportunity for the Greens to hold the government to account. The High Court has made a ruling which provides a greater level of public accountability and now the ALP – undoubtedly with the support of the coalition – intend to circumvent that ruling through legislation.

This is an opportunity for the Greens to make a public stand for some incredibly important issues, including public accountability, separation of church and state and our children’s right to a secular public education system.

I would be grateful if the Greens would represent my views in respect to this matter. They are as follows:

1) I do not support the Howard-Gillard program that supplies chaplains of any faith in Australia’s public schools, and I urge you to prevent the continuation of chaplains in today’s forthcoming legislation.

2) If we are to have Commonwealth assistance supplied to schools in this manner then I am firmly of the view that they must be fully qualified as school counsellors, which means they are qualified teachers with a degree in psychology and postgraduate qualifications in school counselling, and nothing less can do.

3) It is time to stop outsourcing this work to third party contractors and these fully qualified school counsellors must all be employed as public servants in the relevant Education departments in each state and territory in order to ensure some high level of confidence in their training, integrity and the outcomes.

Yours sincerely


Fellow bloggers – can you please consider reblogging this – either cut and paste this post or rephrase as you see fit, but please keep the three dot points intact.

January 24th, 2011 by Lucas

HDCP Master Key

Another act of civil disobedience (see this post), and posterity, I’ll post the HDCP (think HDMI cyrpto):


Don’t ask me how to use it (there are some technical instructions in the file), as I don’t know and have never used it.

January 23rd, 2011 by Lucas

Australian National Classification Scheme Review

The Classification board is taking comments on the Terms of Reference for the upcoming Classification Review.

You can read about it here: Classification website. You can also submit your comments on line.

My submission:

With regard to the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the review of the classification in Australia, I would like to make the following comments:

The ToR seems to be based on the old-media view of the world – the use of the terms “industry” and “content and distribution industry”. Whilst a review of “industry” is warrented it is apparant from the experience of the internet that an increasing amount of content is user generated (think blogs, youtube etc). Distribution becoming end user to end user, rater than content producer to distributer to end user. The ToR does not take this into account.

The ToR does not not specify a review on whether classification is warrented (or appropriate) at all in the 21st century, or is appropriate for citizen to citizen communtication (think user generated content above).

The ToR does make reference to classification schemes in other juristictions, but does not specify if Australia should regognise classifications from country-of-origin (with the view to reduce classification costs, prevent doubling-up).

Lucas James

December 22nd, 2009 by Lucas

The Onion cracks me up

I was perusing the onion the other day, and found an article that reminded me of the ACL and Senator Conroy’s committment to ‘evidence based policy’.

Life imitating Art? As usual, the Onion is all TIC!.


Oh, No! It’s Making Well-Reasoned Arguments Backed With Facts! Run!

December 22nd, 2009 by Lucas

Senator Lundy is getting a clue

ACT Senator Kate Lundy (ALP) is getting more feedback on the ill conceived internet censorship policy. Her original blogpost was informative, as was all the feed back given.

One thing that stood out was her understanding that the mandatory nature of the censorship proposal was a election promise, and the subsequent objections were a mere misunderstanding of the promise.

In other words, there was an ambivalent reaction to the policy at the time of the election policy because it was not understood to be a mandatory filter for the general population.

Unfortunately the wording of the under-reported policy doesn’t support her understanding. We got exactly the meaning of the promise.

The offending wording is (from this ALP policy document from 2007 on page 5):

A Rudd Labor Government will require ISPs to offer a ‘clean feed’ internet service to all homes, schools and public internet points accessible by children, such as public libraries.

The use of the word ‘offer’, combined with ‘accessible by children’ would indicate it was very optional to childless homes, and optional to all areas.

I do understand the drafters may have intention of having mandatory, but the wording doesn’t bear that out. It may be the usual political use of weasal words to prevent them from being pinned to what they said, but unfortunately it has backfired.

I do hope that the good Senator does listen to the people she is supposed to represent, and vote against this policy. Both in the Labor caucus, and on the Senate floor (regardless of caucus outcome). I for one will not vote for, or give preferences to the ALP if this policy comes into effect.

March 14th, 2009 by Lucas

ACMA Censorship gone MAD

As reported in The Australian, the ACMA has issued a takedown notice to an ISP for a LINK to a website that is on it’s unwanted (potentially prohibited content) list, that is going to be the backbone of the government’s mandatory censorship scheme.

This is after the “good” senator promised that political content would not be blocked.

More at the EFA

As an act of civil disobedience, I’ll post the link here.

** WARNING ** WARNING ** the images on the following page are quite vile and disgusting, and I don’t think it is appropriate for anyone. It contains images of supposedly aborted fetuses. Don’t look at it if you are a bit queasy.

you will have to google “AbortionTV Pictures #6″ to go to the site, as AMCA have served a link deletion notice on this page.

** Edit: 18 Oct 2010 – Active link deleted due to ACMA link deletion notice.

October 6th, 2007 by Lucas

Quote of the day

Gleaned from slashdot user sconeu:

“People who need govt to enforce their religion must not have much faith in the power of its message.”

But I guess the fanatics won’t admit to that!

May 19th, 2007 by Lucas

The new Australian Citizenship test

Pilfered from: Helen’s comment on Larvatus Prodeo

Australian Government

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

Application for Grant of Australian Citizenship

You must answer 75% (28 or more out of 37) of these questions correctly in order to qualify for Australian Citizenship

1. How many slabs can you fit in the back of a Falcon Ute while also allowing room for your cattle dog?
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May 15th, 2007 by Lucas

It’s not the economy, stoopid

Well, in today’s crikey, Charles Richardson opines that the masses have already chosen Kevin Rudd as the next prime minister in his article titled “Thanks for the Budget, but we’ve already made up our minds”

He proposes that the lack of bounce in the opinion polls shows that the average voter, whilst applicative of the budget, has not influenced their voting intentions.
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July 8th, 2005 by Lucas

London Bombings

I feel sorry for all the victims of the London bombings.

I feel sorry for all the britons that will have to endure even more draconian “security” measures that will do bugger all for security.

Like the new ID card scheme that looks like it will contain your life history on government-run servers (EEK!)

It will be interesting to see what the british government will do over the next six months or so.

Next thing we’ll need papers to do anything.. remind you of anything? USSR style? Nazi style?

And to those fanatics: Terrorism is NOT a part of islam (or christianity, or hinduism, or any mainstream religion for that matter)

July 3rd, 2005 by Lucas

Why I am not an Anarchist

In this article, esr describes the only solution to the problem of instability of a consitiutional democracy (as they exist today here in Australia, the US, and elsewhere) is a complete anarchy (or as he puts it “no government”).

I agree with the statement that the question of good government reduces to “who can be trusted to wield the first use of force wisely and morally?”, but my opinion diverges from that point on.

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