A JOB FOR MARGO

Internet revolutionary Margo Kingston is in a panic over “the potentially chilling effects of the Government’s proposed new sedition law on freedom of speech” and the “Government’s attempt to suppress dissenting opinion”. Hmm … perhaps the government should hire Margo as a suppression consultant:

When [Pauline] Hanson made her maiden speech in September 1996, I was chief of staff at the Herald Canberra bureau, and unsuccessfully argued that her speech should not be reported at all. I also had a personal policy of refusing to speak to Hansons then adviser, John Pasquerelli, and not to write news stories about Hanson or her party. I even quietly cheered when watching violent protests at formation meetings of One Nation.

Kingston subsequently became a One Nation supporter in an alliance aimed at limiting free speech by maintaining restrictive media ownership laws.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/31/2005 at 11:28 AM
    1. Margo’s panic over the (assumed) suppression of dissenting opinion relies on the legal opinion provided to Peter Garret by Peter Gray SC. Unfortunately Gray’s advice is based on one section of the proposed Anti-Terrosim Bill only, Section 80.2. Taken on it’s own s80.2 is indeed reason for concern.

      However commentor David Eastwood refers Margo to Section 80.3, which effectively provides protection for acts done in good faith, thereby suggesing a beat up by Margo.

      Posted by JAFA on 2005 10 31 at 01:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. “I unsuccessfully argued that her speech should not be reported at all.”

      Chilling indeed. Put up a link to the speech Tim and folk can be reminded how reasonable it was.

      Posted by Rafe on 2005 10 31 at 04:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Another example of leftist schizophrenia:  support free speech by suppressing (refusing to report) the free speech of those with whom you disagree.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 10 31 at 05:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. I guess she’s talking about John Pasquarelli?  But what’s in a name?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2005 10 31 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim

      I think Margot got one thing right at last in her post, viz “Kim Beazley sometimes uses fine phrases in tub thumping speeches, but yet again has proven that he’s got no guts and no core principles.”

      Is this evidence that supports the theory that, given enough monkeys on enough keyboards, you will eventually get the collected works of William Shakespeare?

      Posted by kywong73 on 2005 10 31 at 08:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Free speech for me, but not for thee, as this schmuck seems to feel… (courtesy Dennis the Peasant)

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 10 31 at 08:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is Magrok ever happy? Even the title of her magnum opus verifies this.

      Its I love you Kim, followed by resign. Her relationship with Barnaby Joyce has yet to go through phase two. Magrok hops on and off more people than a thai prostitute.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 10 31 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. an alliance aimed at limiting free speech by maintaining restrictive media ownership laws.

      Tim, as you would know, its widely believed that in a small market like Australia (20 million stretched over a continent) its desirable to restrict media ownership to limit market domination.  The alliance you speak of was never aimed at limiting free speach.

      Posted by IanMc on 2005 10 31 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. IanMc — It just coincidentally worked really really good that way…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 10 31 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. I would argue that the internet and blogs make the issue of market domination in a small pond pretty irrelevant.  Assuming, of course, that the legislation removing the current restrictions also frees up access to international media, etc.

      And regarding Margo, I remember the 1998 election which she spent on tour with Pauline.  As I remember, while not agreeing with everything the Hanson had to say, Margo was pretty much more accepting of her views by the day of the election.  I suspect this is because she realised that pauline’s views were not all that far removed from hers, economically speaking.  After watching the ABC show of her tour with Pualine, I even think she did not vote for PJK (probably voted dumocrats).  I have often pondered how the economic views of the lunar right and the moonbat left are similar.  Of course, in Hanson’s case it is agrarian socialism, while it is just straight out socialism on margo’s part.

      Posted by entropy on 2005 10 31 at 11:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Actually now that I think about it, I had that confused.  I was thinking about the coverage of the 1996 election.  Did she tour with PJK then?  And possibly vote liberal?

      Posted by entropy on 2005 10 31 at 11:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. entropy—since both fringes are founded on envy of everyone else, there’s no surprise they have so much in common…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 01 at 01:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is this evidence that supports the theory that, given enough monkeys on enough keyboards, you will eventually get the collected works of William Shakespeare?

      Dang, kwyong73, now I know why Margo’s photos always look so…..simian.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 11 01 at 02:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. “I even quietly cheered when watching violent protests at formation meetings of One Nation.”
      Those protests, and the lack of condemnation of the violence, was illustrative of the basic principle which guides the left: Whatever It Takes.
      Never mind the intellectual dishonesty.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 01 at 05:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Chilling? I heard no whispers of chilling from ASIO.Are they going to put Marg on ice or practice cry o therapy.COOL.
      Free speech took a bashing in one state today when the doctor in charge of a children’s hospital was threatened with disciplinary action.This was because he “whistle blowed” about the lack of beds and the waiting time for the seriously sick kids.It was the power behind the throne Health Min McGinty who put the frighteners on him.

      Posted by crash on 2005 11 01 at 08:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #15- He’s only in charge of the emergency department.  Took some guts to do what he did; obviously not planning a career in public health.

      Posted by slammer on 2005 11 01 at 08:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. While we’re removing restrictive ownership laws, what about those laws which stop anyone from setting up a TV or radio station.  The TV tycoons have got the government conned that a fourth network would ruin all of them.  Yeah, right.  And the only chance of getting a radio licence is paying squillions at an “auction”.  If Howard’s so fond of the free market, why doesn’t he get rid of all that crap?

      Posted by slammer on 2005 11 01 at 08:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Chilled, Mango in a frappe…..Beezer’s got no guts? – news to me.

      Posted by rog2 on 2005 11 01 at 03:54 PM • permalink

 

  1. ‘I even quietly cheered when watching violent protests at formation meetings of One Nation.’

    Oh, doing it *quietly* is fine, Margo!
    Of COURSE you’re not a fascist, they’re SO LOUD….

    No doubt she also cheered when the union thugs bashed down the dooors to Australia’s Parliament, and prevented our best scholars from giving speeches they don’t like on campuses.
    Anyone for a demo against Margo’s Quiet Nazi Party?

    Posted by Barrie on 2005 11 01 at 07:15 PM • permalink