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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 02:51 pm
David Marr – there, I’ve named him; now he will be hunted down and silenced – reports from fascist Australia:
Since 1996, Howard has cowed his critics, muffled the press, intimidated the ABC, gagged scientists, silenced non-government organisations, neutered Canberra’s mandarins, curtailed parliamentary scrutiny, censored the arts, banned books, criminalised protest and prosecuted whistleblowers …
Public debate has been bullied and starved … Suppression … gulags … unscrupulous corrupter of public debate … we didn’t care enough … fear … authority … deceit … lies without shame … ruthless … damage … we let this happen … insults, threats … suppressions … bullying … brutally suppressed … tyrannical … suspicion … instinct for secrecy … stop debate … misled, intimidated … starved … minimal tolerance for dissent … hunger strikes … arrest without charge … detention without trial … chilling effect … censoring … information withheld … violations …
The above is lightly edited, but I think all of Dave’s major points remain intact. Actually, one section deserves further attention:
John Howard is, in his own eyes, a champion of liberty leading a nation whose commitment to freedom is “on a par with or better than the other great democracies of the globe”. In the innocent days before September 11, he fought for the freedom of small businesses to sack; the freedom of parents to send their children to private schools; the freedom of stevedores to employ non-union labour; the freedom of unionists to vote against strikes; the freedom of students not to join university unions.
Those are freedoms, Dave.
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