I listened to the discussion on Wednesday from the Press Gallery of the 3 major media outlets in Australia all lamenting the decline of press freedom in Australia. They are right to be worried. There is clearly, to me at least, a decline in our freedoms. This decline has been consistent with the rise of neoliberalism in Australia as the dominant economic story to justify the transfer of wealth from the working class to the capitalist class.
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In writing about the Folau saga recently, I showed compassion to those rank and file Christians who felt under threat. As time goes on however it is becoming clearer (to me anyway) that some of those ordinary Christians have fallen or are falling for a campaign of hate disguised as religious freedom.
Until Go Fund Me suspended his campaign, Israel Folau had raised about $565,000 in 4 days to support his legal action against Rugby Australia.
RA sacked him from his $4 m employment contract because he breached a term of it. He was to be inclusive, and his post about sinners (like drunks, adulterers, and homosexuals) going to hell if they did no repent was clearly not.
Adani tells you everything you need to know about politics in Australia.
The decisions by the Queensland and Federal Governments to give Adani various approvals to effectively mine a massive amount of coal is irrational. It makes no sense economically. It makes no sense environmentally.
The Australian and other Murdoch outlets have been running a faux University freedom campaign for years now. As they lose more and more ‘sensible centre’ journalists – how much longer can Peter van Onselen stay there more or less on his own? – they seem to have become more strident in their condemnation of cultural Marxism, our takeover of Universities, education, and the like.
I have been a long-time supporter of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union or its various earlier incarnations.
I lodged my FoI request with the AFP to find details of any advice they had about the legality and constitutionality of the recent raids on the press. This is their acknowledgement of my FoI request.
stripslashes('') . clean_pre('Dear Mr Passant
YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
I refer to your application dated 10 June 2019, in which you seek access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as per your email below.
Australia does not have a right to free speech. However the High Court has ruled that there is implied in the Constitution a right to political communication. Like all things constitutional, written or implied, this is subject to the Court’s interpretation. I think it fair to say it is a fairly narrow right, and one the Court keeps narrowing.
The Israel Folau case worries me. Rugby Australia sacked Folau for his proselytising post that said:
WARNING Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters HELL AWAITS YOU Repent! Only Jesus Saves.