Ian, many thanks for your advice on moderation. These are …

Comment on Criminal lawyers oppose Country Liberals on mandatory sentencing by Erwin Chlanda.

Ian, many thanks for your advice on moderation. These are the considerations that come into play: to put comments from our readers through too much of a filter, such as one that requiring our judgement of rationality, means disenfranchising those people whom some – many? – regard as irrational. Yet those people are also members of our community. Do they not deserve to be heard? And is their state of mind not the product of the difficulties in our community? Would excluding them from our discussion not present a skewed, sanitised picture of our community? Do many people not regard as also irrational even the views of politicians now formulating their election platforms? Freedom of speech (of course, short of generalised slurs, personal abuse and defamation)is what we’re striving to provide. Your interest is our reward.

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