@ Ian – I can’t believe that you have written …

Comment on Federal media laws: Will we become a dictatorship? by Dianne.

@ Ian – I can’t believe that you have written what you have … the examples you cite are extremely offensive and possibly criminal – fine we have laws in place to protect that. However, there should NEVER be an excuse for a Government – I don’t care what stripes they wear – to fiddle with our right to be offended or to say what we want to say.

Further you quote the Age and the ABC – I’m gobsmacked at their barracking – can you imagine what the response would be if it was a Conservative government that introduced this legislation?

I seem to recall the hand wringing a couple of years ago when someone (David Marr maybe) put out “Silencing Dissent” alleging that Howard was shutting down debate – this legislation actually puts into practice the silencing of debate – and not a word from “our” ABC.

Quite frankly, if the ABC cannot support the broader community other than their own political agenda, then it should be sold off.

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“The freedom of the press still furnishes that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide – Chicago Tribune.”

I have read this quote atop your masthead everytime I have read your paper or visited your website – one would hope that you are hounding our local MP to find out what part he is playing in this, the greatest threat to our democracy.

This is wrong on so many levels, and it is time for all of us to demand answers from Mr Snowdon.

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