In my view, fines such as these for publishing blatant untruths or misleading
newsreports, or temporary suspensions of the right to publish or broadcast, would lead to a major improvement in the accuracy and fairness of our mediaParliament.
So when a political party
media outlet, politician journalist, or red-necked union activist shock jockdeliberately broadcasts or publishes a statement that they know is factually wrong, and it is subsequently proven that they knew it was factually wrong, they ought to be subject to an appropriate penalty.
This is the Steve Gibbons who when facing the electorate for the first time in 1998 promised to repeal the GST. Mr Gibbon, 3 June 1999:
I rise in this adjournment debate to highlight the complete unfairness of the government’s GST package especially for those people who happen to live in central and northern Victoria. People in that area are going to get slugged when they are driving to Melbourne by having to pay a toll on the Tullamarine Tollway and then having a substantial GST imposed on them.
Did Mr Gibbons complain that the GST would apply on top of the carbon tax? Has Mr Gibbons used the opportunity of Government to work for the repeal of the GST?
This is the man who has been at the forefront of denying Australians the right to buy their books from overseas.
Mr Gibbons has a low opinion of learning and knowledge. He is a disgrace trying to deny his constituents the right to a free press and free speech. Mr Gibbons: misleading and deceptive.