Letting Citizen Conroy know

Join Senator Scott Ryan, Senator Mitch Fifield, MLC Bernie Finn and other freedom fighters for a Free Speech Rally outside Senator Stephen Conroy’s electorate office!

17 Mason St, Newport, Victoria

This Sunday at 1pm.

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20 Responses to Letting Citizen Conroy know

  1. JamesK

    Meanwhile in the UK:


    Guardian: Cameron, the editors’ press freedom hero, versus ‘draconian’ Miliband

    The majority of nationals lauded the prime minister for his opposition to statutory underpinning for a new press regulator

    Prime minister David Cameron might have enjoyed his national newspaper coverage this morning. It was predictable that his opposition to statutory underpinning for a new press regulator would be greeted by headlines in his favour.

    Three examples: Cam showdown to save our free press (The Sun), Cameron refuses to introduce press laws (Daily Telegraph) and Cameron fights for press freedom (Daily Express). The Daily Mirror, no friend of Cameron, portrays him in its headline as a champion of freedom: PM faces Commons battle to stop newspapers being shackled by tougher law.

    The “shackling” of the press is a theme picked up in several leading articles, where Cameron gets plenty of praise amid a great deal of criticism for Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, and the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

    Statutory underpinning is unnecessary, says the Times, arguing in favour instead of Cameron’s “ingenious… practical scheme” to use the royal charter as the regulator’s backstop, which is “a reasonable compromise.”

    It accuses Miliband of weakness for acceding to the demands of the Hacked Off campaigners and contends: “He has started a press regulation bidding war and may find it is not one he can easily end.”

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    I hope someone has honed the pitchforks and kero-ed firebrands – god speed only wish I could be there in person rather than in spirit

  3. Oh come on

    So much for the despicable bias of the Hate Media, eh? Let’s have a look at what the Hate Media claims is a “frighteningly amusing video about the real life fates that our Disney Princes and Princesses would have met in the real world”.

    It’s all about how Disney characters like Ariel would ‘fair’ (sic – these great writers of the 4th Estate. The piece is strewn with punctuation errors. Find the hyphen and comma keys on your keyboard, FFS) in today’s “real world”, as apparently agreed upon by the Hate Media’s “staff writers” at news.com.au

    Unsurprisingly, they all ring the bells of the Fabian Society For The Intellectually-Handicapped-But -Tangentially-Qualified-For-A-Cushy-Arts-Degree admission for a Late Teen’s take on what constitutes “the real world”.

    Murdoch writers in Oz are by and large pinkos. Just take a look at this article, and the accompanying piece which they consider “frighteningly amusing…about real life fates”, of bog standard story arcs being subjected to Marxist interpretations.

    The victims of Finkelstein are not the majority of Murdoch’s crew – that majority being peopled by useful idiots – populist no-brained ideological and intellectual flibbertigibbets who are amused at their rather pitiful journalistic wit, yet know little of what they’re writing.

  4. Samuel J

    Conroy could never win a HoR seat. He only exists in the Senate because of Labor preselection and the above the line voting system. He is a nasty, ugly nincompoop who is a drone. He has had privileged access to speak nonsense and belongs in the garden with the other gnomes.

  5. Papachango

    Murdoch writers in Oz are by and large pinkos.

    Oh I dunno, OCO. They’re just showing a diversity of editorial views, unlikes, say, The Age or the ABC. Still it puts paid the the ridiculous notion that they’re all a bunch of far right wing attack dogs.

    Giver Commissar Conroys targetting of New Ltd, it seems as if they’re really just targetting all non left wing opinion.

  6. Popular Front

    Sort of a pointless gesture I think. Sunday lunchtime? Conroy won’t be there for sure, neither will any cmaera crews.

  7. Oh come on

    They are, Papa. The staff writers, that is. I accept that there are editorial writing folk who should be excluded – and they just so happen to be people who you’d be happy to name on your byline (as opposed to the graduates of Australian journalism’s sheltered workshop, AKA The Punch) when they write a decent opinion piece. The anonymous ‘staff writers’ frequently fail to get the better of the English language and can barely string a coherent article together. It’s just embarrassing the shit they come out with. Get a goddamned act, ferchissakes.

  8. Driftforge

    Conroy could never win a HoR seat. He only exists in the Senate because of Labor preselection and the above the line voting system. He is a nasty, ugly nincompoop who is a drone. He has had privileged access to speak nonsense and belongs in the garden with the other gnomes.

    Above the line is something that should be eliminated. The system works a lot better down here without it, and without the ability of the party to order their candidates.

  9. duncanm

    A simple protest would be a bunch of people standing around with red underpants on their heads (over their eyes) &/or stuffed in their mouths.

  10. Tom

    Areff tells me he’ll be there. So will I. I’ll be counting the number of journalists who consider it important enough to put in an appearance.

  11. Borisgodunov

    Take a rope with a noose tied in it ,there are bound to be trees in Newport,if none a lampost will do .Domt forget to stand back when the inevitable happens!

  12. Pedro

    Conroy is the sort of guy you’d like the opportunity to call a fuckwit to his face. I’m a bit far away from the protest but I’d be there otherwise.

  13. Pedro

    I notice senior journalist Barry Cassidy is right on the important issue of our cricketers. At least Alan Kohler gets it right on the Drum, even if pretty tamely.

  14. William Bragg

    I’ve got my placard about free speech ready:

    Freedom from simplistic Libertarian nostrums

  15. Gab

    Sinclair, it appears that moron Bragg has no self-control and is asking you to ban him from here. Please do as he asks.

  16. Tom

    The left have no principles. They just barrack for their side — and their enemies’ enemies.

    The left don’t think, just feel.

    That’s why they come here and defend a simpleton former union gangster using totalitarian legislation to wage a personal vendetta against Australia’s biggest media company.

  17. Tom

    If you want to add your support, there’s a Facebook page for the rally. Plenty have.

  18. Tel

    Freedom from simplistic Libertarian nostrums

    The Libertarians offer you freedom to express your disagreement, even potentially to express nuance. That’s significantly more than the ALP are offering.

    Bragg has no self-control and is asking you to ban him from here.

    True, but the fact that he hasn’t be banned makes his own argument self ironic, don’t you think?

  19. Johno

    I’m starting to think that, with a few tweaks, Conrod’s PIMA could have a useful role to play.

    First, no appointments until late September.

    Second, change its jurisdiction from private to government owned media.

    Third, appoint either Andrew Bolt or Gerald Henderson for, say, one to two years as the Advocate.

    Fourth, at the end of their term, privatise whatever remains of the government media and abolish the PIMA.

    It’s a win win outcome all round with no downside.

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