If you can't be bothered writing coherently, I can't be bothered reading your post.
I plan to vote for minor parties and independents and put the Big Two at the bottom of the list. Independents can only survive by listening to their constituents. Major parties survive just because being at the polling booths is like being at a football game: everyone votes for their team (or in this day and age everyone votes for the team captain which is really sad because policies never cross peoples' minds any more).
Vote below the line. Voting above means your preferenced party votes for you.
The difference between the former and current Governments' positions is that the former was evidence-based policy while the current Government prefers policy-based evidence.
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I find it interesting that you people down there are even discussing this as a policy choice, as if you have any say in the process. I also find it rare and refreshing that some democracies still have a element of citizen discussion that is civil and reasonable, despite the odds against it...i.e. isn't Murdock still in charge of public information as he is in the US. The only thing I have against Australia is that you guys somehow convinced Murdock that he could fry larger fish if he left you alone and focused on destroying the US. Thanks a lot.
Actually, as a positive sign, while traveling around the world I find that there is more citizen participation in their governments than ever, particularly in places where that is a new concept. The only place where it has gone from bad to inconceivably bad is the US where the official policy is now that corporations have ultimate control of public policy, education, health, military issues and all aspects of the economy, foreign relations, and the systematic elimination of the middle class. Since you still have either the reality of or the illusion of a citizen dominated democracy, debate away and make a reasoned, informed decision......good luck!
If I was a citizen down there I would not want the government involved at all in information exchange. Nothing good can come of it. But I am in favor of many roles for the government, with proper oversight by the people, in establishing and maintaining the "commons" such as universal education and health services, national defense, and regulation of industry for the benefit of the people. None of that requires government supervision of information.
At the end of the day, the ISPs and ESPs are accountable to their paying customers, not the government. If enough people talk with their wallets.....
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I think its funny when adults have to tell other adults what they can hear say and see, on tv, internet, and radio. I dont like it when people go around and try to micromanage your life with their "I know what you want, you dont know what you want; and im going to make you have it" crap. When people start acting like that they go all gung-ho on telling you how they want YOU to live, and ignore any unforseen consequences of their actions.
As I read the first post, I was all set to answer, but Spike beat me to it in post #3.
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