Gillard says we “can’t dispute” the filter – I disagree.

July 8th, 2010

Different leader, same dogma. Everyone should think very carefully about this before we hand the government AN INSTANT OFF SWITCH FOR ANY WEBSITE or page on the Internet, and keep such actions secret.

Gillard: “The underlying principle, you can’t dispute: why should you treat the internet differently from any form of communications like films and books and so on.” (The Age, July 8th, 2010)

Eh? We “can’t dispute” it? Luckily, we still can:

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Don’t rock the boat while we stone the gays

April 29th, 2008

Recently, an article in the Courier Mail about same-sex couples being banned from attending a religious school’s formal sparked over a thousand comments. Many of these comments were strongly polarised into two groups: supporting the outspoken Churchie students, and those not. There was a very low percentage of comments that fell into a middle ground. My post today analyses to some small extent those comments – obviously there are limits to what can be discerned from a comment stream such as this, but still there are some interesting results even if you take them with a grain of salt.

Comments for and against the gay students.

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