Cut and Paste in The Australian today points out the glaring hypocrisy of Greens leader Christine Milne on freedom of speech:
Freedom of speech everywhere! Christine Milne tweets, Wednesday:
I’M about to speak in the Senate for Peter Greste & for press freedom around the world.
Freedom of speech in Oz! Milne, Senate, Wednesday:
WE have to stand up for journalists wherever they work around the world … Australia is a country that values and appreciates the importance of the free press and the need to protect the freedoms of journalists.
Except when you don’t like the media or the message? Milne, July 25, 2011:
THE Murdoch press has been running a very strong campaign against action on climate change. The bias is extreme, in The Australian in particular. You’ll see column inch after column inch of every climate sceptic in the country … You’ll find day after day a real attempt at regime change … And one of the useful things about the hacking scandal in the UK is that it will lead to an inquiry into the media in Australia. We are at least going to see some real discussion … around issues such as the level of ownership and dominance of the Murdoch press in several capital cities in Australia. We’ll also have a look at a range of other issues, including who are fit and proper people, into whether we need that test into people to be running media outlets. It’s time we had a good inquiry and certainly bias is certainly going to be one of the things that’s certainly to be looked at.