I don’t usually participate in bandwagons. I try not to get caught up in the hype and instead like to sit back, wait for all of the facts and make an informed decision. This doesn’t make me a coward, contrary to others opinions, it means that I want to make sure I know answers to questions that I will no doubt encounter. I do not want to go off half cocked, only to end up with egg on my face when all of the facts are uncovered. It’s called thinking with wise mind, instead of emotional mind.
One thing about the whole Julia Gillard debacle that makes me shake my head is the notion that Sattler was simply exercising his ‘right’ to free speech. In the legal sense, Australia has no freedom of speech. While we won’t face execution for the things we say, it is a very real possibility that we could face prosecution. Australia has some of the toughest defamation laws in the developed world. Everything you say, can be used against you.
According to The News Manual
“To defame someone, you do not have to make up false things yourself. You might defame a person by repeating or replaying words spoken by someone else, for example an interviewee. It is no defence to claim that you were only quoting someone else. If you print or broadcast something defamatory, you could be taken to court, along with your producer, your editor or station manager and the person who said the words in the first place.”
This effectively means that if Julia Gillard sees fit, she could bring legal action against Howard Sattler. He is not to be patted on the back for ‘asking the real questions’, he placed his station and himself in real danger of legal repercussions.
We are lucky that we live in a country that allows us to express distrust and disgust with our government with lethal consequences. I don’t care if the PM is black, white or pink with purple polka dots. She can get married, stay single or decide she wants to be a lesbian for all I care. Her partner could be gay, straight or bi, hell he could be into bondage and walk around in a leather body suit and I still don’t think it’s relevant. The whole government could dance around in their underwear for all the world to see and I wouldn’t give a damn. Let’s focus on what matters, the policies and what these politicians are doing for our children’s future.