Sunday, March 4, 2012

Speak Up While You Still Can

WHAT TO do about the Finko and Rickety Review, its endorsement of censorship, and the authors' unconcealed contempt for freedom of speech?

Why not start by contacting Professor Stephen Parker, Vice-Chancellor of Canberra University, the institution where Matthew Ricketson heads the journalism program.

Tell Professor Parker that any journalist who advances the cause of censorship, especially political censorship, is unfit to teach. Further, advise him that Ricketson's presence on campus brings the entire institution into disrepute, which it does.

Here are Prof Parker's contact details:

Phone: 02 6201 5000
Fax:
02 6201 5036
Email:
Stephen.Parker@canberra.edu.au 
Postal Address: University of Canberra ACT 2601
Executive Assistant: Ms Alexis Johnson
Phone
: 02 6201 5000
Fax:
02 6201 5036
Email:
Alexis.Johnson@canberra.edu.au

Make that your first shot, but not your only one. These gag artists and apparatchiks want to crimp and shrink the very thing that defines full and unfettered citizenship. They must be stopped -- and only a display of public outrage can achieve that end.

This is serious. If they want a fight, give 'em one.

36 comments:

  1. Ricketson is a good first target because it is HIS report. It’s as if he just lounged around a university meeting of his fellow fake academics and gathered all the ‘wish-lists’ and then wrote it out there and then, asking for heaps of money to keep them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. I laughed at the proposed ‘Quality Journalism’ projects at their Clayton’s universities.

    I haven’t read all of it in detail but have tried to concentrate on section 12 – the Ricketson rent-seekers looking for the teat, but it does two things for me. One, it looks at this from the point of view of trying to put the toothpaste back in the bottle (and suck a lot of money from the taxpayer while doing it) in that it fails to recognised that there will be – there MUST be - less journalists employed by major or even minor media organisations in future that is IT. Full stop. Citizen journalists, the immediacy of onlooker reporting, blogs feeding into major media coverage, MSM picking up from alternate media reporting etc. Major media journalists will not so much local news or some of the immediate news either. THAT is when these senior journalists will do (most) of the detailed investigative journalism ‘Finkelstein’ (Ricketson) seems to be fixated on.
    Secondly, there will be no market for most of the boobs graduating from these fake and worthless Journalism-Schools, with their ‘projects’ and hand-held mobile phone ideas. They just want to throw a lot of money to keep the dying beast alive a bit longer (one even wanted a BILLION dollars a year).

    They fail to realise that for many of the graduates, it is as if they are graduating as Coopers and Stonemasons and hoping they can all get employed. Maybe that is a bit harsh – on Coopers and Stonemasons – there is still a ready market for a few of THEM.

    M Ryutin Sydney

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  2. Not completely off topic, i.e., speak up while you can...

    Robert Spencer's farwell to Andrew Breibart:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/03/last-thoughts-on-andrew-breitbart.html

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  3. I never thought the day would dawn when Australia would conduct Putin - style 'reforms' to gag free speech. It leaves me speechless it does.

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    1. "Putin - style 'reforms'"
      The only risk this country runs of sliding into a Putin style oligarchy (if it isn't already there) comes from the influence peddlers in the finance and resources industry.
      Thanks for Parker's address, Bunyip. I'm drafting a letter congratulating him on Ray Finkelstein, QC’s work.

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    2. Glad you like Putin's style, Teach. Soon you will get to applaud Tony Abbott as he darts big cats and rides horses without a shirt on. Clap, Rummy. Clap!

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    3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.March 5, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      Illiterate congratulations from you will do well, numbers, I am sure.

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    4. Of course you're congratulating them; you're a twisted, hate-filled little fascist.

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    5. Finally Had EnoughMarch 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I see you post on Bolt's blog too mate, peddling your leftist totalitarian drivel..

      If you believe "influence peddlers" need to be stopped, then how about as a first step we disband the ABC Labor party propoganda machine...?? Or privatise it and allow it to properly be recognised as what it is instead of what it passes itself off as...

      Seriously though, are you and your mates that weak minded that you are so afraid of what "influence" people expressing opinions or concerns in a public setting might have over you or others? Wonder why?

      Just as well you and I can both express our opinions publicly still though, in a robust democracy like Australia, no matter how diverse those viewpoints might be, wouldn't you agree?

      Sounds very much to me like the old saying "Throw a stone into a pack of hyenas and the one that yelps loudest is the one that got hit...

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    6. So when it is his turn in charge, Tony Abbott PM appoints Andrew Bolt to oversee this wonderful new Media Police Station, you’ll be perfectly ok with me reporting how bloody offensive you are? I can’t wait.

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  4. See also Andrew Bolt today, where it is revealed that the bulk of pro forma submissions to the not so starry chamber came from GetUp, Avaaz, Soros-sponsored rentagroups. This gaming of the system is wherebthe real evil lies, not with Wayne Swans evil rich right, or the indignant left's pet hate, the News Ltd papers.

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  5. "Quality" Journalism would minutely examine everything this government says or does as if John Howard were running it.

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  6. Except that the University of Canberra, a former teacher's college, doesn't have much of a reputation to begin with. For example, The ATAR cut off for B. Journalism in 2012 was 65.85. Every APS4 'personal assistant' in the public service seems to be a UC Journalism graduate.

    A main, if unstated, role for the UC is to ensure that the dull and badly parented kids of senior public servants still have access to some sort of tertiary education, so that when a Branch Heads is asked at the dinner party or the Executive Retreat about young Liam or Emily, he/she can say that they are at university, even if they're only doing 'sports medicine' or 'landscape architecture'.

    Consuela Potez

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  7. For people who hate the media (and that's most people), it's important to spend $1.70 on today's Australian and read Mark Day's column on page 24, which details the mechanism by which governments of the day would control and intimidate the press. If you want The Daily Telegraph and the Age turned into the Singapore Straits-Times - a scared servant of the authoritarian Singapore Government - this is your recipe. The personnel for the Finkelstein inquiry were chosen to get the result the Greens-Labour government wanted and they have delivered with a totalitarian Third World vision of Australia's future, where citizens are treated like children (as they are in Singapore and China), who can't think for themselves. "Citizens must have the capacity to engage in debate, in the form of the relevant critical reasoning and speaking skills. They must also have equal opportunity to participate, in the form of access to public forums where they can articulate their views and debate with one another," the Finkelstein report notes. "There is real doubt as to whether these capacities are present for all, or even most, citizens."

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  8. When you add this to Conroy's proposed internet filter and the government's broadband scheme - things really start to look a bit hairy. Will it be possible that any site that is outside of the government's jurisdiction will just be put on "the list"? Who decides on the criteria for making the list? Will it be this new authority on the media?

    Also for those applauding this as a way of silencing all those pesky climate deniers, cashed up miners etc just remember. It is a poor weapon that cannot be pointed both ways. If you put levers in play which can effectively silence dissenting views and critics, don't be shocked if it comes to pass that they might end up getting pulled by people who really don't share you views at all.

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  9. The lunatics are truly running the asylum...

    Into the ground.

    What a sham.

    What a farce.

    What an utter disgrace.

    Thanks for the heads up, Bunyip, parker will be copping a blast from me today, as will in time, finko and rickety.

    Their blasts will be far less restrained, mark my words...

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  10. PhillipGeorge(c)2012March 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Star chambers defending Gaytopia and Gaia's baby furnaces.

    Prof, no amount of hyperbole can equate to plant fertiliser "killing" the planet. Well yes it can. Remember spontaneous abiogenesis - that other scientific established fact.

    Prof, to understand America, China and Africa - well everywhere really - you have to consider that a little book called "heaven is for real" has sold over 6 million copies and was on the New York Times best seller list for 40+ weeks. You won't "get" the USA until you can settle a statistical fact like that one.

    Otherwise Gaytopia and star chambers - its just another historical merry go round - thought you'd seen this carnival before?

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  11. With this terrible Inquiry report for the vested interests and a full-blooded attack on free speech by surrogate bureaucratic puppets, we see the planned future according to our "journalism academics" and assorted Supreme Leader contenders.

    Current major media has to fight back - that is a given - but so must we. With the life and work of the Andrew Breitbarts to be our inspiration and the re-launch of the "Big" sites today, 'Alea iacta est', the die is cast: our Rubicon is there in front of us.

    From the inspiring Chesterton quote about Breitbart the other day, Green/ALP/academic and other totalitarians are the high town to be assaulted and precious 'free speech' is the flag to follow. It will take the internet but the fight to stop them in their tracks has only just begun.
    M Ryutin Sydney

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  12. Email sent. Keep the fight going Bunyip.

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  13. We should be writing to the opposition as well, asking them if they'll roll back these recommendations, if implemented.

    We don't want any bipartisan agreement on this rollback on ancient liberties.

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    1. Sent an email. I'm not holding my breath for a reply.

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  14. Numbers - you are a cretin for sure. But you should be aware that when the socialist left of centre Nazis took over,one of their first priorities was to kill off (literally)all vociferous other lefties so as to lessen the competition so to speak.
    Be careful of what you wish for lowlife - when the bell tolls it may well toll for thee, fook wit!

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    1. "socialist left of centre Nazis"
      Wow! That's a breathtaking re-write of history. The Nazis advocated power politics and militarism over pacifism, racism over racial tolerance, competition over cooperation, merit over equality, eugenics over freedom of reproduction, and dictatorship over democracy. They regarded Marxism as a deadly enemy. They espoused nationalism over internationalism, realism over idealism, exclusiveness over inclusiveness, and pragmatism over principle. Although Hitler was an atheist he tolerated organised religion.
      Text book socialism advocates worker ownership and control of the means of production. In Nazi Germany, private capitalist individuals owned the means of production, and they in turn were frequently controlled by the Nazi party and state. True socialism does not advocate such economic dictatorship -- it must, by definition, be democratic. I doubt you’d recognise socialism if it jumped up and bit you on the backside.
      I don't mind gratuitous abuse, but I will always call crap when I see it.

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    2. Numbers you egregious little troll.

      Does one have to address each of your banal arguments to prove you really are a fascist?

      Wake up to yourself.

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    3. If you regard them as "banal", you should have no trouble addressing them.
      Waiting.......

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    4. "Text book socialism advocates..."

      We'll trouble ourselves to go no further than this critical qualifier, as Teach invokes a (banal) unicorn-infested Star Trek utopia to counter the reality that is the socialist power-political mindset in all its murderous manifestations.

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    5. "Society's needs come before the individual's needs."

      Right there is your fundamental definition of Socialism (all types), and when that is your guiding principle then individuals will always be sacrificed, against their will, for the benefit of whoever has power.

      There's a long-winded version with more details: "We ask that government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living. The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within the confines and be for the good of all. Therefore, we demand: ... an end to the power of financial interest. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad extension of care for the aged. We demand ... the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of the national, state, and municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our system of public education.... We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents.... The government must undertake the improvement of public health -- by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor -- by the greatest possible support for all groups concerned with the physical education of youth. [W]e combat the ... materialistic spirit within and without us, and are convinced that a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of The Common Good Before the Individual Good."

      It's not just a few quotes ether, laws were put into place such as the Erbhoffrolle which designated particular land allocations as never to be bought nor sold, nor mortgaged, not subdivided, and only to be owned by ethnic Germans. Not exactly your typical picture of how private property ownership would operate.

      They also operated government labour exchanges, which were entitled to issue compulsory work orders, or redeploy any employee as they felt necessary. Factory owners who showed lack of obedience would forfeit their property and someone else would take "ownership" of these assets (always a party member).

      As time went on pretty much all resource allocation and economic activity was directed by the "Zentrale Planung" committee. They were basically doing exactly what Stalin was doing, with slightly different propaganda when it suited them.

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  15. Following your excellent suggestion, I have sent the following feedback to Professor Stephen Parker:

    "As a journalist for the past 43 years and a former tutor in journalism at Deakin University, I have taken up the suggestion of the Bunyipitude blog that I contact you about about the Federal Government's media inquiry, which, in my view, severely damages the credibility of your institution, since its report was largely written by one of your academics.

    "That anyone who notionally has the interests of a free press at heart would volunteer to be part of what amounts to a political witchhunt against opponents of the current Federal Government is outrageous and appalling. I believe the participation of Professor Matthew Ricketson in the Finkelstein inquiry will cause a substantial backlash by parents of children looking for a campus for children contemplating a career in journalism.


    "This witchhunt is already infamous in my profession because of its astounding prejudice in making totalitarian academic prescriptions for the media industry while excluding working journalists and editors from an active role in its final report."

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  16. Re speaking out--
    Barnabyisright is asking for letters to premiers to ask they challenge the CO2 tax. I've done same. I would send by email if your site has an email dedicated to input?

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  17. From Rob @ 1.35 pm
    "It is a poor weapon that cannot be pointed both ways.”

    Indeed! Is this country not a signatory to the UN Declaration of Human Rights? Well, how does Finky and Rinko’s Review not breach Article 19?

    "Article 19.

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

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    1. Megan, you are a star!! Article 19 should be a central point of any appeal to the High Court.
      This fact alone should see the Greens & the ALP proposal to muzzle the media is now dead in the water.
      It should have also been used by News Limited in their appeal of Mordy's shocking judgement.

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    2. Thanks Megan. I will be sending that off to my state member who is busy telling me how much she'd like my support for her re election.

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    3. Better be quick:

      The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

      http://www.littleurl.net/305fd8

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  18. Let me remind you Mumbles, National Socialist German Workers' Party, that was their name and killing people was their game.
    And in your eagerness to repaint history do not gloss over "The Night of the Long Knives".
    That was how they put paid to their critics - oppression is just a step away from the smothering of free speech unless you join others in stepping up to the barricades.

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    1. Well the Night of the Long Knives was to kill off the homosexuals in the Nazi Party, who were becoming an embarrassment.

      Numbers is a family man, something he details to mind numbing length in his incredibly jejune blog. So he doesn't qualify.

      One of those Communist show trials would be his thing. Keeping the left lawyers in work.

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    2. Ernst Roehm's homosexuality was the nicest thing about the man, but I think you might find there was a bit more than a dislike for gays behind the Brown Shirts' purge.

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