Albo’s Dictatorship Fantasies and Realities By James Reed

I think he gives the game away. With the Albo Labor government involved in one of the most draconian internet censorship Bills any Western government has canvassed, it is instructive to see the prime minister’s response to a question of what he would do as a dictator. Quick as a spark he said, ban social media! This is a look into his mind and agenda, since that is effectively what the misinformation Bill will do. Albo is a socialist, and no friend of classical liberalism and its freedoms. But, from the Voice debate, we knew that anyway. He is as a Leftist, no different from the rest of the tribe.

“Australia’s left-wing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed he would ban social media if granted the powers of a dictator.

Albanese was responding to a hypothetical question on a Melbourne radio station when he posited what he would like to do if he could run the country for five years while given absolute powers, declaring banning social media “would be handy.”

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader outlined his frustration with open opinions being aired online, saying:

Keyboard warriors who can anonymously say anything at all and without any fear; the sort of things they would never say to you face-to-face, they can just assert as fact and it worries me.

What that’s doing, combined with the pressure that is on modern journalists, is to be really be obsessed with the short-term cycle.

Albanese, a member of his party’s socialist hard left faction, qualified his statement by adding he was not “a supporter of dictatorships.”

“It is true in a democracy you have to account for more than your own views, which is what I guess your question is getting at,” he told the host.

Albanese’s administration is currently considering a contentious “misinformation” bill in parliament, stirring concerns about online censorship and the government of the day being granted Orwellian precepts as the sole arbiter of truth.

The sweeping new laws to prevent the spread of “misinformation” could see individuals hauled before a watchdog empowered to issue millions of dollars in punitive fines.

The Daily Mail reports while the laws are targeted at social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, it remains unclear if the proposed legislation would allow the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to also fine the individual creators of podcasts or websites.

Under the draft legislation ACMA will be able to fine “digital platform service providers” millions of dollars for spreading what they deem is “mis”- or “disinformation” that is also considered “harmful” by bureaucrats.

Governments at the federal or state level would be exempt from the same considerations under the legislation.

Critics are already saying the proposed bill is a descent into state censorship and a “slippery slope” favoring government to decide how citizens make up their minds, asking who are they to censor what we read or hear?”





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