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  1. Thanks so much Paul Dudman for an excellent post. The issue of silencing dissent is an issue close to my heart. I intend to respond in more detail shortly

    Madeleine Kingston Victoria Australia

  2. In the meantime, in the context of this article, I hope you will not mind my repeating myself from another comment awaiting moderation to a related post

    Post 2 Follow-up on Post No.1 12 October 2015

    May I refer to a relevant 2007 publication since so little has changed before and after?

    Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison “Silencing Dissent: How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling debate. Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest 20675 NSW Australia ISBN 978 174175

    National Library of Victoria cataloging entry 323-44994

    The backcover contained commentary by Robert Manne extracted from he foreward:

    “For over a decade, the Howard government has found ways to silence its critics. one by one. Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, Australians have become accustomed to repeated attacks on respected individuals and organizations.”

    “For a government which claims to support freedom of speech and freedom of choice, only certain kinds of speech and choices appear to be acceptable.”

    “Silencing Dissent uncovers the facts used by John Howard and his colleagues to undermine dissenting and independent opinion. Bullying, intimidation, public denigration, threats of withdrawal of funding, personal harassment, increased government red tape and manipulation of the rules are all tools of trade for a government that wants to keep a lid on public debate. The victims are charities, academics, researchers, journalists, judges, public sector organisations, even parliament itself.

    “Deeply disturbing., Silencing Dissent raises serious questions about the state of democracy in Australia.

    Sadly very little has change. Both major parties appear to support unconscionable policies and legislation.

    What is more those who used to speak out including those with a Left-Right-Left-Right philosophical orientation, don’t seem to be saying what they previously said.

    Madeleine Kingston Victoria Australia

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