In a Bush-like move to stifle opposition, the newly installed Labour government has tried to position anyone who is FOR freedom of speech and against their filtering policies as porn-loving child molestors. This from the Telecommunications Minister, Stephen Conroy: “Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road … If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd-Labor Government is going to disagree.’” Whether you agree with filtering or not, attempting to shut down intelligent dialogue by insinuating that your opponent or opponents are stupid/prejudiced/evil is a sleazy tactic. Both sides used it in the campaign. Campaign is over ladies and gentlemen, time to engage in constructive conversation. Mr. Rudd and Mr. Conroy, to paraphrase your own campaign mantra – you just don’t get it. Filters won’t protect our kids, they’ll just slow down the internet and give a false sense that kids are protected. Here are some people who DO get it: Mike Seyfang – Nick Hodge – and on my theme, someone who sees Conroy’s insulting, self-righteousness for what it is: Laurel Papworth – And the first politician on either side that uses the phrase “anti-Australian” when faced with critics or criticism should be booted out of office faster than you can say “commie barstard”. UPDATE: A great blog post from Stillgherrian:

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  1. Looks like Mr Rudd learned lots of interesting policy ideas when he lived in China…. Allison