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Letter to the Governor General
http://australianclimatemadness.com November 24, 2013, Simon
What would be the most inappropriate topic of a speech by the Governor General of
Australia, the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Oh yes, that's it,
a republic. As the ABC reports (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-23/republicans-welcome-governor-general-support-for-republic/5112658
Ms Bryce spoke out in favour of gay marriage during her Boyer Lecture address last
night, stating she hoped Australia might become a nation where "people are free to
love and marry whom they choose".
She then added: "And where perhaps, my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may
even grow up to be our nation's first head of state."
So incensed was I that the GG had waded feet first into sensitive political issues
(from which side, I wonder? Oh, yes, the Left, of course), that I sent the following
"I am astonished and disappointed, but not surprised, at your highly inappropriate
comments on deeply political matters, both on the question of an Australian
republic and the issue of same-sex marriage."
That a representative of the Queen should advocate for a republic is beyond my
comprehension, whilst expressing a position on same-sex marriage, a matter which
is highly political and contentious, is entirely inappropriate for a person
occupying the role of Governor General. Your position is yet further compromised
by your relationship by marriage to Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten.
Such statements are not unexpected, given your previous history of engaging in
political debate, for example with regard to your encouraging of costly and
ineffective action on climate change, including at a renewable energy conference
in January 2009, where you said:
'We must act swiftly, act smartly, and act together…'
The only course of action open to you is to resign with immediate effect. If you
wish to engage in political matters, you should seek election to Parliament."
Porn filters: if the UK can, why can’t Australia?
“UK PM David Cameron announced on the weekend that
huge numbers of British households are already signing up with internet
providers for a porn-blocked service – to begin in the new year. Why is
Australia lagging behind?” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said
UK providers TalkTalk and Sky now insist that new subscribers choose whether porn
filters are switched on or off – with “on” the default. Existing
subscribers will be contacted in the next few months, and BT and Virgin
are expected to follow suit. The UK filters will apply to all devices
linked to a home wi-fi network and across any public network, such as those
that can be accessed from shops and public spaces. Adult content filters
are also expected to be fitted to all new mobile phones.
The announcement comes amid growing reports of permanent harm to teen
brains from repeated viewing of images of hardcore porn that is
freely available online.
Opponents claimed that:
1. ISP filtering couldn’t be done;
2. or if it could be done, it
couldn’t be done perfectly;
3. or if it could be done, it would
slow down the internet;
“The UK initiative shows how hollow these claims are,” Ros Phillips said.
“Huge numbers of children, including primary school children, now have mobile
phones with internet access. They can download porn and show it to other
students – whose parents are powerless to prevent their children seeing it.
“Filters may not be perfect, but they are improving all the time – and they are vastly
safer than no filters at all. A recent report from Canberra
indicates the seriousness of the current situation.
“We urge new communications minister Malcolm Turnbull to take immediate action to
implement the UK system in this country,” Ros Phillips said.
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