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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 letter:
"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?

FamilyVoice 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 today.
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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