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Anonymous comment safe again

February 3rd, 2010

I did a couple of interviews earlier this week on South Australian legislation banning anonymous blog comment on the forthcoming election. The same idea came up at the Commonwealth level after the last election and I testified against it at the Parliamentary inquiry – they decided not to go ahead. This time around, the result has been the same. Facing a storm of protest, the SA government has backed down.

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  1. TerjeP (say tay-a)
    February 3rd, 2010 at 20:23 | #1

    It is somewhat outrageous that the idea of a ban got legs in the first place. What is wrong with these people.

  2. Freelander
    February 3rd, 2010 at 21:29 | #2

    How do they really think they are going to achieve it? How could they stop anonymous comments outside their borders? Or are they going to put up a fortress firewall around their state?

  3. Jill Rush
    February 3rd, 2010 at 23:31 | #3

    There must be a message for Stephen Conroy from Michael Atkinson in all of this. There was no opposition until actual implementation was imminent, then all hell broke loose. Why do some politicians feel the need to dictate to others?

  4. wilful
    February 4th, 2010 at 12:45 | #4

    Michael Atkinson is the worst sort of dill, and very used to dictating to other, in fact he’s dictated to all of Australia for several years now over games ratings. With only a little luck he’ll be out on his arse soon.

  5. February 4th, 2010 at 13:40 | #5

    Amen to that.

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