It seems the Jonathon Holmes and Bernie Hobbs at the ABC and Christine Milne of the Tasmanian Greens have no qualms about vilifying those who have a different point of view despite they themselves all having their wages paid for by the Australian public. It would seem according to these ABC staffers and greens politician that the basic right of freedom of speech is theirs alone and should be denied to those who disagree with them. This comes as the ABC is taken to task for its continual biased reporting on climate change and its censoring or skeptical views on the climate.
In the true spirit of vilification the ABC and the Greens unashamedly use their powerful public voices to deny not only the freedom to speech to Climate Skeptics but at the same time to push their own political agendas. Its not only pure politics by the ABC and Greens but also pure corruption, highly discriminatory and the abuse of their powers. It seems their strategy of refusing debate, refusing transparency and attacking alternate views is the only way they want to push through AGW (anthropogenic global warming) – which they passionately call the greatest moral issue of our age. Funny if the issue is so important then it must be debated and that openly and thoroughly.
It is worth while remembering the following;
In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 19 affirms the right to free speech:
Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.(1)
Members of the Commonwealth Parliament reaffirmed the principles of the Declaration during a sitting on 10 December 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UDHR and pledged to give wholehearted support to the principles enshrined in the Declaration.(2)
Article 19 of the 1966 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that:
Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression … (3)
Australia is a signatory to this treaty(4) and, in order to incorporate treaties and conventions into Australian law, governments must pass a specific Act of Parliament. Although some parts of the treaty have been implemented into law, such as the Human Rights Commission Act 1981,(5)
Since 1992 decisions of the High Court have indicated that there are implied rights to free speech and communication on matters concerning politics and government, e.g. permitting political advertising during election campaigns.(7) This is known as the ‘implied freedom of political communication’. Issues arising from these decisions include defining when communication is ‘political’ and when the freedom should prevail over competing public interests.(8)
The Press Council has also been confronted on the issue only to reveal it seems to condone this practice of censoring skeptics because they perceive climate skepticism as outside the ‘scientific consensus’. See here and here.
In related news we also see that the green NGO bureaucracy continues to proliferate with the help of handouts from socialist left leaning governments we find more and more extreme groups who see capitalism as the enemy of all they stand for. As part of their hatred for our culture they see themselves as ‘culture jammers’ willing to do anything to bring down our way of living and lifestyle.
Yet many of these lunatic fringe organisations like adbusters employ the very means they say they fight against. Just like the ABC and the Greens – they want the voice and the freedom to speak their own agenda but in a travesty of civil rights they wont allow climate skeptics that same freedom. As Activist Cash highlights adbusters are simply eco elitists mimicking those they so blatantly hate using the same advertising they continually try and destroy! And Adbuster’s policies are to remove us of all those things that improved our quality of life – like transport, fresh and heated water, meat etc all of which as green elitists they see as enemies of their utopian environment.
Oh and adbusters works in with and/or gets funded from a number of well known organisations such as greenpeace, tides foundation, the sierra club etc.
More on Ms Milne – Ms Milne also continues to lobby Ms Wong on the ETS pushing to bring in this appalling draconian, achieve nothing tax that will kneecap most Australians. Yet Ms Milne wants to devastate the economy even more and has introduced a private members bill to push for not a 5% but a 20% target on reducing emissions in order to make the un-viable disastrous wind farms economical. Ms Milne seems to be blinded by her own political ideology much to the detriment and wellbeing of the average Australian.
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