Australian Doublespeak, OR, In Which Jack and Jodie are Expelled from Parliament House

  • A One Nation senator demanded to know why we were not allocating more water from the dying Murray-Darling to farmers.
  • Labor asked if there was a reason our elderly were being mistreated in privatised health centres.
  • The Greens asked about one of the Government’s few current pieces of legislation — the Agricultural Protection Bill 2019, which criminalises trespass on farms by animal rights activists. Of course, trespass is already a crime, but conservatives always enjoy ratcheting up pre-existing laws and the militant vegans make a convenient threat. Once it passes with Labor’s support, as it surely will, Australians will face five years in prison for merely ‘distributing material’ that could ‘incite’ illegal environmental dissent, much as since 2015 journalists can face prison for reporting on conditions within the detention centres that don’t exist.

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