Truth is always the best argument

Hyperbole by any other name should stink so bad.

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Oct 10 · 2 min read

I’m replying to Cory Doctorow’s article “After banning working cryptography and raiding whistleblowers, Australia’s spies ban speakers from national infosec conference

I’ve got to take some exception to your opening statement and I pointed this same issue out way back in June .

Someone told me it takes an hour to refute an argument, so start the clock...

Pixel is unimpressed with your arguments

Australian politics are a revolting mess of unstable governments

Ok, so I won’t debate “revolting” because that’s fairly subjective.

But “unstable”?

The Liberal Party (right-leaning) has been in power for six years, since 2013 and were awarded a third three-year term this year. Prior to that, the Labor Party (left-leaning) was in power since 2007 (six years). The Liberals were in power from 1996 (10 years), and prior to that, Labor since 1983 (13 years, albeit changing leader in 1991).

This is the opposite of “unstable”.

dominated by xenophobic, climate-denying far-right oligarchs,

You can probably argue mining magnates Gina Reinhart and Clive Palmer (a man so vain he named a political party after himself, then lasted one term with a couple of mates), are Oligarchs. Their influence is hard to nail down, however according to Australian Parliament Records, mining industry donations peaked in 2010.

and the only check on their power is the fact that Australian governments are so riven by internal strife and unhinged authoritarianism that they tend to collapse on a quarterly basis, triggering new elections and/or leadership contests.

So there’s a few things going on here.

First, the check on power is a nationwide election every three years. There are also state and territory elections.

The only time an election was triggered in Australia due to political strife was in 1975 when the Labor government was dismissed by the Governor General (AKA Queen’s representative as she’s head of state). At all other times, the government of the day has called an election.

Yes, Australia has had six Prime Ministers in 10 years. And yes, there’s been internal divisions within the party in government.

However, the government has never collapsed, not even on a quarterly basis. Each government completed their three year term and we had an election.

So my time is up, and here’s my question to you:

You’re a damn good writer. Why are you relying on this kind of misrepresentative hyperbole to make your point?

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