Jul 13, 2011

Suppression-happy SA leaves naming of charged MP to social media

Can you guess the name of the South Australian MP who can’t be named on alleged child pornography charges?

Andrew Dodd

Media lecturer and journalist

Can you guess the name of the South Australian MP who can’t be named on alleged child pornography charges? Everyone else is having a go, so you’ll be in good company if you join in.


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5 thoughts on “Suppression-happy SA leaves naming of charged MP to social media

  1. abarker

    Damn straight. For the jewel in the suppression crown, look into the Burnside Council inquiry. 1.5 million of taxpayers money spent on a review that was then shelved without result and will never see the light of day. Disgraceful, and Rann will be thrown out at the next election.

  2. Oscar Jones

    But it is working as although a name might be guessed at, the intense media speculation that accompanies any sort of s*x charge invariably tips over into hysteria and can unfairly impact upon a person charged which is the whole point of the SA law.

    The fact is that the law should extend to the rest of Australia but while the media revels in p*do hysteria that’s unlikely.

    Plenty of examples of why such a law is needed can be found in NSW and QLD where tabloids froth at the mouth and have pursued those who have been released from jail from pillar to post causing headaches for police and so on.

    Or do we want to finally descend to the gutter levels (we’re almost there) of the UK where a notorious tabloid reveled in every sordid aspect of similar cases while at the same time child protection groups actively worked with that tabloid which was secretly desecrating the memory of murdered children ?

    The media have shown that they have absolutely no morals where the law is concerned, they are only governed by what they can get away with.

  3. Meski

    Woods has a point. Papers will trash your name, and then when you get acquitted, not mention it. The point of justice being seen to be done should enforce the acquittal being covered as much as the court charges were. But how is a state court going to enforce this all over the world?

    You’re fairly right about being able to find the name of the MP. If you’re good at phrasing google searches, you can get the name in the comments of the first page of search results.

  4. daveb

    Heck, you can find out who it is by searching through the members of the South Australian parliament on Wikipedia.

  5. LisaCrago

    Anyone who has sat in the SA parliament and seen a news report with the accused in it can instantly recognise his body.

    The evidence act has this provision TO PROTECT the victim, in this case a child. I don not believe that this section should be chucked out so that the media can have a feeding frenzy over a political corpse.

    The media circus have proven not to be an asset to the service of Justice and are not to be trusted as their job is to make money out of selling the stories of others misery.

    Until this MP is convicted, he is innocent.
    The most basic legal principle that we have, so lets try and keep the muck rakers at bay so the courts can do their work.

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