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Aug 7, 2014

Brandis' disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

The government's stumbling over data retention raises the question of how prepared it was for this debate.




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19 thoughts on “Brandis’ disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

  1. Yclept

    Now if only Brandis could have a go at explaining whether GST will be payable on a birthday cake…

  2. klewso

    If it’s not three words – it’s not on?

  3. rhwombat

    Yclept@#1: That depends on whether it’s Rupert’s cake yet.

  4. Arty Boxer

    Time to use anonymising browsers, and put up with NSA classifying you as an extremist.

  5. klewso

    “No surprises. No excuses.”

  6. Theon

    Ahh dear our fuddy-duddy government, so what’s an NBN…?

  7. klewso

    Through our looking glass :-
    [‘When I use a word,’ George Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’]
    (apologies “Lew C”)

  8. klewso

    “Front-page news”? Where?
    “SNAPPED”? “TERROR 101”?
    Such an embarrassment for their Limited News Party didn’t get a run in our Curry or Maul.
    They bussed in Blot on the Political Landscape to whine and drone us instead. And served up another lauding of Abbott.
    Doing their business-as-usual PR for them.

  9. Djbekka

    The thing that worries me about all this (aside from politicians who can’t even keep to speaking notes) is the opportunistic shift to nationalism as a way to gain support. So if we are suspicious of data retention and data trawling without warrants are we then ‘not team players’. The phrase is often used in workplaces when a ‘team member’ is asking hard questions of a ‘team leader’. Still I am cheered that Brandis, Wilson and Bolt have had to ‘take one’ for the team.

    By the way, wouldn’t a unitary and very fast NBN allow the government to collect the data directly and bypass the service providers? Maybe not…

  10. tonysee

    How long will they get away with ‘reframing’ these stuff-ups? At least it took Labor more than a year to rack up this kind of score sheet.

    Another layer of … let’s say ‘intrigue’ is the role of that techno-elephant in the virtual room: Malcolm Turnbull. How can this government announce such a policy without MT being in our faces?

    We’re ‘Team Liberal’ for ‘Team Australia’! Nothing to look at here.

  11. Graeski

    Seems to me the government has two basic problems confronting them with this issue. The first is, as many other posters have pointed out, the totally incompetent manner in which the proposal was communicated to the public. What on earth were they thinking? Going public while there were still so many details to be sorted out was just asking for trouble.

    The second – and I believe more significant – problem is that the public’s reaction exposes the crisis in trust that the government now has with the electorate. They have proven themselves to be dishonest. They have proven their willingness to break promises. They have established their penchant for secrecy and clandestine operations. As a consequence, when they presented a policy with gaps, no-one was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt or allow time to explain. Everyone automatically assumed the worst, because the worst is what we have been presented with before.

    I think this may well be a characteristic of the environment they have to deal with for the remainder of their term in office. They will be allowed no leeway – and they created that situation entirely by themselves.

  12. Brian Williams

    Ya gotta love David Speers – the only interviewer at Sky News, amongst a plethora of LNP lickspittles, who even attempts to treat both sides of politics equally. Maybe Georgie Porgie was so used to being given free reign by Kieran Gilbert that it didn’t occur to him that he might have to face a genuine interview by a person with a brain in his head.

  13. fractious

    @ Brian Williams – it’s not like Speers gave Senator Bookshelf all that much of a hard time, he just wanted a clear description. I’d have loved to see the slaughterhouse an interview with Sarah Ferguson would have been…

  14. AR

    Being the gigantic legal brain that his solipsism assumes to be a Truth, universally acknowledged, perhaps he could have a word with his Glorious, but merely primus inter pares, Leader about his threat twice in the last week that returning jihadis would be arrested, charged and imprisoned. Perhaps His Honourable Eminence could suggest to budgie boy that he’s missed a stage though only thought important by yoghurt weavers who wear wholemeal sandals.

  15. Andybob

    I just want everyone to know that I was against this BEFORE there was talk of browsing history snooping. Just making that clear …

  16. The Pav

    This is a govt of total incompetence
    They can’t agree on what the $7 gp fee applies too
    A treasure who can’t get tax rates right
    An A/G who can’t understand basic technology when he wants to further encraich on our liberty
    A PM who now can’t even ,manage three word slogans now but is down to just two words..The pathetic “team Australia” comment

    If it is a case of risk management and saving Australian lives can I suggest that rather than steal our liberty and waste our taxes they apply the funds to raod safety. Last year 1,193 Australian died against how many killed by terrorists?

    I can honestly say I have never been molested by a Moslem unfortunately I can’t say the same about christians

  17. Itsarort

    ‘…prepared for the debate’ or just telling more lies. The master of the ‘Lying Rodent’ affair is still,…, grappling with the truth it would seem.

  18. klewso

    That was one time when he, allegedly, wasn’t lying?

  19. klewso

    And any wonder they hate the ABC?
    After the way they blanched over this soft-core porn?


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