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Aug 7, 2014

Rundle: Team Australia would love to have free speech, but there’s a war on

You wouldn't want to to underestimate what a defeat this 18c stuff up is for the Right, writes Guy Rundle.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Welcome now then, Team Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the new meme on Tuesday, at the press conference where changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 18c “insult and offend” clause was dropped, and the catch-all spy powers, metadata, surveillance and anti-terrorism bill was introduced. With the new threat to Australia from 150 people who had journeyed to Syria — allegedly to be jihadis, though we have been given no proof — we all had to come together for Team Australia, and anything that disturbed that unity had to be ditched — and that included 18c.

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  1. Yclept

    Hey Tony, this Team Australia thing, is it were we all come together to help each other? Like a Union really? What a great idea, let’s have more Unions! Onya Tone!

  2. Jimmy

    “No matter what Abbott says, it isn’t a national day of mourning for 300 people in one air disaster once, 40 of whom were Australian”

    I have been wondering in recent days how todays society would handle the first world war?

  3. rhwombat

    Excellent kick to the Right testicles, Guy. David Hand and the other IPA enuretics will have to pause in their celebrations at Carlton’s defenestration, and take a few deep breaths before sneering back.

  4. rhwombat

    Jimmy: more Rupert than Keith.

  5. extra

    Paul Keating’s description of John Howard as ‘the ringmaster of grief’ is now applicable to Mr Abbott given his recent efforts at national cohesion.

  6. fractious

    Good piece. It’s amusing to read that even that tool Berg is laying into the Abbott govt. on its back-somersault-with-pike on 18C, and in the same vein the wholly contradictory statements by Abbott and Brandis on what is or isn’t “metadata” and what the ISPs would/ would not have to retain – so much for that “unity” ticket then Tony.

    PS Rather than ‘jamboree’ I think of FreedomBoy and the IPA’s trivial little salon as more of a gymkhana – lots of show ponies prancing around bravely negotiating the towering 18″ high hurdles they erected for themselves, while the rest of the world either ignores them or couldn’t give a toss.

  7. Maxwell von Richthofen

    Thanks Guy ,good honest integrity in your article and brave on a day where i suspect if you doubt the motives of the political class you will get called insensitive and cold – I watched the ceremony today as well and thought gee you know why did you (abbott) while standing at the pulpit have just mentioned “operation bring them home ” in those exact words framed once again as a political slogan while at a memorial service .Just poor taste and ignorant to the fact that people will read political statements at bereavement ceremonies for what they are just unhealthy stabs at opportunism , the timing of the data retention announcement basically the day before this ceremony the lame excuse for dropping the 18c repeal . I just wonder how they expect to ever recover from this everyone is wide awake to there shenanigans and I would image they are just waiting for heavenly interventions like this tradgic M117 crash to blow all there worries away., I would think they by now are permanently marked men ,2/3 of the front bench is critical, mortally wounded.Most governments have one or two slip ups where the media can replay tapes etc Julia carbon tax lie Howard GST promise . To compare , this government have so many you before you have even logged one a new one replaces it. Its like a dream run of political disasters.

  8. Arty Boxer

    >I have been wondering in recent days how todays society would handle the first world war?

    Jimmy: You may not have to wait too much longer. The US, Russia and Europe look ready to start another.

    And no doubt we will need more security – to deal with those who visit .ru sites.

  9. Jimmy

    Arty – “You may not have to wait too much longer. The US, Russia and Europe look ready to start another.” That may be true but I doubt we will see the level of casualties of WWI, or who towns/villages of men being wiped out in one ill fated assault.

  10. paddy

    Rundle on song. Simply a joy to read. Thanks Guy.

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