Sat, 20 Feb 2010
Conroy : Is He a Duck?
The Australian Federal Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, may not actually be corrupt; I certainly have no evidence that he is, but a number of recent incidents sure look like corruption to me. For instance:
- Conroy's recommendation of a former ALP Staffer for a highly paid senior position (government relations) with the National Broadband Network an organisation operating in the area of Conroy's ministry.
- Conroy playing golf with billionaire media mogul James Packer on the same day the government announced a $250 million licence fee rebate for free-to-air television stations (one of which is owned by Packer).
- Conroy skiing with media mogul Kerry Stokes in Colorado a month before the $250 million licence fee rebate was announced. James Packer and Kerry Stokes are the owners of 2 of the 3 main non-government free-to-air television stations.
The real irony is that under Conroy's proposed scheme to filter the internet in Australia comments like this blog entry may end up being censored. The problem with Conroy's filter is not that it filters porn, but rather that the list of what is being filtered is secret and hence could easily include web sites which contain comments which the government or the Minister for Communications want silenced.