I have a mate, a progressive mate, who lives in South Australia. He’s been outraged by the Rann government’s efforts to gag political debate, change electoral advertising laws to make it harder for small parties, and – of course – the efforts of the state Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to block a sensible R18 rating for interactive media nationwide, no matter how many 15 year olds treated as adults are put at risk by his arrogant intransigence on the issue.
Obviously, like many progressive South Australians, my mate will be voting first for the Greens, and any other progressive smaller parties, before his vote goes anywhere near the majors. And, at the moment, based on the above issues, he hates the state ALP more than he can remember hating the state Liberals. He’s pretty much decided to put the ALP below the Liberals, in fact.
So – ALP suppporters, here’s your chance. Give my friend some reason, any reason, to be more scared of the Liberals than he is angry with the ALP. In what specific way would they actually be worse than the ALP getting away with all this crap indefinitely?
UPDATE: Atkinson’s been forced to back down on the internet gag law. Maybe. No progress on the other fronts, though.
UPDATE #2: After denying that he had the power to immediately suspend the law, as advised by the shadow A-G, a couple of hours later Atkinson thanked her and a greed he had those powers. The state’s ATTORNEY GENERAL doesn’t know what his powers are without asking the Opposition.