You remember that hideous and absurdly secretive “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA) the US is busy “negotiating” with other countries like Australia in order to try to prop up its crooked corporate copyright industry by taking away consumer rights and enacting ridiculously punitive enforcement regimes around the world?
Just an update: they’re finalising it now, aiming for completion in September. While Foreign Affairs is negotiating on our behalf, without direction from parliament. I know it’s the sort of nasty corporate bullying that its victims (ordinary Australians) won’t realise until it’s too late, and that therefore both the Liberal and Labor parties will probably support it – but, still. At least if it came before the new parliament the Greens would ensure there was an actual debate about its provisions. Who knows, maybe some members of the media would sit up and take notice.
It’s not as important as Julia’s earrings, obviously, but it could be worth some kind of a mention.