If I understand the News Ltd reasoning on people expressing themselves politically in their non-work time, without identifying their employer, in a way that can be demonised:
- If you work for an organisation that is “taxpayer-funded”, you should be sacked for offending the Australian public, as represented by an American corporate media giant.
- If you work for a private organisation, it should be contacted and made aware of what you’ve done until it’s embarrassed enough to sack you (or “put you on indefinite leave”).
Frankly, we need better industrial laws protecting people from being punished by employers for expressing themselves politically in public. If you do not identify your employer, it’s none of their damn business what you do in your spare time. What the hell kind of precedent are we establishing here? Do we really want bosses to have the right to sack workers who dare barrack for the opposing team? (“I’m sorry, but you were seen handing out Greens HTVs on election day. That does not fit with the values of our company, as expressed by the Liberal-voting board. GET OUT.”) Do we want your ability to participate in the political debate limited by what your boss tells you you can say? (“Mr Palmer has told me I can speak up on the mining tax as long as I’m condemning it.”) Do we want to live in a country in which the only views that can be vigorously expressed by those who want to continue to put food on their family’s table is the corporate-approved one?
What does this kind of thing say about our freedoms as Australians?
And what does it say about News Ltd “journalists” that they think it is appropriate to find out who you work for and try to get you sacked? The idea that they will contact your employer to complain about your legal, legitimate political expression and apply so much pressure that they buckle and you lose your job, that is offensive.
(Where’s a copy of The Courier Mail? Maybe Mr Stewart should see how well he can smoke that.)