ASHTON’s Circus is in Perth at the moment, but Melbourne need not worry because the city on the Yarra remains plentifully supplied with clowns. They will be gathering tonight – without the funny shoes, most likely, which is a pity – at 6.15 pm in the Wheeler Centre for a panel discussion of free speech.
It is quite a roster, with Leslie Cannold, Bernard Keane, Jonathan Green and Professor James Allan all under the one roof to decry censorship. That position cannot be faulted, but it might be interesting all the same if a member of the audience were to ask a simple queston:
Given that at least two of you are on record as opposing Communication Minister Stephen Conroy’s asinine internet filter, would his refusal to abandon the initiative ever stop you voting for or preferencing Labor?
Actually, why bother? We all know the answer to that one.