Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Party Faithful

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.


  1. They'd vote Green and preference Labor. Their conscience is clear!

  2. Prof, I have heard about this. La Cannold is tweeting it. That might well be a gathering of the stupidest people in the country.

  3. Prof Allan doesn't strike me as the ALP voting type. A perusal of his columns in the Australian would seem to put him more in the right-wing libertarian camp.

  4. I agree with the first anonymous. James Allan seems to be the odd man out in this line-up.