Friday, August 01, 2014

Send in the water cannon ...

And now for a little community service:

Fairfax: WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order

ABC: Wikileaks releases suppression order which limits Australian reporting on bribery case WikiLeaks publishes court suppression order over what Assange calls 'unprecedented' case of censorship

Fairfax: Indonesia demands explanation from Australia over WikiLeaks-published order.

Crikey (maybe paywall affected): Crikey says: rampant suppression orders an affront to free speech

Which inter alia included this tweet from Richard Aedy, twittering here:

Yes he's not circumventing the court order, by providing a link to Wikileaks and nor is the pond by linking to Aedy linking to Wikileaks.

So it goes.

The pond usually listens to the Media Report on RN, so that's as much a plug for Mr Aedy's always listenable show, as his clever way of proposing that people go to Wikileaks to see what they can find, which is of course not the same as suggesting that anyone breach a stupid order by a stupid Victorian court egged on by a stupid bunch of lawyers acting for a stupid federal government.

Yes, nobody can talk about it, so everybody's talking about it ...

How stupid are the lawyers employed by the Abbott government? How stupid are the Victorian courts?
How stupid is the Abbott government?

Stupid is as stupid does.

Keep the conversation alive.

And Google.

Oh and here's a final pond choice, and it's over at The Jakarta Post:

The Indonesian government complaining about a lack of transparency?

Yep, there it is in Irked SBY urges Oz to be transparent over WikiLeaks claims:

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has strongly rejected Australia’s attempt to hide an alleged multi-national corruption case that implicates him, as suggested by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, and has asked Canberra to be transparent in the investigation. 
 “We are shocked by the report by WikiLeaks. Given the facts I have obtained [concerning the 1999 banknote printing in Australia], the report is hurtful,” Yudhoyono told a press conference at his residence in Cikeas, West Java, on Thursday. 
 WikiLeaks released a document on Wednesday that it claimed to be a court order issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 19. 
The court, according to the document, banned any form of disclosure or publication of information concerning 17 current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials in connection to court proceedings on the alleged multi-million dollar briberies. Three of the 17 individuals are Indonesians, namely Yudhoyono, former president and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) leader Megawati Soekarnoputri, as well as former minister and PDI-P politician Laksamana Sukardi. 
WikiLeaks has suggested that the corruption centers on alleged inducements made by officials of Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) subsidiaries Security and Note Printing Australia (NPA) in order to secure contracts for the supply of Australian-style polymer bank notes. 
“Such a policy by Australia to hide [alleged involvement] of certain non-Australian individuals is something that I am not comfortable with because it could instead trigger suspicions and accusations,” Yudhoyono said. 
 “I am aware that this kind of report can go viral very quickly and, at the same time, is also very sensitive because it relates to the honors and dignities of me and Megawati,” the President added.

Now the pond trusts no one is upset at the pond quoting an irked SBY about a matter of international concern, and SBY urging transparency on an Australian government ... or all the post-colonial ironies arising therefrom...

Another epic own goal by the Abbott government.

Now where's Tim "motormouth" Wilson when he's needed?

Oh yes, here he is:


  1. Speaking of motormouths.Why you can't underestimate this fool.

    1. Great, if also nauseating, link, thanks

  2. Hi Dorothy,

    At least with a super injunction in force, we are at least spared the hypocrisy and stupidity of Greg Sheridan, who would probably be arguing this sort of illegality is just the universal method of business in such countries.

    He did exactly that when commenting on the Coles Inquiry into AWB.

    As these latest alleged crimes occurred between 1999 and 2004, you have to wonder whose blushes the Abbott government is trying to spare? Heads of state abroad or politicians much closer to home?


    1. Oh Diddy how can you be so cruel to Greg "Bromance" Sheridan? How can the world get by without a dose of Sheridan? Why he's right up there with the dose of cod liver oil the pond's grandmother supplied on a daily basis, just what the Twiggy ordered ...

  3. This AM, on the Jon Faine program (ABC 774 Melbourne), the delightfull John Roskam (Exec Director of the IPA) was all for not having supression orders. Certainly fits in with their Libertarian views, but given the IPA's ongoing and loyal support for "Tones" I was surprised to hear his criticism.

    1. If Roscon is so big on freedom of information, he should publish a list of his donors. Then we will know who is pay the bills for his cash-for-comments machine.

  4. For your weekly dose of John Oliver, this is a beaut.

    A US Congressman mistakes two US officials for part of an Indian trade delegation - well, just because they look too Indian.

    Can we call this a reverse-Bolt (with double-twist and sink)?

  5. In a parallel universe...

    The Bolt Report

    On Sunday on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…

    Editorial: Australia and the rise of the Aborigine haters

    My guest: Environment Minister Greg Hunt on defying the Coalition trying to start the biggest coal mine in the country and destroy the Barrier Reef in the process

    The panel: Bob Ellis and Dorothy Parker.

    NewsWatch: The Sydney Morning Herald's Mike Carlton. Taking on some Murdoch spin and a particularly nasty Telegraph cartoon.

    Plus the Palestine genocide the media ignores. And Palmer reaches for a deal while Abbott's team starts to fray.

    1. Luckily Twiggy is going to take away your cash so you can't take the illicit drugs that produce this sort of surreal weirdness ...


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