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For public servants, criticising the Abbott government will soon be verboten – except here


Tony’s Tories are going to change the rules for public servants to make it even clearer that they can’t criticise the Abbott government, even anonymously. Under new Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet rules, if public servants do criticise the government they could be sacked.

This of course is the same government using the lie of ‘free speech’ to give free rein to racists and other bigots to say what they like.

Don’t rely on Freedom Commissar Tim Wilson. He supports the suppression of free speech when you sell your labour power to the state.

Join your union to fight for your right to be a citizen outside the workplace.

If you are a public servant feel free to join in the criticism of the Abbott and any other government on this blog. Let freedom reign across the land.

You can post anonymously on my blog and I am not going to reveal who you are. (I see not only your names – fake or real depends on you – but email address and URL if you provide it. And you ISP identity number.)

There will still be risks.  This reactionary government has urged others to dob in public servants who do post criticism anonymously if they suspect who it is. That is what made East Germany such a successful police State for a number of years – informers.

If you do post on my blog make sure the fake name is not one that can be traced back to you.

And of course the spooks and others will if so minded presumably be able to check the ISP details to trace back to you.

It is time to stand up for freedom of expression, real free speech. Public servants work for the government as a wage slave, not as a slave. The government doesn’t own you out of hours.

Post your criticisms of the government here on this blog on any relevant article.

You will get plenty of opportunities. I write about this rotten-to-the-core Abbott Liberal government or their mirror image, the do-nothing neoliberal Labor Opposition, almost every day.

To give public servants the opportunity on their own time to criticise the government, every week I will open my blog up as Free Speech Sunday for everyone, but especially public servants,  to criticise the Australian government.  If we get a good response this will continue until public servants win the right to free speech.

Like all posts on this blog, comments – see the link under the heading – close after 7 days.



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Comment from Eveline goy
Time April 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm

How safe are the whistleblowers, ever? And yet they are essential to a thriving democracy. Go on you hale hearted ones, we salute you

Comment from Rigby Taylor
Time April 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

I feel sick. Never did I imagine I’d be living in a police state. Too, too depressing, yet nothing can be done because all media supports those cretins. I’m not criticising the coalition, but honestly I can’t think of even one thing they’re proposing or have done of which I approve.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Hell, don’t tell me that even the government’s yes-men and yes-women are starting to speak out and need to be gagged.

A friend of mine who works for the Dept of Human Services (formerly a Centrelink employee, now at risk of being made redundant) and who also voted in this dreadful Coalition government is on the warpath and almost demanding Abbott’s blood.