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The Australian and
its big blue pencil

In our narrow and port-canted media landscape there is reason to be grateful that one newspaper, The Australian, has a centre-right attitude while maintaining a tolerance for opposing views. In today’s edition, for example, you will find Chris Kenny and Peter van Onselen advocating a big ‘yes’ in the Voice referendum while Janet Albrechtsen and Warren Mundine take the counter view. That used to be called balance, which is what you will seldom find in the Nine rags and never at the ABC.

There is a mystery, though, about the newspaper’s handling of readers comments, rejected ones being regularly copied to Quadrant‘s inbox with various theories advanced as to why they ended up on the spike. Could it be, as several correspondents speculate, that the comments are being vetted by cookie-cutter work experience kiddies fresh from their J-school indoctrinations? Or is itsimply the luck of the draw, with some comments randomly rejected while others get a guernsey. Whatever the reason, there seems no apparent reason why either of those reproduced below were deemed unfit for publication:

If the yes case wins then expect to see calls for other Voices from other minority groups. It sets the stage for the Balkanisation of Australia. When my family came here and gained the privilege of Australian citizenship we were equal with other Australians. One vote one value. This Voice will see us and all those who can’t claim Aboriginal descent relegated to second class citizens being denied similar access to government. With my single vote, my small quiet voice, I will be saying NO to this blatant discrimination – Marc Hendrickx

And from another miffed Australian subscriber, Billie, there is this about the about the hapless, hopeless Victorian Liberals:

It’s not Ms Deeming who needs to be shown the door, it’s Pesutto. Do you remember Vic election night in 2018, when Pesutto was on ABC TV’s expert panel and watched as his own blue-ribbon seat went to Labor? Asked what the Liberals should do, he replied along the lies that the party needs to be more pro-active about climate and renewables (because his young daughter told him it was ‘the most important’ issue of all all), women’s issues (because abortion is terrific) and a whole bunch of other fashionable preoccupations with stuff the ABC loves. Look, given Daniel Andrews grubby little regime, the current Premier should be a sitting duck. Instead he hands the useless Pesutto his backside on a plate. Boot Deeming and not only will I never vote Liberal again, I’ll contribute financially to Lib Dems or One Nation. Someone has to stand up for conservative values. Someone has to take the fight to the Left — and that person sure ain’t the member for Hawthorn.

Just for interest’s sake, Quadrant subscribers are invited to click this link and paste their rejected observations. Who knows, perhaps a pattern will emerge and the mindset of The Australian‘s censors will become apparent.     — rf


49 thoughts on “The Australian and
its big blue pencil

  • brandee says:

    In my opinion Marc’s letter deserved publication but Billie’s was maybe too colloquial. If they did not make print were they published in the online letters?
    What is the cut off time for letters to reach the Letters Editor. After receiving the morning paper I try for 9am and that is a rush. My friend on holiday in Hawaii and writing in an earlier time zone had two letters published in the one week and he is cleverly pro-Christian with a smile.
    Two clever female writers are often published:
    Jane Bieger whose prose is superb is now published on Mondays after moving from Qld to WA. That is one way to beat the clock from WA by writing on the lay day. Last letter 3/04.
    Mandy Macmillan writes from Singleton with great knowledge of and support for the Liberals. Surely she has an online subscription to beat the clock from country NSW. Letters published 3/04, 10/04.
    Rarely does a week go by without a Last Post Letter by George Fishman of Vaucluse, NSW. Often only one sentence long, and diplomatic. One can guess from where in Vaucluse he is coming but Yes or No readers could perhaps read his latest letter either way: “Words and actions rarely align in politics, so hats off to Julian Leeser” [13/04].

  • Carlos says:

    Feedback to Quadrant IT: The link just circles back to the article.

    The Australian definitely has a pious bias, many of my hilarious quips never see the light of day: Example: April 1 2023

    Headline: Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh breaks Ariarne Titmus’ 400 metres freestyle world record

    My comment rejected: In other news, trans-woman Linda Thorpe has come out of retirement. She smashed the 400m world record by 15 seconds during a training swim. Her much anticipated match up with Michelle Phelps at the World titles will be riverting.

    No sense of humour!

  • Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    Time Magazine featured Hitler, Stalin, Khrushchev, Nixon, and the Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Thunberg girl as well. Were I mr. albenese I would ask Time magazine to withdraw the mention about him being one of a hundred notables asap.

    Why would anyone donate money to the Royal Melbourne TV appeal when they carry out gender surgery on little kids?

    The above are two comments to Sky News knocked back in the last few days for as did The Australian newspaper starting some years back any reasonable comment made about something one of their left leaning columnists has written it is rejected if it doesn’t agree with the line they are pushing.

    Fair enough that an off subject comment or an abusive one is knocked back but if those publications knock back pertinent comments then having a comment column is a waste of time. They must remember that they are there to report the news, not make the news as does the ABC/SBS

  • R Martin Luther says:

    Two rejected letters:-
    It really doesn’t matter how many intellectual propaganda pieces are published. Putting the voice in the constitution means adding a racial test. Such a test has no place in the constitution of a country with a diverse population, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, like Australia.

    It is astonishing that so many apparently intelligent people cannot see the danger in putting a racial test in the constitution. Can I remind them that there is not a good or bad racism, there is just racism.
    Especially in an immigrant country whose population comprises every known race and creed all citizens must be treated equally under the constitution.
    If members of Parliament need to get an Aboriginal perspective, they can do so by consulting members of their constituency. In fact, it would be a good thing if they did this more generally. Perhaps then we would have less stupid legislation.
    The old sayings have some utility even in the 21st century. In this case:” the road to hell is paved with good intentions”!


  • ianl says:

    >” … cookie-cutter work experience kiddies fresh from their J-school indoctrinations?” [quote from the lead-in article]

    I favour this explanation. Not for the censored Letters to the Editor (this has been so for at least 50 years – I have hard evidence of that) as I have little interest in the relatively low reach of print outlets. Rather just watch the “ribbon” comments scrolling across the bottom of the screen during Sky News, placed there in real time by j’isms who believe they are changing the world. Absolutely egregious, mis-spelt and ungrammatic.

    Example ? Just today (Sunday April 16), Jennifer Marohasy was expounding on BoM’s 30 year reluctance to release conflicting temperature data … the j’isms behind the screen split the screen to show a discarded plastic bag supposedly floating somewhere on the Barrier Reef. This had no relevance to Jennifer M’s point, just the usual cheap smear on her work. Of course this is deliberate j’ism spite.

  • Elizabeth Beare says:

    Recent examples of rejection:

    “ He said that Latham was a “disgusting human being”.

    “ A point to make re Mark Latham’s lash out at Alex Greenwhich is that it was a response to Greenwhich accusing Latham of being ‘disgusting’. In other words, Latham’s crude response was not out of the blue, but made in anger with the word ‘disgusting’ hanging in the air. It is best put aside now, and Latham can get on with his usual good works.“

    “Lidia Thorpe was not “thrown to the ground”. The video evidence clearly shows that. Who knows why your journalists want to characterise it that way.““

    I was going to cut and paste a rejected comment about Ivermectin, which was characterised by on Oz journalist as horse pills. I pointed out the multiple randomised control studies evidencing it’s efficacy in treating Covid.. This comment was not only rejected, but now disappeared.. That is how it works now at The Oz,.

    • lbloveday says:

      Lidia Thorpe upped the “thrown to the ground” story:
      “I went to tell her… that they are not welcome here, and I got pulverised by the police,” Senator Thorpe told the Guardian.
      “The police need to answer as to why they assaulted me.”
      Surprisingly The Australian published my comment:
      Not just “thrown to the ground”, but “I got pulverised by the police”. Will she be able to be repaired?

  • Mike O'Ceirin says:

    Yes Chris there are aboriginals who are greatly disadvantaged it is not they who want a voice. It is the activist class who is agitating for it most aboriginals have assimilated it is only 1% of the population who are in fact disadvantaged. A handful of those that have gained great advantage from assimilation now wish to increase their power. To do this it must legislated but the problem is the next government could remove it. So therefore put it into the Constitution. That will put it into the hands of the judiciary and in such a case it will have to be very carefully worded. If you read Windshuttle and many others who have considerable legal knowledge you will find the ideas such as Lydia Thorpe’s have been pressed for many decades. It is also within the Uluru statement.

    This was rejected. I find I can comment about energy matters and invariably I will be accepted anything to do with aboriginals though I am rejected almost 99%. Another thing I have noticed is that if I am accepted it will be delayed a long time.

  • lbloveday says:

    After a few days, certainly within a week, the Australian wipes REJECTED comments from the “My Profile” list while retaining the ACCEPTED. I regard that as underhand at best.
    So, I can’t post the most egregious rejections I have experienced, although to the credit of one above the moderators I have had a number reinstated. But I am sick of that game and have reduced substantially reduced my comments, hence only one rejection in the past 5 days:
    Professor Alan Coates was the inaugural CEO of the Cancer Council Australia, and arguably Australia’s foremost cancer expert. In an email to me he said “if you have a roomful of say 25 men who have undergone prostatectomy for screen detected prostate cancer it is a fair bet that all 25 will be convinced that it has saved their life. And at least 24 of them will be wrong”.
    On his advice I have never had a PSA test.

  • lbloveday says:

    Again to the credit of one above the moderators, I sent this (capitals my emphasis – I used Bold type in my email):
    “..promote lively, but civil and respectful debate”
    How does this, about Australia’s 2nd longest serving PM, fit that aim? Or about anyone for that matter?
    7 hours ago
    It beats me why the Liberal Party keep unearthing the OLD FOSSIL John Howard, and putting up as a new age guru on all the ills that the party faces.
    Howard was past his use by date when he not only lost a general election, he lost his own seat in the election.
    and the comment was deleted.

  • brandee says:

    Abusive comments would understandably not be acceptable and the phrase “stupid legislation” seen somewhere above might have been seen in that category.
    One direct and colourful letter writer who often appeared in the Daily Telegraph and sometimes in The Australian has another letter in the Oz [17/04]. The writer is Stephanie Millar from Cremorne and today she has the colourful sentence: “the Liberal Party is now just a discredited, inconsequential, shabby rump of its former fighting self”. And further she says of the Party “For far too long it has welcomed into its rank-and-file the wets, who masquerade as Liberals in order to break down and banish conservative values”.
    Acceptably strong words and Stephanie used to be and early morning phone in to the Alan Jones at 2GB where she often gave patriotic support to Australian culture and to our armed forces. So it is widely acknowledged that her words are worth bottling!

  • lbloveday says:

    Going back 10+ years I had 9 consecutive Letters to the Editor published in the Daily Telegraph; now I don’t even bother writing at all – it had been so long since one was published.

  • JH says:

    My most recent rejected comment, answering certain cited parts of an article by John Ferguson in The Australian, was as follows (Ferguson’s quoted words as appeared in my comment are capitalised, mine are in lower case).


    It is not the best thing that can be said about her, it is the worst thing that can be said about her.

    Deeming is not an anti-trans activist. She is someone who opposes radical transactivism, a culture that looks to turn reality on its head and which endorses the involvement of children in practices that in most contexts are regarded as barbaric. In that she is in step with about 90% of the population.


    Free to speak but apparently not if a bunch of idiots who came bottom of their class at the stupidest schools in the country turn up to disrupt your rally. Then you are closed down.

    Deeming did not let the Liberal Party down, it is letting her down. She is being sacrificed – like her predecessor – to keep John Pesutto from being criticised by The Age and the ABC and, to judge from this article, by John Ferguson. Courage, it is sad to say, is in short supply in the Victorian Liberal Party.”

  • W.A. Reid says:

    To my great surprise the following was emailed to ‘The Australian’ at 1306 on 13 April 23 and printed, with a very prominent headline, the following day:

    Article 1 of the ‘International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’, which came into force in 1969 and which Australia ratified and continues to recognise, states that ‘Special measures taken for the sole purpose of securing adequate advancement of certain racial or ethnic groups or individuals requiring such protection as may be necessary in order to ensure such groups or individuals equal enjoyment or exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms shall not be deemed racial discrimination …’.

    But this provision is qualified thus: ‘… provided, however, that such measures do not, as a consequence, lead to the maintenance of separate rights for different racial groups and that they shall not be continued after the objectives for which they were taken have been achieved.’

    The proposed ‘voice’ addition to the Australian Constitution would seem to abrogate this long-recognised and effectively universally-accepted limitation.

    Perhaps clarification is to be found in the pending Solicitor-General’s advice?

  • norsaint says:

    I couldn’t tell you as I cancelled my sub a few years ago because the kiddies wouldn’t print a thing. The other catalyst was it suddenly appeared to be taking “climate change” seriously.
    A man can’t spend all his day laughing hysterically.
    Can’t say I’m missing it much either.

  • IainC says:

    I comment often in the Oz, and get rejected occasionally, but after many years, I still can’t figure out the algorithm. The Herald-Sun/Telegraph is WAY more relaxed. Here are some from today and yesterday.
    (re Adam Creighton’s lessons from COVID)
    We certainly learned one valuable lesson – who would be happy to run a fascist dictatorship, who would thrive under a fascist dictatorship, and who would resist. We now know many of the names of those in the first two categories, but the dissenters are largely unknown. Thanks for standing up to be counted, Adam.
    (note: changing “fascist” to “authoritarian” worked.)

    Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy has described the death of a woman at a hotel in Darwin from an alleged domestic violence incident as the hallmark of a “terrible day” for the nation.
    Senator McCarthy said the importance of an Indigenous voice to parliament was more pronounced than ever before, adding that if enshrined it would change the lives of Indigenous people for the better.

    The clear implication here is that domestic violence with the Aboriginal community is different to that amongst the other 97% of women, and therefore needs Albo on speed dial to come up with solutions. Could the Senator please explain how domestic violence within Aboriginal culture is so very different that a national campaign for ALL women would be unsuitable?
    (No idea about this one!)
    (Article re Finland’s far left ex-PM)
    How propaganda works in practice.
    Socialists: ” Sweet! Kind! Sooo compassionate! Equality, diversity, social justice! Just too, too cute and cuddly, it’s unbearable! Ooooh, look, a rainbow….”
    Their opponents: “Harsh! Far-right! Hawkish. Problematic. Sceptical. Mean. Ew, white! Yuck!”
    The reality.
    Socialists: “Oppression, identity purism, atomisation, cancellation, economic destruction, camps, reeducation, razor wire, authoritarianism, downfall. But if you’d all just obeyed our commands, none of this would have been necessary.”
    Their opponents: “Yep, Orwell was soooo right.”
    (Lesson: don’t be mean to socialists?)

    I have had hilarious auto-rejects as well, a completely different category. Bots got no context!
    A very funny one concerned an article that mentioned the Rio Negro in Colombia. I quoted the line, and was bot-swiped for the word “Negro” in my comment! I think I changed it to asterisks or something to get it through.

  • W.A. Reid says:

    Recently I commented as follows on a report in ‘The Australian’ about an activist who described herself as ‘Blak’:

    The Urban Dictionary lists a number of meanings for ‘blak’. One is ‘A white girl who is actually very black at heart.’

    It was rejected.

  • lbloveday says:

    Today’s (19/4/23) REJECTED
    Quote: “She claimed police pushed her to the ground”
    She went much further than that, claiming “I got pulverised by the police” (The Australian March 23).
    The quote was exactly as in the article:
    Story: Would we tolerate a male politician behaving like this?
    My “pulverised” quote was from:

  • March says:

    Here’s another rejected comment on another of Chris Kenny’s naive ramblings on the Voice…

    Quite a few groups do not agree with this at all. This role is essentially repeating the functions of the National Indigenous Australian Agency.

    Never thought I see Chris Kenny continuing to push for increased government spending or increased inefficiency in delivery of public services and waste of public funds. He continues to promote and push for this unnecessary, unneeded and divisive Voice that will only divide the country and cement discrimination into our constitution where it will remain essentially forever. Thereby keeping Aboriginal Australians in a state of permanent victimhood. The whole thing stinks to high heaven but sadly Chris’ sense of smell appears permanently compromised.

  • March says:

    Moderators a protection racquet for free speech!

    12 HOURS AGO

    Seriously CK do us the courtesy of respecting the subscribers who pay your wage and provide a meaningful comment rather than patronising ABC style one liners.

    Story: No argument about it, voice fearmongering is astonishing

  • geofft says:

    Here is a rejected comment to Chis Kenny’s article “God save us all, for nothing should save the monarchy” (6/5/23):
    Politicians who wilfully and repeatedly ignore the principle of ministerial accountability, or who routinely over-reach the powers of office, or who ignore or fail to declare conflicts of interest, or who cannot remember who authorised what actions and, by implication of their own words, fail to ensure proper records are kept, or who are prone to ‘administrative errors’ when claiming expenses they are not entitled to are a much a greater and immediate threat to our democracy than the monarchy is.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    At times it is difficult to discern any logic to what The Australian chooses to reject, such as this comment of mine to Sophie Elsworth’s article “ABC coverage of King Charles’s coronation ‘totally misread the mood, says Neil Mitchell” (8/5/23):
    God purge the ABC as it seems no earthly power is capable of doing so.

  • Roger Franklin says:

    You’re right, sort of. No court in the key states on which the result hinged DID find the election was stolen. But then again no court in the key states actually agreed to hear any of the complaints. In all those states, a majority of Democrat judges presided on the states’ supreme courts. In Arizona, however, the case of the allegedly stolen governorship has seen the legal light of day and the discovery process — the dead voters, the outdated rolls, the fact that the winning candidate also happened to be the electoral commissioner — has been very interesting. Shocking, actually. You should google it, Tim’s Wife. But you probably won’t.

  • lbloveday says:

    While REJECTing competent comments, The Australian published this comment on today’s (12/5/23) Henry Ergas article:
    Thank you *Gerard* fir this extraordinary column, the necessary response to the atrocity and disgrace that the ABC presented as its supposed Coronation coverage. A stunning piece here *Gerard characterised as ever by your trademark forensic method and style*. Superb. I am in awe of the entire essay here from beginning to end but I do note too your warning – as I would have others do likewise – that we must be alert to those zealots who loathe our nation’s heritage and our imperfect but great inheritance and who would gladly tear down our future. Thank you again *Gerard* for this superb piece.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    At first, The Australian rejected the comment below but then accepted it after I queried the rejection through their comments query email address.

    How can we be confident that Bard is not now simply stonewalling the questions submitted through whatever login account Noah Yim is using whilst giving different answers to other users?

  • lbloveday says:

    14/5/2023, In reply to:
    What else would you expect from kids who have been brainwashed by the woke education system and helicopter parents that the world is about to end due to climate change. Cancel culture, mast white males, stolen generation, revisionism. Add to that a draconian government in Victoria and a population suffering from the “Victorian Drisease”.
    I asked:
    What are “mast white males”?
    It is not an obvious “typo” like “Drisease” – “most”, “mist”, “must”, “mask”, “last”, “past”….. don’t fit, and they won’t let me question the writer.

  • lbloveday says:

    A comment included:
    My grandson’s school has a full wall mural on the way in saying ‘Aboriginal land – always was, always will be’ – and then we wonder why kids think they are not welcome and want to stay away?
    I replied:
    I’m off for my morning walk, T-shirt emblazoned with “Never Was, Never Will Be”.
    Factual, but of course REJECTED
    PS, Quadrant promoted Joanna Hackett’s stickers with those same words on it.

  • lbloveday says:

    Today (16/5/2023) someone wrote:
    “Andrews wants to destroy democracy, so a form of Socialism rice”, which was passed by the moderator while my polite query:
    “What does “Socialism rice” mean?” was of course REJECTED

  • March says:

    Here’s another…

    More from alarmist activists Amy Hillier and Fiona Collins. The number of letter published by these two has me thinking they are relatives of the letters editor.

    Story: Heat is on Bowen over nuclear option

    Your comment is in breach of our community standards and cannot be published at this time. Please refer to our comment guidelines for further information.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    Rejected 17/5, story: Girls beat boys in reading standards:
    Enough with the imported ‘First Nations’ terminology.

    Rejected 18/5, story: How ‘Aussie Lobsters’ expose China’s true intentions:
    China is colonosing Australia by stealth

    (yes, I made the typo in my submitted comment)

  • rosross says:

    An excuse often made is that new regulations for comments make media outlets liable for lawsuits if they allow something which is ‘politically incorrect.’

    This, supposedly, is why the ABC and The Guardian on contentious issues, often disable the comment section. My guess is the ‘regulations’ are merely an excuse for censoring certain posts.

    But Quadrant editors would know how valid this excuse might be. Oddly, Disqus seems not to have the same problem and one would think that the ‘rules’apply to everyone. Disqus is set up to ‘pick up spam and sexual references but, as others have said, once you learn the words to avoid, it is easy to repost successfully. It took me awhile to work out that Homo Sapiens got the attention of the bots and a rejection. And they say robots will be able to run the world? Not much of a world methinks.

  • March says:

    here’s another …

    just another “look at me” journalist

    Story: Stan Grant quits ABC’s Q+A over racial abuse

    Your comment is in breach of our community standards and cannot be published at this time. Please refer to our comment guidelines for further information.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    Rejected (immediately) 20/5, story: Albanese’s transformation from left-wing warrior to populist PM, by Simon Benson and Geoff Chambers
    More years of Albanese droning away like a woodworm riddled didgeridoo? No to that, thanks.

  • lbloveday says:

    1300+ comments on Chris Kenny’s diatribe in The Weekend Australian 19/5/2023, including a batch accepted long since I posted 2 comments, which are still PENDING.
    Others have elsewhere commented of this habit of News Corp moderators leaving comments PENDING, even for days, and then ACCEPTing presumably to boost the figures while not allowing timely participation.

  • lbloveday says:

    The Daily Telegraph rejected this:
    What happened to Mrs Nowland was terrible, but to term the elderly as “society’s most vulnerable” is wrong – babies are clearly more vulnerable.
    because “Your comment is in breach of our community standards”.

  • March says:

    Another one rejected today 3 June 2023

    Chris is stuck so deep in the ruts of his own flawed reasoning he is unable turn. A proposal that gives some more rights than others on racial grounds will inevitably divide the nation. This paragraph from Jacinta Price’s article in today’s paper counters Chris’ perfectly. Wake up Chris and join the rational side saying No to fracturing the country.

    “We teach our children that emotional blackmail and name calling is unhealthy, and as adults in personal relationships these behaviours are characterised as coercive control. The voice to parliament debate has been captured by these tactics, which have been weaponised by proponents of the voice throughout debate.” Jacinta Price.

    Story: Voice opponents claim victim status — and I’m calling it out
    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    Rejected today 22 June 2023 in reply to another reader’s comment and in relation to the voice and its outcomes
    “Furthermore, the indigenous Australians did not have a concept of land ownership. They simply existed on the lands.”

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    Rejected 4 July 2023, Story: Macron beware, riots a gift for Marine le Pen; comment in reply to a reader who pondered whether the French had ever been given opportunity to vote on immigration:
    “Probably not. Told to celebrate the diversity more likely.”

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    So far today, 6 July 2023, the following two comments in relation to the story Andrews ‘misled state on ambulance cuts’ have each been pending approval for more than 5 hours:
    1) #financiallydownthedrainwithDan
    2) There are some of us members of the Victoria public who are not fooled by Andrews. Too few of us unfortunately.

  • March says:

    Add another….don’t dare mention the truth

    This article feeds a little on the cliche that Aboriginal people in Australia are represented by those living in remote communities. The vast majority of mixed race Australians who identify as Aboriginal, favouring one great grandparent in their family tree over the others often from those behind the “invasion”, are living lives exactly the same as the Australians without that grandparent. The main problem we have is people living pseudo traditional lives in remote communities. Part of this lies in this group still living with one foot in the past. A past where the patriarchy reigns supreme to the suffering of women and children. Only when this group face reality and live according to the rules of their inner city and suburban counterparts will this end. A voice will not represent those in remote communities. The sad inter generational dependence on welfare must end or this farce will continue voice or no voice.

    Story: Yes or No, there’s only one thing that matters

    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.

  • March says:

    10 July 2023.

    Pascoe is Australia’s Lysenko and the ABC our Pravda.

    Story: Timely warning for journos on the politics of ‘experts’
    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.
    17 HOURS AGO

  • March says:

    15 July. So touchy about the slightest criticism…

    Jack got it wrong on covid and the same mixed up thinking is evident in this article. The term Australian includes all of us. The Voice will permanently set apart and separate one group of us from the rest and give them more rights forever. This is not the basis for a cohesive society. Martin Luther King nailed it when he set the bar at character not race. Vote No.

    Story: Australia is a shining light of opportunity — with one glaring exception
    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    19 July 2023. The Australian still reluctant to allow criticism or questioning of the Andrews government. These two comments rejected after 4 to 5 hours of being pending:
    “Was Andrews’ recent trip to China an attempt to obtain loans to fund the 2026 games?”
    “The sudden surge in the Andrews government’s cost estimate for the 2026 Commonwealth Games allows Andrews to create the impression that $6b to $7b will now be funneled into Victoria schools and hospitals when in fact that money has never been budgeted nor otherwise existed. It is a figure made up by Andrews and his spin doctors solely to provide an excuse for cancelling the games and create a false impression in the mind of the electorate of extra monies flowing to schools and hospitals.”

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    19 August 2023. The Australian took more than 10 hours before deciding to reject the comment below. How it manages to breach their comment publishing guidelines is a mystery to me.
    “In hindsight, Richard Nixon’s coverup of the Watergate break-in is looking quite tame.”
    Story: Weight of evidence against Biden is growing by the day, Adam Creighton, 18 August.

  • March says:

    Adding a few more. Both these rejected. 26/8/2023.

    Chris Kenny protection racquet…

    Test results are in Chris. You scored 0/8.

    Story: Busting eight myths of the No campaign
    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.

    And oddly this one rejected on a Janet Albrechtsen piece…

    Thanks Janet. MLK would be voting No.

    Story: Is a voice won by fraud worth having?
    Your comment is in breach of our commenting guidelines and cannot be published at this time.

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    28 August 2023. Story: ‘Name a villain’: Yes referendum playbook’s tactics
    Following comment rejected:

    Racism. It Stops With Me campaign.
    The national It Stops With Me campaign launched by the federal government in 2012 published a National Ant-Racism Strategy in which it defines on page 5 of the document the various forms racism can take. The final form is defined thus:

    “On a structural level, racism serves to perpetuate inequalities in access to power, resources and opportunities across racial and ethnic groups. The belief that a particular race or ethnicity is inferior or superior to others is sometimes used to justify such inequalities.”

    Source: Anti-Racism Strategy.pdf

  • Geoffrey T. says:

    13 September 2023, Story: Professor calls it as she sees it”
    Following comment rejected:
    “It could be that Professor Langton has become convinced of the rightness of the constitutional voice to the point of intolerance.”

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