Oz govt secrecy starts to stink

6 Nov

Silence by government reeks of totalitarian regimes and cannot be tolerated. It is past time the mainstream media did their bloody job and henpeck the ministers if that is what it takes to garner facts and information. It is hardly a free democracy if neither government nor media are open and informative. This government represents us, not themselves; and the media has a purpose otherwise, why is it?

TruthInNewsMedia

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By Barry Tucker                    6 November, 2013

Just over two weeks ago I wrote in The Sniper’s blog about the “Rise and rise of secrecy“.

“The Australian Liberal-National Party coalition government elected with a large majority on 7 September, 2013, is exhibiting an unpleasant and unwelcome tendency towards secrecy.”

The MSM, on-line magazines and bloggers are taking up the cudgel.

“The Rise and rise of secrecy” contained several current links and updates. It is now time to migrate the story to Truth in News Media.

By far the best summary of what is happening appears in today’s on-line magazine Independent Australia. That round-up, by Clint Howitt, presents a staggering picture of government arrogance and indifference, under the title Abbott’s Secret State.

In an article in Fairfax Media’s The Canberra Times, veteran press gallery journalist Laurie Oakes…

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