In a democracy, freedom of expression is vital.
The Albanese federal government is wanting to introduce the ACMA Disinformation Bill 2023.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) can’t be trusted to police ‘fake news’.
John Stuart Mill once said: “All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.” Yet we know from bitter experience that the cabal of health experts and self-interested premiers who sought to control the Covid narrative were all too capable of making grave mistakes.
The past few years have shown us that many things declared as “fake news” one day end up being proven truthful several months down the track.
Catastrophic policy errors are best avoided by robust debate. Scientific progress relies on the ability to refute the consensus. Science ceases to function when freedom is denied.
This legislation must be vigorously opposed. Illiberal measures to control online mischief would be far more harmful than the misinformation itself.
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