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Internet Villain of the Year Stephen Conroy Resigns

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  • by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @08:46AM (#44110911)
    A whole lot of other corrupt dishonest [wikileaksparty.org.au] Aussie politicians to go... they have had their fair go at it, mate.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      FTFA:

      What makes these revelations even more offensive are our elected representatives’ refusal to come clean. It is clear that the extent of Australian – United States cooperation on monitoring of citizens is not limited to special targets of high risk, identified and approved by lawful warrant to be intercepted and surveilled. No. It is all of us, all the time.

      • by Dishevel (1105119)

        Yup.
        Remember though.
        It is not Just American or Just Australian political representatives that need to go.
        France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Russia, Mexico, England, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, China, and Many MANY more.

        Almost all of them are bad.
        And none of them will be good after you leave them steeping in politics for more than a few years.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, right. Given Rupert Murdochs 70% control of the media, the only thing Australians will be giving is absolute power in both houses to the Liberals (Aussie right wing/neocon types) - not any third parties like the wikileaks party or greens... a country gets the goverment its dominant media channels tell it to get.

      BTW Australian mining companies keep around 60% and then some of the wealth they dig up - 40% for the Australian people. Complete opposite of Ecuador where 40% goes to the company for the pr

      • Re:One down (Score:5, Funny)

        by Pav (4298) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @09:08AM (#44111147)
        Heheh... Made a while ago, but is surprisingly appropriate. (Gillard taken out, Murdoch, Wikileaks etc...) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xm0HNbvtgQ [youtube.com]
      • by Elbereth (58257)

        I still don't understand how Peter Garrett [wikipedia.org] could turn into such a "team player" and moderate, after decades of activism. I guess it goes to show how much politicians have to sell out in order to make it to the top levels.

        Even as an American, I considered Garrett something of a hero when I was growing up. It was a shock to find out what's become of him today.

        • We have a widespread activist party, the Greens. By all and sundry, they're tainted the 'loony left' and attract about 10% of the vote.

          Thus effectively, going mainstream forces once to sell out. But in Garrett's case he was an ineffective environment minister, sidelined as the climate change policy was given to an unknown and abandoned his views on US imperialism and uranium.

          • by dbIII (701233)

            abandoned his views on US imperialism and uranium

            The reality is he was told to shut up on those issues entirely since it wasn't his job so we don't know if he abandoned his views or not. It shows what people have to do to be "part of the team".

        • In late-breaking news, Garrett resigned from parliament today.

          Conroy will still be there on the backbench, just not as communications minister.

          • by Elbereth (58257)

            Yeah, I saw. Surprising. Even more surprising, he seems quite proud of his accomplishments and fiercely loyal to Gillard/Labor. I don't know what to say. I guess it's easy to criticize from the outside, and minor incremental advances are better than regression... but who can help but be disappointed?

    • by oztiks (921504)

      I read these kinds of articles and forgive me for being a little one eyed here, I mean, it is from the "Wikileaks party" website after all. Though it makes you think, anyone, American citizen or not, If they dwell on Slashdot and care about a free internet but at the same time have a nasty thing to say about Snowden. I have something to tell you.

      You're a Dick. Plain and simple, you're a Dick and there is no cure.

      Traitor or not and I feel the term traitor these days is about as controversial as the word terr

  • by Anonymous Coward

    His broadband plan only remains controversial to those who think that a broadband plan based on tin cans and string is a viable alternative.

    • For many the current infrastructure is adequate (e.g. 3 of my 4 aunts don't have the internet). Trying to explain to them that the reason after a storm that the phone becomes crackly or to others why their ADSL drops out because the copper wiring needs replacing at the cost of $1b/year goes over their heads.

      Then there's 40% of the population who have always voted for the coalition... The NBN ain't a vote changer to most swinging voters.

      • ...or to others why their ADSL drops out because the copper wiring needs replacing at the cost of $1b/year goes over their heads.

        If they've got copper, they aren't doing too badly. I only live 1/2 an hour's drive from what passes for a large town in Tasmania, and there's absolutely no possibility of copper to my home, let alone fibre.

        The NBN ain't a vote changer to most swinging voters.

        Swinging voters should be disqualified from voting.

        • by Macgrrl (762836)

          Do you have a landline? 'Cause that's the infrastructure they plan on using for copper to the home.

          As a childless woman who works in IT, is a heavy user of the internet and has a partner with chronic health issues, there's a lot for me to worry about if (when) Abbott get's into the lodge.

          Descoping of the NBN, 456 Visa's putting my job at risk, increased taxes to pay for other people's childcare. So much to look forward to.

          • Do you have a landline? 'Cause that's the infrastructure they plan on using for copper to the home.

            Nope. I said no possibility of copper, and that's what I've got. So I pay over the odds for a substandard so-called NextG service, which when it is working, is just marginally better than dialup. And like you, I see no likelihood of any improvement with a change of government.

    • by bebilith (1633123)

      To bloody right!

      $25B for FTTN which will be limited to 25Mb/s by that ancient, expensive to maintain, copper. When Netflix (30% of US evening internet traffic) expects to be streaming 34Mb/s hidef video by 2014. How is that making good use of the spending and enabling Australia for the future?

      Better to spend the $50B ($70B..whatever) up front on FTTH now and be good for the next 50 years.
      --
      B

  • NBN controversial? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ChunderDownunder (709234) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @09:09AM (#44111161)

    Smell the flamebait.

    The Uncle-Rupert article you linked to mentions an absurd claim high speed internet is a major health risk because of disturbing asbestos-laden pits in the process of replacing copper with fibre.

    Quite rightly Conroy called it out as ridiculous. These same pits would need to be accessed in laying fibre-to-the-node.

    • If the editors added the 'controversial' line then it's a poor reflection on them. At best it is mildly controversial.

      It's riotously controversial if you are a writer for News Limited, though. I have not seen a single positive article about it in their broadsheet, The Australian, over the past few years. As Murdoch also owns Foxtel cable, which is likely to be eaten by an NBN, conspiracy theorists could be forgiven for suggesting editorial independence has been compromised.

    • by thegarbz (1787294)

      These same pits would need to be accessed in laying fibre-to-the-node.

      I would be more happy if the public were educated to the great asbestos risk that this really is. The fact that some random people think their health was adversely affected because someone broke a bonded piece of non-friable asbestos on the other side of the world speaks volumes for how intelligent the general public really is.

      The sad thing is, the stupidity of the people is the reason why Conrvoy 2.0 or whoever his successor will be is going to be just as corrupt as his predecessor.

  • If not, the Internet villain of 2013 is still in the lead for Evilest Internet Villain of the century.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The biggest authoritarian nutjobs in Australian politics hail from the Catholic Right. They've historically dominated the Labor Party, although they can also be found in the conservative parties too (Tony Abbott was one of "Santa's little helpers" before he joined the Liberal Party).

    I never really figured out how the Catholic Right in Australia got to be so illiberal, and how they got away with the stuff they've done in the past, and continue to do so.

    And they crop up in all sorts of interesting places. You

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Wednesday June 26, 2013 @09:44AM (#44111615) Homepage Journal

    Conroy will probably be back soon as a highly-paid lobbyist, working for corporations and governments who will benefit from a locked-down internet.

    Shitstains take care of their own.

  • Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!

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    Wooooooooooooooooooot !!!

    Now I'm doing a one-man conga dance, with imaginary maracas.

  • Ok, Off-Topic, and I feel awful for that.

    Julia Gillard looks a lot like Jodie Foster in the picture on her Wikipedia page, IMHO.

    That really is all I had to say.

    • by Macgrrl (762836)

      It's been frankly embarrassing how the local media has treated Gillard (to the point of asking if her defacto partner was gay on a public radio broadcast, implying she was merely his beard.

      I can only hope that by the time we get our next female Prime Minister the rest of the pollies or mass media can find it in themselves to treat the position with respect even if they are still a bunch of misogynistic pricks.

      • It's not fair to point to a single shock-jock whose question wasn't tolerated by the public whatsoever.

        Also, Gillard did her best to make gender politics an issue, continually trying to paint Abbot as a misogynist. Witness her 'dressing down' speech and her recent left-field attempt to spark an abortion debate in a feminist context.

        • by Macgrrl (762836)

          While the beard question may have been the most egregious offence, it was by no means the only one during her 3 years at the helm. Look at Allan Jones, Tony Abbott and Germaine Greer and their ilk for other examples.

      • It's been frankly embarrassing how the local media has treated Gillard (to the point of asking if her defacto partner was gay on a public radio broadcast, implying she was merely his beard.

        I can only hope that by the time we get our next female Prime Minister the rest of the pollies or mass media can find it in themselves to treat the position with respect even if they are still a bunch of misogynistic pricks.

        It was far more embarrassing seeing the PM on national TV baying for the blood of an Australian journalist who had dared to embarras the US (one J Assange).

        The position has lacked any respectability since howard's day.

  • Stephen Conroy is an embarrassing idiot and as an Australian can hold my head a little bit higher as a result. Luckily his ineptitude protected the Australian public from his role a media industry stooge. His strategy in relation to the internet was as follows, get a magic filter in place under the guise of "protecting against bad stuff" and then block and stop people from downloading media content. In return provide me with a bit of positive spin in the traditional media space.
    Unfortunately (for him) he mi

  • The simple fact is that some people STILL believe The Earth Is Flat. Just like some people believe that a Fibre-to-the-home National Broadband Network is A Bad Thing.

    Sure it's a huge bucket of money.
    Sure there needs to be oversight, to ensure the money is well spent not just pork-barrelled.
    Sure, you *could* achieve some (but only a little) of that by being (slightly) cheaper.

    The bottom line is that the VAST overwhelming MAJORITY of backlash against the NBN has been spearheaded by The Opposition - Peopl

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