Democracy’s Battle Against the Oncoming Storm
The Albanese Government is proposing the Combating Misinformation and Disinformation Bill, which would see the government define what truth is and give power to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and online platforms (META, YouTube) to enforce it.
The government and mainstream media would be exempt from the rules of this bill.
The Albanese Government would empower ACMA to stop the spread of what it deems as “misinformation” (false information) or “disinformation” (deliberately false information) if it has the potential to cause “serious harm.” Critics argue that the definition of harm is subjective and dependent on the judgment of anonymous bureaucrats.
This bill essentially aims to enable tech companies to censor what the government perceives as problematic speech.
The government would be the ultimate authority of truth.
Ideological conformity would be enforced in Australia.
The impacts would be devastating.
It’s imperative for Australians to amplify their voice, and push back against this draft Bill, while they can.