Toxic Morrison versus the Internet

As we know, the toxic Morrison Government is obsessed with symbolism over substance and the message over the national interest. It is widely understood that this results in consistent lying, false advertising and bogus rhetoric.

It is also well understood that this includes attempts to bully the ABC out of reporting the truth:

The ABC chair, Ita Buttrose, has accused the Morrison government of political interference and attempting to intimidate the public broadcaster after the Senate established an inquiry into the ABC’s complaints handling process.

Increasingly, this bent towards information control is turning spooky.

Take the voting records of Morrison Government ministers.  Surely that is something of which the MPs are proud and loud. Oh no:

Liberal MPs are calling for an end to the charity status of the organisation behind They Vote for You, a website which tracks politicians’ voting records.

NSW Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg and MP Dave Sharma have written to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), arguing that a website listing their voting history in fact distorts their stances on issues.


It’s the latest reporting mechanism federal MPs have taken issue with, with many politicians decrying the fact that what they say and how they vote is being put out into the public realm.

They Vote for You is run by the OpenAustralia Foundation (OAF), a not-for-profit charity that states it is “a strictly non-partisan organisation” unaffiliated with any political party. The organisation also runs the websites Right to Know, which assists journalists and members of the public with freedom of information requests, as well as Planning Alerts, which emails subscribers about what’s being built and knocked down in their communities.

OAF doesn’t donate to political parties, has an annual income of less than $200,000 — most of which is spent on a handful of employees — and uses donations and volunteers to function. Most of its founders are software engineers, while employees are developers and researchers.

In short, it’s not a big operation — nor one with huge influence. The AEC said it wouldn’t investigate Sharma’s complaint, stating the site’s communications weren’t designed to influence elections.

OAF co-founder Matthew Landauer called the attack “confusing and bemusing”.

“It’s obviously an attempt to shut us down,” he told Crikey.

While politicians have taken issue with information released through Right to Know, Landauer says this was the first time the organisation had been so publicly targeted.

The website lists a politician’s voting history, but also summarises the intent of a political division by looking at the context of their votes. Landauer said this was done by a political researcher, and he invited politicians to reach out to them to rectify their stance if they feel they have been misrepresented.

When you often vote for a policy platform diametrically opposing your own views, and those of your electorate, then the desire to hide it makes sense. But, we might ask, why are you in the Coalition at all, a question that goes straight to dubious character?

It doesn’t stop there. FIO requests  are now being rorted by Morrison henchmen:

The prime minister’s department breached freedom of information law by dragging out a request for internal documents about the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins, prompting the regulator to warn it to urgently fix its “compliance with the FOI act”.


Then there is also misinformation where we find Morrison alumnus Craig Kelly exploiting the vulnerable:

Three out of every four video ads the United Australia party has posted on YouTube since late September have been pulled by Google for allegedly violating the tech giant’s advertising policies, according to Google’s transparency report.

Readers will notice that I am implicitly arguing for and against censorship in this post which is fine by me. I am large and contain multitudes. Media and truth are always a conversation. Mastheads have always and will always have a point of view. It is more fractured and hysterical these days.

But a government should not be involved in messages control. It was hired to run the place not hoodwink it.

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    • Am I the only one hoping the ALP will win, just to see what Totes would do?

      Presumably he would have to repoint his bile and hatred to the LNP for letting the ALP win.

        • Totes,

          Your post above perfectly symbolises your cognitive dissonance.

          Labour are terrible I wont argue that.

          Your complete failure to attack the appalling LNP which you observe above as being better in times gone by makes your rantings look more like those of a troll or someone who’s a bit of a dill.

          Just ask Friendly Jordies about the LNP fascists. I not even name calling. Barillo’s acts are textbook examples of those of a fascist government.

          Crickets from you.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            LNP are doing what they want and what they can for themselves and the elites. No denying that, and I NEVER HAVE.

            They can do all of this because Australia will no longer vote Labor.

            What’s so hard to understand about that?

      • Ailart SuaMEMBER

        Unfortunately the LNP and the ALP get their instructions, basically from the same sources. So there will be very little difference with the other half of the duopoly calling the shots.

        Here’s a link that takes you down the road to understanding why our lives are still very much influenced by the UK. More-so, perhaps, than by the USA. You will also see how the current ‘pandemic’ slots nicely into the picture. Particularly, if you believe covid19 was engineered in a laboratory through modification of SARS-CoV-1. The second link offers some pretty compelling science on that. There’s several sub-links on the first link that are also interesting – particularly the one involving the royal family and our recently ‘dear-departed’ Duke.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          I fear going down that rabbit hole.

          I’ll take a look though when I get some time.

          For me, it doesn’t really matter how it’s happened, I can see there is a solution.

  1. Fortunately there are decent folks like Mick Fuller who work hard to protect the youth from toxic Friendly Jordies and the likes.
    It’s about preventing youth suicide, you know. He used to take the rubbish out for Scummo…

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      It’s a shame todays youth don’t remember the moral fortitude of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen Government. A template the Morrison Government have continued to build upon.

    • How are high house prices making Domestic Violence and Youth Suicide worse? If you cant answer that then you have no clue.

  2. Same reason they’ve been cutting funding to the ABS.

    If you’re not measuring something, it’s nearly impossible to improve it.

    Uninformed people cannot make informed decisions.

    Conservatives (and their voting base) focus on feels, not reals. Hence the ongoing attacks on anything that produces reals.

      • happy valleyMEMBER

        Nah – Scummo has recently said that the (stupid) polity (aka quiet Strayans?) are sick and tired of gubmints intruding in their lives and by cutting back on ABS/ANAO etc funding and pork barreling with their endless rorts, the Torynuffs are just trying to get the balance right – LOL?

  3. “But a government should not be involved in messages control”. no, partisan commercial entities do a fine job of it anyway.

    At the end of the day, both sides of politics disagree with your premise and love the concept equally.

  4. NSW Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg and MP Dave Sharma have written to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), arguing that a website listing their voting history in fact distorts their stances on issues.

    This is exactly the type of thing #shadysukkar’s bill will further enhance. The ability of the ACNC Commisioner (currently the known charity hater Gary Johns) to get rid of organisations the Liberals don’t like.

    People need to pay attention to Michael Sukkar’s ongoing sabotaging of charities (Sukkar put Johns in charge) and if you’re a Deakin voter he needs to go.

    • RobotSenseiMEMBER

      The proof is in the voting, so to speak. In what dimension can that be viewed as “distortionary”?

      I guess we are descending quickly into an LNP-lead world of “fake news”, “alternate facts”, “that’s not what I said”, and “Labor lies”.

      • There is an editorial spin about whether you are strongly or moderate for or against something based on how the site views the Bills you vote on.

        But it is consistent. So if you vote exactly the same as Matt Canavan on everything, you get the same rating.

  5. Is there anyone in the Liberal Party who’s jaw isn’t made of glass?

    But thanks to Sharma and Bragg for alerting the electorate to this useful site.

  6. UAP has spent $2.684m on 25 YouTube ads

    I wonder how much of that was because Jordies fanbase left his videos on repeat to burn through the ads?