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Analysis: An Orwellian Australia?

It’s not easy to get inside the mind of a High Court judge, but when Justice Gummow used the word “Orwellian” last week in the latest instalment of ASIC v Andrew Forrest a bell tinkled in my mind.

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Perth, WA
It came to my attention during the K-Rudd dictatorship that we had already started the Orwellian rot. The govt of the day introduced regulation related to the allowance paid to MP's for the publication of a newsletter for their constituents. Apparently, if an MP is critical of the govt., the allowance can & will be withdrawn. So much for freedom of the press & democracy. The Western world has deteriorated in this regard under the influence of the statists in the majority of governments - politicians & bureaucrats - and in the many agencies of mass economic destruction (OECD, World Bank, IMF, et al). This is not some conspracy theory, it's just what's happening. Regards Keith

West Perth
Is Wayne Swan really serious or is he merely trying to distract us from Labor's woes? We need another Council, Media or otherwise, like we need more Rules & Regulations! when will those "in authority"realise that the people who suffer from more and more rules are the good guys. The bad guys don't care what the rules are - they'll break them anyway.This just confuses activity with progress.Has ASIC nothing better to do with our money?

Excellent article! There is a gradual but deliberate curtailing of our George Orwell wrote the novel 1984 a prescient look into our future. The word Orwellian comes from this book and describes the end of personal freedoms. Freedoms in Western Democracy's are slowly but deliberately evaporating. The Labor Party is the brain-child of the Fabian Socialists who are responsible for this. Tim I hope more journalists like you address this treason. What I don't understand is why there is a slow dismantling of our Western Democracy's.

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