blog Just when you think you’ve seen it all in Australia’s mediasphere — all the crazy and technically illiterate pronouncements from radio shock jocks, all the denouncements of Labor’s NBN policy from right-wing bloggers and so on — something new appears to prove that still more can be dredged from the depths. Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam’s speech in the Senate last week challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been lauded around the nation for hitting the mark of popular sentiment. However, according to Daily Telegraph commentator Miranda Devine, Ludlam got it all wrong. Devine writes (we recommend you click here for the full article, accompanied by a caricature of Ludlam’s face along the lines of the famous painting The Scream):
“Scott Ludlam’s “viral” hate speech against Tony Abbott signified the moment the Left finally lost its marbles: 10.08pm, Monday March 3, 2014 … Sorry Senator, it was never your country. We had an election last year and the Abbott government was elected with a whopping majority. The twitterati might have gone weak at the knees for Ludlum but he might as well have been howling at the moon.”
Just as we suspect former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will never quite forget his image being plastered all over the front page of the Daily Telegraph alongside dictators such as Stalin, Mao, Castro and more, we suspect Ludlam will never quite forget his treatment at the hands of the Daily Telegraph this week.
For everyone who agrees with Devine about the value of Ludlam’s speech, we suggest you take another look at the issues and Ludlam’s parliamentary record in the Senate. He tends to stand up on issues such as data retention, Internet surveillance and the National Broadband Network that the Australian population cares deeply about but that few politicians will touch with a ten foot pole. For the rest of us, the message is also clear: Well done, Senator Ludlam. Looks like you’ve definitely hit a nerve.