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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Internet Nanny versus Obesity Champion

It sounds easy enough: Tasmanian Senator Guy Barnett persuades fellow Coalition MPs of the necessity of building a populist yet costly and ineffective virtual moat around Australia. To protect unsupervised kids from the evils of the Net, of course.

But this means going head to head against the ideology of Health Minister Tony Abbott, the man whose passion for individual parental
responsibility is legendary, for whom the answer to odious children's advertising is for parents to simply to turn off the telly and who denies that governments should interfere with the marketplace selling a legal product. So could Senator Barnett lobby Cabinet to roll Tony Abbott on the question of parents fobbing their responsibilities onto the state? Fat chance.



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