Post by memoryfault on Mar 22, 2022 14:34:44 GMT 8
"Sco Mo knows exactly what he is doing."
Even truer than you suspect, Struth. The story you posted is actually a kind of fake news, although I doubt RT are aware of that. They would just be reporting from a government issued news bulletin. The truth is that, to all intent and purpose ACMA (Australian Communications and media Authority) no longer exists as a separate entity. It has quietly been subsumed by the Online Safety Commission(eSafety.gov.au), under the direction of Ms Julie Inman Grant.
The transfer of powers is actually contained in the "Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2021", passed at the same time as the "Online Safety Act 2021", that is in February and March last year (2021). Needless to say, Craig Kelly, Pauline Hanson and malcolm Roberts all voted in favour of this legislation, which effectively places full censorship control of all online content in Australia in the hands of one woman, Julie Inman Grant.
It goes further than just a transfer of power. The staff that comprise the eSafety Commission, more than 400 bureaucrats, were not "recruited". They were seconded (renamed) from ACMA, which goes a long way in explaining why ACMA has appeared to be such a toothless tiger the last few years. The reality is there is now only a skeleton staff - maybe twenty or less - answering the phones at ACMA. The rest are busy at the eSafety Commission, more than 400 of them.
The expanded powers now afforded to the eSafety Commissioner, Ms Grant, by this amalgamation means not only can she fine people for spreading "misinformation", she can also blacklist (disappear) their websites and impose jail sentences on "wrongdoers".
This setup has been in the making since 2015. It was started under Tony Abbott, continued under Malcolm Turnbull, and finalised under Scott Morrison. It has had the full support of both the Liberal/National and Labor parties, and as already mentioned, One Nation's Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts.