Mr Conroy joins the blogosphere

Australian politicians are no strangers to the Internet. During the 2007 federal election, YouTube was one of the many battlegrounds between Kevin Rudd and John Howard. More recently we saw Rudd fly the banner for Twitter, reducing every minute detail of the PM's political life to a series of 160-character chunks.

Now, two more pollies have entered the world of Web 2.0 — none other than child-protector Stephen Conroy and apparent Web junkie Lindsay Tanner. They have ventured into the blogosphere: that world of self-indulgence and online communities hell-bent on tearing apart every possible flaw in arguments. But just like Rudd's Twitter profile, which recently had its author name changed from Kevin Rudd to the "KevinPM Team" (since we all thought that Kevin himself was writing the posts in the first place...), this blog seems to be little more than the same old political word twisting onto a new medium.

The "Oz Govt Consultation Blog" is designed to be a forum where the Federal Government can "gather as much evidence as we possibly can about how Australians want to engage online". A noble goal.

Except they have missed the point. The two topics on everyone's mind as soon as Conroy's name is mentioned are undoubtedly the National Broadband Network and the Internet content filter. So what is on Conroy's agenda during his trip to the blogosphere? Digital economy.

Politicians are jabbering away about digitised money while completely ignoring the population they set up the blog to hear from. At time of writing, just one of the blog posts has 65 pages of comments all about the filter.

Perhaps one comment from "Tristan" summed it up best: "How many more pages of comments expressing their opposition with the policy to the extent that they will abandon voting for Labor, will it take before Conroy takes notice?"

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Hutchinson

PC World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender solutions stop attacks before they even begin! Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?