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Freedom whacked in the Goebells

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23 Mar 2015

Freedom whacked in the Goebells

Tony Abbott upset a few likening his archnemesis to Hitler’s propaganda minister, but it wasn’t the lowest part of a week in politics.

Australian parliament hit a new low in passing data retention legislation that will enable authorities to access two years of metadata about anyone, without a warrant. It will be costly, see companies disappear and challenges our rights to privacy. Yet, the law was passed with bipartisan support. Go figure.

That and much more on this week’s Balls Radio.

Running Orders

O0:00 Introduction

01:33 Goebellian moments

04:58 Hello metadata, goodbye privacy

13:19 Hillary Clinton, down in the polls?

17:16 Coal seam gas at all cost

24:44 UK election time, scandal time

30:49 King Richard III’s reburial

33:00 New Zealand’s big balloon

36:40 Air New Zealand, 75 years old

41:30 Two term Tony?

44:45 Mandatory voting in America

49:49 Secret service fictional drunken binge

53:50 Luke Foliage – week’s worst headline?

54:56 Solar Eclipse in the UK, sort of

58:50 Clarkson’s Top Gear replacement

1:03:20 RIP Jackie Trent, who?

1:04L45 What’s the Big Idea – frozen thoughts


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