Western Australia’s Thought Police Would Make Mussolini Proud

Most Australians have never lived under an authoritarian dictatorship, and therefore we are largely ignorant of how quickly circumstances can descend. It was the great Russian novelist Alexander Solzenitsyn who resolutely warned against this kind of wishful thinking.

In Live Not By Lies, Rod Dreher takes us back to reality by diagnosing two troubling features of the current political climate in the West:

  1. The fallacious notion that the West cannot and will not descend into totalitarianism.
  2. The reality that government censorship of non-state views is both a feature and a precursor of authoritarian dictatorships.

It is because many in the West don’t recognise these facts that it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the censorship of Christian organisations like the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

Earlier this week, the ACL was banned from hiring a taxpayer-funded venue in Albany, WA, because of the group’s supposed ‘politically motivated objectives’.

This ban follows an edict which was enforced by the McGowan government two days after their re-election. Two days after? If this sounds frighteningly similar to the thought police in George Orwell’s 1984, that’s because it is.

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The ACL’s Managing Director Martyn Iles said on Sky News this morning:

It’s one rule for [Premier] Mark [McGowan] and one rule for everyone else… the policy that the government has literally adopted for all of its publicly owned venues — which are all the best venues in WA — says that if your views do not accord with the views of the state government, then you are cancelled. These are publicly owned, taxpayer-funded venues.

 

According to The Australian, the citizens of Albany contribute $400,000 of their taxes annually to the Perth Theatre Trust.

The Daily Mail reports:

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has banned any group that disagrees with his government from hosting events in state-funded facilities. The exclusive venue hire policy was enforced just days after the state government’s definitive win in the March election.

However, according to The Australian, prior to McGowan’s re-election, the very same facilities were rented out to WA Labor candidates.

The ACL has signalled that the WA Government’s behaviour violates anti-discrimination laws contained within the 1984 Equal Opportunity Act, Section 62.

Only time will tell whether the ACL is successful in challenging the WA Government on its inconsistent application of these anti-discrimination laws.

This development comes in addition to McGowan’s pre-election commitment to ban ‘gay conversion practices’, which includes counselling Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction. McGowan’s behaviour mirrors the censorship of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party. During his reign, Mussolini’s mantra was:

Everything for the state. Nothing against the state. Nothing outside the state.

If we are not vigilant, Australia will quickly become a nation in which only state-sanctioned opinions and convictions are permitted. The speed of that descent largely depends on whether Australians rise up to defend those who are being unlawfully discriminated against.

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By |2021-07-15T22:49:02+10:00July 15th, 2021|Australia, Fairness & Justice, Faith, Freedom, Good Books|2 Comments

About the Author:

James Jeffery is a trainee Presbyterian minister from Sydney with a passion to see Christian Values restored in our society. James grew up in South West Rocks, rural NSW, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is now pursuing tertiary studies in theology.

2 Comments

  1. Kenneth Pavy July 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    After considering the above, has anyone asked the Prime Ministers Office to step in and overrule this unAustralian act of discrimination?

  2. Anna Soh July 20, 2021 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Even though, the WA Government has backed down grudgingly they never apologised for behaving like Communist China and it’s not just the ACL and other Christian groups, it’s everyone that disagrees with them. I guess that’s how they regained power by not allowing the opposition to have sufficient air time to bring to the citizens of WA an alternative option of government … ok … may not be factually true but they open the doors for this charge to stand if they pursue this line of tactics to silence anyone who disagrees with them.
    The treatment of excluding Taiwanese and Tibetan groups is also a very sad show of support for those who intimidate and harass minorities. I thought they were all about supporting minorities or is it only minorities they want to support?
    When the masses don’t see a problem with this and are so self-focused especially our younger generation it will be too late by the time they wake up and find themselves under Marxist or authoritarian dictatorship like the people of China have found themselves under.
    I pray the younger generation who I call sleepers filled in self-indulgence wake up sooner rather than later to make sure this great South Land of our Holy Spirit remains free.

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