Now THAT's a good IT story Reg...
A four-month-old video has been dredged up and given a massive publicity boost thanks to legal threats sent by Australian would-be politician Clive Palmer to YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks. The video (which we'd link to if it hadn't been taken down) was posted back in May when Palmer was throwing vast amounts of money at …
"Be careful there in Australia, if Boris keeps on digging his holes he might pop out down under :-)"
Actually, he'd end up in the ocean somewhere SE of New Zealand. He's have to go severely off-plumb to hit Australia.
(Jokes about "Boris Johnson" and "severely off-plumb" are left as an exercise for the reader.)
Yet he still won an election that was Labor's for the taking. Dutton got back in despite huge efforts by that paragon of electoral fairness Getup! to unseat him. His vote went UP not down.
If there is one thing the last election showed, Australians do not like being lectured by progressives.
and then they go and not vote for Fatty McFuckhead despite all the money he threw at them
If you understand our three political parties right now, I don't blame people for voting for Clive. He is the "best" of the lot (and that's already "scraping the bottom of the barrel").
I do like the fact that Clive spent millions on the campaign and didn't get a seat
No he didn't. It may say that $60mil was "his" money but in reality he can claim that as a legitimate "tax deduction". Why? Because the Australian Tax Office is terrified of "upsetting" the big business.
PS: And he's what I call a "media w h*re".
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The problem with that is that Shanks would then be stuck with Palmer's costs. That's the problem with most libel cases - the damages are usually a token unless it was a particularly nasty form of libel but a billionaires lawyers will present bills for (at least) hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Indeed, Oz tends to kiss the boot or worse of its exploiters. That enough of the populace failed to vote for his party was a pleasant unexpected surprise. However, despite generally avoiding the economic suicide so beloved by the OMG we are all going to die mobs, many of the interesting candidates were ignored for more party drones. In short we are as stuffed as any other exWestern country.
Nah, we invented tall poppy syndrome down here. We prefer the underdog, even when he's humping our leg. The quality of the local political class is as low as the rest of "the free world". Like other democracies, the incentives to participate select for the wrong personalities.
Hopefully the dropbears will get 'em.
It is, but you have to choose your words carefully up front to rely on that defence (there is a defence for truth, but it reverses the onus of proof to the libel defendant).
Here in Oz, we have some of the most protective libel laws on Earth, somewhat at odds with our reputation as easy-going, "she'll be right" larrikins. We must be more like lamingtons, soft and delicate (and covered in coconut).
p.s. I am aware that these cases are in different jurisdictions, but I reckon the lawyers are equally admired in both...
p.p.s. Although it should go without saying, I do NOT think Carl Sagan was a butthead.
Spoken like a true American! What's law in the USA should be law everywhere, right?
(I do think the US standard for libel preferable to what I understand to be the British law; I just don't see why, barring an enactment of the Australian parliament it should be the Australian standard.)
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