Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Beyond A[euro][approximately]fair Comment'

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Beyond A[euro][approximately]fair Comment'

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Byline: commentDAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT DID not take long after the Gillard Government had the carbon tax legislation passed by the House of Representatives yesterday for the rednecks to stick their heads up. Many would have had their bile-filled commentaries ready to hit the blogosphere even before the legislation went through.

Here's an edited extract of an email sent to me by someone who claims to be William Jones with an email address communistfighter@gmail.com.

First the headline, as was written: aGILLARD AND SWAN ARE LYING COMMUNIST TRAITORS !!!!a

Then: aELECTION NOW !!!!!!!

aCIVIL UNREST AND RIOTS IN THE STREETS ARE NOW ASSURED !!

aYOU AR...OLE COMMUNISTS HAVE BROUGH THIS HELL ON YOURSELVES !!!!!!!

aDIE YOU F.....G C...S !!!!!!!!!!a

It's all well and good to disagree with governments and government decisions. That is a healthy part of democracy.

But to stoop to gutter language, abuse and thinly veiled threats of rioting and civil unrest has no place in the Australian political discourse. …

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