The ABC brings word of a push by the local education union to have the Government impose fines on any media outlet that has the temerity to take government information and compile it.
- Penny Gilmour from the Australian Education Union says she is still worried that newspapers could compile publicly available results and publish simplistic lists.
“We want to make sure that the published data released to the community is the full picture and that nobody – regardless of where they’re from – the media or some other corner of our society, is able to take information and in effect skew it for their own purposes,” she said.
So in the AEU’s dream world any publisher, from blogger to News Limited, needs to send in their conclusions for pre-vetting before publication.
The implications for democracy in this country when any group of Government employees can push to have their work placed beyond scrutiny, on pain of criminal sanction, are terrifying.
Almost as scary is entrusting the education of children to “teachers” with so blinkered and self-serving agendas.
Fortunately Andrew Barr is, so far, resisting the calls for this new draconian censorship regime being proposed by teachers who should know better.
UPDATE: It’s been pointed out to me that Andrew Barr has recently spoken at length on the need for transparency from our schools.