Our Brave Leader has put out a media release fretting about what will happen to those unable to save up for a $100 digital receiver when the analog TV signal goes off in 2010.
â€œSuch is the pervasive nature of television, and its importance as a source of information and entertainment in modern society, that such an outcome ought to be unthinkable.
â€œIt seems to be assumed that the market will take care of disadvantaged groups â€” that retailers will compete for the business of groups such as the poor, the elderly, the disabled, or those without the know-how and confidence to embrace digital technologies.
â€œThis is a questionable assumption and it is vital that the Commonwealth start planning now to ensure that the switchover to digital does not result in the creation of a new layer of second-class citizens in the area of communications technology.â€
To what extent is the Chief Minister willing to cripple society to benefit people unwilling to provide for themselves?