Conroy normally uses his Toshiba in parliament to obfuscate debates, but The Age reports that he will soon have another use for the little laptop:
Senator Conroy this month told a conference in Germany that it was a “really positive sign” that the Singaporean Government had given up monitoring blogs.
But the documents suggest the Australian Government is just about to start. Senator Conroy’s spokesman said it was “only natural” that the tender include services for monitoring relevant blogs.
“Whirlpool is a long-established online platform for news and information covering a wide range of topics across the telecommunications sector,” the spokesman said. “It and other websites provide valuable insight into the industries in which we work.”
Opposition communications spokesman Nick Minchin claimed it was “extreme” and an unacceptable use of taxpayers’ money to expand media monitoring to blogs.
“The minister has been caught out telling an important international audience one thing, while at the same time putting the wheels in motion back home to use taxpayers’ money to do the complete opposite,” Senator Minchin said.
This really doesn’t bode well for Conroy, who’s been trying to end the comparisons between what is fast becoming the People’s Republic of Australia and other beacons of freedom like Iran, China, and Syria. Maybe we’ll soon see the Senator commenting on SCiaC?