Weaseling about surveillance, Australian Attorney General attains bullshit Singularity

Michael writes, "Watching Australia's Attorney-General try to explain why tracking Australians' web histories is not such a big deal resembles listening to a dirty joke told by a ten-year-old, i.e. it leaves one with the distinct impression the speaker is trying to seem like they understand something they've only heard about secondhand."

Indeed the A-G, George Brandis, is rumoured not to own a computer or mobile phone, which might explain why he seems to think there's a significant difference between tracking what web sites Australians visit and just tracking the addresses of those sites.

I suspect Mr Brandis, being a parliamentarian, is in the position of not needing the internet at all: other people distil the news for him, pay his bills, book his flights, make his appointments and so on. So perhaps, as this interview suggests, he's never even seen it. And to be fair, there are plenty of lovely people who have never used the internet. To be even more fair though, we'd be pretty worried if any of them were making policy to govern web use, too.

(Thanks, Michael!)

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  1. That's not George Brandis. That's John Clarke and Bryan Dawe, comedians.

  2. dman says:

    Yep. Poe's Law is in effect. Gotcha!

    I love how John Clarke here is clever enough to make the meaningless distinction sound just clear enough to sound like a real policy.

  3. This is a bit more complicated than it appears. This is indeed Clarke and Dawe who are comedians. They usually cleverly lampoon politicians through a mock interview format. In this instance though the politician they are lampooning, the hapless and ignorant George Brandis, gave a real car crash of an interview and they are merely lip synching to that interview because it was so appallingly cringe inducing that it has made satire redundant.
    Edit: Someone else has dubbed that interview over the top of one of their old pieces.Still funny.

  4. I think this is the real video that this audio came from:

  5. It seems rather obvious to me: the front fell off!

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