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Parliament’s Power to Jail Journalists – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, Journalism, Newspapers, The Law, The Media

The Prime Minister told his advisers that he would bring Templeman before the House as Menzies had once brought two journalists before it and put them in Goulburn Gaol. ‘You can’t do that,’ we chorused predictably. ‘My oath I can,’ he said and produced the handbook. ‘This is the ultimate court,’ he said. ‘Menzies did it. I can do it.’ ‘It wasn’t the most popular thing he did,’ we said. ‘But he had a lot of fun doing it,’ said the Prime Minister. It was the only bright moment in a fortnight.

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