Cancelling Craig Kelly another blow for free speech

 

It is astounding, is it not, how our politicians, time and time again, stand at a lectern and pump into us this religiosity that Australia has all these untouchable civil liberties for which we should be so proud.

If only that were true.

The attempt to silence Craig Kelly this week in Canberra shows how far Australia has dived when it comes to freedom of speech.

Craig Kelly is doing what every backbencher should be doing - offering and challenging ideas to keep honest the government, of which he is a member.

 

All the political elite and lapdog backbenchers are repulsed by Kelly's outspokenness. These same people would not last a single day in the UK Parliament where, almost weekly, the government is held to account by its own backbenchers.

Is our Federal Parliament and, indeed, national debate, really so poor that if a government backbencher, who is not the Health Minister and never will be, speaks out and questions government health orthodoxy, they are cancelled?

If polls are to be believed, Craig Kelly speaks for nearly 30 per cent of the population when he argues that there should be more transparency and more open debate when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Labor MP Tanya Plibersek and Liberal MP Craig Kelly clashed in Parliament House’s press gallery.
Labor MP Tanya Plibersek and Liberal MP Craig Kelly clashed in Parliament House’s press gallery.

 

After all, Germany, France, Sweden and Poland are recommending not to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to over-65s, despite the vaccine being approved for all adults by the European Medicines Agency.

News like this warrants us keeping a sceptical eye peeled. All views must be heard. After all, we are talking about your health and mine.

Craig Kelly is no anti-vaxxer.

But Kelly's so-called crime is his persistence that hydroxychloroquine can be used, along with ivermectin, as a treatment for coronavirus.

Kelly has been backed by the Australian immunologist, Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy, from the University of Newcastle, who is on the record as saying that Kelly was "absolutely right" on hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

Watch out Professor Clancy, you will be cancelled next.

You do not have to agree with Kelly but he is entitled to his view.

The public are the biggest losers when it comes to the political conformity behind trying to cancel Kelly. Our public debate is the poorer for it; and so is our health knowledge.

Cancel culture is alive and well even within the Liberal Party which purports to be a "broad church". It is only a broad church if you toe the line.

Originally published as Cancelling Craig Kelly another blow for free speech


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