MEDIA RELEASE: My statement on the 9 News Perth kerfuffle

One of the things that separates Australia from despotic nations is the freedom of the press. You can’t chip away at that, and expect things to remain the same.

Political censorship is a very dangerous and slippery slope. One moment you’re censoring a news story, the next moment you could be denying a permit to rally.

I urge the Government to step forward and provide the people of Western Australia with a degree of qualification about why exactly they sought this injunction against 9 News Perth.

There may be a completely legitimate explanation for the Government’s actions. But, they need to be cognisant that we live in an age where distrust towards politicians is at an all-time high.

This injunction could cause more harm than good: as people jump to their own conclusions about what may or may not be happening.

For that reason, I urge the Government to meet me in the middle, and to provide the public with a bit more information about what’s happening behind the scenes.