Here is a little case study. It isn’t about a world-shattering problem but it is simple and clear.
Satellite images question how private dams filled during Murray-Darling pumping embargo
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is calling on the MDBA to remove the information about farmers in his electorate until further investigations are completed.
“I am very disappointed with the insinuations that have resulted from a published document identifying private storages in the Namoi and Macquarie Valleys as alleged sites of illegal pumping during an embargo,” he said.
"Without any charges being laid, and in the absence of any thorough investigations whatsoever, farmers in my electorate could be linked with illegal activity.
"The farmers in my electorate play a crucial role supporting not only the local economy, but also contribute to valuable export income for our country, and for them to be portrayed as being dishonest without comprehensive investigation is extremely insulting to them and their families.
“I call on the MDBA to remove this information until further investigations are completed.”
Here is a news service publishing facts. The images are factual. The relevant authority uses such images to enforce the law and are investigating these cases - all true. There are no elaborate interpretations made, no bias or beat up.
But the Honorable Member doesn’t want the facts published, in case somebody gets the wrong idea, insinuations are so troublesome. ‘Well I ain’t incinerating nuthin but you caint fool dem hoss flies’
Perhaps there is an innocent explanation for this, if so Mr Coulton what is it? What are your facts in rebuttal? Crickets. Until the matter is settled (or fades from notice) we the public are not competent to form our own conclusions. What kind of system do we have where such a call for secrecy is made without turning a hair, it’s just the normal thing to attempt to deny information to the public.