Our Government is being unusually heavy-handed and decisive in dealing with the media and the detainees, but it's pleasing to see that the situation, as unique as it is, hasn't compromised freedom of speech and press, and everything else we stand for as a nation and society.
Personally, I'd have thought arresting protestors and journalists and avoiding any public or governmental oversight of the way they're handling things (by, say, allowing the media to actually talk to asylum seekers who might wish to be spoken to instead of forcing kids to throw notes at reporters) would've raised some hackles. But hey, freedom of assembly doesn't matter much, and freedom of speech probably doesn't apply to people who don't speak english anyway.
It's nice to see that "detainees" and "illegal immigrants" are still the unprejudicial and politically correct terms for "asylum seekers", in general too. I guess we should be glad that they're not "potential terrorists" anymore.
Who was going to decide who we let into the country, again? Australians, or John and Pauline?
Of course, none of you care in the slightest about this. Oh well. Advogato's gone to hell anyway.
ObHack: Ever wondered if your Debian mirror was trojaning the .debs it feeds you, with plans to create a country-wide network of Debian machines that would, when the time is right, assume control and take over the world? I know I have. And now I can tell for sure! Everytime I do an "apt-get update", I just run apt-check-sigs and validate my downloaded Packages files against the dists/woody/Release and Release.gpg files, and I at least no it's not my mirror that's giving me trojans. If you want to do likewise, you probably also want the key used to sign the aforementioned Release file.
Of course, if its not my Debian mirror giving me trojans, who can it be? Surely it's not that cute girl down the street.
(Ha! Boring local political commentary, and whining about girls! How much more Advogato can you get? How much more Advogato could want??)