He forgot “a hive of scum and villainy”

South Australia’s Attorney-General (the same clown who’s single-handedly stopping an R-18 rating for videogames in Australia) has picked a fight with News Corp’s AdelaideNow website, after News sharply criticised new laws requiring any political speech about South Australia on the intertubes to be accompanied by a real name and postcode…

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson denied that the new law was an attack on free speech. “The AdelaideNow website is not just a sewer of criminal defamation, it is a sewer of identity theft and fraud,” Mr Atkinson said. “There is no impinging on freedom of speech, people are free to say what they wish as themselves, not as somebody else.”

Mr Atkinson also said he expected The Advertiser to target him for sponsoring the law. “I am also certain that Advertiser Newspapers and News Limited will punish me personally, viciously for being the attorney-general responsible for this law,” he said. “You will publish false stories about me, invent things about me to punish me.”

He’s not crazy; the voices in his head have told him he’s completely sane!

The most excellent pot-stirrers at Crikey have something to say on the topic in today’s leader (subscription only):

These are the rantings and ravings of an unstitched politician whose extreme paranoia presents his own status, as SA’s first law officer, and his government’s status, as a tired administration riddled with controversy, in a terrible light. Less than two months out from an election, he sounds like a man in severe defence mode in need of counselling and possibly medication.

We await the Attorney’s writ for defamation. We have our lunch packed.

Previously on JRE: are there any Aussie state politicians who aren’t nuts? You, you, you, you, don’t you worry about that.

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