In his opening remarks to Senate Estimates on Monday night, Mr Kershaw pledged that the AFP would exercise its full powers to crack down on disinformation during the coming election campaign… Mr Kershaw did not describe the types of disinformation campaigns that the agency was most concerned about.
There is no threat to the next Federal election. Millions of Australians will vote, their ballots will be counted and a government will be sworn in by the Governor-General. If Kershaw is interested, I’m prepared to bet a thousand dollars on it. The real danger to democracy is fake crisis. Governments are fear-mongering to ride high in the polls, the media to increase their clicks and national security johnnies to panhandle for bigger budgets. In December 2016, a gay ‘marriage’ fanatic and Timothy McVeigh wannabe sought to level the offices of the Australian Christian Lobby in Canberra using a van packed with gas cylinders. The AFP didn’t “crack down,” though. It shut down its investigation, saying the attack was just a suicide attempt.