FORMER chief of the Australian navy has accused the Federal Government of acting
like Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in its handling of defence and
at November 9 2001
Vice Admiral Sir Richard Peek is reported to have said the government has
"muzzled" our defence forces about their work with asylum seekers to
deliberately keep the Australian public in the dark.
the current rules the services generally are completely muzzled and treated
rather in the way the German population was treated by Dr Goebbels in World War
II - not allowed to say anything in public," he told ABC radio.
it's not the Australian navy, I think it's the Australian public. They're being
kept from the truth of what's going on in the world.
press are not allowed to talk to people. You had a ridiculous situation in
Western Australia recently when the wives of the servicemen who were going over
to the Gulf were told not to say anything to the press. "I know of an
academic (at the Australian Defence Force Academy) who's been told he's not to
say anything to the press.
is censorship in its worst form."
Peek this kind of censorship is "unprecedented in what is essentially peace time". He pointed out that
when mail was censored during World War Two it was done by legislation not by a
is another clear indication of the Howard government attempt to scare
Australians into a reactionary, uncompassionate stance on asylum seekers.