Janet Albrechtsen, a Murdoch propagandist with ‘The Australian’ newspaper and one of Australia’s most ardent anti-democracy practitioners, has attempted to talk about the merits of ‘democracy’ relative to events in Iran.
She comes unstuck straight away when she told a group of German school kids that “Australia was one of the world’s oldest continuing democracies”. Blogger ‘Daoud’ soon put her right, telling her:
“Janet, Australia is not one of the world’s oldest continuous democracies. Do you know Aboriginals only had the right to vote in 1967… This was along time after countries such as New Zealand and Norway gave all their citizens the right to vote.”
‘Daoud’ then went on to provide Albrechtsen with a perspective that she had conveniently overlooked when discussing democracy in Iran:
“I find it terribly sad that right wingers like yourself critisise Iran, which is arguably one of the most democratic countries in the middle east after Iraq and Lebanon, and fail to critisise your favourite allies Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Yeman, Oman et al which are some of the most brutal autocratic regimes in the world.”
Well said ‘Daoud’.