Video Game-Hating, Anonymous Commenter-Hating South Australian Attorney General Steps Down

from the bye-bye dept

Ah, remember Michael Atkinson? He's the Attorney General in South Australia who was vehemently against allowing adults in Australia to play adult-rated video games. Among his rather recent list of hits were his pushing through legislation that banned anonymous comments in online political forums during election time. After lots out outcry about this, he backed down, promising not to enforce it, and also that he'd repeal it after the election (which struck many as being a bit presumptuous). Of course, none of that stopped him from demanding $20,000 from a commenter on a website who called Atkinson a "crook." And, of course, he recently claimed that video gamers were a threat to his family. Great guy.

Well, it looks like South Australia won't be having to deal with him for now. He's standing down as attorney general, though it looks like he's going to stay in Parliament for a while.


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    thublihnk (profile), Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 6:41pm

    Yahtzee's going to throw a f*cking parade. Boy, this is a good day.

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 6:48pm

    Great News!

    One moron down Several hundred left to go...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Great News!

    You spelled "thousand" incorrectly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 6:59pm

    video games a threat

    i see
    so this guy has paranoid delusions with a manic depressive/mania and he is in position of power and trust?

    gee, is this what happened to democracy?
    tousand
    tousand
    tousand
    tousand
    does this bother you LOL
    its like a neat freak crack addict


    I HAS TO HAVE IT ALL SPELT PWOPERLY

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:03pm

    Re: video games a threat

    *Whoosh*

     

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    Jaws4theRevenge, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:25pm

    Re: Re: video games a threat

    You, Sir, win the grand sum of 6 internets for making me literally laugh out loud.

     

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    Rick, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:27pm

    Huh?

    How can you be both the attorney general and in Parliament?

    Are australians really that dense to elect someone like him to be his own boss?

     

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    CJ, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:37pm

    Re: Huh?

    Yes Australians are really dense. This guys been around for a while and is just really annoying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:49pm

    Where as those American politicians are all highly intellectual people? What was the name of that guy who was running America not so long ago???

     

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    Chargone (profile), Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 7:52pm

    Re: Huh?

    technically, his boss would be the Monarch, actually, i believe. it's not so much that he's answering to himself as that he's occupying two equivalent slots on the organizational chart.

    or at least, i suspect that of being the case. Not actually an Australian, there may be details i'm missing.

    still, being both at once is problematic sounding for other reasons.

     

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    Random Aussie, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    Re: Re: Huh?

    State Attorney General is a ministerial post not an 'I'm a lawyer' post.
    So he got elected as a local member of parliament for his state, South Australia.

    Since his party won, they got to decide who got what posts and he got SAG.

    He reports to the Premier of S.A, who reports to the public, every four years :) Actually back to the upper and lower houses of elected officials.

    There is also a Governor of the state, who is the Queens representative and has mostly ceremonial functions but technically asks a member of parliament to 'form a goverment' after each election (Usually the leader of the majority party or coalition). This means he can dissolve a government at any time but can't remove a member of parliament. He could theoretically ask Joe Bloggs independant from nowhere to be the Premier but the house would pass a vote of no-confidence and the state would have to have a general election.

     

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    Jaisn, Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 8:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Huh?

    ooooh I get it, just like what happened in Star Wars right?

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 9:11pm

    Confidence fail

    There is a poll on the last link's site asking, "Are you happy that Michael Atkinson will no longer be South Australia's Attorney-General?" More than 95% say "Yes" as of this posting. I guess not enough people who voted in that poll vote in the only poll that effects how he got his job in the first place.

     

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    Random Aussie (profile), Mar 22nd, 2010 @ 10:40pm

    Re: Confidence fail

    True,

    But apparently there was a 14.5% swing against him in his seat.
    That's a huge margin swing in Australian politics and goes some way to explain, but not excuse, his arrogance.

    He HAD an incredibly safe seat.

    He is going back to being a backbencher now so he just gets a vote like everybody else and no veto or say on the ratings stuff anymore.

     

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    Bullpine (profile), Mar 23rd, 2010 @ 5:31am

    Anonymous

    I don't know this guy and how much of a jerk he is but anyone posting anonymous and defaming comments about others is a COWARD.
    Signed,
    Anonymous

     

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    yozoo, Mar 23rd, 2010 @ 6:24am

    throw the bums out!

    "Among his rather recent list of hits were his pushing through legislation that banned anonymous comments in online political forums during election time. "

    Isnt Australia a democracy, he didnt create this law through executive fiat I would assume, so it seems that Australia should have a whole bunch of politicians to get rid of . . . assuming they want to be taken seriously as a free thought country.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 23rd, 2010 @ 8:55am

    Adults should not be allowed to play adult rated video games.
    Adults should not be allowed to play adult rated board games.
    Adults should not be allowed to play adult rated card games.
    Adults should not be allowed to watch adult rated movies.
    Adults should not be allowed to watch adult rated TV shows.
    Adults should not be allowed to hear adult rated music.
    It's for their own good dontcha know.

     

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