After unilaterally taking satirical website johnhowardpm.org offline, Melbourne IT is, predictably, staying quiet.
In another triumph of tolerance and freedom of expression, the Prime Minister’s office ordered the shutdown of a spoof John Howard website which featured an “apology” speech for the Iraq war.
Australian futurist and social commentator Richard Neville created johnhowardpm.org on Monday and received 10,500 visits within 24 hours. It was closed down by domain registrar Melbourne IT on Tuesday, but Neville was only told yesterday that this was “on the advice from the Australian Government”.
Mr Neville says the parody was an act of satire, and now has a PDF copy of the speech on his website.