The Federal Government’s latest foray into the blogosphere and Web 2.0 has gotten off to a heated start, with early discussions focusing on the appointment of a Catholic priest as chairman.
Launched on May 19 and running until June 26, the forum is run by Open Forum for the National Human Rights Consultation, which was created by Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, late last year.
The forum is designed to give people the chance to connect with the committee and influence policy using the Internet.
So far the most popular discussion thread has focused on the appointment of a Catholic priest, Father Frank Brennan, as the chairman of the committee.
“No one can serve two masters, and Frank Brennan’s duty as a Roman Catholic priest is to support the doctrines and edicts of his employer,” one poster complained.
Moderator and “blogger-in-chief” for Open Forum, Sally Rose, struck back by claiming it was impossible to find anyone that wasn’t biased by their personal beliefs.
“The National Human Rights Consultation is not about collecting Fr Frank Brennan's views, it is about collecting public views…let's move on from the man to the game,” she wrote in response.
The forum follows on from the Digital Economy blog launched by Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, and Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner, which was flooded with thousands of messages, many of which panned the proposed clean feed internet filter.