In case anyone doubted for one instance that they have the right to freedom of speech in Australia, don't fool yourself, you don't. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/media-ban-home-detention-for-hinch-20110721-1hpss.html Now, excluding what you may think of Derryn Hinch, let's focus on the core element of the story here. A court has been able to hand down an order that bans someone from speaking to anyone, or using any mechanism, where that person's speech may be heard or read publically outside of a private room. If you ever doubted that we live under the facade of what is currently little more than a semi-benign version of Stalinist style rule, then this story should snap you back to reality. We, as Australians, have no legislated freedom of speech. Yes, Derryn did the wrong thing legally (and has many times) and should wear the consequences of that, but banning his ability to speak publically, despite what I think of the man personally, well that is a sentence that I absolutely refuse to support. Imagine a court handing that sentence down on a political member, or the members of an activist organisation, or anyone else who might have something to say in public that the establishment doesn't want heard. This sentence has spiked my outrage meter off the chart.