Jack-also-known-as Steve (JAKAS) Medcraft (who uses either given name interchangeably depending upon the day) is identified as the president of ‘People Against Lenient Sentencing‘ (PALS). PALS lobbies government to levy harsher sentences and to compromise civil liberties in the pursuit of prosecuting more people. JAKAS frequently is sought for his hardline law ‘n’ order opinions by Murdoch journos. Up until recently, JAKAS also served on the Sunbury, Victoria council.
The Patrotik Yoof Leauge, a parody website by the illustrious Dr Cam Sexenheimer, is a spoof of the actual ‘Patriotic Youth League,’ an anti-immigration group which has white supremacist and neo-nazi connections, including to the Australia First Party.
Former Sunbury mayor, present Sunbury councillor and author of the blog ‘Guruann‘, Ann Potter, suffered a complaint by JAKAS to the Victorian Electoral Commission when she cracked wise on her blog that Medcraft’s views were ‘so right wing that he should join the Patriotic Yoof Leauge.’
JAKAS alleged in his complaint that Potter’s blog commentary could have caused voters to believe that he in fact is a neo-nazi, in the course of his pursuit of re-election to the Sunbury council.
The VEC on Monday handed down their decision in Potter’s favour, with costs of $2600 awarded against Medcraft (PDF, 15 pages, 468Kb).
The VEC decision is a major victory for bloggers who dabble in political satire, absent a Bill of Rights in Australia which might protect rights to free expression.
JAKAS is none too happy about the decision, claiming a loophole in the Victorian electoral law was exploited regarding the definition of a ‘candidate.’ Medcraft is vowing to have the law amended.
Personally, I can’t see why JAKAS isn’t happy with the letter of the law he loves so much.
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