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Saturday, March 7, 2009

A blast from the past...

In 2001, Russ Weakly made a couple of flash games regarding the John Howard Government's GST and their lack of respect/action on the Stolen Children, and together we published them under the name webwank.net... which drew legal threats from then Senator John (not at all sorry) Herron (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) which lead to a frenzy of media at the time:

This is to formally let you know that I am instituting proceedings against you for defamation in the Supreme Court of Queensland . The Federal Police will be involved to track this website if I do not receive a response within 24 hours.

John Herron Minister for A.T.S.I. Affairs

Senator.Herron@aph.gov.au

While I have never been a great fan of the Pandora Archive at the National Library, it seems to have worked this time in accurately storing this piece of web history on a (then Liberal) Government web server - democracy in action. Thanks to the National Library, you can still steal all ten virtual Herron kids or lob a virtual tampon at little Johnny.

See the John Howard Shooting Gallery or the John Herron Stolen Children game or the remaining available media coverage from Electronic Frontiers Australia, ZDNet and AWN. Shame that the other media has disappeared :)

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