Right to be forgotten vs. free speech

Tens of millions of people have had the painful experience of cruising the Internet and discovering something mortifying — about themselves. And many have immediately been seized with some variation of the following question: How do I make that go away before my parents/spouse/boss can see it?

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Can you believe it? The truth according to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey | World news |

Can you believe it? The truth according to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey | World news |
Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott arrive in the House of Representatives for Hockey's budget speech. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

Post-truth politics has just entered a whole new orbit. I’ve written before about how political debate seems increasingly unhitched from a normal, factual understanding of the concept of truth. But in defending its 2014 budget the Coalition has finally severed the link entirely, with truthfulness and lying becoming just another question of strategy.

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