Yep. And it really used to be that way in America too.Phasor said:In Australia, insulting the Prime Minister is a national sport! :lol:
Has been that way for many decades, no exemptions!
Old newspapers often had articles and editorial cartoons very critical of public officials (often insulting)...and doing worse than calling them stupid. Then came the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag waving of the anti-communism era and some people didn't see, and still don't see, the parallel between that and fascism.
Being able to criticize your public officials is a GOOD thing.