Don’t insult this guy

An Australian state government is in the process of passing a law that would make it a crime to insult the state’s Gaming Minister:

The amendment proposed to the Act will make it an offence to “assault, obstruct, hinder, threaten, abuse, insult or intimidate” the minister or authorised persons exercising “due diligence” in monitoring gambling systems such as pokies.

Insulting the Gaming Minister, currently one Michael O’Brien, will be punishable by a $12,000 fine.

That First Amendment is sounding pretty good right now.

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