When Dan Nolan wanted to put together a Paul Keating insult generator app for the iPhone he had to contend with a new law preventing use of the federal parliamentary record for satirical purposes. He was advised he needed to make do with Keatingesque imitations, so you get “You imbecilic caucus of political harlots” instead of “He’s like a shiver waiting for a spine”. It didn’t stop his 99 cent insult generator becoming Australia’s top paid app in the Store. But it’s a law that goes against our long tradition of ‘keeping the bastards honest’. And an insult to free speech.