The Abbott government has indicated that it will introduce a law that will allow people to be prosecuted for telling other people not to like things.
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Richard Colbeck said that the new law was particularly aimed at preventing activist organisations from running boycott campaigns against companies.
“The idea that a green group can tell people not to buy environmentally damaging products is offensive,” said Mr Colbeck. “And even worse, it’s bad for the economy.”
Mr Colbeck said that the new law would also put an end to negativity in general.
“There are too many movie critics in this country saying that Planes is just an inferior version of Cars. I think Australians have had enough of being told by inner city elites what movies they should see. The same goes with music and books. Do people still read books?”
Mr Colbeck said that there would be some exemptions to the new law. Most notably, newspapers will still be allowed to tell people not to vote for the Labor Party.
Greens leader Christine Milne has reacted angrily to the government’s announcement, saying that her party “will do anything in our power to stop this change going through”.
The government hopes to prosecute the Greens once the new law is introduced.