Category Australasia

▶ WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents – YouTube

“The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.” Remember NATFTA? […]

Commonwealth drops charge against Queensland man arrested in counterterrorism raids – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Officers arrested Mr Maestracci in September after searching his Kingston home, south of Brisbane, as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation.He was charged him with one count of dealing in proceeds of crime, allegedly $7,000.At the time the AFP said it would be claimed Mr Maestracci was reckless to the fact there was a risk […]

SBS sports reporter Scott McIntyre sacked over ‘disrespectful’ Anzac tweets | Media | The Guardian

“At SBS, employees on and off air are encouraged to participate in social media, however maintaining the integrity of the network and audience trust is vital. It is unfortunate that on this very important occasion, Mr McIntyre’s comments have compromised both. “SBS apologises for any offence or harm caused by Mr McIntyre’s comments which in […]

Timeline Photos – Shut Down Australia | Facebook

Timeline Photos – Shut Down Australia | Facebook. Asking all people to take strike action for 60 minutes between 10:30am to 11:30am the 1st of June 2015. Please read this message from Lavene Ngatokorua from Davenport Aboriginal Community in Port Augusta South AustraliaPlease read and strike with Lavene on the … 1st of June 2015 from […]

World’s Nuclear Waste Could Be Headed Down Under

Senator Sean Edwards of the state of South Australia is advocating for his state to develop facilities to handle other nation’s nuclear waste… for a cost of course. South Australia makes up essentially the middle third of the southern half of that country, an area which is sparsely populated, but well-off. A good analogy in […]

New Zealand Spies on Neighbors in Secret ‘Five Eyes’ Global Surveillance – The Intercept

The documents on the spying, obtained by The Intercept from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shine a light on New Zealand’s role in the so-called Five Eyes, a surveillance alliance that includes electronic eavesdropping agencies from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. GCSB is perhaps the smallest player in the alliance […]

National security statement: Tony Abbott flags crackdown on Australians involved in terrorism

The unusual step would mark a major expansion of plans already flagged that would include suspending or revoking the citizenship of dual nationals who become involved with terrorism.And in what appears to be a contrast to previous efforts to water down the Racial Discrimination Act Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled the government will clamp […]

Sydney Siege Aftermath: Australian Government Seeks More Anti-Terrorism Laws

“I could not understate enough that it would have grave implications for law enforcement’s ability in this country to investigate, deter and disrupt potential terrorist acts,” Colvin said. He also claimed that, as new Telecom Companies entered the market, there was less data being collected and what data was being collected is being held for […]

PressTV – Iran had demanded extradition of Sydney gunman: Police chief

In the year 2000, in a coordinated effort with Iran’s Judiciary and Interpol, we requested Australia to extradite Man Haron Monis, also known as Mohammad Hassan Manteqi, said Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam on Tuesday. After Iran’s request for the extradition of Monis, the Australian government refused to hand him over to Tehran because the […]

BBC News – Sydney gunman was ‘wanted in Iran’

Monis applied for political asylum to obtain refugee status in Australia, Gen Moghaddam said, describing the incident as “a play”. Meanwhile the Australian government has announced it is investigating why Monis was released on bail on separate charges. He had a history of religiously inspired activism, but officials say there is as yet no evidence […]

Australians should prepare for more anti-terror raids: AFP chief

“The paradigm has changed such that we will be forced to react much quicker than what we previously have, and I think the community will see more of this where we will do a large number of execution of search warrants and probably only one or two arrests.”Mr Gaughan said police made no apologies for the raids, including the seizure of a reportedly plastic […]

Why Australia’s tough new terror laws could misfire – CNN.com

The country’s parliament passed the controversial Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Foreign Fighters Bill on Thursday, which will make it easier for police and security agencies to apprehend alleged terrorist suspects and supporters and detain them without explanation, potentially leading to lengthy prison sentences.The new legislation is designed to inhibit would-be fighters from traveling overseas to join […]

Snowden: If you live in New Zealand, you’re being watched — RT News

Edward Snowden has dismissed as “false” the New Zealand PM’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country. The whistleblower says he regularly “came across communications of New Zealanders,” when he worked as an NSA analyst.New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau GCSB has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s prime minister, John Key, […]

HuffPo: Australia Counterterrorism Raids Detain 15

“Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” Colvin said. “Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public. So what we saw today and the operation that continues […]

canberratimes.com.au: Face scan system to thwart terrorists

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said the electronic departure gates would be rolled out from mid-next year.Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said new legislation was required for its new eGate facial recognition system, intended to stop suspected terrorists entering or leaving the country, to work effectively.Customs has been testing the eGate […]

Abbott’s 18C puzzle: linking terror and free speech raises interesting political questions

All this came rushing back to me this week as the Abbott government announced it was dropping its proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The announcement wasn’t altogether surprising, but the context for it was. Suddenly section 18C would be left alone as a figleaf for Muslims; a kind of transfer fee for their […]

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