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“These arms are used against civilians in West Papua”: Peace activist defends arrest outside Australian weapons manufacturer
An Australian human rights activist, who was arrested while protesting outside a major military weapons manufacturer, has justified his actions stating there are “no viable conventional political mechanisms” available to voice his concerns.
How “Political Meddling” Is Undermining Independence Of Federal Government Watchdogs
The independence of key federal oversight bodies is at risk of being undermined by “political meddling”, according to a new report from the Centre for Public Integrity.
David McBride: “Under this government only truth tellers get prosecuted”
Twenty years from now when we look back on this period, its heroes will be those that stood with the whistleblowers, attended protests, and held their governments accountable.
Mark Davis: Julian Assange’s extradition will have “chilling effect” on journalism
A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have urged the Biden administration to drop efforts to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, calling the case against him “a grave threat to press freedom.”
Freedom Of Speech? Activist Faces Prison For Postering Macquarie Statue
A piece of A4 paper, quoting Governor Lachlan Macquarie, has become centrepiece of a controversial freedom of speech trial – pitting Xenophon Davis client, and human rights activist, Stephen Langford against the NSW Attorney General’s office.
Julian Hill: The political persecution of Julian Assange is unconscionable
Eleven days from now, an Australian citizen will fight for his life in a London court as the United States government seeks his extradition. If this Australian is extradited and manages to escape execution, he will still face an effective death sentence in the US, confined in extreme isolation for 175 years.
Nick Xenophon: “No evidence” to justify Australia’s Huawei ban
Nick Xenophon was recently interviewed on BBC World Service where he discussed the UK’s decision to ban Huawei technology from its 5G networks.
What We Know About The Secret Trial Of Bernard Collaery
Bernard Collaery is being prosecuted in secret by the Australian Government for his role exposing the Howard Government’s illegal bugging of the Timor-Leste Government in 2004. While little is known about what’s been said in court, we have prepared a short explainer on the background of the case.
How National Security Powers Are Being Used To Prosecute Whistleblowers In Secret
National security is being used to bully Bernard Collaery and cover-up the wrongdoing of a previous Coalition government.
Death By Budget Cuts: The NSW Government’s War On ICAC
A Parliamentary Committee has warned that NSW’s Government oversight bodies are no longer able to fulfill their “statutory and constitutional functions.”
Democracy Suspended, NSW Government Rules By Decree
Emergency legislation gives the Attorney General power to change legislation without first having to subject the changes to a parliamentary vote.
We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out Of A Pandemic
In the absence of any coherent policies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, State Premiers are falling over themselves to create new fines and prison terms.