Category: Society and Culture

Australia plans for drones to patrol borders

Photo: Drones set to patrol Aussie borders Australia plans to buy seven giant unmanned drones for $3 billion, potentially to help patrol its borders, a report said on Saturday. The unmanned aircraft, with the wingspan of a 737 passenger jet, would primarily be used by the military for spotting enemy ships and planes in a

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Concerns over appointment of new Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Photo: Newly appointed Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson via http://www.humanrights.gov.au The Abbott government has once again caused concern throughout numerous anti-discrimination and civil rights organisations, by appointing one of the nation’s largest critics of the Humans Rights Commission as the new Human Rights Commissioner. Tim Wilson – who has now resigned from his former role

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New law to expand police powers to ‘move on’ protesters

Photo: ACTU president Ged Kearney via http://www.actu.org.au Unions say a plan to enable police to order people in picket lines and blockades to “move on”, and arrest those who do not, erodes the right to political protest. The Coalition introduced reforms on Wednesday extending police powers to issue “move on” orders to people who prevent

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Forum held in Brisbane to address 2014 G20 summit, police powers

Photo: Max Riethmuller A public forum entitled G20: dissent, police powers and international reviews of security implementation was held yesterday as part of a collaborative project between the Griffith Law School, the Caxton Legal Centre, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland, to discuss whether vastly expanded police powers contained within the ‘G20 Safety and Security

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Strip searches approved in massive police powers boost for G20 forum in Brisbane CBD

Police will be granted extra powers inside a “declared area” of inner city Brisbane stretching from South Bank, to Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Wooloongabba in a bid to stop the violent chaos that has crippled other G20 host cities. Inside the zone, police will be able to strip search anyone they fear

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