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Tasmanian anti-protest bill contravenes Australia’s human rights obligations – UN experts

Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré A group of independent United Nations experts have urged lawmakers in Tasmania to refrain from adopting legislation against protests that disrupt businesses, saying the proposed bill would contravene Australia’s human rights obligations. Among other things, the experts […]

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Human microchipping: I’ve got you under my skin

Professor Kevin Warwick and his Cybernetic Arm. Photo: REX Thousands of technology enthusiasts use it as the ultimate app, enabling them to lock and unlock their homes, cars, computers and mobile phones with a simple wave of a hand. But there’s a catch: they must have a microchip inserted into their bodies. The idea may […]

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No Heiner trial for Goss ministers: Bleijie

Bleijie decides there will be no trial for former-Goss Ministers. Source: The Courier Mail Ministers for former premier Wayne Goss will not stand trial to explain why they allowed industrial dispute evidence – sought by an Ipswich lawyer 24 years ago – to be shredded. That lawyer was Ian Berry, now the LNP’s Ipswich MP […]

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New government bill to boost ASIO’s digital spying power

Iraqi Turkmen pose with their weapons as they ready to fight against militants. Picture: AFP The federal government will grant sweeping new powers of digital surveillance to ASIO and the nation’s other spy agencies with Cabinet believed to have signed off on a raft of new laws to combat terrorism threats. The Daily Telegraph can […]

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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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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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Revealed: Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens

Originally posted on conspiracyoz:
Ewen MacAskill, James Ball and Katharine Murphy theguardian.com, 2 December 2013  • Secret 5-Eyes document shows surveillance partners discussing what information they can pool about their citizens • DSD indicated it could provide material without some privacy restraints imposed by other countries such as Canada • Medical, legal or religious information…

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Tracking technology plan to monitor Queen Street Mall and South Bank visitors via their mobile phones

Controversial tracking technology will be deployed in Brisbane’s CBD under a plan to snoop on visitors’ movements throughout the Queen Street Mall and South Bank. The technology, from UK-based company Path Intelligence, intercepts mobile phone signals to track each person as they move around the area. But while the company insists it doesn’t collect private […]

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The Psychological State of the State

Originally posted on Real News Australia:
Societal Stockholm Syndrome – How the psychopathic nature of the nanny state came to nurture our state of mind. By General Maddox. http://www.RealNewsAustralia.com With the election over, apart from a few squabbling electorates demanding recounts, Australia’s two-party system has continued to devolve to resemble a mongrel mix of zealous…

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Australia’s defence forces to be maintained at battle-ready status

Australia’s new Defence Minister, David Johnston, says he wants to keep the military battle-ready for further possible conflicts in the unstable Middle East and south Asia. Senator Johnston said that after 14 years of involvement in overseas conflicts from East Timor to Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force had a strong fighting momentum that should not […]

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