FAKE NEWS

Oh, how our politicians must love the new media laws and the control of our mainstream media by a couple of financial giants set to increase further. Already we have seen the drastic effects that poor or controlled journalism can achieve.  One only has to consider the election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit or the return of the Abbott/Turnbull two-headed coin government. It’s ironic that Trump seems to…

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We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

Some outrageous police-friendly legislation has just wormed its way through New South Wales parliament, and the prospect of some heavy-handed policing is real Source: We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

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The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie | Society | The Guardian

For many years, as a library manager, when questioning practices or introducing change I have been met with, in so many words, the proposition that: “but that’s not the way. We’ve always done it like this. Everyone else does it like this. Check with them. Why should we change” Such an attitude, at various times, created conflict between myself and my staff and between myself and my colleagues – not…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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THE METADATA MINE-FIELD: How your phone tracks your every move

FEAR. Tony Abbott has used this beast well to push through draconian legislative changes that have severely eroded civil libertie in this country. The legislative changes that give unprecedented powers to even low-level security personnel, that allow extensive surveillance on citizens without any reason other than the purported suspicion of someone, and the power to arrest and hold without charge for lengthy periods are just some of the perfidies that…

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Immigration Warned Staff Not To Give Evidence To Children In Detention Inquiry

Every Australian should be extremely concerned at the opacity of the Abbott LNP Federal Government.  There can be no true democracy when the day to day policies and actions of a government are no longer open to scrutiny.  The report below is just another of many instances of the Abbott  government either deliberately providing misleading information to the Australian public or refusing to provide any information at all. Since election,…

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The New Censorship – Career blackmail or Totalitarianism by stealth

A perhaps not new but certainly increasingly used and brazen form of speech control is taking place in the Australia of today. We have now seen several examples of media employees being sacked, apparently for having personal views of which their employer disapproves. It would be questionable behaviour for this to happen within the work environment unless it involved some deliberate or unethical sabotage of the role in which they…

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