A team of top barristers has issued a scathing review of Peter Dutton’s push to give his spy agency ASIO sweeping new powers to track, spy on and question citizens. Continue reading The Dutton ASIO bill is a chilling attack on democracy
At a time when one would think it a priority to meet the needs of people out of work, the Morrison government is ultimately responsible for the cutting 420 jobs at Centrelink call centres in Melbourne. Continue reading Centrelink call centre workers have been sacked as new contract is handed to Serco
Bevan Ramsden is a long-time peace and community activist, and a member of the National Coordinating Committee of IPAN, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network. Here, he writes about the the plan to increase militarisation of policing in Australia, and especially, the attempt to allow foreign police and troops to be used (Pearls and Irritations 1 October 2020). This would set the ground for major intervention by the United Sates into Australian affairs.
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing continued last week, and a lot of time was devoted to argument over his mental health. The judge made clear, a decision is not going to be made before the United States Presidential election in November. Big media, press freedom groups, and some prominent ‘human rights’ organisations continue to fall in line with Donald Trump, and have mostly gone silent on the case. Author and member of the Glasgow University Media Group, Alan Macleod, writes about this (Orinoco Tribune 25 September 2020).
Julian Assange’s extradition case in the United Kingdom continues. The accused is in prison and appearing on the dock at court, although he has been charged with no crime. Continue reading Julian Assange’s defence in London court exposing sinister methods to get him
By Jim Hayes
As Julian Assange’s extradition hearing resumed at London’s Old Bailey this Monday (London time), lawyers for the United States prosecution, continued with the espionage charges that would impose up to 175 years in prison. Continue reading Assange’s extradition hearing sees defence in action before biased judge
By Joe Montero
It is not all that unusual to hear people respond to any suggestion to change the political course of the nation by branding it idealistic and that it could never happen. Anyone suggesting differently, is going to come across this reserve. Continue reading Effective change is the only choice there is
By Joe Montero
The new fast-growing national movement to hit Australia, Living Incomes For Everyone, was launched on Tuesday 21 July.Thousands watch online during the event or after. It is on Facebook and has been included below.
Thousands join Living Incomes For Everyone online launch
Video from Living Incomes for Everyone
By Jim Hayes
No doubt about it. Victoria’s state government has done more to combat Covid-19 than any other around Australia. This is not to say that it has all been perfect. Nevertheless, what it has done has not been able to prevent Melbourne being the epicentre of what could be the start of a second wave outbreak. Continue reading The high rise lockdown in Victoria and the lesson this provides