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I have noticed a distinct silence from my right-wing friends who normally are loud and complain about just about anything but are silent on our village-idiot Prime Minister's response to the children in detention report and the lack of any action.

Was the Labor Party a shining example when they were in government? Hell no. But they aren't in government now - so this government needs to fix the problem.
Posted: February 16, 2015 @ 08:36
Given that the TPP document itself estimates there is a 0% difference to Australia's GDP should we sign it - why are we wasting our time with it? And that's outside all the negative benefits. Why are we pandering to large, external business interests on this one?
Posted: February 13, 2015 @ 13:29
As it turns out, no-one really can. So that lets governments and law enforcement agencies make up their own definitions and apply them however they like.

Is this guy from Anonymous a 'bad' guy? Maybe. But is he a terrorist? Highly doubtful. But watch the FBI bend their definition so that they can use confidential and classified tools to track and (maybe) detain people without merit.

This will happen elsewhere. Even in Australia. It is probably happening now.
Posted: February 4, 2015 @ 09:46
Australia is on a list of nations that don't have a high regard for human rights. Well, played. NOT!
Posted: January 30, 2015 @ 09:37
Modified: January 30, 2015 @ 09:38
Is it an oversight that the retention period for private data hasn't been mentioned? Unlikely. And as the article says, the potential for permanent retention is very high - because that's the way governments (and corporates for that matter) work. Better safe than sorry.

Which means that your innocent actions will come back to haunt you. And your not-so-innocent actions will doom you forever.
Posted: January 28, 2015 @ 11:33
Probably not tomorrow. Or the next day. But there will be a reckoning. I don't think there will be a resolution but the country will slowly slide into debt and disrepair and eventually become a global backwater.

This article highlights just one reason why - the power that the rich and large corporates have over the government. The government should be there to protect the citizens - but the way that capitalism has become ingrained in the US psyche means that the government can't reign in the business...
Posted: December 18, 2014 @ 11:47
So here's the issue: I believe that Australia is not doing enough for genuine asylum seekers. We are (generally) treating them extremely badly and ignoring our humanitarian obligations. There's a lot more to that but let's just leave that there.

And yet we have this guy who came to Australia as an asylum seeker from Iran where his life was in danger and we granted him permission to stay. He then sends abusive letters to Australia soldiers and their families; is involved in the murder of his wife and ...
Posted: December 17, 2014 @ 01:08
Ostensibly to perform copyright infringement tasks but like very other filter on the planet it will be misused by the government (and probably other bodies). The farcical path is that the government won't admit it is a filter - even though that's exactly what it has to be in order to block sites considered to be in violation of copyright law.
Posted: December 14, 2014 @ 00:01
The stories just keep getting scarier. And there are so many other countries complicit in this activity - Australia included.
Posted: December 11, 2014 @ 10:53
Australia's behaviour towards asylum seekers is abominable. And it was even before the current government started being complete dicks about it.
Posted: December 10, 2014 @ 16:58
I agree with the article's author - we have squandered any potential benefit from the resources boom and now Australia is in for a tough time.
Posted: December 9, 2014 @ 13:27
Tags: Politics
Thumbnail318 I had a university professor insist to me on Tuesday that the ABC was the home of all leftist views in the country. No amount of arguing could convince him otherwise (including the other two professors at the table) so I left it alone. Then this link popped up today.
Posted: November 27, 2014 @ 10:06
Tags: Politics
So it's far less than they should have done but it's far better than nothing. But they are moving ahead and saying that climate change is an issue. Pity our government is living in the past and doing next to nothing except planning to pay polluters.
Posted: November 14, 2014 @ 10:58
Big business rules the roost - normal people (the taxpayers and voters) get the shaft. Unless you're rich.
Posted: November 7, 2014 @ 13:31
Bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. Pity that politicians are complete hypocrites. And also a pity that this isn't really about law enforcement - the first task will be for the movies studios around copyright infringement - so already this is extending beyond what it is meant to do and we haven't even got it through parliament yet.
Posted: October 30, 2014 @ 16:43
As will happen in Australia, the US government put an "anti-terrorism" clause into the Patriot Act that has been used thousands of times - almost none of them for terrorism-related investigations. Law enforcement (and governments) will use badly written laws to get what they want, no matter what.
Posted: October 29, 2014 @ 18:16
I don't have anything to add to this, except the quote from Lord Deben in the UK: "I think the Australian government must be one of the most ignorant governments I've ever seen..."
Posted: October 27, 2014 @ 14:09
Tags: Politics
From 4th to 37th (last) in two years. That's an awesome effort. Have a beer! You deserve it - not! Wish our idiot politicians would see what a danger climate change is to us and the entire planet.
Posted: October 26, 2014 @ 16:47
Well done, Mr Abbott. Proving again that there is a village somewhere missing its idiot.
Posted: October 16, 2014 @ 08:33
My guess is that even Tony Abbott's supporters are amazed at how crapulent he is as a Prime Minister and how badly his government is behaving.
Posted: October 3, 2014 @ 09:15
Tags: Politics
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