Parliament will soon pass the first 124 pages of new spying and surveillance laws. Two more tranches will follow. The laws give too much power to the state. 31 Aug 2014
Proposed sweeping surveillance powers for police and spooks are so alarming that civil liberties groups are combining to mount a joint campaign for common sense. 31 July 2014
As Australia’s first bill of rights turns 10, our freedoms are coming under increasing threat from a government intent on expanding the already-excessive spook laws. 1 July 2014
That Australians are all under surveillance has been confirmed with the revelation that police spy, using CCTV and sound recordings, on Members of Parliament. What chance for us ordinary Aussies?
A spy comes in from the cold, legally, but the spooks still want even more access to our private data: when will they learn that enough is enough?
The government’s agenda confuses: rights are to be rejuvenated says AG Brandis, but in the same breath he spruiks bigotry and abolishes our main safeguard against excessive terror laws.
Long-standing and fundamental liberties and rights are at risk: this month’s coverage includes the TPP trade agreement, whether the ABC is safe, gene patents and surveillance.
Secretly negotiated, whizzing through parliament on behalf of the US, the TPP agreement is setting off flashing lights and alarm bells over Australia’s sovereignty versus corporations’ power.
Attorney-General George Brandis has all armaments blazing in an idiosyncratic campaign to make the world conform to his view. It could be a rough ride to the right!