FOI cause off on a dummy run

Just under way is the government’s latest move to close down public access to information. Dr Allan Hawke, known for his knowledge of dummy runs on the Canberra Raiders board, has started to review Australia’s FOI and Privacy regime, with clear ‘wink an…

PM asked to support Assange

Wouldn’t it be good if, on Australia Day, PM Julia Gillard spoke out in support of the right to freedom of speech of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? If she spoke up, it would prove the accuracy of Michael’s Parkinson’s Australia Day comment that he had se…

Be afraid of helping Assange!

Be afraid, be very afraid!. That’s how the US Government and, by extension, the Australian Government wants you to be in relation to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald reveals a long-running government strategy of intimidation, which…

Qui Tam…do we need it here?

Qui Tam is basically a legal action which encourages whistleblowing around government waste. It works well in America, where individuals can earn massive payouts for reporting rip-offs. Should we have it here, Tony Nikolic asks?

Qui Tam…taking actio…

Why WikiLeaks has my sympathy

The government should not be setting up witch-hunts at the behest of the USA to pursue Mr Assange of WikiLeaks, Adrian Rumsey says. Instead, it should be ensuring the freedom of speech of Australians, and working to enhance all our civil liberties.

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