A ban on state-funded academics using their work to question government policy is to begin on 1 May. It’s either a cock-up or a conspiracy

Britain’s scientists must not be gagged A ban on state-funded academics using their work to question government policy is to begin on 1 May. It’s either a cock-up or a conspiracy

It would constitute a misuse of national security laws to clamp down on a public discussion that had caused political embarrassment. And it would not be the first time. Asked whether the AFP had used journalists' metadata in its investigation, commissioner Andrew Colvin said: "I'm not going to answer what operational tactics or strategies we have employed".  That sounds like a "yes".   Read more…

Let's be clear. The news stories about the failings of Malcolm Turnbull's National Broadband Network which led to last night's police raids were squarely in the public interest.

Labor has called on the Auditor-General to investigate what training Australian Border Force officials have been given since the agency was established in July this year and whether their legal powers extend to random visa checks.

Labor has called on the Auditor-General to investigate what training Australian Border Force officials have been given since the agency was established in July .

The ABF is, in other words, an outfit exerting extraordinary power over some of the most vulnerable people imaginable and usually it operates in complete secrecy. If this is how it behaves in the middle of one of Australia’s biggest cities, how does it conduct itself when shrouded behind the secrecy of “on water operations”?

We’ve warned that Australia’s cruel immigration regime would have a carcinogenic effect on the body politic. It’s happening, despite today’s stuff up

Top Liberal aide takes senior role at ABC to ensure 'constructive relationships'

Top Liberal aide takes senior role at ABC to ensure 'constructive relationships'

General George Brandis and Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference.

Exclusive: Dr Peter Young, a former detention centre psychiatrist, was investigated after he condemned the government’s asylum policies in the media

Australian police accessed phone records of asylum whistleblower

Shut-up or face prosecution: AFP conducts criminal investigation into former detention centre psychiatrist for speaking out about the death of a detainee.

But the real problem with the raids is worse. Though no one seems to have noticed it, the AFP is trying to use very old laws to pursue not just the suspected leaker, but the recipients of the leaked documents.  Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/leaks-secrets-and-the-really-scary-thing-about-the-nbn-raids-20160531-gp807v.html#ixzz4AKYjPbwS  Follow us: @theage on Twitter | theageAustralia on Facebook

Leaks, secrets and the really scary thing about the NBN raids

NSW's harsh and unnecessary new anti-protest laws are the latest example of an alarming and unmistakeable trend. Governments across Australia are eroding some of the vital foundations of our democracy, from protest rights to press freedom, to entrench their own power and that of vested business interests.  Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nsw-antiprotest-laws-are-part-of-a-corrosive-national-trend-20160321-gno10h.html#ixzz444To4RNq  Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on…

Governments across Australia are eroding some of the vital foundations of our democracy, from protest rights to press freedom, to entrench their own power and that of vested business interests.

Report says rights must be strengthened after attacks on whistleblowers and press, the curbing of peaceful protests and the sidelining of courts

Australian democracy faces 'corrosive' decline – human rights centre report

Maxims of Law Help Assure Justice - Their Absence Assures Injustice

Cornel West: Australia is on the path to US-style fascism Any country that connects mass surveillance, corporations, big money and even bigger government is in trouble, says the American academic

Cornel West: Australia is on the path to US-style fascism

The American academic and firebrand campaigner talks to Hugh Muir about Britain's deep trouble, fighting white supremacy and where Obama is going wrong

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