Australia

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Group.png Australia   Sourcewatch Wikiquote
Australia with AAT (orthographic projection).svg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Type nation state
Location Oceania
Leader Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull.jpg
Incumbent: Malcolm Turnbull
Since 15 September 2015
Subgroups • High Court of Australia
• Australian Signals Directorate
Member of Global Counter Terrorism Forum, OECD, UKUSA

Australia is a nation state in Oceania. It is to the west of New Zealand.

Mass Surveillance

A 2015 bill claimed that the government had a right to carry out very broad warrantless mass surveillance of electronic media, including banning warrant canaries. The powers claimed were so broad that they have been called "nearly unlimited".[1]

Under the 2012 Defence Trade Controls Act law, “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. One commentator has suggested that it has potential to "[catch] open source privacy software, information security research and education, and the entire computer security industry in its snare."[2]

As of 2017, Australia was continuing to expand mass surveillance, spending $18.5M on iOmniscient, a system which "works by analysing images recorded by existing CCTV cameras.”[3]

Cashless society

In December 2016, the New Zealand Herald reported that "Australia could scrap the $100 note".[4] Earlier in the year some researchers were predicting that Australia would be a "fully cashless society by 2022"[5][6]

Minerals

In 2015, it produced 12% of the world's Uranium.

 

Events

EventDate
1975 Australian coup15 October 1975 - 11 November 1975
2014 Australia turboprop drug bust8 July 2014
Children Overboard affair2001 - 2002
Port Arthur Massacre28 April 1996
 

Groups

GroupDate
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
Australian Signals Directorate
Centre for Policing Intelligence & Counter Terrorism2005 - Present
Reserve Bank of Australia
University of Sydney
Westfield Corporation
 

Job here

EventJobAppointed
Steven RaeburnProducer2015
 

Citizens of Australia on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Julian Assange3 July 1971A hacker of slightly mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His opinion on 9/11 is notable.
Neil Brown22 February 1940
Clyde Cameron11 February 191314 March 2008
Ivan Glasenberg1957
Michael Jon Hand8 December 1941"One of Australia's most wanted fugitives" now living in Idaho, USA.
Michael Hourigan19573 December 2013
John Kerr (governor-general)24 September 191424 March 1991
Andrew Liveris5 May 1954
Frank Lowy22 October 1930
Keith Officer
John Pilger9 October 1939John Pilger, an Australian crusading journalist, has achieved fame in spite of a refusal to kowtow to the establishment by avoiding controversial issues.
Mike Smith
Alan Westerman25 March 191318 May 2001
James Wolfensohn1 December 1933
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Utopiainterview15 November 2013John Pilger
File:WikiLeaks-Australian-suppression-order.pdflegal document19 June 2014High Court of AustraliaAustralian Supreme Court secret super-injunction preventing the publication of information about a corruption case involving 17 named individuals including senior Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese politicians and Reserve Bank of Australia directors
 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Malcolm Turnbull“The laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”Malcolm Turnbull14 July 2017


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