Australia

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Group.png Australia   Sourcewatch
Australia with AAT (orthographic projection).svg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Type nation state
Location Oceania
Leader Prime Minister of Australia

Incumbent: Malcolm Turnbull
Since 15 September 2015
Subgroups • High Court of Australia
• Australian Signals Directorate
Member of UKUSA

Australia is a nation state in Oceania.

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
University of Sydney
 

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EventJobAppointed
Steven RaeburnProducer2015
 

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


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