In absentia, Wyatt Roy clears himself of ‘war tourism’ – @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol

Wyatt Roy’s trip into the Daesh conflict zone raises senate committee questions.

Marriage equality plebiscite to resolve Coalition’s internal disagreement – @qldaah #auspol

Opinion The federal government is asking the people of Australia to resolve an internal party disagreement over same-sex marriage by conducting a plebiscite. We know this because Queensland Coalition MP for Dawson, George Christensen, doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Only yesterday he Tweeted his joy at Labor for “scuttling the plebiscite”. With @billshortenmp & @markdreyfusQCMP scuttling plebiscite, the definition of marriage won't be changed for foreseeable future. Thanks! — George Christensen (@GChristensenMP) September 26, 2016 We know South Australian Coalition Senator Cory Bernardi would refuse to honour a majority “yes” return vote on a plebiscite by voting against any same-sex marriage bill in the parliament. As recently as last week he attempted to bait marriage […]

The Mundingburra gambit: The plan to recapture Herbert – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Inconsistencies alleged by the Liberal National Party in the polling for the Queensland federal seat of Herbert echo the 1995 legal challenge to Labor’s victory in the Queensland state electorate of Mundingburra.

If Senate won’t defeat #DataRetention bill terrorists and criminals will: @sortius comments

With the federal government’s metadata retention bill having passed the lower house, and all but assured to pass the senate, the technical implications are still sketchy at best. Costing an estimated $400 million a year (a figure that will no doubt be revised up substantially), the legislation isn’t a cheap exercise in flag waving like the government’s almost daily announcements. The implications for internet users will be extensive, affecting every aspect of their daily use of data services. From Facebook and Twitter updates, to downloading the latest episode of your favourite show (legitimately or not), to playing your favourite online game, everything will be monitored, providing you don’t use services […]

Torture report makes @IntlCrimCourt action against @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol likely: @jansant reports

On Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, released a report (below) that found Australia in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The report found multiple violations and identified the systematic nature resulting from government policy. Juan Mendez, is a survivor of torture and former special advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC). The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), responded by declaring, Australians are “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”. Abbott also claimed the United Nations would “have a lot more credibility if […]

International human rights body tells @TonyAbbottMHR #IStandWithGillianTriggs. @Jansant reports

The International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has written (full text below) to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), expressing “grave concern” about recent Government attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Gillian Triggs (@GillianTriggs). The letter was carbon copied to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the concerns shared with other members of the International Coordinating Committee. The letter states: Mr Prime Minister, Professor Triggs is highly respected within the international human rights community having held a distinguished career in law, including in the area of legal education. She is held in […]

Time to be Alert … And a little bit Alarmed? – the @sarah_capper column

Yes, that’s right, last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Government was raising Australia’s ‘terror alert’ status to ‘high’.  While technically this means a terrorist attack on Australian soil is now regarded as “likely”, the PM was quick to clarify that “this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent. We have no specific intelligence of particular plots.” Fast forward one week as Australians woke to the news of police raids on houses in Sydney and Brisbane. Almost 900 police were involved with 15 people detained and at this stage, one charged with conspiracy to prepare an attack, another charged with weapons offenses. Based on media reports, the […]

Labor’s Mark Dreyfus QC takes stand on #freespeech: Abbott and Brandis honour Voltaire only in the breach

[clear] The Coalition will never waver in its defence of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. — Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) March 13, 2013 Oh the terrible irony for George Brandis QC in fronting the latest Abbott Government attacks on free speech through its terror legislation. Brandis was one of several moderates in the Howard Government who stood firm behind liberal principles to oppose its draconian anti-terror legislation in 2002. As editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Webdiary I documented the true Liberal dissenters fightback in great detail; indeed it was their dissent which enabled the Labor Party to risk adding its voice to the debate. And in my […]