reply to post by Agit8dChop
I remember when this was being considered, and then when it was passed.
Unfortunately, Australia is not the free, liberal and democratic nation it pretends to be. I have a family member who moved to Sydney a few years ago,
and now she's planning to come back to the UK because she's seen the country becoming more right wing and less free since she emigrated.
Over the last couple of years there have been numerous violent assaults on protesters by police, in both Melbourne and Sydney. There is video evidence
of both police forces using excessive violence and force against peaceful protesters at the Occupy movement events.
There have also been cases of homophobic abuse at the hands of police in Sydney, with this years Mardi Gras severely affected by intimidation tactics
and recorded police abuses. One young man was assaulted by police officers at Sydney Mardi Gras and other officers then tried to prevent evidence from
being recorded. Other attendees reported similar instances of police brutality, being violently tackled and restrained before being arrested for
"unspecified crimes". There were even reports of police conducting strip searches of crowd members, with unspecified reasons, and intentionally
using that threat against crowd members as some form of humiliation.
Australia might look nice and sunny, but it's certainly not the beacon of diversity and tolerance they like to pretend it is to tourists.
I recall when these internet blocking measures were suggested, there were people attacking it saying that it was just the start and once it was passed
there would be more powers added and less accountability - until the state had total control of what the people were allowed to see.
Even though this was denied, that is clearly what has happened. There is no accountability, no explanations and no recourse for those affected.
There is now nothing to stop the government or a regional authority from blocking something in an effort to silence political thought or expression,
prevent discussion and debate, silence news or force moral opinions onto the public.
People rightly accused the Australian government of applying the methods of a dictator and using a hammer to crack a nut, and those critics have now
been proven right.
If you think this is limited to just a few countries, think again. At the same time the USA and UK were drawing up plans for internet controls, and
much of Europe was doing the same. All of these seemingly independent plans were very similar, in fact they could have almost been copied from one
nation to another. They were all pushed into the public arena in all these countries at the same time, coincidentally not long after the first
economic protests began in Greece and the Icelandic government was forced from office!
This was a concerted effort by global governments to steal control of the internet away from the people in order to prevent then from being a target
of protest and revolution. It is being done because they know that they have no control of the public discussion when it's happening on the
Political leaders know that the economic collapse is far from over, and that the hole we are now in cannot simply be filled with austerity measures
and increased taxes. The USA could run all their printing presses for the next ten years, tax every citizen 100%, and stop all spending on everything
from military to medical programs, and they would STILL not fill that debt hole in 50 years.
They cannot fix the economic problems they have created, and they know that protest is coming.