Australia

Facebook photos to be used in surveillance database

Facebook photos to be used in surveillance database

Australia said it will allow Facebook and Instagram photos to be used as part of its national surveillance database. Senior officials from the attorney general’s office have confirmed that the government are also monitoring Facebook photos. Some AUS$18.5 million (£8.62 million) will be spent on the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability database, which would retain still images that authorities could[Read More...]

Max Igan

Activist Max Igan attacked after Pro-Palestine speech

Australian activists and radio show host Max Igan was viciously beaten after calling for the human rights of Palestinians. Mr Igan, who runs the website TheCrowhouse.com, described how the attack “came from nowhere” after he delivered the Pro-Palestine speech at the 2015 Freedom Summit in Australia. He suffered several blows to the back of the head and kicks to the[Read More...]

Australian woman forcibly strip searched and paraded naked by police

Australian woman forcibly strip searched and paraded naked by police

  An Australian woman was forcibly strip-searched by both male and female police officers and then paraded naked around the police station, it has been revealed. Joanne Martin had tried to to help her boyfriend during a fight with a group of people in Northbridge in Western Australia, when she was arrested by the police for disorderly behaviour. Despite the[Read More...]

New law shuts down protest in Australia

New law shuts down protest in Australia

New laws in Australia have given police sweeping new powers to arrest protesters in the country, it has been revealed. The law was passed the upper house of the Victorian parliament. Essentially it means that if the police think someone may be about to cause trouble or turn violent, they will have the power to arrest demonstrators. Previously, police had[Read More...]

Corporations will be able to sue protesters for defamation in Tasmania

New laws allow corporations to sue protesters who oppose their policies

Australian commonwealth country, Tasmania, has passed a law allowing corporations to sue citizens for protesting. The Tasmanian government has committed to a package of anti-protest laws which gives corporate giants the right to bring a defamation suit against anyone who turns up to a protest against the policies put forward by a corporate entity. The legislation also hands out lengthy[Read More...]