Twelve months after the United Nations Human Rights Tribunal criticised the indefinite detention of more than forty refugees with negative security assessments from ASIO, the Abbott government has failed to respond to the tribunal's report.
"Australia's Government is thumbing its nose at the UN, saying, 'We're not interested in what you think about human rights.' "
Source: ABC 'Lateline', 21/8/2014
ASIO is pushing for the new laws which are being sold to the public as necessary to guard against terror. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney General George Brandis and ASIO director general David Irvine have been keen to link the laws to the threat of Australian jihadis fighting overseas.
Source: VICE, 19/8/2014
New digital surveillance powers for Australia's top security agency have been described as 'too expansive' by leading civil liberties advocates.
Source: CNET, 18/8/2014
NSWCCL President Stephen Blanks and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson debate online privacy and 'the right to be forgotten' with Sky News' David Lipson.
Source: Sky News 'Agenda', 9/8/14
The Australian Government's latest package of enhanced security and counter-terrorist powers includes a disturbing proposal to reverse the onus of proof on Australians returning from regions of conflict, such that they would be required to prove that they have not been fighting in wars overseas.
This presumption of guilt contravenes the fundamental principles of criminal justice, NSWCCL's Stephen Blanks speaks to ABC News and highlights that security agencies already have "extraordinary powers" for detaining and interrogating citizens, the proposed changes are unnecessary and a step too far.
Source: ABC News 1/8/2014
NSWCCL President Stephen Blanks speaks to FBi Radio about Opal card privacy concerns , increased ASIO powers and the disturbing proposal to criminalise media reporting of intelligence operations.
Source: FBi Radio 'Backchat', 19/7/2014
George Brandis's new spying laws will include measure to criminalise media reporting of Snowden-style leaks
Source: The Guardian, 16/7/2014
The federal government will seek to introduce legislation giving Australian intelligence agencies new powers and to create a new offence for when intelligence officers take material without appropriate authorisation.
Source: The Guardian, 15/7/2014
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has defended police being given powers to access Opal card records as a crucial tool to ensure the "safety and security of the community".
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 15/7/2014
Australia's spy agency could get its hands on the home address and travel history of NSW commuters using the state's Opal card, a civil liberty group warns.
Source: News.com.au, 15/7/2014