Australian regulator TGA concealed fatal vaccine-induced myocarditis from the public
Clive Palmer has performed a commendable public service by promoting the Covid conferences on Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Sydney
By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) led by Dr. John Skerritt, MD, PhD, has been the face of regulatory decisions for Australia during the pandemic crisis. This week in an explosive set of public lectures, crowded halls filled with thousands of Australians learned from Dr. Melissa McCann, BPharm, MBBS, FRACGP, who also holds a Graduate Certificate of Allergic Disease, that Skerritt and the TGA had determined that several young previously healthy children died of COVID-19 vaccine induced myocarditis. Redacted letters from the TGA to McCann indicated these facts and an admission of willful concealment.
The dossier included letters of concern from McCann and other doctors and the responses from Skerritt. Alarmingly, Skerritt and the TGA did not want to go public with these cases in order to keep the vaccine campaign going without “vaccine hesitancy” among a weary public who were witnessing countless injuries, disabilities, and deaths with repeated injections.
McCann showed each letter and the causality determination with the vignette of victim after victim. Dr. McCann was supported by a faculty including Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Pierre Kory, author John Leake, Mr. Clive Palmer, former MP Craig Kelly, and Senator Ralph Babet. The shocked crowds were emotional and angry at the breach in public safety by Skerrit and the TGA.
The United Australia Party hosted these large public programs across the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney. Australia will never be the same. Never has such courage been shown from a rural GP in the face of a menacing regulatory agency and physician certification board—The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We will find out what the TGA and AHPRA’s next moves will be in the months to come.
This week has been a historic reawakening in the land down under.
Dr Melissa McCann, BPharm, MBBS, FRACGP, Graduate Certificate of Allergic Diseases
COVID-19 Vaccine Conferences hosted by Mr. Clive Palmer and the United Australia Party
China makes land grab in Western Australia
Following China’s security pact with the Solomon Islands, Chinese Government-owned companies were parties to a hearing in the Supreme Court of Western Australia designed to circumvent the Australia Foreign Investment Review Board, Mineralogy Chairman Clive Palmer said today.
Mr Palmer confirmed that Chinese Government companies were seeking control over hundreds of square kilometres of Western Australian land and had not sought approval from the FIRB as required by Australian law.
He said the Chinese Government was unlawfully seeking control of Australian land in the Pilbara region.
“By commencing actions in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Chinese Government companies were creating tension between the court and the FIRB,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“This is a tactic to divide and conquer our nation used frequently by the Communist-Government quest internationally.
“This is a serious attack on Australian sovereignty and the loyalty of Australian citizens assisting the Chinese Government-owned companies is a concern,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“In essence, they are trying to gain control of the Port of Cape Preston without first seeking approval of the FIRB. All Australians should be alarmed. I have serious concerns for Australia’s security.
“Mineralogy has not been able to gain access to its own tenements to inspect what the Chinese companies are actually doing at Cape Preston despite written agreements requiring such access.
“We received complaints from workers on site that there are secret activities going on. I believe the Minister of Defence must have the site inspected in the interests of the nation’s security,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“It is a matter of great concern that the Chinese Government companies are occupying a major Australian port and denying full access to Australian companies who own the right to the land where they are constructed,’’ Mr Palmer said.
Death by peaceful protest-mandate carries on
by Kato Rivera
In 1965, a well-meaning lecturer challenged me to discover the real me, and I discovered that not only was I not the genial good guy I imagined myself to be, but the entire world around me was an illusion draped in dark lies and deceit.
Who had done this? I asked myself; Who was responsible for an education system that forced me to see a world that was not real? I abandoned my career and decided to devote ten years of my life to finding the truth. The sad naivete of youth. Ten years stretched into fifty.
It was not until 2000, aided by the Internet, that I commenced a full-time journey of discovery in which, finally, I made real progress. By 2007, assisted by insiders, I discovered their actual names; a list of global manipulators led by the Rothschilds and Rockefellers. By 2010, I had identified 17 elements of their strategic New World Order implementation programme (see oziz4oziz.com/) which I anticipated would eventually grow to 20 because of their apparent fixation with numerology. This seems to be a byproduct of their belief that they are born to rule. Leadership of the NWO is their preordained destiny.
These early insights provided me with ample time to match their strategies with others of the past, and also provided clues as to chapters of history that have now been thoroughly sanitised, including removal from every public library in the world (2003>) all references to genuine democracies. With a budget of $110 trillion, expense was never an issue. However, my timely searches defeated their schedule.
Today, awareness of these entities and their former 2021 agenda is commonplace, as is the scheduled revision and postponement of NWO to 2030. This has had two effects. In most observers, it has inspired a belief that the World Economic Forum plotters have been outed, and that their fiendish plans can surely be confounded by a now-alerted humanity.
A very much smaller group has nervously looked around for the source of the Elite’s supreme arrogance. Nobody, they reasoned, with that much power and resources, is going to be silly enough to permit a 205 year old plan to be derailed that easily. Thus, there has been much speculation about ultimate weapons: a new virus or bacterium; catastrophic application of HAARP; lethal climate change; lethal climate change prevention; ionospheric engineering; nuclear war; a hidden source of lethal toxicity.
This latter real world comprehension requires us to recognise the time and resources that they have available to invest in the global takeover. We need to step back and review their progress, now exposed by history and context.
The first of these strategies was implemented in the 1930s, the design of the UN by Nelson Rockefeller (unsurprisingly, the modern UN HQ is on Rockefeller land in NY).
The tandem strategy was to nurture a little Indian lawyer named Mohandas Gandhi, who was identified by the Rhodes Foundation in Africa and cultivated and nurtured by the City of London and, probably, the Tavistock Institute.
Gandhi was guided to create a new philosophy of non-violent peaceful protest, with a predetermined outcome. The British Raj had already decided that Red Coat control of the Empire was obsolete and expensive, so the new plan was to cultivate indigenous ‘leaders’ and to fund their success. Adern, Treudeau, and co are merely the most recent students. Africa and India were the experimental training grounds. Students who rebelled were assassinated. Several Hindu authors have exposed Gandhi’s duplicity and hypocrisy, unfortunately, in the language Hindi.
But why? Why nurture protest?
It was long-ago acknowledged by the Elite, as of the French Revolution, that we greatly outnumber them. So a method was needed to neutralise our numerical advantage. The first chicane to be laid was to design national Constitutions, or to suitably amend those that sprang up spontaneously (ie The Rights of Man; a manifesto by Thomas Paine). This is why no national constitution today includes the word ‘democracy’. Paine’s inspired effort was virtually demolished; especially expunged being phrases like “All authority resides in the People”.
Eventual discovery of the revisions spurred creation of the first ten US Bill of Rights… unsuccessfully for ordinary Americans.
The next strategy adopted was to promote ‘Gandhi’s’ philosophy of Non-Violent Peaceful Protest. Nevertheless, from time to time, peaceful protests were permitted to succeed in order to reinforce popular confidence, especially among academics, who then assumed the role of proselytism. Academics, school teachers, and students have been the prime targets of this indoctrination because they have never left school and thus have little experience in the real world and, hence, limited capacity to see through the ruse.
Histories that showed the massacres of peaceful protesters have been thoroughly deleted from public libraries, and History as a school subject has been largely removed from curriculum.
Peaceful Protest was demonstrated as potentially successful by the Canadian Truck Convoy, followed by the US and Belgium versions. A million Aussies converging on Canberra showed the world that indeed, the Great Awakening is really happening and it is only a matter of time before The People force the politicians to capitulate.
“Peaceful Protest is clearly the way to go”, everybody has concluded. Yet, nowhere, has the mRNA jab mandate been abandoned.
The current promotion of Peaceful Protest is led from the shadows and occasionally from the front, and is designed to undermine resistance; as are the useless constitutions and bills of rights. In this way our superior numbers mean nothing as we march happily to our execution, all the way singing of victory.
Looked at in this light, it is not surprising why the two most gullible and naive nationalities, Kiwis and Canadians, were the most suckered by this ruse. In other words, the plan is working perfectly. We are being defeated without a shot being fired.
I am unsure where Riccardo Bosi fits into all this. He talks big but does nothing. If he were genuine he would have responded to the two communications I sent him. He would have sent somebody to soften my later provocations. But he ignores me, which is what I would do in his position if I had an extraneous agenda.
Is he playing a double game? I know from peeking behind the curtains that he is part of the US fundamentalist Christian movement, subscribing to “an eye for an eye” sentiment. He is also ignorant and one-eyed, believing the nonsense about Aboriginal royalty spouted by David Cole in Darwin.
Such suspicions provoke other questions: Is Reiner Fuellmich and the ICC a part of this ploy?
Frankly, I never trust lawyers, whether Gandhi or Fuellmich. Look at the evidence. Why adopt the International Criminal Court when the US does not recognise it? Yet most of the top organisers of the mRNA and IMT/HCQ therapy-banning democide leaders are Americans? None of this makes strategic sense, unless it is all theatre and contrived blind alleys to drain our energy and people power.
Cold reality: we are being killed in our billions, without a shot being fired, because we victims refuse to defend ourselves.
We believe in our doctors because 80 years of radio, TV and movie magic have persuaded us that doctors and nurses are noble, self-sacrificing and good. Cold evidence shows they have been killing us slowly, deliberately, and lucratively for more then eighty years.
We believe our senior politicians because the mainstream media and celebrities unanimously say that we should. Any dissenters are banned from this media. Cold evidence shows the entire public media is owned by the Elite and that the politicians are liars and traitors.
Peaceful protest is promoted very subtly by the MSM and by paid or manipulated provocateurs, either by positive proclamation in some quarters, or by journalists very obviously pretending to not see the large crowds which, psychologically, implies the legitimacy of peaceful protests in the first place.
A little violence is permitted by the police to ensure drama, and to provide excitement and a solid whiff of danger. Actually, the video footage of police slamming a women’s head on the tram tracks and then pepper-spraying her directly in the eyes, probably doubled attendance at the next rally.
We need to understand that the Elite have planned these events and responses for several decades and have employed the worlds best psychologists and crowd motivators since 1967.
Non-violent Peaceful Protest IS the ultimate weapon.
Cold evidence says “Kill or be killed”.
Freemasons, red shoes, UAP and political craziness
BY TONY MOBILIFONITIS
IT was inevitable that the push by Craig Kelly and the United Australia Party to break the two-party monopoly at the next Australian Federal Election would soon come under attack by those who claim loudly to be “Aussie patriots”.
One such loud voice was Romeo George of Sydney, who apparently buddied up with Craig Kelly “to start a new political party”. Not only that, Romeo aka Antoine George, a deputy grand-master freemason, wanted Kelly to take him on as a paid campaigner.
And when Romeo later discovered that Kelly had teamed up with Clive Palmer, Romeo got offended and went on Instagram and complained non-stop about how he had been betrayed because Kelly and Palmer never stumped up with the money he needed ($250,000 has been suggested) in order to become their big-shot political partner. He had been pushing this for some six weeks in repeated calls to Kelly.
“We sat around my own dining table to discuss how to start a new political party,” Romeo whined on the Instagram video that has now been removed.
Kelly and Palmer obviously realised that this guy was not going to be an asset. So now we see Romeo banging his own political drum on Sydney community radio station 2RSR, and now touting Ricardo Bosi as “his man”. Bosi knows better than to get tangled up with high-level masons, regardless of how patriotic they claim to be. Romeo now has his own fundraiser going, and a month or so ago was sitting at around $24,000.
Romeo has now “worked out” that Clive Palmer is running UAP in order to “sell UAP votes to the Coalition” and “get more mining land”. He also thinks Clive maliciously launched a lawsuit against the people of Western Australia. Hello? Has this man done any serious research? And then there’s Palmer’s preference deal with Campbell Newman and the Liberal Democrats, that Romeo sees as another big sellout because in his opinion they should have teamed up with One Nation.
But that could be a messy, complicated process and One Nation leader Mark Latham – a veteran political operative like Palmer – would not want to get bogged down in it. Liberal Democrats, a small outfit being used as a platform by LNP defector Campbell Newman, was an easier alliance.
For those who don’t know, the Liberal Democrats have very little in common with present-day Liberals or the old leftie Democrats. The Liberal Democrats are libertarians, a notable example being ex-Senator David Leyonhelm who has been an outstanding defender of firearm owners. Libertarians are probably the most anti-nanny state party anywhere. Palmer United are unashamedly pro-freedom, a point repeatedly made by Palmer at the freedom rallies across Australia.
If Palmer was in this political battle to line his own pockets with mining profits, he wouldn’t want to be bothered running for a Senate seat. Neither would he be upsetting the big business and the political establishment in states like Western Australia.
Romeo Georges was not the only person making crazy conspiratorial accusations against Kelly and Palmer. Kelly was spotted at a rally in Melbourne sitting down with his hands in a “secret freemason V sign” and Palmer appeared at another rally in Brisbane wearing red shoes! That’s right, red shoes. You know, the Red Shoes Cult …. spare us folks!
Strangely, some people at one of the People’s Revolution rallies in Brisbane, started heckling Palmer about his shoes. The hecklers were rebuked by an embarrassed Tristan Trickie, TPM organiser, who pointed out the stupidity of it.
But if you’re looking for masons under mattresses take a look at deputy grand-master Romeo. Are we suggesting some dark conspiracy here? No, but you have to ask the question: who are Romeo’s friends in the high places at the Lodge? ScoMo? Dan Andrews? Is “grand master” Romeo playing some clever political chess games? Probably not. It seems more like a bad case of sour grapes.
The suggestion by conspiracy theorists was that Palmer and Kelly are “controlled opposition”. Really? If you’re looking for controlled opposition, look no further than the LNP in Queensland or Labor in Canberra and any mainstream party in opposition in the other states. Palmer is a maverick with lots of moolah, but he’s at least splashing it around and fighting for his country first and foremost.
Palmer is also surprisingly frank and open about his wealth and told the freedom rally in Brisbane that most people including himself don’t need a lot of money. That’s a true statement, even coming from the mouth of a billionaire. Palmer doesn’t deny he has it, but he uses it for purposes bigger than himself. Being wealthy doesn’t automatically make one a villain, it’s how that wealth is used that tells the story.
Will UAP be the perfect party for Australia? Absolutely not. They will make their bungles like any other party. They will probably work with One Nation if they can gain a good number of Senate and House of Representative seats. If One Nation, UAP and maybe one or two others can stymie the duopoly then there’s real hope for Australia.
Craig Kelly has laid down the strategy very clearly and very simply: Use the federal preference voting system to number the alternatives like UAP, One Nation etc 1,2,3, with the major parties and the Greens last. Also avoid voting “above the line” in the Senate because the preference system has been very cleverly rigged to work for the Greens.
Ricardo Bosi and his supporters, meanwhile, will be watching and monitoring the coming federal election very closely. Bosi is under no illusion about the political stakes involved but has a brilliant strategy for the Australian people – whether he gets elected or not.
But patriotic Aussies should calm down, stop the whingeing and moaning and shooting themselves in the foot because this or that party of candidate doesn’t measure up to their ideals. Vote and make your vote count.
Deputy PM Barny Joyce talks with renegade Liberal George Christensen
Love him or hate him Barny is talking the talk. What he hasn’t mentioned is that his father-in-law Peter Campion from Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands has been chosen by Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly to run against Bob Katter in his long-held federal seat of Kennedy.
The intellectual Peter Campion is no slouch when it comes to his pet subjects of climate change and the Covid plandemic. Peter, a former fireman, has been a long time letter writer to all northern newspapers and has a large following, most of whom agree with his cutting analysis of the climate hoax.
Next off the block is George Christensen the renegade federal Liberal Member for Dawson (Mackay) who is retiring from parliament but he has a website under the banner of Nation First.
His websites are: nationfirst.substack.com and www.georgechristensen.com.au/nation-first
George fought tenaciously against Covid mandates in federal parliament and Cairnsnews knows he is a committed Christian. He is a good, decent man who should have left the NWO Liberals years ago.
Look out in 2022 it will be a wild election ride in Far North Queensland.
NSW Liberal/National Parties with Labor support terrorise mum and dad shoppers with para-military police
Massive police presence at NSW Basshill shopping centre terrorised shoppers who still do not know why they were there in force. Drones and choppers overhead it was a military-style invasion the residents of Sydney’s west are being subjected to daily.. Thanks go to Rebel News, always at the front line.
Katter thanks Alan Jones for agreeing to chair nickel workers meeting next Monday in Townsville
5 April 2016 The Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter thanks Alan Jones for throwing his support behind the workers of Queensland Nickel (QNI).
“We welcome the news that Alan Jones will be coming up to chair the meeting,” said Mr Katter.
This is the first meeting organised by the workers. It will be held at 1:45PM, Monday, 11 April at The Ville Casino in Townsville.
Mr Katter has called on the State and Federal governments, business leaders and the workers to assert themselves at the meeting:
“Workers need to demand a worker’s buy-out or some other approach to get QNI reopened,” said Mr Katter.
“The business leadership in Townsville must step forward and organise a prominent business group to provide comfort for a government coming in with a guaranteed loans scheme and discomfort for any of the politicians not backing a buy-out scheme.”
“There must be action from the State ALP members and the Federal LNP and Senators to help us here. I’ll be the first to encourage and applaud them if they step forward and fight for their people. Come on fellas!”
“When you’ve got 2000 families in the electorate staring down the gun barrel of bankruptcy or near bankruptcy, it is your responsibility to get off your tailbone and do something about it.”
Mr Katter said this meeting is an opportunity for the workers to say what they want:
“There were 40 or 50 of the workers at the leadership meeting that I attended and I saw in them a determination in them to fight.”
“Fellas, ladies we can win this. But we can only win this as a community who stands up and fights.”
“The first people who need to stand up are the workers and I would plead on bended knees to a quarter of those workers who I represent, and to the concerned people of the town to attend Monday’s meeting.”
Katter urges PM to save Queensland Nickel
Queenslanders living in an economic backwater
19 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has written to the Prime Minister today urging him to intervene in the situation concerning Queensland Nickel, owned by a Clive Palmer company and provide bridging finance to the company until the market recovers.
The company employs nearly 1,000 direct jobs and according to Mr Katter is now in grave jeopardy unless the Government intervenes.
Mr Katter said in his letter to the Prime Minister that the industry was going through the standard ‘boom and bust’ cycle.
“For the past fifteen years the price of nickel has averaged $25,000 per year, it is now $8,000 per year.
“China is suffering a normal ‘boom and bust’ cycle; minerals live with a ‘boom and bust cycle’.
“Nickel is used in the production of stainless steel and in turn these alloys are used in the production of many electronics, power tools, transport and emergency power supplies.
“Nickel is of immense commercial value. Its long term outlook is solid.
“World bank projections are for $20,000 per tonne within the next few years,” Mr Katter said.
Clive Palmer says the placing of Queensland Nickel into receivership has “nothing to do with me.”
Mr Katter said that in the 1980s the Queensland Government had no hesitation in providing a loan guarantee for $40 m (the equivalent of nearly $100 m now) to get Queensland Nickel running.
“The tax revenue from an operation bringing, we are informed $800 m per year, generates a tax revenue of at least $200 m.
“The loss of one of the bigger nickel refining plants in the world would be yet another blow to the North Queensland and Australian economy.
“Last year we saw the closure of Australia’s last motor vehicle plant and white goods plant.
“There is not the slightest doubt that the Australian people believe that they are, or will very soon be, living in an economic backwater.
“We urge immediate Government action to assist this situation, put in place strict guidelines, and provide bridging finance until the market recovers,” Mr Katter said.
Big Clive can’t afford to pay for any more elections
Big Clive is on the ropes. His Sino iron ore project in Western Australia has all but collapsed leaving Chinese partner Citec holding the bag for more than $1 billion. Iron ore has slumped to about $50 a tonne and going down, down, down.
The same company has Clive in court for borrowing $12 million from the joint account to pay for the federal election. He has only one senator left.
Keep your nose out Clive, you are just a spoiler. You got rid of ‘Campbell can’t do’ so leave the poor deluded electors alone and do something constructive for your country.
Greens party not interested in stopping coal seam gas, the morons are only after vote money
Labor benefits from Green and PUP preferences
by Robert J Lee
Coal seam gas and open cut coal mining on the way to Cape York
Clive Palmer and the Greens share first place for screwing up the chances of Independents and the Katter party winning seats at Saturday’s election. The hopeless nitwits of the Greens, usually off in weed-induced fairyland actually believe their fruit-loop Senators or other parliamentary members will do something about halting the coal seam gas scourge that is ruining water supplies and some of the best farm land and in Australia.
Christine Milne, Tasmania – Janet Rice, Victoria – Rachel Siewert, WA
Scott Ludlum WA – Penny Wright, SA – Lee Rhiannon, NSW
Richard di Natale, Victoria – Larissa Waters, Queensland
Pictures: Some of the Malthusian Green Party Senators clambering for Queensland taxpayer’s funds
But the Queensland Greens Party is primarily after the lucrative $2.90 per vote handed out by the Queensland Electoral Commission, compliments of the taxpayer. The Greens how to vote card gave closet CSG supporters, the Labor Party number two. Conversely the ALP card did the same. Most of the arm draggers of the Greens are too stupid to know their megalomaniacal idol and one-time Premier, now American citizen Peter Beattie actually started CSG in Queensland when he handed out hundreds of exploration permits to foreign CSG companies ten years ago. Beattie, of course was handsomely rewarded for his efforts and has a share portfolio that would be the envy of Macquarie Bank.
At an anti-CSG meeting Bob Katter told Cairns News 12 months ago he had presented a Bill in Federal Parliament to place a moratorium on CSG exploration and drilling until its environmental effects could be properly assessed by competent authorities. This Bill has been widely publicised. Where are the Greens? What has Queensland Green senator Larissa Waters ever done to stop CSG. Nothing!
It is now overwhelmingly apparent the pagan Greens have no interest in halting the CSG industry. The party’s claims of helping the environment fly in the face of reality.
The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon
The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.
What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.
The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.
The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.
The Greens have demonised coal mining, the backbone of the Queensland economy, claiming runoff from coal mining, hundreds of kilometres inland, somehow finds its way to the Great Barrier Reef, more than 50 kilometres off the coastline. The Environmental Protection Act disallows run off from any mine site and according to independent geologists, seldom occurs.
The brain-dead Greens know little about the importance of thousands of years of soil run-off during the wet season. This important natural occurrence provides the sediment for upper estuaries, nurturing mangroves and fish breeding grounds. The Greens omit to mention that Gladstone Harbour, like other coastal ecosystems has a permanent oil slick. Shale-oil runoff from Kerosene Creek and shale-oil beds along the upper reaches of the Calliope River seep into the waterways that feed Gladstone harbour. This has been occurring for several thousand years, ever since the shale oil beds formed.
What will these knuckleheads do about this natural phenomena?
Sarah Hanson Young, SA – Adam Bandt, Vic MHR – Peter Whish Wilson, Tasmania
Pictures: Some of the arm-dragging Green Neanderthals
Palmer gets wrecker of the year award
Clive Palmer should get the wrecker of the year award for standing candidates in 50 seats, neutering the KAP and independent candidates. PUP’s best result was eight percent, predicted by most observers who said PUP would not gain one seat. Palmer has turned out to be the secret weapon of the Labor Party. He did not care if he trashed KAP or independents, he just wanted the LNP and Campbell Newman’s scalps. But he took votes from those independents with similar policies to PUP, caring less about the economic fate of business or households.
Should Palmer’s antagonism towards the Liberals not dissipate over the next three years, and if he has the financial resources, can we expect a similar fiasco next time around?
Liberal, Nationals,PUP and Labor vote to strengthen the police state
Palmer United Party senator Lazurus says internet “greatest threat to our existence”
Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed
Date September 26, 2014
Deputy technology editor
Terror laws enabling internet monitoring clear Senate
Australia’s spy agency could soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet after new anti-terrorism laws passed the Senate on Thursday night.
Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years’ jail for disclosing classified information.
The government’s first tranche of tougher anti-terrorism bills, which will beef up the powers of the domestic spy agency ASIO, passed the Senate by 44 votes to 12 on Thursday night with bipartisan support from Labor.
Attorney-General George Brandis praised the laws being passed. Photo: Andrew Meares
The bill, the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, will now be sent to the House of Representatives, where passage is all but guaranteed on Tuesday at the earliest.
Anyone – including journalists, whistleblowers and bloggers – who “recklessly” discloses “information … [that] relates to a special intelligence operation” faces up to 10 years’ jail.
Any operation can be declared “special” by an authorised ASIO officer
The senate voted on the bill on Thursday night.
This also gives ASIO immunity for criminal and civil liability in certain circumstances.
Many, including lawyers and academics, have said they fear the agency will abuse this power.
Those who identify ASIO agents could also face a decade in prison under the new bill, a tenfold increase on the existing maximum penalty.
The new bill also allows ASIO to seek just one warrant to access a limitless number of computers on a computer network when attempting to monitor a target, which lawyers, rights groups, academics and Australian media organisations have condemned.
They said this would effectively allow the entire internet to be monitored, as it is a “network of networks” and the bill does not specifically define what a computer network is.
ASIO will also be able to copy, delete, or modify the data held on any of the computers it has a warrant to monitor.
The bill also allows ASIO to disrupt target computers, and use innocent third-party computers not targeted in order to access a target computer.
Professor George Williams of the University of NSW has warned previously the bill was too broad.
And, unlike the government’s controversial plans to get internet providers to store metadata for up to two years, the bill passed on Thursday allows for the content of communications to be stored.
Most groups that had complained about the new bill also said they feared its disclosure offences went too far, with the Australian Lawyers Alliance saying they would have “not just a chilling effect but a freezing effect” on national security reporting.
Attorney-General George Brandis did not seek to allay their concerns on Thursday but said that, in a “newly dangerous age”, it was vital that those protecting Australia were equipped with the powers and capabilities they needed.
When the bill passed on Thursday night, he said it was the most important reform for Australia’s intelligence agencies since the late 1970s.
On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Brandis confirmed that, under the legislation, ASIO would be able to use just one warrant to access numerous devices on a network.
The warrant would be issued by the director-general of ASIO or his deputy.
“There is no arbitrary or artificial limit on the number of devices,” Senator Brandis told the Senate.
However, Senator Brandis did say on Thursday that the new bills did not target journalists specifically, despite concerns from media organisations that they would be targets.
The new legislation instead targeted those who leaked classified information, such as the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Senator Brandis said.
“These provisions have nothing to do with the press.”
Despite this, Senator Brandis refused to say whether reporting on cases similar to Australia’s foreign spy agency ASIS allegedly bugging East Timor’s cabinet and the Australian Signals Directorate tapping the Indonesian president and his wife’s mobile phone would result in journalists or whistleblowers being jailed.
The Australian Greens, through Senator Scott Ludlam, put forward an amendment that would limit the number of computers ASIO could access with one warrant to 20 but it failed to gain support from Labor or the government.
Speaking after the bill passed, Senator Ludlam told Fairfax Media he was disappointed.
“What we’ve seen [tonight] is, I think, a scary, disproportionate and unnecessary expansion of coercive surveillance powers that will not make anybody any safer but that affect freedoms that have been quite hard fought for and hard won over a period of decades,” Senator Ludlam said.
“I have very grave concerns about the direction that the Australian government seems to be suddenly taking the country.”
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm also put forward amendments that would protect whistleblowers but these did not gain enough support either.
The legislation, which also covers a number of other issues, addresses many of the recommendations of a joint parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s national security laws.
After concerns were raised by Labor and Senator Leyonhjelm, the government agreed to amend the legislation to specifically rule out ASIO using torture.
“ASIO cannot, does not and has never engaged in torture,” Senator Brandis said.
The Palmer United Party was also successful in amending the law so anyone who exposes an undercover ASIO operative could face up to 10 years behind bars instead of one.
“The internet poses one of the greatest threats to our existence,” Palmer United Party Senator Glen Lazarus said, speaking out against Senator Ludlam’s amendment.
The Australian Greens voted against the bill, slamming the new measures as extreme and a “relentless expansion of powers” of the surveillance state.
Senator Leyonhjelm and Senator Xenophon also opposed the legislation, as did independent Senator John Madigan.
One of the amendments put forward by Senator Xenophon would have required ASIO’s watchdog, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, to report publicly each year on how many devices ASIO accessed.
But Labor and the government voted against it, with Senator Brandis saying it “would not be appropriate” to report figures as it would reveal information about ASIO’s capabilities.
The legal changes come amid growing concern over Islamic State extremists in the Middle East and terrorism threats at home.
Islamic State (also known as ISIL) has ordered followers to target civilian Australians.
In less than a week, police in two states launched the biggest counter-terrorism raids in Australia’s history, and shot dead a known terrorist suspect after he stabbed two officers in Melbourne.
A second anti-terrorism bill targeting foreign fighters was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday and will be debated next month.
These changes have opposition support and would make it a criminal office to travel to a terrorist hot-spot without a reasonable excuse.
A third bill enabling the collection of internet and phone metadata for a period of up to two years for warrantless access by law-enforcement and spy agencies will be introduced later this year.