Your privacy at risk – speak up on #natsecinquiry #australia #auspol

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–The Government is trying to push through sweeping changes to Australia’s surveillance and intelligence laws which put our privacy at risk. Watch the video to find out more and sign the petition: http://www.getup.org.au/protect-us-but-respect-us

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Dear tony,

Would you copy ASIO in on every personal email you send, include them in every conversation you have with a friend online, send them your personal photos and videos? Soon, you may not have a choice.

Right now the Government is considering the most sweeping and radical changes to Australia’s surveillance and intelligence laws since the establishment of the original laws in 1979.

The changes would give Australia’s spy agency, ASIO, broad powers to gather unprecedented levels of data on Australian citizens, including monitoring your emails and posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts. Internet providers and websites would be forced to keep detailed records of everything you do online for at least 2 years, and be forced to turn this over to the government if requested – and all of this could potentially be done without a warrant.

We’ve put together an informative video to explain the changes. Watch the video to find out more about how your privacy could be invaded, and add your name to the petition asking the Government to protect us, but respect us:

http://www.getup.org.au/protect-us-but-respect-us

These changes are so controversial that Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is trying to rush them through the committee1 – hoping they’ll get through before we catch on to what’s going on, without proper scrutiny.

Intelligence agencies play a vital role in protecting our national security, but that can’t come at the expense of privacy and proper safeguards. These changes would treat everyone like criminals, seek to reduce the checks and balances governing the use of and access to intercepted communications, skirt the power of the courts, and give significant powers to the intelligence services and the Attorney-General.

GetUp members have successfully stood up for our privacy online in the past. When the Rudd Government tried to introduce a mandatory internet filter, GetUp members mobilised to ensure our internet is free from unsolicited government interference. Now we must again come together to protect our civil liberties.

These next few weeks are crucial as the Government’s discussion paper is debated in committee and reported on to Parliament. With such a short time allowed for consultation, the Attorney-General and the Government are trying to rush this through Parliament and avoid public scrutiny. Add your name to the petition and tell the Government to protect our civil liberties:

http://www.getup.org.au/protect-us-but-respect-us

Thanks for standing up,
The GetUp team

[1] Paper reveals govt’s national security crackdown, Bernard Keane. Crikey. 9 July, 2012

PS – Want to know more about these controversial proposals? We’ve put together an informative video to explain the changes. Watch it here: http://www.getup.org.au/protect-us-but-respect-us

#MEAA #Journalism #australia #Media ex-hack fails badly to justify hassling victims of tragedy, and it’s ‘death knock” not ‘door knock’

Read this mealy mouthed crap and then call, email or write to your local TV station.

I refused to do death knocks and still was able to ply my trade, but there is huge career pressure on especially young journos to put ratings ahead of victims’ welfare.

and yes as noted, nowadays the ‘ the "talent" can fight back’ via social media.
http://www.crikey.com.au/?p=305065

#mentalhealth advocate, state MP Martin Whitely MLA announces Senate bid

Martin Whitely announces bid to become an Australian Senator at www.martinwhitely.com

I have just announced that I will be contesting pre-selection for the Labor Party’s Western Australian Senate Team for the 2013 Federal election at my new website www.martinwhitely.com

One of my major motivations for seeking to move from state to federal politics is that I want to be able to make a contribution to the direction of national mental health policy.

For regular www.speedupsitstill.com blog readers please forgive this attempt at self-promotion, normal service will resume shortly.

Martin Whitely MLA

22 July 2012

Little girl confronts soldiers with unworldly grace, courage and eloquence. share this

Little girl confronts soldiers with unworldly grace, courage and eloquence.

She’s Palestinian & the soldiers are Israeli but her message is universal.

The video is clearly post-produced to some extent, I’m trying to find the original and some more info & context. (*UPDATE BELOW, her name is Jana and she’s 6 years old )

Meanwhile it remains a powerful piece of video.

Please read the notes & comments too… and maybe use her courage to raise your voice against war & oppression

Angel of Peace

 

please send the video to your any politician you have a contact for…

Here’s more of Jana from our friends at Palestine Youth Voice

http://youtu.be/fmRs-xRzaic

Mirror yourself in the courage of this little girl!
The important thing is to have the courage to care!
Credits to AkyasEasu Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/AkyasEasu
http://www.facebook.com/akyastv What are you waiting for? Now is the time to STAND UP for yourself, to be BOLD, be CREATIVE, be RADICAL To Dream BIG, IMAGINE, Feel the fear but DO IT! Anyway its time to Question Expert Authority, ASK hard questions, PROPOSE and DEMAND solutions. To Participate and AGITATE. DISOBEY if you must. To VISUALISE and Organise. To KILL the fear spreading Media – EDUCATE and INFORM yourself and Others. NOW is the time to invest in HOPE.

To cultivate LOVE To Give Thanks for what we have and to help those that Haven’t. We Must DANCE, PLAY, ENJOY ourselves. TRANSFORM your situation no matter how bad it is. It can be done, EAT WELL, REST, MEDITATE. PROTECT yourself. BECOME a SOUL WARRIOR. Don’t apologise for being a DREAMER – we need MORE DREAMERS. PERSIST Resist and ignore the begrudgers, hold firm to your vision. Don’t make up excuses or get caught up in Blame. In the Game of them and Us RESPECT Everyone, even if you dont like them. Enemies are Great Teachers. TRANSCEND, RISE, Reach for the STARS.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. LAUGH at yourself. LOVE YOURSELF. You are WONDERFUL if you let yourself BE. ABANDON JUDGEMENT, Age, Roles, Stereotypes. Take RISKS. Drop LEFT RIGHT and RELIGIOUS Dogma. THINK FOR YOURSELF. Take control of your Diet, Money, Home, Family, Work Spend Time in NATURE. Listen to your Gut, Instinct, Intuition, Heart. Go offline to get ONLINE. Take QUIET TIME for you, to WRITE, DRAW. EXPERIMENT. Learn a SONG, Call a Meeting, Start a Petition. BUILD COMMUNITY. See what happens. SHARE. Take your time. Slow Down – Small and Slow are POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL. Wake up to REALITY. It’s not that bad. If it is THEN CHANGE IT. Don’t wait for others to do it. TELL OTHERS, JOIN them, ASK for HELP.

SING IT LOUD. BE Proud you’re not a Zombie caught up on the harsh production line of Commuting, Work, Shopping, Consumption and SLEEP. You’re MUCH MORE ALIVE This is not a PRACTICE RUN, THIS IS YOUR REVOLUTION TO MAKE IT HAPPEN THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE POSSIBILITIES THAT YOU THINK! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

BLEND OF LOVING ENERGIES
http://lovingenergies.spruz.com
NAMASTE
SiNeh~

Jenny’s voice:
“All your armies, all your fighters All your tanks, and all your soldiers Against a boy holding a stone Standing there all alone In his eyes I see the sun In his smile I see the moon And I wonder, I only wonder Who is weak, and who is strong? Who is right, and who is wrong? And I wish, I only wish That the truth has a tongue….! ”

{Palestinian girl Jenny (5 years) from the village of Nabi Saleh north west of Ramallah, Israeli soldiers courageously online on one of the entrances to the village in English and talk about the enormous injustice perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation. These soldiers and tried to evade the voice of the girl Jenny who was wearing a dress and the Palestinian Toshan kuffiya which In place, and talked about the demise of Omnyatea occupation and said to them: “You are really crazy.” Topped with a Palestinian flag, where it has pursued a strong, courageous and personally directed their messages to each soldier is]

#OccupyPerth News

dedicated to ending the corporate corruption of democracy
Welcome to our newsletter. If you have any contributions you would like to make please email them to occupyperthOccupy Perth is part of a worldwide movement of individuals of different backgrounds and political beliefs dedicated to challenge social and economic inequality.

We no longer trust our elected officials to represent anyone other than their wealthiest donors.

Organized in over 2000 locations worldwide, the movement aims to fight back against the system that has allowed the richest 1% to write the rules governing an unbalanced and inequitable global economy.

We hope the following flyer will be a useful introduction to some of the issues which Occupy and other progressive movements seek to address. In particular how this struggle expresses itself here in the most geographically isolated city in the world – Perth, Western Australia.

This flyer is going out to the whole list for you to please share around. Future subscribers to the mailing list will receive this as a welcome.

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OCCUPY PERTH LIKES:
Direct and transparent participatory democracy, non-violent protest, respect for others views, freedom of speech, activists who work to make our world a better place, religious tolerance, real democracy responsive to all, peaceful protest, economic and social equality, respect for a political diversity, peace, justice, the sanctity of individual privacy, education as a human right, housing availability, respect for children’s rights, refugee rights, sustainable farming, protection of ecosystems, sustainability, free education, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, …… OCCUPY PERTH DISLIKES:
Inequality, corruption, corporate greed, usury, student debt, violence, war, oppression, state oppression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and violence, corrupt system of government serving the 1%, home foreclosures, hedge funds, student debt, taxpayer bailouts, inequality and discrimination in the workplace, fracking, farming monopolization, armed police to crush peaceful protest, torture, privatization of public services for profit, racism, war for profit, internet censorship, unethical pharma, corrosive influence of advertising, credit card usury …..

AUSTRALIAN MEDIA
Big money and big media is hurting democracy and allowing special interest groups to manipulate the system. Big money is using corporate media to manipulate public opinion. Murdoch’s News Corporation owns 70% of Australian media. Censorship by omission denies Australians their democratic right.
“The real attack on truth is tabloid journalism”… Julian Assange
Suggested websearch “media manipulation”
Suggested websearch “media lies and deception”
Suggested websearch “how to sell a war”
Suggested websearch “alternative news australia

AUSTRALIAN STUDENT DEBT
Incorporated (CAPA) found that a student that has debts is going to have a difficult time to own his own home, start a family and access private finances like mortgages and loans. An average twenty-something Australian usually leave home later and delay their plans of having children to find a way to pay their debts.
Suggested websearch “australian student debt

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BANKTATORSHIP IN EUROPE
An elite banker class are engaged in a stealth campaign to solidify the power of big finance over the individual states. (Mike Whitney)
Suggested websearch “banktatorship”

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
Corporate interests dominate our political systems. Ministers are assured an affluent future if they tow the line and serve the wealthy.
Suggested websearch “australia political corruption”

AUSTRALIAN BANKING AND INVESTMENT
Australian banks have multi-trillion-dollar exposure to derivatives. The majority of Australian banks assets are mortgage loans in Australia’s hyper-inflated property bubble, so their assets are way overstated. Australia should consider separating commercial banks from investment banks with their risky practices. (Commonly referred to as Glass-Steagall) A financial transaction tax would limit the worst excesses of the financial system. Death duties would slow family dynasties. We have been socially engineered to accept usury as normal. It rarely was accepted.
Suggested websearch “history of usury”
Suggested websearch “Glass-Steagall” also “bank ponzi scheme australia”
Suggested websearch “who owns macquarie bank” & “who owns australia’s banks”

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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DEBT
Australia owes foreigners a lot of money. Australian debt is big and getting bigger. Lucky country sounds like a media lie. IMF charts suggest that every country is in debt. How can that be?
Suggested websearch “australian national debt”

MOVE YOUR MONEY
It is with banks that the moneyed interests have gained their power. Banking is fraught with usury, fraud and manipulation. Do what they do in North Dakota, start community banks. The Move Your Money campaign claims that 10 million accounts have left the large banks in the last two years.

Suggested websearch “move your money australia”
Suggested websearch “debt ponzi scheme” & “Banksters”

INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA
Income inequality in Australia is growing. The poor suffer with health services, housing, education, child and aged services, transport and communications and social exclusion. The income parity gap is deteriorating. (St Vincent de Paul). Over a million low-income households are in housing stress. Many are spending over half their income on rent. (Acoss). Yet the top 100 CEO earn an average in excess of $3000000pa (CoreEconomics)
Suggested websearch “australia inequality”
Recommended reading “The Spirit Level” Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

AUSTRALIA ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Suggested websearch “alternative news australia”
Recommended: http://indymedia.org.au/, http://www.democracynow.org/, ”New Internationalist”.

AUSTRALIA IN THE RED
Australia has the highest household debt to disposable income ratio in the world. They keep that from us in the media. Australia’s prosperity has been achieved by living on credit. National debt is in excess of one trillion. Credit card debt a ludicrous average of $3700. It is strangely, a debt that cannot be paid off. As money is created by loans, more loans must be created to pay off the interest. That is a bit hard to get your head around. So do your research.
Suggested websearch “australia debt” also “australia usury” & “australia banksters”

REFUGEE RIGHTS
Millions of people have no choice but to flee their homeland to escape conflict and persecution. Refugees have rights and these are clearly being broken in Australia. Long-term, indefinite detention is destroying the mental health of thousands of people, 90% of whom will become Australian citizens. Now what about the children!
Suggested websearch “refugee rights” also www.rran.org

FREEDOM OF SPEECH
is being eroded by regulation, threat of litigation, omission by big money media, bans on handheld signs, aggressive arrmed police action against peaceful protest.
Suggested website: http://www.freespeechperth.org/

JUSTICE AND POLICE
is another long sad story.

PERTH HOMELESS
Sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling, mental illness are some of the reasons people find themselves on the streets. Most caused by dysfunctional families. Around 105,000 Australians go homeless each night. In 2006, 2.2 million Australians were living below the poverty line. Perth has a high 767 homeless per 10000. There is a four year waiting list for emergency public housing whilst many investment properties lye empty across Perth.
Suggested websearch “australian homelessness”.

PERTH HOUSING
Many West Australians are two pay-cheques away from homelessness. Students and young people pay obscene money for modest rentals. Tax incentives for investment properties encourage investment not ownership. The better off have Mc Mansions with most rooms empty whilst the young cannot buy houses. A modest Perth house can be built by a team of ten in six weeks, but a young couple will pay many times its value over a lifetime of payments. They will delay offspring to pay debt. Beware, they are selling debt and servitude, not houses. Debtors work harder. They are compliant and eager employees.
Suggested website: http://housingstressed.org.au/
Suggested websearch “perth housing shortage”.
Suggested websearch “australian foreclosures”.

WHO OWNS THE AUSTRALIAN RESERVE BANK ?
Australian people have no control over it. Australian Government has no control over it. The RBA does not publish accounts nor a list of share holders, nor does it pay tax. The RBA was given away in 1959. Information is well shielded, but many believe it is owned and controlled by foreign multi nationals. Return the issuing of money to the Australian public. Re-institute state banks. Stop banks from gambling with our money. Do you know anyone that is not in debt? Average household debt is about $30 000. Australian national public debt is greater than a trillion. Do you know a country that is not in debt? How can that be? So much for the lucky country and best treasurer baloney.
Suggested websearch “who owns the RBA”.
Suggested websearch “who owns australia”.

SUSTAINABILITY AND PROFIT
Perth is the least sustainable city in Australia and has highest level of water use. Perth is a car-dependent city with deteriorating air quality. Our houses are energy and water greedy. In one hundred years we have done massive damage to the planet. For what gain? We leave a massive mess for our offspring to sort. Can we fix it in our lifetime? It will take a lot more than a tax to fix this mess. But you could have guessed, the carbon tax will be administered by the squid. There is much evidence of rorting of sustainability grants by the 1%. We need some better action than this.

IMF AND WORLD BANK
The IMF creats new money out of thin air using “Special Drawing Rights,” a synthetic currency beyond the control of any sovereign nation. Every country the IMF and World Bank got involved in ended up with a crashed economy, a destroyed government, and sometimes in flames with riots. (Joe Stiglitz). IMF and BIS control exchange rates and push a country into debt. They sell off the local banks to foreign banks and open up to ‘free’ trade. Then they come in, pay off politicians to transfer the water systems, railways, telephone companies, nationalized oil companies. The politicians then hand these over to the IMF for nothing. They then force industry into a country that the globalists control. Effectively war by debt and ‘free trade’ under the smoke screen of “helping you” with your debt problems.

Australia floated the Australian dollar and we are now well up the list of IMF debtor nations. All hidden my media bull-dust and ‘worlds best treasurer’ nonsense. Peg our dollar as China has done. Much is written to believe that there are only five countries whose central bank is not controlled by Wall Street and associated banking interests. They are Cuba, Libya, Sudan, Iran, North Korea. Recent it included Iraq and Afghanistan. This suggests that Australia is an aggressor nation going to war for international bankers.

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Suggested websearch “imf and world bank”
Suggested reading “The Web of Debt” Ellen Brown J.D.
Excerpt: Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been “privatized,” or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” Except for coins, all of our money is now created as loans advanced by private banking institutions, including the privately-owned Federal Reserve. Banks create the principal but not the interest to service their loans. To find the interest, new loans must continually be taken out, expanding the money supply, inflating prices and robbing you of the value of your money. Not only is virtually the entire money supply created privately by banks, but a mere handful of very big banks is responsible for a massive investment scheme known as “derivatives,” which now tallies in at hundreds of trillions of dollars. The banking system has been contrived so that these big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn’t enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today.

Occupy General Assembly – Thursday Evenings 6.30pm

Check the facebook page for updates on meeting times and places.

Occupy Outreach Stall – Sundays 1pm to 4pm

Weekly public outreach for Occupy Perth at the Perth Cultural Centre. Come down, get involved, all welcome…

World Refugee Day Rally (Perth)

2012 Marks 20 years since the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers was introduced in Australia. Prior to this asylum seekers were processed in the community: no barbed wire, no fences, no imprisonment.

https://www.facebook.com/events/271894369576340/

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#australia Call for media reform as Rinehart puts burger king on Fairfax board #auspol

Call for media reform as Rinehart puts burger king on Fairfax board

Media release: Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 19 July 2012.

The Australian Greens renewed their call for media law reform today as mining billionaire Gina Rinehart moved one step closer to controlling Fairfax Media by installing a close associate on the company’s board.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said: “The concentration of media ownership in this country had already reached crisis point long before Ms Rinehart bought into Fairfax and Channel Ten with the express aim of promoting her agenda. She now has a key ally on the Fairfax board – fast food tycoon Jack Cowin, who is already on the board at Ten.

“The Greens have proposed a bill to protect the public’s interest in an independent and diverse media; this needs to be debated and supported as soon as Parliament resumes in August.

“Our plan is to tackle the growing domination of the mainstream media by an ever-shrinking handful of powerful interests. We urgently need to get a sense of what the Government’s intentions are.”

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302