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Group.png Australia   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-icon.png
Australia with AAT (orthographic projection).svg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
LocationOceania
LeaderPrime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull.jpg
Incumbent: Malcolm Turnbull
Since 15 September 2015
Typenation state
Subgroups• High Court of Australia
• Australian Signals Directorate
Member ofGlobal Counter Terrorism Forum, OECD, UKUSA
SubpageAustralia/1975 coup d'état
Australia/Deputy Prime Minister
Australia/High Court
Australia/Prime Minister
A large island nation in the southern hemisphere which is pioneering universal surveillance of its citizenry.

Australia is a nation state in Oceania to the west of New Zealand. It has been particularly aggressive in universal surveillance. In December 2018, it passed laws which claim the right to compel both "local and international providers -- including overseas communication giants such as Facebook and WhatsApp -- to remove electronic protections, conceal covert operations by government agencies, and help with access to devices or services."[1]

Mass Surveillance

A 2015 bill claimed that the government had a right to carry out very broad warrantless mass surveillance of electronic media, including banning warrant canaries. The powers claimed were so broad that they have been called "nearly unlimited".[2]

Under the 2012 Defence Trade Controls Act law, “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. One commentator has suggested that it has potential to "[catch] open source privacy software, information security research and education, and the entire computer security industry in its snare."[3]

As of 2017, Australia was continuing to expand mass surveillance, spending $18.5M on iOmniscient, a system which "works by analysing images recorded by existing CCTV cameras.”[4]

The Australian Department of Home Affairs said in December 2018 that it would take "considerable time and resources" for it to determine how many agencies across Australia's three tiers of government have accessed metadata held under the nation's data retention laws.[5]

Cashless society

In December 2016, the New Zealand Herald reported that "Australia could scrap the $100 note".[6] Earlier in the year some researchers were predicting that Australia would be a "fully cashless society by 2022"[7][8]

In December 2017, Australian banks began to freeze the accounts of bitcoin users.[9]

Police

"Victoria Police officers faked more than 258,000 roadside alcohol breath tests, an exhaustive audit by Professional Standards Command and statisticians has uncovered."[10][11]

Minerals

In 2015, it produced 12% of the world's Uranium.

History

Full article: Australia/1975 coup d'etat
Sir John Kerr, who on the CIA's orders invoked "reserve powers" and dismissed the Australian Prime minister

In 1975, the CIA used Marshall Green, to carry out a coup d'etat to remove the independent minded Gough Whitlam from power, who had been criticising US foreign policy. As of 2018, the coup was still not widely recognised as such, and widely referred to (for example by Wikipedia as a "constitutional crisis".[12]

 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Malcolm Turnbull“The laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”Malcolm Turnbull14 July 2017
 

An ambassador to Australia

Nation stateStartDescription
US/Ambassador to Australia1940
 

Events

EventDateDescription
2014 Australia turboprop drug bust8 July 201435 kg of heroin were accidentally found by local police aboard a CIA plane
Australia/1975 coup d'état15 October 1975 - 11 November 1975A CIA/MI6-backed covert "constitutional coup" to remove Gough Whitlam whom they saw as a loose cannon.
Children Overboard affair2001 - 2002
Port Arthur Massacre28 April 1996A mass shooting incident in and around Port Arthur Tasmania on 28 April 1996
 

Groups Headquartered Here

A Group Headquartered HereDateDescription
Australian Security Intelligence OrganisationTied to Anglo-American intelligence
Australian Signals Directorate
Centre for Policing Intelligence & Counter Terrorism2005 - Present
Defence Signals Directorate
Monash University
Reserve Bank of Australia
University of Sydney
Westfield Corporation
Zinc Network2012 - PresentA "communications agency" that partnered with the Institute for Statecraft to propose a network of 56 NGOs in a bid for £9.75million of funding from the UK/FCO.
 

Job here

EventJobAppointed
Steven RaeburnProducer2015
 

Citizens of Australia on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Tony Abbott4 November 1957
Julian Assange3 July 1971A "hacktivist" of mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His opinion on 9/11 is particularly notable.
Neil Brown22 February 1940
Clyde Cameron11 February 191314 March 2008
Ivan Glasenberg1957
Michael Jon Hand8 December 1941"One of Australia's most wanted fugitives" now living in Idaho, USA.
Michael Hourigan19573 December 2013
John Kerr (governor-general)24 September 191424 March 1991
Alexander Kouzmin19468 May 2011
Andrew Liveris5 May 1954
Frank Lowy22 October 1930
Keith Officer
John Pilger9 October 1939John Pilger, an Australian crusading journalist, has achieved fame in spite of a refusal to kowtow to the establishment by avoiding controversial issues.
Mike Smith
Arthur TangeA member of the Australian Deep state who played a role in the 1975 Australian coup d'état.
Alan Westerman25 March 191318 May 2001
James Wolfensohn1 December 1933
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Utopiainterview15 November 2013John Pilger
File:WikiLeaks-Australian-suppression-order.pdflegal document19 June 2014High Court of AustraliaAustralian Supreme Court secret super-injunction preventing the publication of information about a corruption case involving 17 named individuals including senior Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese politicians and Reserve Bank of Australia directors


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