Abbott Blacks Out the Media

Abbott Blacks Out the MediaWhen Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison recently said he would only be giving one media briefing a week on border protection issues, the alarm bells started ringing. A media blackout on an issue that virtually dominated the election? Was this new nanny state intent on blanketing possible failures and mistakes in a bid to avoid…

Australia’s Massive Spy Apparatus

Australia’s Massive Spy ApparatusAustralia has to be prepared for a strong backlash across Asia that could damage relations for years to come over revelations in the past week by the German newspaper Der Spiegel and the Sydney Morning Herald, which disclosed that the Australian government was carrying out electronic surveillance and eavesdropping on phone and internet communications. Although…
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