The dreaded mid-night knock on the door.

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https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/turkish/en/audiotrack/sbs-turkish-news-25

Australia and its secrecy laws are now acted upon without regards for the freedom of its citizens.  The raids by the Australian Federal Police on the private home of a Journalist, Annika Smethurst, and a day later in the offices of our National Broadcaster, the ABC, ought to set off the alarms for those that believe in the freedom of the press to report truthfully, responsibly and without fear or favour. … its responsibility to those who elect and have faith in the government.

The raids by the AFP on the newsmedia in Australia have been reported worldwide. Australia is now looked upon with aghast and consternation, a country where anything goes to install fear by intimidation. Australia is the only country in the Western world without a Bill of Rights. This was pointed out as a possible reason why Australia has so willingly accepted and is still going through some very dark places. The Governments have seen fit over a number of years to pass laws that enable them to virtually do anything to shut down any criticisms of its actions. They do this by including almost anything the Government wishes to obtain or achieve as  being ‘secret’, and make them by law, excluded from thorough scrutiny. This might be why the exclusion of A Bill of Rights might well serve Governments very well and under that exclusion, gets a handy protection from nosy scrutiny. It’s strange how we ended up being the only country without a Bill of Rights!

Michael Kirby, a prominent judge, has questioned why Australia is so reluctant to have a Bill of Rights. Have a look at this.https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-lot-of-wrongs-to-repair-justice-michael-kirby-calls-for-national-bill-of-rights_2

Look at our reluctance to accept equal marriage laws, the jailing of refugees who have done no wrong. Then, at earlier times, the horrible ‘White Australia Policy’ banning coloureds from migrating to Australia, the treatment of our indigenous Australians. The ‘Children over-board’ lies. The naming of all crimes in Melbourne invariably blamed on ‘Sudanese gangs’,and the calling of refugees on Nauru and Manus, rapists, killers and wife murderers.

Allegedly, Australia has been getting away with murderous behaviour by its soldiers in Afghanistan. This is being touted as the possible reason for the raids on the ABC offices by the AFP. The Government doesn’t want a light shone on any unwanted or unsavoury consequences of their chosen actions during that stupid war. This Government wants to get at the ‘whistle blowers’ who most often are the ones to dig around for truth. All journalists work with whistle blowers whose job it is to get to the bottom of dirty deeds and deals. As it stands now, they could end up being charged with breeching secrecy laws and jailed. This is scary stuff.

We have to be vigilant.

Australia, right now is in a dark place. We need the lights on, not off.

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25 Responses to “The dreaded mid-night knock on the door.”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    It is indeed a frightening scenario. Maybe the AFP and whoever let them loose, have gone too darn far this time.

    I didn’t realise we are the only western country not to have a bill of rights. Mind you, if l the USA has one, some of their citizens are not doing all that well.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The US Bill of Rights is based on the Carta Magna, so I believe. Let’s hope the road to Impeaching their leader will gather steam.
      The Bill of Rights might not protect us from all evil but it was introduced as a result of the evil done during the WW2 when Government was doing terrible evil but also claiming it was necessary to ‘protect’ its citizens.

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  2. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    On the positive side, Ita has come out to bat for the ABC. I hope this is a good sign.

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  3. leggypeggy Says:

    This whole thing is so disturbing. Shame on the government. They deny knowing anything about this, Their minister should have known. So who’s lying?

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    Yes, Gerard, this is indeed very scary stuff!!!

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  5. stuartbramhall Says:

    It looks like some Kiwi troops were also involved in the “irregularities” in Afghanistan.

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    A good read; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-08/afp-raids-journalist-house-abc-headquarters-laura-tingle/11191446

    “But the raids, and any attempt at intimidation, is an outcome of a mindset, and a legal regime, that has snuck up on most Australians, largely under the cover of “keeping us safe” from terrorism.

    The important point to note is that this regime doesn’t just pose risks for journalists.

    It seeks to stamp out challenges to prevailing policy and authority, and it can be used against all Australians.”

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  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Very scary stuff, for sure. 😦
    You are so right about needing the lights on, Gerard. The world has become dim, growing ever darker, and it is so scary and upsetting. 😦
    We, as individuals, need to keep doing things that shine light and give light. Especially to those people in the darkest places.
    (((HUGS)))

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  8. rangewriter Says:

    A tiny bit of perspective: A Bill of Rights is only as good as the judiciary that enforces those rights. A meglomaniac at the helm can slowly shape the judiciary to do his/her bidding. A very huge fear over here on the other side of the pond.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, that is true and on top of that a constitution that allows carrying guns to kill each other with. Even so, isn’t there now a movement to impeach this spoiled toddler?

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      • rangewriter Says:

        That movement has been afoot since the day after the election. Personally, I agree with Nancy Pelosi on this one. At this time, impeachment is a waste of time and focus. The Democratic Party has to pull itself together and launch a REAL opponent to the toddler. I wish our election campaigns were restricted to 6 months rather than 3 years for 4 year term. Sigh.

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