A proposed Australian leaker law will put journalists and whistleblowers in jail for 20 years


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/12/14/at-war-with-oceania.html


#2

Edward Snowden. Really. They’re afraid he’s going to… What? Fly to Australia, sneak across the border in a fake mustache, and blow some Australian whistles?


#3

Stop being evil…

You can’t leak information on governmental wrongdoing unless the government is doing wrong.


#4

Leaking information is serious, more serious than murder. At least that’s what the governments of the world tell us through how they pursue and punish these crimes.


#5

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


#6

On the plus side, it looks like the proposed s 82.7 will criminalise any company that puts in a crypto backdoor. I wonder if they’ll notice before this gets passed.


#7

Only on government software. Everyone else can still be hacked… especially by the government.


#8

Unsurprising. This is the same government that threatened doctors and detention centre workers with jail for reporting on human rights abuses happening to refugees. Here’s hoping they lose their majority in a by-election this weekend.


#9

That’s my electorate, BTW.

Candidate list for the benefit of curious furriners:

The electorate is named after this dude:


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The toxic dogwhistles from some of those party names… Maybe I am reading them from too NA a slant but “Non-custodial Parents Party”? shudders My MRA alarms went off like crazy.


#12

A lot of the hyper-focused micro parties are actually feeder organisations for the bigger far right parties. Not just for people and money, but for preference votes.

This is a lower house election; the real swarms of microparties show up in the upper house ballots.

Thanks to the way that preferential proportional voting works, it’s possible for a party to elect a Senator with a miniscule primary vote if they manage to arrange preference flows from a large number of other parties. Obscure single issue parties tend to draw a fair number of early preferences from cranky low-info protest voters, and they make a substantial total when combined.

As a result

The Outdoor Recreation Party (ORP) are actually far-right crooks with a focus on gun deregulation and opposition to environmental concerns.


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BTW:

https://www.australianlibertyalliance.org.au

http://www.scienceparty.org.au

https://www.liberal.org.au

http://australianpeoplesparty.net

https://www.affordable-housing-party.org

http://www.equalparenting.org.au

http://www.cdp.org.au

https://www.progressives.org.au

Realistically, it’s a two horse race between the Liberals and the ALP.


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