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gitcher sedition, used to be called the news

  • 'No real progress' in port clearance rate. 28/10/2005. ABC News Online: There are still major problems removing freight from Port Botany because of the new Customs computer system, despite signs of an easing in the backlog, the Road Transport Association (RTA) in New South Wales says. The build-up was caused by teething problems with a new computer system introduced by Customs two-and-a-half-weeks ago.
  • Australian IT - $260,000 electric sedan clocks 370km/h (Wires, OCTOBER 25, 2005)
  • Mediawatch: Seditious opinion? Lock 'em up (24/10/2005): An expert legal opinion obtained by Media Watch on the impact of the new Anti-Terrorism Bill says that journalists and the commentators they interview might be caught out by the new laws on sedition. To put it another way, if you discuss terrorism with anything less than a perfect alignment to the goverment's stance; you're spouting or reporting sedition. I simply cannot believe this is happening in my country! :( Thanks a fucking bunch, Liberal voters.
  • FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations. There's no real way to watch the FBI... and they know it. Just as there'll be no way for Australians to watch ASIO, since anyone who gets locked up can't tell anyone about it. Anyone who works out what happened has to keep their mouth shut or they'll be jailed too.

Govt amends counter-terror laws, Stanhope says. 28/10/2005. ABC News Online:

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the final draft of the Federal Government's counter-terrorism legislation contains a number of significant amendments, particularly in relation to control orders and preventative detention.

The Federal Attorney-General's office has announced the counter-terrorism legislation will now not be introduced to Parliament on Melbourne Cup day.

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In relation to preventative detention orders, he says the Commonwealth has widened the category of people able to issue orders, to include retired judges and the President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock had wanted to introduce the bill next Tuesday, prompting the Opposition to suggest it was using the public's obsession with the Melbourne horse race as a way of avoiding scrutiny.

Retired judges will be able to issue these bills? WTF?! Interesting to see them back down on the Melbourne Cup Day timing... that really was a bit fucking obvious.

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