In March 2002 the Attorney General Daryl Williams moved 6 bills that proposed new powers for ASIO and the creation of a new and very broadly defined offence of 'terrorism'.
All six bills including the powers to ban organisations and the new ASIO powers were examined by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. The ASIO powers were examined by the Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD. Check their website for more details.
The Main problems are:
1) The definition of terrorism contained in various bills is too broad in
scope. Rather then create an offence of terrorism existing provisions and
offences in the criminal law should be used;
2) the Attorney General and the government should not be given the power to
ban organisations, any conspiracy to commit criminal acts can be addressed
by the existing criminal law. Such powers violate fundamental principles of
freedom of association and expression which the government and ALP claim to
3) ASIO should not be given the power to detain non-suspects for 48 hours
incommudicado. The right to a lawyer and right to silence are fundamental
rights that should not be removed in any circumstances. The existing methods
of criminal investigation and arrest should be used.
4) less than two weeks (seven working days) with Easter in the middle is
totally inadequate for public consultation on this legislation the Committee
and Senate must give more time for a proper public discussion on the impact
of this legislation. In addition there should also be public hearings in
other cities apart from Melbourne.
Spying Bill Targets Unions
The proposed new laws follow hot on the heals of revelations that former Defence and Workplace Relations Minister, Peter Reith, snuck rule changes through Parliament prior to the election allowing spying on union phone calls during industrial disputes. Changes to rules governing the operation of the Defense Signals Directorate have far reaching consequences for trade unions attempting to defend their members.
Endorses Labor Council Resolution on Terror and Racism
PSA has endorsed a Labor Council initiative to counter racist reactions
to the event in the United States.
According to Tony Blair, it was impossible to secure Osama bin Laden's extradition from Afghanistan by means other than bombing. Yet leaders of Pakistan's two Islamic parties negotiated bin Laden's extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for the September 11 attacks. According to reports in Pakistan (and the Daily Telegraph), this had both bin Laden's approval and that of Mullah Omah, the Taliban leader.
progressive site http://www.zmag.org
has interviews with Noam Chomsky and other writers. Also http://www.nowarcollective.com/
has an excellent collection of materials and links.
talk by Scott Poynting given to a forum organised by Students United Against
War and Racism and the Partnerships in Cultural Change Project during the
longest-running student occupation at UWS being held by indigenous students
from the Goolangullia Aboriginal Education Centre. 17 October 2001
the Myths about Asylum Seekers
things you should know about Assylum seekers from the Edmund Rice Centre
for Justice and Community Education
of dissent is declining in the land of the free
is Ousama bin Laden?
Professor Michel Chossudovsky, University of Ottawa Centre for Research
on Globalisation (CRG) President
Bush declared that he would "make no distinction between the terrorists
who committed these acts and those who harbor them". Yet it was the CIA
that funded Ousama Bin Laden's rise via the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence.
the world a new peace movement is growing, firmly saying no to both war
and racism. New Internationalist has a number of stories at:
Faustian deal with the Taliban
Sheer in the Los Angeles Times: An
easy to read article arguing that the United States $43 million gift to
the Taliban Rulers of Afghanistan shows that it sacrifices human rights
in the 'war on drugs'.
LOCAL PEACE GROUPS
CENTRAL COAST PEOPLE FOR PEACE
CONTACT: Elaine 43822164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DARLINGTON/REFERN PEACE GROUP
CONTACT Sally Quiler on 9699 3936.
EASTERN SUBURBS FOR PEACE NOT WAR
MEETING: Tuesday 18 February: 7pm at Bondi Pavilion.
CONTACT: Tim 9388 0754 or email email@example.com
HUNTER PEACE FORUM (Newcastle)
Contact Gary Kennedy, Secretary Trades Hall on firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEICHHARDT STOP THE WAR
CONTACT: Hannah 0418 668 098, Paul 0410 629 088 or Dennis 0418 290 663.
MARRICKVILLE PEACE GROUP
CONTACT: Kylie on 95570115, John on 95587051 or Minh on 0403181586 or email@example.com.
MAROUBRA PEACE GROUP
CONTACT: Paddy Manning on 0414 650 500 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
NEWTOWN PEACE GROUP
Contact: Karen email@example.com, www.acmica.org/nowar. The Crypt, cnr of Lennox & Station Sts, Newtown Transport: 5min walk from Newtown Square (Newtown Neighbourhood Centre), walk down Bedford St and you'll see a big sandstone Church. The door's on the corner. Weekly organising meeting for residents in Newtown (and surroundings) opposed to a war. All concerned residents welcome.
NORTHERN BEACHES FOR PEACE
'Manly for Peace'
If war starts: Meet at the Corso amphitheatre 6pm with candles for a peace vigil 'Pittwater for Peace'
NORTHSIDE NO WAR
CONTACT: David on David.Golan@ubsw.com or Anne on 0404 090 710.
NORTHSHORE AGAINST THE WAR
Meet on Thursday nights from 7pm, for further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PENNANT HILLS PEACE GROUP
CONTACT: Martha on 9484 2422 or email email@example.com.
WESTERN SYDNEY PEACE GROUP (meets Rooty Hill)
MEETS: 2nd and 4th mondays of each month at 7pm at the Rotty Hill Uniting Church,
Rooty Hill Uniting Church, 86 Rooty Hilll Rod North
CONTACT: Tim Vollmer on 0401 769 880, firstname.lastname@example.org or for regular event updates email westpeace- email@example.com
brings together rank and file trade union activists in the Public Service
Association of New South Wales and the CPSU (SPSF Branch).
We work for
improved and more
greater job security
sustainable jobs in a sustainable environment
a democratic and
strong union as part of the broader labour movement
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org