Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A sad day for Australia

Tomorrow, it may be illegal for me to write this. The Australian government are routinely incompetent, arrogant, unscrupulous rogues who have completely disregarded the well being of the Australian people to further their own self driven, power-hungry ends. Today, the new anti-terror legislation will be passed through parliament fundamentally unopposed, as the government holds a majority in both houses of parliament. Statements that 'can cause hatred or violence towards the sovereign or the government' will become punishable by a maximum of 7 years jail. As will the publication of said statements.
If the AFP can convince a retired judge that my statements could infer an intention to commit a terrorist act, then I can be taken from my home - for two weeks - without trial, unable to make a phone call or see a lawyer, while all who know of my situation are legally bound to remain silent about where I am or what I'm doing.

This is how democracy dies. The rights of the people are slowly eroded under the pretence of serving their best interests. We now live in a world where it is easier than ever to do. Governments can advertise their intentions, promote their ideologies and in short convince the populace that what they are doing is right. What's more, we live in an age of greater political apathy than ever before. While the country is busy watching Australian Idol, their rights are stolen out from under them.

The government can effectively pass any legislation it chooses, and under the new laws will have a means to silence any dissenters or those who choose to promote alternate views. And the people don't care.

The fear of terrorism has created an atmosphere of carte blanche for the Howard government, and they have been caught up in the wave of their own propaganda. There's far too much material for me to try to attack here.
Rest assured I'm angry. And frightened.


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