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Showing posts from February, 2004

ASIO Doesn't Do It Again

For anyone who has the slightest bit of interest in the world around them - or anyone who thinks at all - I would emphatically recommend checking out   last night's Four Corners on Willie Brigitte ; his background, time in Australia (specifically why it took the authorities so long to work out that he was a terrorist) and his current interrogation in France. One point I found especially pertinent was an interview with the leader of the mosque in Sydney where Brigitte worshiped. The gist of what he said was, "How can you accuse us of harbouring a terrorist? If the government and intelligence agencies cannot work out that he is a terrorist, how are we meant to be able to? Can we read people's hearts or minds?" It was also frightening to learn that the communications room at ASIO is NOT STAFFED OUT SIDE OF BUSINESS HOURS. The warning from the French government about Brigitte being a possible dangerous terrorist, having trained in Pakistan, with links to Al Qaeda, arrived

A Political Beginning

I was a young Labor member in my late teens, volunteering at elections and spruiking the word amongst all I knew. But like many, after the twin GST disasters – the tax and the Good Ship Tampa – derailed the party in 2001 and the Crean years descended, I began voting Socialist Alliance or Greens, and lost all hope that I would ever see a party I supported in power again. My main political beliefs now could be summed up as follows (in no particular order of importance to me): • Government investment in infrastructure and regulation of industry; • Deficit is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it creates jobs; • Universal, free healthcare and education; • Equal rights for same sex couples; • An Australian republic, and get the damn Union Jack OFF our flag; • Absolute separation of church and state; • Refugees are not queue jumpers, usually they are coming from places where there’s no queue to jump; they should be out in the community and their kids should be going to school and pla