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Video: Killer sharks invade… golf course in Australia

A golf course near the city of Brisbane in Australia is giving its members a new challenge to overcome - Killer Sharks. Half a...
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Video: Dinosaurs in Australia: Fright at the Museum

The reopening of an Australian Museum of Natural History has been a real thrill for visitors. Some of the delighted and rather frightened guests...
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Video: How Australia stopped mass shootings after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996

After a 1996 mass shooting in Tasmania left 35 dead, Australia rapidly implemented gun-control legislation that banned semiautomatic rifles and shotguns. Via Youtube
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Video: After Deadly 1996 Massacre, Australia Overhauled Its Gun Laws. New Zealand Now Plans...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change the country's gun laws following the deadly Christchurch massacre Friday that left 50 people...

Milo Yiannopoulos banned from entering Australia over Islamophobic comments

Ultra-conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from entering Australia. Read more
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Video: Whistleblower faces jail over leak on Australian commando misconduct in Afghanistan

In #Australia, a former defence lawyer is facing jail - after he blew the whistle on alleged #WarCrimes by his country's special forces in...

Australian Senator Blames Muslims for Terror Attack at New Zealand Mosque

49 people are confirmed dead after at least one gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. More than...

Turning Screws: China’s Australian Coal Ban

Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things.  As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its...

Australian Ambassador Tony Kevin’s Plan to Free Assange – Consortiumnews

As a NZ citizen I have been advocating that the NZ Govt Treasurer, G Robertson organnise the NZ govt to get Julian Assange out...
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Video: Australia officially recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Australia has officially recognised West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but says it won't relocate their embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace...

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated...
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Video: Skies turn orange as dust storm sweeps across south east Australia

Courtesy: Todd R Murphy Skies turned orange in the outskirts of the Australian city of Broken Hill on Thursday morning, as a dust storm...

Rehabilitation of Abandoned Mines in Australia Offers Lessons for the World

The 1986 Australian film Crocodile Dundee brought global fame to its leading man Paul Hogan, but the real star of the show was the...

Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia

The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households.  When the question shall arise, it will be...

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia.  At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed...

Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian “Values”

Be wary of the self-satisfied and morally soothed.  The complacent have a habit of giving the game away, glorifying themselves in satisfied satiation. Australia’s...

Sodding the Australian Voter: Accidental Prime Ministers and Political Indulgence

It is a continuation of Malcolm Turnbull by other means.  The new Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison and his freshly appointed Deputy, Josh...

Hijacked Democracy: Normalised Instability in Australia

You can sense Australian politicians – or at least a good number of them – fuming at being cobbled together with the counterparts of...

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals for the Tech Giants

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities?  Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private users – is so...

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. ...

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Humans are a funny species.  They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands.  They construct homes facing rivers...

US not planning Iran regime change, Australian report is ‘fiction’ – Mattis — RT...

The Pentagon has no policy for regime change in Iran and the Australian news report that...

Britain’s youngest terrorist seeks lifelong anonymity after plotting attack in Australia — RT UK...

The UK’s youngest convicted terrorist, found guilty of plotting the beheading of Australian police officers...

Australia pushes Pacific Pact to combat China

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Australian ambassador to US red-faced over ‘mateship’ campaign featuring only rich white men —...

Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey once said that the “age of entitlement is over”...
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Video: 50-meter-long penis captured by Google Earth at bottom of dry lake in Australia

A penis so enormous it can be seen from space – that's what's been etched into the bed of a dry lake in Victoria,...
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Video: Two extremely different teams: Mourinho talks upcoming Australia v Peru match

Check out https://www.rt.com/fifa2018 RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us ... Via Youtube

Evading Medical Care: Australia’s Refugee Arrangements with Taiwan

It is a credit to the venality of Australia’s refugee policy that much time is spent on letting others do what that particular country...
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Video: Leaked photos of Australian troops flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan spark scandal

Photos have just emerged in the media showing Australian soldiers flying a Nazi flag over their army vehicle while on operations in Afghanistan. The...

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament.  Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the...

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’. — Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald,...

Australian officials visit Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy for first time — RT UK...

Australian officials have visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in what is...

Two workers killed at Australian paper mill

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Cold War Mentality Alive and Well in Australia

Writing in The Australian newspaper under the headline “Red Threats to Render White Paper just about Passé” (18 May 2018) ANU emeritus professor Paul...

Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted,...

Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted, if effective, tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society;...

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts

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The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in South Africa

There was an audacity about it, carried out with amateurish callowness.  As it turned out Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, besieged and vulnerable, had been...
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Video: Mass Stranding: More than 140 whales die on beach in Western Australia

A rescue operation was underway on Friday after 150 whales became stranded in Hamelin Bay, 315 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia. The...

Bullied Relations: Australia, East Timor and Natural Resources

The Commission instead opted for the easiest way out, which is a shame as in my perception it reveals a lack of impartiality on...

Weaponising Rumour: Australia’s New Political Sensitivity

The hide of Australia’s political classes has been worn.  Some members, admittedly, never had one.  With tiptoeing around language ravaging, and in some cases...

Sanders feels FEC burn over illegal Australian donations — RT US News

The US Federal Election Commission has fined Senator Bernie Sanders for accepting illegal contributions from the...

British woman who killed teen to tick murder off ‘bucket list’ jailed for life...

A British woman who stabbed an autistic teenager to death has been jailed for life...

Keeping an Eye on Australia: Admiral Harry Harris Goes to Canberra

Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects.  In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre. ...

Bungling Crown Privilege: Australia’s Cabinet Security Breach

Journalists would have seen it as a scoop, and insisted that no laws had been broken. Politicians might have considered it a calamity.  Whatever...

First “foreign fighter” arrest in Australia

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The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper

The Australian Foreign Policy White paper was touted as a main course for consumers of policy, a document that revealed the inner workings of...

The Veiled Threat: Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting...

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australia’s...

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: New Zealand-Australian Tensions

It was an awkward moment for Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a...

Australia’s Citizenship Bill Fails | Dissident Voice

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism.  Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled...

Australian economy “going into a hole”

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Video: After Las Vegas Massacre, Advocates Look to Australia’s Successful Fight to Curb Gun...

https://democracynow.org - In aftermath of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock that left 59 people dead and 527...

Refugees depart Australian camps for US in deal slammed as 'dumb' by Trump

The first 52 refugees to be accepted by the US from Australia have left their Pacific...
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Video: Putin on US establishment: Working with people who confuse Austria & Australia is...

Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented the poor level of diplomatic competence demonstrated by Washington lately, saying Moscow found it difficult to work ... Via Youtube

Lying about Citizenship: Australian Politicians before the High Court

It was nothing short of fabulous.  Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear,...

Money Laundering in Chief: Scandal at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Australian banker is a smug species, arguably more than his international peers.  Caught off guard by the financial disasters of the late 1980s...

Australia and North Korea: Dangerous Illusions Place Australia at Risk

The war of words between North Korea and the United states reached new heights last week.  US President trump pledged to meet any further...

US Marine aircraft reportedly crashes off Australian coast, search and rescue underway

Published time: 5 Aug, 2017 12:30 Edited time: 5 Aug, 2017 12:47 A US Marines aircraft...

Boris Johnson in Australia

We can talk to each other as we can with no one else, but you can’t revert to a world that’s now disappeared. —...

Fanciful Terrors: Bomb Plots and Australian Airport Security

In the classroom of international security, Australia remains an infant wanting attention before the older hands.  During the Paris Peace talks, Prime Minister William...

Pretty White Australian Girls’ Lives Matter

Another casualty of diversity As soon as the story broke about the Somali cop fatally shooting the pretty white Australian girl in...

Mum Did It: The Canavan Argument, Citizenship and the Australian Constitution

A real Italian never blames his mum. — Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, SBS, Jul 27, 2017 It has raged, and continues to do so,...

Minneapolis police chief resigns amid fallout of fatal shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has confirmed the resignation of the city's police chief Janeé Harteau, following...

Archaic Obstacles: Australia, Parliament and Dual Citizenship

Dusting away the must on a constitutional text may be a rare thing, but it should be a point of order for the elected...

‘Loud sound’ startled Minneapolis police officer before fatal shooting of Australian woman

Investigators have confirmed the identity of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting...

North Korea’s Nuclear Missiles: The Fantasy and the Reality of Australia’s Response

On 4 July 2017 North Korea fired a missile from their territory that landed in the Sea of Japan.  Western commentators immediately labeled it...

Australian cricket pay dispute escalates

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Rifts widen in the Australian Greens

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Census 2016: Milestone Passed as Australia Becomes more Asian, less European

Australians born of Australian parents will soon be a minority.  The census shows Australia reached a "tipping point" in 2016 where only...

Factional conflict wracks Australian Greens

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Australians should show 'sensitivity' to migrants whose cultures 'don't value women's and child's rights'...

A taxpayer funded study has made the audacious claim that Australians need to show 'cultural sensitivity' towards migrant men who physically abuse...
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Video: ‘Precautionary measure’: Australia halts air strikes in Syria following US downing of Syrian...

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has suspended flights over Syria after Russia said it halted sky incident prevention interactions with the US as...

ISIS Says it’s Behind Hostage Siege and Killing in Australia

The Australian authorities are treating an abduction and a killing here in Melbourne on Monday, which ended with the gunman dead, as...

John McCain in Australia

There is no getting away from the fact that a visit to that known outpost of American Empire, Australia, softens the mind and leads...

Deviant Diva: Schapelle Corby Returns to Australia

In his work on celebrity, Daniel Boorstin drew a firm line under a field that has since become the mirror of its own study,...

Australia will continue sharing intelligence with US despite Manchester bombing leak

Published time: 26 May, 2017 12:07 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that his...

Falling wages fuel social crisis in Australia

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‘Human guinea pigs’ of British nuclear testing in Australia win healthcare victory

Indigenous Australians who were exposed to extreme levels of radiation by British nuclear tests will finally have their healthcare costs covered by their government. From...

Trump’s first official NY trip marked by protests, meeting with Australian PM

President Donald Trump made his first trip to New York City since taking office, where he...

VP Pence vows to honor refugee deal with Australia, which Trump had called ‘dumb’

Published time: 22 Apr, 2017 13:49Edited time: 22 Apr, 2017 13:55 US President Donald Trump may have...

Australia Beckons a War With China

Photo by Marko Mikkonen | CC BY 2.0   Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China. Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust...

Lap Dog Politicians Fail Australia Yet Again

One of the more profoundly depressing consequences of the aftermath of the American missile attack on the al Shayrat Syrian air base is having...

Pushing Australia into War with China

The U.S. establishment is so disturbed by the erosion of its “uni-polar world” domination that it is pushing compliant allies...
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Video: 25,000+ evacuated as Cyclone Debbie reaches Australian shoreline

A tropical cyclone carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph) approached the northeast coast of Australia on Tuesday. Footage shows the category four...

British backpacker raped, held hostage for 2 months in Australian outback – police

Published time: 7 Mar, 2017 10:21Edited time: 8 Mar, 2017 17:11 A female British backpacker who...
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Video: Junkyard Blaze: Fire engulfs scrap metal yard in Australia

Fire erupted at a scrap metal yard sending huge plumes of smoke over northern Adelaide. There were about a hundred crushed cars in the...

Australian Foreign Policy and Israel: An Enduring Disgrace

The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia...
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Video: Netanyahu depicted as Hitler by Sydney protesters during historic Australia trip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met by pro-Palestinian protesters carrying a poster depicting him as Adolf Hitler during his official state visit to...
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Video: Sizzling Up: Australian policeman fries egg on car hood in 46°C weather

A police officer has managed to fry an egg on the hood of his car in the searing heat in Birdsville, Queensland Australia. Temperatures...

Australia/NZ Trade ministers on TPP rescue mission

NZ Trade Minister Todd McClay will meet his Australian counterpart in Sydney in a bid to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal....

Migrants: Unemployment rate among new Australians doubles

MIDDLE Eastern migrants are piling on to the dole queue — with a 33 per cent jobless rate during their first five...
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Video: ‘Trump’s smug face sums it up’: Australian senator unveils Trump doormat

An Australian politician unveiled his own tribute to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as the Australian parliament met in Canberra for the first...

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”

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Video: Plane crash in Perth kills 2 on Australia Day

CREDIT YOGI VARTMAN Two people were killed when a light plane crashed into the Swan River in Perth during Australia Day celebrations. COURTESY: RT's...
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Video: Rogue red car ‘driving erratically’ caught on cam before ramming into crowd in...

At least 3 people have been killed and 20 more injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of people in the center...

British lapdancer’s body lay undiscovered in Australian club for 12hrs

The body of a British woman was found in a Melbourne gentlemen’s club 12 hours after she died, but none of the men she...
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Video: Record-breaking desert rains send waterfalls down Australia’s Ayers Rock

Courtesy: Mark Giambrone RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv Strong winds and ... Via Youtube

Impressions of the Australian Conjecture

 This is my third visit to Australia in the last 12 months.  Aussie friends accuse me, tongue in cheek, of having an undeclared fondness...

Australia- Lebanese MP AGREES that most terror suspects are Lebanese-Muslims

A second generation Lebanese Christian MP has agreed with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's claim that allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in...

Flawed Alliances: Australia, the US and Trumpism

Politics can be a deliciously self-defeating field.  For the US-Australian alliance, one born out of desperate insecurity on the part of Canberra, a dramatic...

Bodies as Propaganda: The US-Australia Refugee Agreement

It all has a hurried sense to it.  With the offshore detention system running into troubles, the Australian government has had to find ways...

US to take in refugees from Australian camps under one-off deal

The US has agreed to take in some of the asylum-seekers that Australia keeps in off-shore...

Asylum seeker who came to Australia by boat charged over alleged rape of foster-home...

AN asylum seeker who came to Australia illegally by boat has been charged for allegedly raping a teenage foster-home girl he held...

'Criminals and jihadists': Australian Liberal Party members call for blanket immigration ban

A Sydney division of the Liberal Party will debate whether Australia should end all immigration and ban all refugees, after an...

New Zealand PM denies deal over Australian asylum-seekers

Prime Minister John Key flatly denies New Zealand is about to sign a deal with Australia to resettle refugees detained on Manus...

Australia, Tagging Along into Other Nations’ Wars

Since World War II, the U.S. has been the big boss leading a band of lackey nations, mostly in Europe but reaching distant Australia which...

What BP's Decision to Abandon the Great Australian Bight Says About the Future of...

While BP's decision to cancel its plans to drill in the pristine Great Australian Bight ends a public relations nightmare for the...

Demonising Wind Energy in Australia

From the time when energy became a state ambition and the central, almost paranoid platform of security, its messiness became apparent. Energy reserves needed...

Australia Politician Visits Front Lines; 65 Killed in Iraq

Australia Politician Visits Front Lines; 65 Killed in Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Kurdish President Masoud Barzani met today in Baghdad. The...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Greens walk out of Australian politician's anti-Islam Senate speech

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Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia: Arrests made, officers injured in violent riot over teen's death

A dozen officers were injured and several arrests were made in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, after riot police were forced to move in...

Australia’s Global ‘Exit’: Tribalism and International Institutions

Australian values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations. — Senator...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Patriots rally against Muslim housing estate in Australia

Patriots gathered at Melton South’s Hannah Park on Sunday 28th August in opposition to a Muslim housing estate known as Iqra Village. More...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

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This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

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This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

Australia hostel knife attack: Thomas Jackson dies

This is an update on a previous article Man Shouts 'Allahu Akbar' in Australian Knife Attack, in which a British woman was stabbed to...

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Snowden says Australia watching its citizens ‘all the time,’ slams new metadata laws

Published time: May 09, 2015 15:02

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism.

Snowden, addressing the Progress 2015 conference in Melbourne via satellite link, criticized Australia's new metadata laws, which allow the government and intelligence agencies to keep a constant watch on citizens.

"What this means is they are watching everybody all the time,” the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower said. “They're collecting information and they're just putting it in buckets that they can then search through not only locally, not only in Australia, but they can then share this with foreign intelligences services.”

Last month, Australia passed controversial laws that require telecommunications firms to retain their customers’ phone and computer metadata for two years.

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Snowden decried this disturbing trend, warning that regardless of what you are doing “you're being watched."

He compared Australia's mass surveillance system to that being used in the UK.

"Australia's role in mass surveillance around the world is similar to the UK and the Tempora program," he said.

Snowden, who has been living in Moscow since June 2013 after receiving political asylum, criticized the Australian government’s passage of a metadata program that is being used, he said, to “collect everyone's communications in advance of criminal suspicion."

"This is dangerous," he told the conference.

The former system administrator for the CIA said such invasive surveillance technologies had nothing in common with traditional liberal societies.

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"This is not things that governments have ever traditionally been empowered to claim for themselves as authorities.

"And to have that change recently ... is a radical departure from the operation of traditional liberal societies around the world."

Snowden repeated his position that acts of terrorism in the US and elsewhere have not been thwarted by conducting mass surveillance on citizens.

"Nine times out of 10 when you see someone on the news who's engaged in some sort of radical jihadist activity, these are people who had a long record," he said.

"The reason these attacks happened is not because we didn't have enough surveillance, it's because we had too much."

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Aside from average citizens, he warned that journalists are also at risk of having their contacts exposed by the mass surveillance.

"Under these mandatory metadata laws you can immediately see who journalists are contacting, from which you can derive who their sources are."

He excoriated such a turn of events, saying the purpose of a free press in society is to “act as an adversary against the government on behalf of the public."

Snowden’s comments came on the same day that a US federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records was illegal. In a unanimous decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the bulk phone records collection "unprecedented and unwarranted."

The ruling, which Snowden called “extraordinarily encouraging,” comes as Congress confronts a June 1 deadline to renew a section of the Patriot Act that allows the NSA’s bulk data surveillance.

Meanwhile, Snowden seems determined to reveal more information from the National Security Agency (NSA) files, hinting there was yet more information about Australia’s intelligence work that would be revealed at a later date.

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