Act now! Tweet to get Malcolm Turnbull's attention.
Malcolm Turnbull is currently in the position of endorsing privacy and democracy destroying laws, while simultaneously believing that they will be completely ineffective against preventing serious crime. The metadata retention scheme comes into effect on the 13th of October, which will see records of all your Internet-based activity recorded for two years.
Prior to 2004, the marriage act didn't specifically state that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. The Marriage Amendment Act 2004 explicitly defined marriage in Australia as being between one man and one woman, as opposed to the previous definition, "between two people". The amendment also prescribes that same-sex marriages solemnised overseas will not be recognised by Australian law. The Science Party will repeal this explicitly discriminatory piece of legislation.
The Greens are the leaders in the push to change electoral law. Today they took to Facebook advertising their article advocating electoral reform. They say their aim is to remove the Group Voting ticket (GVT) to make preferences more transparent. The talk of improving democracy hides a desire, on government record, to prevent the success of minor parties.
With the election of Malcolm Turnbull to the leader of the Liberal Party, it is important to remember what type of politician he is. Despite the fact that he openly mocked the ability of a metadata retention scheme to foil serious criminal activity, he still voted for this democracy harming legislation. He also voted to create laws that could gaol journalists for reporting on special intelligence operations.
He gave up his principles to vote for metadata legislation he knew wouldn't work, was bad for the rights of Australians and would harm Australian democracy. He'd do anything for this job, including destroy Australian democracy.
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Australians online and in the streets have destroyed the governments intention to have Border Force patrol the streets asking people "randomly" about their visa status. It took only a few hours for this weekend's operation to be cancelled, but it is far from over. We need to keep the pressure on to make sure this never, ever happens in Australia.
When people have determined that they want to end their marriage, no amount of government arm-twisting will make their relationship better. Yet Attorney-General George Brandis is determined to make it harder for married couples to separate.
I thought I would set the record straight about an ongoing myth in intelligence analysis. It goes something like this:
The flaw in current intelligence collection systems is that they gather too much data to possibly go over.
The reshuffle of cabinet made Scott Morrison the Minister For Social Services. With talk about him being leader of the party one day, the pressure is on for some on the left to prove that he's no good no matter what he does, even if it means totally misrepresenting what he says. The ABC quoted Morrison on Twitter saying "A job is a prescription for a young person with mental health issues". Cue rage virus.