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Facebook: Genocide is Cool but Don’t Threaten our Profits

    Facebook: Genocide is Cool but Don’t Threaten our Profits

Australia’s 18 million Facebook users woke up yesterday to find that, without warning, local and global news sites were unavailable, meaning that they could not view or share news at all. Facebook users across the world were also unable to read or access any Australian news publications. The tech giant had taken the step of…

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The Forgotten Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally’

    The Forgotten Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally’

The Australian High Court has ruled that correspondence between the Queen and the Governor-General of Australia, her viceroy in the former British colony, is no longer “personal” and the property of Buckingham Palace. Why does this matter? Secret letters written in 1975 by the Queen and her man in Canberra, Sir John Kerr, can now…

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Following US Lead on Assange, Australia Goes on Assault Spree Against Free Press

    Following US Lead on Assange, Australia Goes on Assault Spree Against Free Press

SYDNEY — Since the United States charged journalist Julian Assange with 17 counts of Espionage Act violations — charges that could see Assange facing the death penalty — Australia appears to be following America’s lead and cracking down on free press, particularly journalists and publications that publish government secrets. Australia — Assange’s nation of origin…

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Whats Behind Australia’s Decision to Suddenly Grant Julian Assange a Passport?

    Whats Behind Australia’s Decision to Suddenly Grant  Julian Assange a Passport?

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — On February 21, 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued Julian Assange a new passport despite the fact that DFAT officials had reservations about doing so. According to the article, last year officials stated that Assange’s “entitlement to a passport” might be affected…

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Will Scott Morrison Move Australia’s Embassy to Jerusalem?

  Will Scott Morrison Move Australia’s Embassy to Jerusalem?

Like the United States, Australia’s Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district. Australian Prime Minister…

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Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Children

  Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Children

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Australia’s “No Jab, No Pay” policy just got a little stronger, or at least more insistent. Under the previous policy, parents who did not keep their children up to date on vaccinations would miss out on a one-time, end-of-the-year tax benefit called Family Tax Benefit Part A, valued at AU$737. Under the…

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John Pilger: It’s Time to Bring Julian Assange Home to Australia

  John Pilger: It’s Time to Bring Julian Assange Home to Australia

The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.…

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